Ideas on Broadway off to flying start

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 15-5-2012

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Publication Place



The University of Notre Dame Australia last night welcomed eminent legal scholar and philosopher, Professor John Finnis, to its Sydney Campus, where he presented a paper on one of the most hotly-debated and polarising issues of our day.

Professor Finnis’ lecture on philosophy, law and immigration drew a diverse audience of legal professionals, members of the clergy, members of the public and staff and students from Notre Dame and other educational institutions. His address covered the preconditions of philosophy and law as they relate to immigration policy, logically sound inquiry and the trust implied in a disposition and willingness to comply with the law being central. The argument culminated in a focus on reciprocity and a call for reasonable self-shaping of dispositions and willingness to allow us to live amongst immigrants as if they were native born. Following his address, Professor Finnis chaired an occasionally fiery and stimulating intellectual debate on issues relating to immigration policy.

The public discussion was part of Notre Dame’s Ideas on Broadway lecture series and Professor Finnis will make a final presentation at the Sydney Campus on Thursday 17 May. In this instalment, he will be exploring the works of Western civilisation’s best-known playwright, with a lecture and public discussion titled, “Shakespeare, Religion and Identity”.

All are welcome to attend this free lecture, though it is essential to RSVP to trish.egan@nd.edu.au.

Shakespeare, Religion and Identity A public discussion with Professor John Finnis Thursday 17 May 2012, 6.00pm The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus Corner of Broadway and Abercrombie Street, Broadway

Notre Dame students, staff and members of the public in Fremantle will have the opportunity to hear Professor Finnis speak on Tuesday 5 June, when he presents his final lecture, “Law, Philosophy and Immigration Policy” in Santa Maria Lecture Theatre.

To RSVP for this event, please contact Rachael Miller at fremantle.events@nd.edu.au

Law, Philosophy and Immigration Policy A public discussion with Professor John Finnis Tuesday 5 June, 6.00pm The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus 19 Mouat Street, Fremantle

MEDIA CONTACT: Shelley Robinson, Fremantle Campus: Tel (08) 9433 0610; Mob 0408 959 138 Elizabeth Fenech, Sydney Campus: Tel (02) 8204 4407