This year the Southern Cross University community seminar series focuses on the social dimensions of the Commonwealth Games, which are coming to the Gold Coast in April 2018.

The first seminar “Social Dimensions of the Games: Implications for Children” is coming up on Thursday 17 August 2017, 4-7pm, at Southern Cross University Gold Coast Campus, Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga (near the Airport).

For this first seminar, guest speaker is from Save the Children, Karen Flanagan AM.  Karen has expertise in the area of exploitation of young children internationally and will speak on this issue in relation to the Games. The seminar will also have the CEO of FSG Australia, Vicki Batten, speak as a member of the Commonwealth Games Legacy Advisory Committee, which is involved in planning for the social dimensions of the Games. Dr Lynne McPherson from Southern Cross University will then present her research on children, vulnerability and sport.

2017 Community Seminar Series flyer

Future seminars will look at the implications of the Games for housing (5 October) and for representations of ability and disability (9 November).

Hosted by the School of Arts and Social Sciences and the SCU Community Reference Group, the seminars aim to support practitioners and managers in the human services sector, but may also be of interest to the general public.

Please but sure to register in advance. Registration, parking and refreshments are free.

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