Behind the Curtain: Their Human Face

barbed-wire-sunsetThe politicians and shock jocks hasten to crowd out any other voice in their determination to fasten their own labels on asylum seekers and refugees. But what do we know about the people behind these images beamed into our lounge rooms?

In a continuation of the La Trobe University’s Behind The Curtain program of seminars, four La Trobe University students will talk about their refugee experience. They will discuss what drove them to leave their homes and homelands, the journey they undertook as refugees, and what they are desired to find by coming to Australia.

This seminar is not about arguing a political or moral point of view about how we Australian’s should deal with asylum seekers arriving by boat. Rather we believe that by lifting the curtain or veil and revealing the human face of the refugee we will better be able to respond to the extreme passion and tortured spin that surrounds the refugee and asylum seeker.  

The seminar will be moderated by Dr Sue King-Smith of the Equity and Student Services Office, La Trobe University, Bendigo. Each student will talk for 10 minutes and then you will be invited to question them. We will be requesting you to keep questions to a discussion of their personal experience, and not asking them to take or state an opinion about Australia’s refugee or asylum seeker policies and legislation.

Their Human Face will be held at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo on Wednesday October 5 at 6pm. The program is free with refreshments after the seminar.

The seminar is part of program of seminars organized by La Trobe University, Bendigo titled BEHIND THE CURTAIN. One of the coordinators of the program, Dr Sofia Ahlberg, said that the series is "responding to the massive revolt against the conspiracy of silence and the proliferation of spin in recent times”. 



Further queries in regard this seminar maybe be addressed to:

Dr Sue King-Smith
T: 03 5444 7941


Richard Turner
T: 0402 942 508