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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

Please note: with the QLD Premier's announcement of a continued border closure between QLD and NSW in September, Professor Parkinson will not be joining us in-person for the New College Lectures. Prof Parkinson will be Zooming in live from Brisbane and taking questions after each talk. We are still planning to have in-person audiences each night. If you would like to cancel your in-person registration and instead view the livestream remotely, please contact us on or (02) 9381 1999.

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

New College is taking the utmost care to put appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place. We are registered as a NSW COVID-Safe Business. Our COVID-19 procedure has been available since March 2020 and can be found here. Registration & Entry Pre-registration for the Lectures is essential. We cannot guarantee seats for people who have not pre-registered. Entry to the College will be via the Anzac Pde entrance only. We suggest parking in the Western Campus Car Park (between NIDA and New College...

Livestream the Lectures

Looking to livestream the Lectures? The Lectures will be livestreamed each night. There is no need to register, just come to this page or go to our Youtube channel any night of the Lectures. If you already receive our Lectures emails, we will send you a reminder about accessing the livestreams during the week of the Lectures. If you don't receive our emails but you would like a reminder, please send us an email at and we will add you to the...

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 6:45pm. 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 Register now

2019 - Faith, Hope and Love

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