2017 Acton Lecture: Civic Virtues and the Politics of ‘Full Drift Ahead’


2017 Acton Lecture on Religion and Civil Society

Today almost everyone affirms the importance of ‘values’ but few would insist these are shared moral essentials.  How is it that the most common term of our political and even private moralities became so relativistic and what, if anything, could be offered as an alternative?

Law Professor, cultural observer and theorist on religion and pluralism, Professor Iain Benson, will offer some insights and guidance on steps he argues are essential for education, justice and politics in our time.

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Professor Benson has been involved in many of the leading cases on rights of association, conscience and religion in Canada and other countries for two decades and acted for a wide variety of individuals and groups as legal counsel before all levels of court.

Professor Benson was one of the drafters of the South African Charter of Religious Rights and Freedoms (signed by all major religions in that country in 2010) and remains closely involved in advancing the Charter in that country and similar projects elsewhere. Professor Bensons’ international work means he divides his time between France, Canada, South Africa and now Australia.


Event Details:

When: Thursday, 4 May 2017

Where: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1 131 Macquarie Street SYDNEY NSW 2000

Time: 5.45 pm for a 6.00 pm start. The event will conclude at 7.30 pm

Cost: $5 Students* / $10 Members / $15 Non-Members

To secure your place please book at Eventbrite, www.cis.org.au/events or call (02) 9438 4377. Please note that all bookings are transferable but non-refundable. If you wish to transfer a booking you must advise the organisers of the name change at your earliest convenience.

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For event enquiries please email Max Hawke-Weaver at mhawkeweaver@cis.org.au

For media enquiries please email Karla Pincott at kpincott@cis.org.au

Limited parking is available within the building complex. Online pre-bookings are essential to secure a car spot and discounted parking rate. Please visit the Secure Parking website, select the car park at 131 Macquarie Street and enter the promotion code: CIS10 when making your booking. If you are travelling by train, Martin Place and Circular Quay are the nearest stations to our office, with Wynyard a few minutes further away.

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