Public Lectures and Events

Ethical issues arise in all subject areas and all areas of life, whether it’s the challenges of genetic engineering, climate change and sustainability or questions about how we teach history in Australia.

Newington Centre for Ethics

"These unmanned aerial vehicles are changing the ethical calculus of war, allowing us to go to war unchallenged by seeing images of a human cost on our side." Professor Rufus Black speaking on 'Drones, Clones and Internet Pornography—the ethical cost of technology on humanity'.

The Newington College Centre for Ethics is an open and free forum for students, teachers, parents and the wider community to engage in discussion of contemporary issues, beliefs and values. Started in 2009, the Centre has hosted a diverse and distinguished range of speakers representing academia, the arts, sport, journalism, politics, law and medicine.

Philosophy and Religious Studies(PRS) are popular subjects at Newington in both the Studies of Religion program for HSC and the Philosophy program for the IB Diploma. We open these opportunities for debate to students of others schools as well, to enable a broader sharing of ideas and perspectives.

The Centre provides another way to enrich the academic curriculum and prepare young minds for university study beyond school.

“We are looking closely at ‘why’ someone becomes a terrorist—justifying violence in your head as bravery, believing your anger should be channelled and accepting that religion can be violent.”

- Associate Professor Anne Aly, Curtin University

Past Speakers

Dr Anne AlyCounter-terrorism expert, Curtin University
Monica AttardOAM,author and journalist
Associate Professor Rufus BlackMaster of Ormond College, The University of Melbourne
Julian Burnside AO, QCBarrister, Human Rights Advocate and Author
Professor John Keane,Director of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, USYD
The Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMGjurist and academic, former Justice of the High, Court of Australia
The Reverend Tim Costello AOCEO of World Vision Australia
Professor Jake LynchDirector of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, USYD
Elizabeth Ann MacGregor OBEDirector of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Baroness Susan Greenfield CBEProfessor of Pharmacology, University of Oxford
Mark Scott AOManaging Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Professor Peter SingerProfessor of Bioethics, Princeton University
Mark Tedeschi QCNSW Senior Crown Prosecutor
Dr Peter VardyPhilosopher and Educationalist, University of London
Professor Ian Hickie AMExecutive Director, Brain and Mind Research Institute, USYD


P&F Parent Forums

The P&F Associations sponsors a number of talks and forums featuring special guests to help boys and their parents gain a better understanding of issues concerning adolescence, technology and health. These forums range of topic from the importance of sleep, to self-defence, digital citizenship and peer pressure.

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