author to close successful speaker series in Canberra.
Acclaimed author Raimond Gaita will deliver the final
Blackfriars Lecture at Canberra’s Signadou Campus on Tuesday 23 September at
The lecture caps off a successful year for the lecture
series, with its theme in 2014 being Human Rights and Human Dignity. Speakers
have included Human Rights Commissioner Mr Tim Wilson; United Nations Consultant and Advisor on Human
Rights and Human Trafficking Dr Anne Gallagher; Researcher, author and co-producer of Go Back to
Where You Came From Dr
David Corlett; ACT
Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Watchirs; and ACU
Professor of Law Professor Frank Brennan.
A Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and The
Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Moral
Philosophy at King’s College London, Professor Gaita is also a Fellow of the
Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Over the past 30 years Professor Gaita has made an
outstanding contribution to contemporary analytic moral philosophy, not least
for his distinctive vision of the nature of moral philosophy as an academic
discipline. However the influence of his ethical thought extends through his
various writings, including his acclaimed biography of his father, Romulus, My
Because he believes that it is generally a good thing for
philosophers to address an educated and hard-thinking lay audience as well as
their colleagues, Professor Gaita has contributed extensively to public
discussion about reconciliation, collective responsibility, the role of moral
considerations in politics, the Holocaust, genocide, crimes against humanity,
education (the nature of teaching as a vocation, the role of love in learning)
and the plight of the universities.
Blackfriars Lecture Series was established to honour the contributions of the
Dominican Friars to ACU’s Canberra Campus. For 800 years the Dominican Orders
have been committed to the ongoing, systematic and critical search for Truth in
all its forms.