Past City of Sydney Peace Prize Lectures

  • 2016, Naomi Klein: Captain Cook’s Climate
  • 2015, Dr George Gittoes AM: Art and not War
  • 2014, Julian Burnside AO QC: Without Justice there will not be Peace
  • 2013, Dr Cynthia Maung: Health, Healing and Dignity for the Dispossessed
  • 2012, Senator Sekai Holland: Celebrating our Diversity as we Build an Inclusive Society
  • 2011, Professor Noam Chomsky: Revolutionary Pacifcism: Choices and Prospects
  • 2010, Dr Vandana Shiva: Making Peace With the Earth
  • 2009, John Pilger: Breaking Australia’s Silence
  • 2008, Patrick DodsonIn Search of Change – Robed in Justice
  • 2007, Dr Hans Blix:The Globalization of Peace
  • 2006, Irene Khan: Making Tough Choices in a Tough World, Peace Security and Human Rights
  • 2005, Olara Otunnu: Ending Wars Against Children
  • 2004, Arundhati Roy: Peace, The New Corporate Liberation Theology
  • 2003, Dr Hanan Ashrawi: Peace in the Middle East, Humanitarian Imperative
  • 2002, Mary Robinson: Peace Through the Attainment of Human Rights
  • 2001, Sir William Deane: Justice for Indigenous People: The Peace Priority
  • 2000, Xanana Gusmão: Peace Building a Priority for East Timor
  • 1999, Archibishop Desmond Tutu: Reconciliation and Justice as the Road to Peace
  • 1998, Professor Muhammed Yunus: Peace is Freedom from Poverty

Conversations in Peace

Conversations in Peace is a book containing the first 14 recipients of the Sydney Peace Prize (1998-2011). These include Nobel Laureates Muhammad Yunus and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former leader of Amnesty International Irene Khan, the Indian novelist Arundhati Roy, environmental scientist Dr. Vandana Shiva, Aboriginal leader Patrick Dodson, and the inimitable academic activist Professor Noam Chomsky.

These inspiring individuals aspire to a future in which respect for human rights is universal and unchallenged. In highly creative ways they show how poverty can be eradicated, non-violence embraced, the rich and powerful persuaded that peace with justice is precious, and that violence of any kind is not only contrary to any notion of a common humanity, but also serves no purpose.

This volume not only pays homage to the inspiring recipients of the Sydney Peace Prize, Australia’s only international prize for peace, but also serves to honour Professor Stuart Rees, founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation and the Sydney Peace Prize. The book was edited by Lynda Ann Blanchard and Hannah Middleton, and launched in August 2015 by Dame Professor Marie Bashir.

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Copies of Conversations in Peace are available for $20.

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Sydney Peace Foundation
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University of Sydney  NSW  2006