A Masterclass with Jim Ife
About the Workshop
Social justice, human rights and ecological sustainability have long been key principles for community development. Yet at this time each is under serious threat. Increasing climate change, human rights abuse at Nauru, Manus and Don Dale Detention Centre, increasingly public xenophobia, and a widening gap between the 1% and the 99%, suggest that these ideals are in retreat, under vocal attacks from Pauline Hanson, Tony Abbott, Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch (among others), with the at least passive support of much of the population. This discussion will seek to analyse these trends, from the point of view of how community development can both respond to them and also can help to reshape the future.
About the Facilitator
Jim Ife is a well-known figure in the Australian community development landscape. Jim Ife is the author of Community Development in an Uncertain World. His work has focused on human rights, and connections to community work. Jim has worked at different times in universities in Perth, Hobart and Melbourne, but he is now retired and, thankfully for us, has decided to call Queensland’s Sunshine Coast his new home. We are delighted to welcome Jim as an Honorary Professor of Social Science, at The University of Queensland.
About UQ Community Development
Community Development has been taught at The University of Queensland since 1976. Community Development is recognised as one of the School of Social Science’s core areas of teaching, research and community engagement. We have two broad goals:
• to foster a vibrant and cooperative culture of research and teaching in community development with the School of Social Science; and
• to engage in dialogue with local and international practitioners in order to promote better teaching, research and practice in community issues.
This is a FREE event open to you, your friends, and colleagues. As space is limited to 40 so we can do circle work, please register early to reserve your place.