Denison Debate – ‘Opportunity, Prosperity & Equity: Educating Tasmanians for the Twenty-First Century.’ Education is widely considered to be the key to progress, for individuals and communities. Do the ‘normal rules’ apply in Tasmania? What are the key challenges and opportunities for educators, students and Tasmanian society in the twenty-first century? Join four expert panelists discussing this timely topic with Dr Natasha Cica, Director of the Inglis Clark Society: the Hon Nick McKim MP (Minister for Education and Skills), Professor Peter Rathjen (Vice-Chancellor, UTAS), Ms Robyn Kronenberg (Principal, St Michael’s Collegiate School) and Mr Garry Bailey (Editor, The Mercury). When: Thursday 8 September, 6 – 7 30 pm. Where: Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, UTAS Sandy Bay campus, Hobart. All are welcome to attend this free event. See more here:

Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Fund goes from strength to strength. You’ll remember the launch of this bursary fund in May this year – a collaboration between the Faculty of Law, the Inglis Clark Centre and the UTAS Foundation – at the Inaugural Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture by the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, which attracted a capacity crowd. Citizen Kirby is a hard act to follow, but Associate Professor Rick Snell in the Faculty of Law has upped the ante by offering to shave his head and legendary beard to raise money for the fund. So far Rick’s challenge alone has attracted over $10 000 in brand new donations to the fund – the UTAS Foundation is matching these funds dollar for dollar, which means a total of $20 000 has been raised. Rick will be publicly shaved at Salamanca Market, between the Supreme Court and Irish Murphy’s, at 12 noon on Saturday 27 August – rain, hail or shine. Turn up and please dig a little deeper for social justice in Tasmania … Here’s more about the fund:, and you can view the Kirby lecture online here, at Channel UTAS (scroll down under General Interest).

Inglis Clark Centre on better leadership. The August 2011 issue of AFR BOSS magazine focuses on leadership. It includes a feature by the Director of the Inglis Clark Centre, arguing for a more inclusive and merit-based national approach to leadership – see here: (‘The problem with our political leaders – So if we’re not happy with the politics we have, how do we get more of the leadership we need?’ ). The AFR BOSS site is subscriber-only. Please email if you would like more information.

Measures of Australia’s Progress 2.0 – have your say. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is currently consulting Australians regarding its Measures of Australia’s Progress (MAP) initiative. MAP 2.0 aims to provide a digestible selection of statistical evidence, to be used by Australians to help answer the question: ‘Is life in Australia getting better?’ The ABS first published MAP in 2002. In 2011, the ABS wants to find out about the aspirations of Australians in four areas: social, economic, governance and environmental progress. The Director of the Inglis Clark Centre is part of an expert panel assisting the ABS on governance questions for MAP 2.0. Have your say here: – the MAP 2.0 blog goes live next week. It’s an important opportunity for Tasmanians to have an equal voice in a national conversation.

Books For Our Time. The Inglis Clark Centre has partnered with Fullers Bookshop to present a series of conversations – prompted by books which shape the big ideas of our time. Helen Hayward, the Associate Editor of Tasmanian Style, and Natasha Cica will lead each discussion, featuring a selected book as a starting point for conversation. All are welcome to attend and participation is free, but RSVP is essential: Numbers in each conversation will be limited to a maximum of 25. The next conversation in Books For Our Time will take place at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart on Wednesday 21 September, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The featured book is Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers. ‘Hamlet’s Blackberry is a paean to the pleasures of the unplugged life. But Powers is no woodsy technophobe who would deep-fry every silicon chip. He offers an ardent argument for balance between the wired world and the silent spaces of the human heart.’ – Geraldine Brooks

Mick Gooda to deliver the 2011 Martineau Lecture at UTAS. The Inglis Clark Centre is delighted to announce that Mr Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, will visit Tasmania in early November to deliver the 2011 Martineau Lecture at UTAS. Topic and further details tba. Save the dates – Hobart, Wednesday 2 November at 6 pm; Burnie, Thursday 3 November at 6 pm.
Dr Natasha Cica Director Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society University of Tasmania