Speaker Date Topic
Dr Tania Miletic Feb 14, 2023 7:40 AM
Security through peacebuilding
Security through peacebuilding

Tania will share reflections as an alumna of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program, now over 20 years since she was in the inaugural class. At a time of extraordinary global turbulence and uncertainty, the peacebuilding field and its partners must work harder than ever to ensure foundations on which to build more effective, sustainable solutions to increasingly complex conflicts and crisis. Unprecedented times often call for unprecedented measures. Based on extensive research and applied experience, her talk will focus on peacebuilding efforts in the region. Tania will share some of the ways that public and non-government diplomacy and better integrating conflict prevention and peacebuilding strategy can support efforts for greater peace. The vision and activities of the newly established Initiative for Peacebuilding at the University of Melbourne will also be discussed.

Tania is the Assistant Director of the University of Melbourne's Initiative for Peacebuilding. She is committed to working collaboratively to influence positive change through research, policy development and support to peacebuilders across a range of contexts and settings in her local Australian context, South East Asia and China.

She is also Faculty on the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies’ Applied Conflict Transformation Studies PhD program, a unique hybrid academic-practitioner program throughout Asia.

Tania holds a Masters in Public Administration (Rotary Peace Fellowship 2002-2004) from ICU, Tokyo and a PhD in Political Science from UQ.

Tania has maintained strong links with Rotary, such as co-hosting the R100 Conference ‘The Future of Peace Leadership’ and sitting on various peacebuilding committees. Tania was made a Paul Harris Fellow (2014); Paul Harris Fellow (Sapphire, 2021) and received the Robert M Fels Peace Award (2022) by D9800.

She loves to cook and believes in the power of sharing food and stories to nourish understanding and connection. She is the founder and Director of Peace-Meal Peacebuilding Initiatives.

Heather Campbell Feb 21, 2023 7:40 AM
We can achieve a nature-positive world where all species thrive
We can achieve a nature-positive world where all species thrive

We all know the challenges that the globe is facing. Our climate is changing and we have continued, as a species, to impact the habitat of so many other species. From the devastation of the Black Summer to the floods in Eastern Australia and the Kimberley. From the droughts and fires in California to now the storms resulting in landslides and floods. This is a common story of extreme ‘droughts and flooding rains’ across the globe. At the same time that storms are becoming more intense we continue to negatively impact upon the habitat of our native species. Whether this be through land clearing or the challenges of feral animals and weeds.

But there is HOPE! We can collectively change this trajectory and deliver a nature-positive world. Working together as individuals, corporations, not-for-profits, governments and society more generally we can move species further away from extinction towards a thriving planet. At Bush Heritage Australia we play our part by being a unified force for nature, grounded in science and culture to nurture all land for all life. Over the past 30 years of being active land managers doing our day to day work of fire, feral animal and weed management at a landscape scale we have achieved some really positive impact. We are seeing tiny honey and pygmy possums return to revegetated areas of south west Western Australia, the elusive Night Parrot protected in Queensland, the most ancient of birds the Plains Wanderer thrive in South Australia and a tiny Red-finned Blue-eye fish thriving in springs at our Edgbaston reserve in Queensland.

Laraine Stephens Mar 07, 2023 7:40 AM
Setting the scene in historical crime fiction
Setting the scene in historical crime fiction

Writing historical crime fiction requires a lot of research to create authentic and accurate depictions of the times. Laraine sets her Reggie da Costa Mysteries in Melbourne of the early twentieth century, in the aftermath of the Great War and during the heady days of the 1920s, when gangs, sly-grog and gambling dens inhabited the back streets of Melbourne.

Laraine will talk specifically about the Brighton storm of 1918; the effects of the Great War, including ‘shell shock’; and the Police Strike of 1923. Drawing on her time as a volunteer guide at the Old Melbourne Gaol, she will reveal the fascinating and bizarre background to the pseudo-science of phrenology and the making of death masks.

Laraine lives in Beaumaris. After working as a teacher-librarian and Head of Library for over 35 years, she decided to experience life on the other side of the bookshelves and became a writer of historical crime fiction. Apart from writing, she is an avid golfer, loves travelling, going to the football and playing Mahjong, and enjoys reading, restaurants and films.

Laraine has a six-book contract with Level Best Books (USA). Her first novel in The Reggie da Costa Mysteries, The Death Mask Murders, was published in 2021, followed by Deadly Intent in 2022. The third in the series, A Deadly Game, will be published in June 2023.

Laraine is a member of Writers Victoria, Sisters in Crime (Australia), the Australian Crime Writers’ Association, the International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers’ Association of the U.K.