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2019 Sydney AFAA Salon: Frayed Lives

  • 07 Nov 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford St, Newtown


Presented by the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association and the Sydney Asylum Seeker Centre

Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

1 Bedford St, Newtown.

Thursday 7th November, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


This special event brings together people with lived experience, representatives from the Asylum Seeker Centre, performers and Fulbright scholars to discuss the global refugee crisis and identify opportunities to strengthen local action.

Frayed Lives

  • The refugee crisis has reached epic proportions.
  • 68.5 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, environmental crises and/or human rights violations.
  • Refugee status is rarely temporary.
  • Only a tiny fraction of the world’s refugees has access to resettlement options.
  • We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

Civic society has been redefined through the refugee crisis.

‘Frayed Lives’ doesn’t just apply to people seeking asylum and refugees – but to all members of civic society. Our collective fate as a civilisation is linked to the way that our institutions care for -- or punish -- asylum seekers. The systemic barriers placed in front of asylum seekers not only cause their lives to fray but weaken the social fabric of the wider civic society.

Amazing Speakers, Audience Engagement & Light Dinner

The program features Frayed Lives convenor, Dr Mara Adelman; keynote speakers from Asylum Seeker Centre; speakers from the ASRC Advocacy Bureau and Power Program; and Fulbright alumni with specialist expertise. A performance will be provided by Fulbright Alumni in collaboration with artists connected to the ASRC.

Audience members will be invited to respond to talks in round table discussions and answer the question, “What can I do?”  The presenters have created provocative questions and various options for how we can move to greater understanding and action on this global crisis.  Light dinner will be served. To cover the costs of dinner this is a ticketed event with a small fee ($35 waged, $20 concession).

About the curator: Dr Mara Adelman

This event will be led by Dr Mara Adelman, Emeritus Associate Professor of Communication from Seattle University.

Dr Adelman received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and then joined Northwestern University.  She joined Seattle University, Department of Communication in 1994.  She is author of Beyond Language: Cross-cultural communication for ESL (co-authored with Deena Levine; Prentice Hall, 1987, 1997), and an award-winning ethnographic study of the second largest home for persons with AIDS, The Fragile Community (co-authored with Lawrence R. Frey; Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997).  Her research and scholarship focuses on cross-cultural communication and adaptation, restorative solitude, interpersonal and organizational social interaction.

In 2012, Mara was a Fulbright Specialist at the Department of Communication at the University of Mekelle in northern Ethiopia. The University of Mekelle is home to 23,000 students. For six weeks, Dr Adelman worked with faculty and students in presenting workshops and seminars, consulting, and collaborating on community outreach activities.

Mara recently delivered Frayed Lives to a full house in her home city of Napa, California.

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