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New College Lectures

The Lectures are the College's flagship scholarly event. They are a forum for discussion of contemporary life and society, viewed through a Christian lens.

In 1986, the College set up a Trust to conduct an annual series of public lectures. This resulted in the formation of the New College Lectures. Each New College lecturer is asked to take up some important issue or aspect of contemporary society and to comment on it from the standpoint of their Christian faith and profesional expertise. These lectures have become an important contribution to public intellectual life, attracting large interest and generating much discussion throughout the New College Communities, the University, and wider society.

2020 New College Lectures

Meet the Lecturer

Professor Patrick Parkinson AM Dean of Law at the University of Queensland Prof Patrick Parkinson AM is the Academic Dean and Head of School for the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. He is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion and the law of equity and trusts. Prof Parkinson served from 2004-2007 as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney-General, and chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in...

Lecture Topics

Lecture 1 | Family | Tuesday 22 September, 7:30pm The last fifty years in Australia has seen the widespread rejection of the Christian understanding of sex and marriage.This lecture will highlight some of the social difficulties that have been created by the erosion of the legal fundamentals of marriage. This has had profound consequences for family stability and the wellbeing of children, and left our society impoverished in many respects. One challenge for the churches in response to this is...

COVID-19 Info

We intend to hold our New College Lectures as we normally do, in late September. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we have continued our College communities in a safe manner with appropriate restrictions placed on group gatherings. Our precautions for COVID-19 were developed in early March 2020 and are available here. As we approach the 2020 Lectures, please be assured that we will have appropriate precautions in place: People who are unwell will be asked not to attend Attendees will be asked to...

Livestream the Lectures

Lecture 1 | Family | Tuesday 22 September, 7:30pm Lecture 2 | Religious Freedom | Wednesday 23 September, 7:30pm Lecture 3 | After Christendom? | Thursday 24 September, 7:30pm

General Info

Date: 22-24 September 2020 Time: The Lecture will begin at 7:30pm each night. On Tuesday 22 September there will be an opening event with complimentary drinks and canapés, which will commence at 6pm. Venue: New College, University of New South Wales. Click here for more details on how to find us. Cost: FREE but registration is essential. More questions? Call us on (02) 9381 1999 or email us at enquiries@newcollege.unsw.edu.au. Register now

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