Event cancelled: Culture Conversations: A world without the death penalty

Event status:

Following the Australian Government’s recommendation to cancel non-essential, organised events over 500 people, La Trobe University has made the decision to cancel this event. The health and wellbeing of the La Trobe University and broader community is our primary concern and we hope to re-schedule this event at a time when it is appropriate to do so. All ticket holders will be refunded. If you have any questions in relation to this event and the cancellation please contact the event organisers at universityevents@latrobe.edu.au.

Wednesday 18 March 2020 06:00 pm until Wednesday 18 March 2020 07:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Christina Tait
Presented by:
Julian McMahon AC SC
Type of Event:
Public Lecture

COVID-19 Update

The situation with COVID-19 continues to change at a rapid pace. It is posing unprecedented challenges for the health and wellbeing of our communities and for the continuing operations of La Trobe University. Events over the weekend and earlier this week have necessitated a rapid review of the University’s response – in particular the ban on large scale events, compulsory self-isolation for all visitors to Australia, and the Premier’s announcement of a State of Emergency.

La Trobe is therefore announcing a range of measures to help members of our community remain as safe as possible, while ensuring minimal disruption to teaching and research activities. Our campuses will remain open and our teaching and research will continue, but with some significant changes to the way we work. As a precautionary measure, from Tuesday 17 March onwards all non-essential events that do not involve delivery or support of teaching or research activity will be cancelled or postponed until the end of June, regardless of the number of participants. This includes events such as graduation ceremonies; public lectures and events; events run by all Student Union Associations and student clubs and societies; sporting events and planned ceremonies.

As a result of this decision, the 'Culture Conversations: A world without the death penalty' event on 18 March 2020 is now cancelled. We thank you for your understanding and hope you will be able to join us at another La Trobe event in the future. All ticket holders will be refunded.

If you have any questions in relation to this event please do not hesitate to contact University Events at universityevents@latrobe.edu.au

To find out more about events scheduled later in the year, please visit the La Trobe website at latrobe.edu.au/events

For more information about La Trobe’s response to COVID-19, you can view our online statement and FAQs

Join barrister Julian McMahon who, with others, represented members of the accused Bali Nine (Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran), in conversation with SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates, to discuss his work representing those facing the death penalty, his mission to bring state sponsored killings to an end, and the power of art to offer a language to talk about such difficult subjects.

La Trobe University and the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) are proud to present some of Myuran’s last portraits completed before his death in 2015, one painted on the day he received news of certain execution. Myuran was taught by Ben Quilty who travelled to Bali to teach and mentor him. Quilty is known for his expressive painterly style, and for advocating for change through his socially-engaged painting practice. The subjects of Myran’s paintings include self-portraits, those who were part of his immediate world including Julian McMahon, alongside a portrait of President Widodo painted on the day news of certain execution.

Julian McMahon AC SC has a lifetime’s experience traversing city and regional Australia, with family connections taking him regularly to the Southern Riverina, NSW. He is President of the Capital Punishment Justice Project and a human rights advocate.  For more than 17 years Julian has worked for prisoners facing the death penalty.

Refreshments after talk

La Trobe University Shepparton campus

210 Fryers Street, Shepparton



18th Jan 2021 3:02pm

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