The challenge of social cohesion

Date & time: 1.30–3.30am 3 September 2016, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: The Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Canberra
Speakers: Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

The ANU Research School of Psychology Annual Lecture showcases the significant impact of Psychology on community and social issues.

For this year's lecture, Dr Soutphommasane will reflect on the meaning of social cohesion amid turbulent political debates. As fear and anxiety grow in currency, so must our vigilance against social division and racial intolerance. Dr Soutphommasane will explore, among other things, the nature of free speech in a multicultural society.

Dr Soutphommasane is an Australian academic, political philosopher, social commentator, writer, and columnist. He has previously been a columnist with The Age and The Australian newspapers, an academic at Sydney and Monash Universities, and a research fellow with the Per Capita think tank. He is a member of the board of the National Australia Day Council,and an ex officio member of the Australian Multicultural Council.