Salon: Australia’s Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

25 Oct, 2019

Salon: Australia’s Response to the Global Refugee Crisis

The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association and the Asylum Seekers Centre will present a salon in Sydney as part of the Frayed Lives, Threads of Hope program.

Frayed Lives, Threads of Hope: Australia’s response to the global refugee crisis will bring together people with lived experience, representatives from the Asylum Seekers Centre, performers and Fulbright scholars to discuss the global refugee crisis and identify opportunities to strengthen local action.

Image Credit: “Coping with Disasters: Refugees and Displaced Persons in South-East Asia” by United Nations Photo 

The details
Where: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford St Newtown
When: Thursday November 7, 6-9pm
Price: $15 adult, $10 concession, $10 table facilitator
To register: Click here

The curator
This event will be led by Dr Mara Adelman, Emeritus Associate Professor of Communication from Seattle University.

Dr Adelman received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and then joined Northwestern University.  She joined Seattle University, Department of Communication in 1994.  She is author of Beyond Language: Cross-cultural communication for ESL (co-authored with Deena Levine; Prentice Hall, 1987, 1997), and an award-winning ethnographic study of the second largest home for persons with AIDS, The Fragile Community (co-authored with Lawrence R. Frey; Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997).  Her research and scholarship focuses on cross-cultural communication and adaptation, restorative solitude, interpersonal and organizational social interaction.In 2012, Dr Adelman was a Fulbright Specialist at the Department of Communication at the University of Mekelle in northern Ethiopia and a Fulbright Specialist at the Department of English at Fudan University, Shanghai, China from October-December 2017. In both programs, she developed culture-specific, required courses in Cross-cultural Communication.

Mara recently delivered Frayed Lives to a full house in her home city of Napa, California.

The speakers
Frances Rush OAM, CEO, Asylum Seekers Centre
Frances Rush was appointed to the position of CEO of the Asylum Seekers Centre in December 2015. Frances has been associated with the Centre since its inception and was Deputy Chair of the Board prior to her appointment. She brings with her over 30 years’ experience as a social worker in both the government and community sectors and has a wealth of experience in advocacy and policy development. She also has extensive experience as an oral historian having worked on projects at a national and state level.

Iain Butterworth, AFAA President, Frayed Lives program manager
Iain is trained in community psychology, with an interest in healthy, liveable, sustainable cities and communities. He has extensive experience in building innovative, intersectoral partnerships between citizens, practitioners and policy makers.

Dr Shraddha Kashyap, psychologist in trauma for refugees, Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program, School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales
During her postgraduate studies, Shraddha was awarded a Western Australian Postgraduate Fulbright Scholarship to work at the Bellevue/New York University Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT), as a visiting researcher.

Ms Shukufa Tahiri, Policy Officer, Refugee Council of Australia
Former refugee, and now human rights advocate, Shukufa Tahiri arrived in Australia to reunite with her father who had sought asylum in Australia when she was 13, after fleeing the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. The Australian Financial Review recently named Ms Tahiri in its prestigious 100 Women of Influence awards.

Dr Zachary Dunbar, Frayed Lives musical curator
Zachary Dunbar is Senior lecturer in Theatre and Performing Arts Graduate Research Convenor (Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, University of Melbourne). He trained as a concert pianist and completed his studies as a Fulbright scholar at the Royal College of Music. Since then, he has also developed a freelance career as a theatre director, writer and composer whose works have been produced in the UK, Europe and Australia. As a scholar, he has several publications in Music theatre, Ancient drama, and Theatre history.

Dr Dan Caprar, Fulbright alumnus and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School
Dan joined the University of Sydney Business School in 2016. His work reflects his interest in understanding how individuals are shaped by the context in which they work, and how, in turn, they influence their context. As such, his research, teaching, and consulting are focused on culture, identity, and leadership. Dan is currently co-editing a Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management, including chapters on migrants in general, and refugees in particular.