Bold Thinking Lecture Series (NGV Great Hall)

La Trobe’s Bold Thinking Series is a public lecture series unlike any other.

Featuring some of our most influential academics, these events challenge the audience to broaden their minds and do as the title suggests – think boldly. The 50th Anniversary Bold Thinking Series will take this to a new level.

Drawing on the University’s myriad of high-impact research, these sessions will tackle some of the hottest topics trending in Melbourne featuring a panel of La Trobe University academics in discussion with high profile industry experts to share their bold thoughts and discoveries, and how they relate to modern society.

These public events are open to anyone who wants to learn more or share their opinion. They will be held across a range of venues in Melbourne CBD, Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Bundoora, Shepparton, and Mildura.

Health, Law, and Sexuality

Renowned jurist and former Australian High Court judge the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG has been at the cutting edge of legal reform and intellectual inquiry for decades and has forged an international reputation as a powerful and articulate orator.

Join us for a special Bold Thinking Series event at the NGV’s Great Hall, featuring a keynote address by the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG as he explores the legal and moral complexity that lies at the intersection of law, sexuality, and health.

Justice Kirby will explore international conventions and the United Nations’ work on human rights, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health issues. He will also review the situation for sexual and gender minorities in relation to international and criminal law.

La Trobe University’s experts in law and sexuality Professor Anne-Maree Farrell and Professor Gary Dowsett will take up these arguments, looking at the increasing centrality of sexuality to politics and social life in the last 100 years, and exploring the changing relations between the law, sexuality, and health in the twenty-first century.

Book now for a fascinating and enlightening discussion about:

•How has the law attempted to regulate sexuality in the name of human health?
•How does the law understand and express the concept of human rights, and how in turn does that impact on sexuality?
•What can the law say about sexuality – now and into the future?
•While there is an accepted international human right to health, does a similar right apply to sexual orientation and gender expression and identity?

The Bold Thinking event is held in partnership with La Trobe University’s Law School and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), which both mark their 25th anniversary in 2017.

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

Event details

Date: Thursday, 4 May 2017

Time: 5:30pm until 6:45pm

Location: NGV Great Hall, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004


General ticket: $20

La Trobe University Alumni ticket: $15

La Trobe University Student ticket: $10

All  ticket proceeds go to student equity scholarships.


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