Public Forum and Conference Workshops

Public ForumGovernment of South Australia

Building Migrant Friendly Communities: A Public Forum
Monday, 3 December
6.00 p.m. – 7.45 p.m.
Matthew Flinders Theatre, Humanities Drive
Flinders University

South Australia is a culturally and linguistically diverse society, with approximately 40% of the population having one or both parents born overseas, and people born in more than 150 countries and speaking over 200 languages. The diversity of the population is rapidly increasing as South Australia competes with other states and nations to attract new migrants to boost population levels and meet skill shortages at a time of economic expansion.

How can we build harmonious and migrant friendly communities to attract new migrants and keep them here for the long-term?


  • Introduction – Lyn Leader-Elliott (Moving Cultures, Shifting Identities Conference Chair)
  • Opening Speech – Mr Hieu Van Le (Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission)
  • Introduction of Panel – Professor Faith Trent (Executive Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities, Law and Theology, Flinders University)
  • Keynote address: Professor Graeme Hugo (Director of the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographical Information Systems, University of Adelaide): "International Migration and South Australia: Contemporary Patterns and Issues"
  • Panel Presentations:
    • Brenton Lewis (CEO, Murraylands Regional Development Board)
    • Janet Giles (Secretary of SA Unions)
    • Mujahid Ahmed (Sudanese Community Representative and Public Speaker)
    • Steven Walter (General Manager, Baker Hydraulics Pty Ltd)
  • Audience Discussion

Entry to the forum is free, but bookings are essential. Please indicate on your registration form whether or not you will be attending, or contact Nena Bierbaum.

Supported by Multicultural SA and the Department of Trade and Economic Development.

Conference Workshops and Masterclasses

Thursday, 6 December 2007
Humanities Building, Flinders University

Response to the conference has been so strong that we are arranging a day of workshops and a masterclass on different aspects of the conference program. Conference delegates are invited to attend for a day fee of just $35.00, including a light lunch. Please check which workshops you are interested in attending, and then email the contact person nominated. Each workshop has limited numbers. Once your participation has been approved, then complete the registration form and return to Nena Bierbaum by fax or post.

Workshop registration will take place in the foyer of the Matthew Flinders Theatre between 8.30 and 9.45 am for morning sessions, and 1.00 and 1.30 pm for afternoon sessions.

Further detail about how each workshop will be structured is available from the links below.

Workshop 1: Shifting Organisations and Identities: towards Migrant Friendly Local Communities.
9.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Humanities Room 133. Maxium number of participants: 40. (This session will workshop ideas arising from the Public Forum on Monday, 3 December. The results will be fed into State Government policy development.) More information. Contact: Mary Lyons.


Workshop 2: The Power of Storying.
1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Humanities Room 133. Maximum number of participants: 30. More information. Contact: Mary Lyons.


Workshop 3: Migration Studies Workshop.
Professor Ros Pesman. 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Humanities Room 101. Maximum number of participants: 25. More information. Contact: Nena Bierbaum.


Workshop 4: "I have a great idea for a documentary!" From Memory to Screen.
Film makers Alison Wotherspoon and Viron Papadopoulos. 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. Humanities Room 113. Maximum number of participants: 20. More information. Contact: Nena Bierbaum.


A Masterclass, in association with the Flinders Humanities Research Centre: Memory/Nation/Culture.
Dr Susannah Radstone. 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. Humanities Room 121. Maximum number of participants: 15. More information. All enquiries must be directed to Dr Kate Douglas. Contact: Dr Kate Douglas.

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