Thursday 28th February 2019
7pm - 9pm
at The Rous Hotel, cnr Keen st and Zadoc St, Lismore
Entry suggested donation: $10
Food available at "The Rous" from 6pm.

Speaker: Paul Gilbert

Are compassion and politics mutually incompatible - or can we create a politics with compassion at its core?

In the Australian Federal Government, parliamentary behavior which is abusive and bullying is sadly all too common. Professor Paul Gilbert (UK), the founder of compassion focused therapy, suggests that understanding the workings of the human brain is fundamental to political change. He will contrast the evolution of two brain systems--one founded on competition, tribalism, and resource accumulation; the other founded on compassion, resource sharing and equality.

Lismore Ngara has invited local candidates of the major parties for their response to these ideas.

Jenny Dowell has kindly agreed to compere this evening.

The Speaker:
Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Visiting Professor at the University of Queensland. Known globally for his development of Compassion Focused Therapy, he also founded the non-profit Compassionate Mind Foundation in 2006 ( A Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and author of over 20 books and 300 publications, Gilbert was awarded an OBE in 2011.

Arrive from 6pm onwards to order food at the Rous, and meeting is planned for 7pm to 9pm. $10 suggested entry to help us fund events like this in the future. This event is presented in conjunction with the University Centre For Rural Health.

Thursday 18th October
7pm - 9pm
at "The Greenery", Rous Hotel, cnr Keen st and Zadoc St, Lismore
Entry suggested donation: $10
Food available at "The Rous" from 6pm.

Speaker: Dr Richard Hil

Against despair and inertia: The stories we need to guide us to a better future

We are at a critical moment of political volatility. Faced with a range of acute, intersecting crises, we have some stark choices to make about the sort of world we want to live in. If we care about the future, there’s no avoiding our moral responsibility in being part of a global social movement tasked with transforming the current order of things.

The challenge facing justice progressives is to tell a persuasive story about what it means to be human in a complex, interconnected world, and how justice, peace and regeneration can be achieved. There are things we can all do right now, today, to help bring about the changes we so desperately need.

Dr Richard Hil :: Bio

Dr Richard Hil is Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, and Convenor of the Ngara Institute. Richard’s publications are many and varied, including Selling students short: Why you won’t get the university education you deserve; Whackademia: An insider’s account of the troubled university; Surviving Care: Towards Redress and Healing for the Forgotten Australians (with Liz Brangan); Violations of Trust: how social and welfare institutions fail children (with Judith Bessant and Rob Watts); Erasing Iraq: The Human Consequences of Human Carnage (with Mike Otterman); International Criminology (With Judith Bessant and Rob Watts); Discovering Risk (with Judith Bessant and Rob Watts); Hard Lessons: Reflections of Crime Control in Late Modernity (with Gordon Tait); Families, Crime and Juvenile Crime (with Tony McMahon); Youth, Crime and the Media (with Judith Bessant), and Ways of Resistance: Young People and Social Control in Australia (with Cheryl Simpson).

Richard has recently completed The Sacking of Fallujah – A People’s History (with Ros Caputi and Donna Mulhearn) to be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2019. Over the past few years Richard has also written extensively on Australian higher education for The Australian, Campus Review, New Matilda, Arena Magazine, The Advocate, Social Alternatives, University World News, The Conversation, Overland, Online Opinion and Countercurrents.

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