Symposium program

Can we talk? Well, can we? - Language, the great divide

A one-day symposium that explores what it means to be a multilingual society

30 September 2014

8:00am–9:00am Registration

Dr J. Patrick Greene, CEO, Museum Victoria

9:15am9:30am Welcome to Country
Caroline Martin

Joseph Lo Bianco
Joseph will focus on his current work with UNESCO and dialogue theory. In particular  the United nations dialogue peace program, conflict resolution strategies and how these are employed when dealing with sensitive subject matter that often divides communities.


Facilitated panel keynote response
Facilitator: Dr Hass Dellal OAM
Panel Members: Maree Dellora, Doris Paton, Mark CumminsFrances Salenga

11:00am11:30am Morning tea

Breakouts: 3 sessions covering each theme

1. Local Government
Engaging with Communities: what precludes local government from embracing cultural diversity? And what is required to be truly inclusive?
Dalal Smiley, former Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission

2. Citizenship, Rights and Services
Kate Jenkins, Commissioner, Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

3. Community Language
Trade, Politics, Economics
Stefan Romaniw, Executive Director of Community Languages, Australia

12:30pm1:00pm Report back
1:00pm2:00pm Lunch

Lightning sessions

1. Anita Calore: Working with Bi-lingual Karen Community
2. Caroline Martin: First Peoples – The VCAL Connection
3. Maria Hach: Working with multilingual women in health
4. Kath Cooney: Service Literacy Project, Foundation House
5. Maureen O'Keeffe: Diversitat
6. Hakan Akyol and Alex Horwood: Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Multilingual Government Information Online

3:00pm3:30pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm4:30pm Keynote: Paul Paton, Executive Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
4:30pm4:45pm Performance: L-FRESH The LION
4:45pm6:00pm Close and drinks