Ilyasah Shabazz on youth engagement & participation in civic life

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Thursday 8 October 2015

Victoria University, in association with Variety – the Children’s Charity, hosted a panel discussion with Ms Ilyasah Shabazz, Thought Leader and daughter of Malcolm X on 8 October 2015.

Dr Mario Peucker, Post-Doctoral Fellow from Victoria University’s Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, and Sherene Hassan from the Islamic Museum of Australia joined Ilaysah for this lively conversation.

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Read the transcript .

About the speakers

Ilyasah Shabazz

Ilyasah Shabazz is a community organiser, social activist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X (Random House, 2002). She is co-editor with Herb Boyd, The Diary of Malcolm X (Third Word Press, 2013), worked with illustrator AG Ford, The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and with Kekla Magoon, X (Candlewick, 2014).

Ilyasah promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue, and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world.

Sherene Hassan

Sherene is Director of the Islamic Museum of Australia. She served as the first female Vice-President and secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, the peak body for 90,000 Victorian Muslims for nearly eight years. She was one of the media spokespeople for the Council during that period. Sherene is widely recognised for her work promoting understanding and engagement between Australian Muslims and the broader community. To date she has conducted over 800 information sessions on Islam to diverse audiences ranging from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School to the Australian Federal Police. In December 2007, Sherene was selected by the Age newspaper as one of Melbourne's 100 Most Influential people.

Dr Mario Peucker

Dr Mario Peucker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Cultural Diversity & Wellbeing (Victoria University). He has carried numerous research projects, both in Europe and Australia, in the area of cultural and religious diversity, exclusion and citizenship since 2003 and has been invited to consultations with, among others:

  • the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism
  • the Council of Europe
  • the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • the Australian Commission for Human Rights.

In the past five years his research focussed especially on Muslims’ civic and political participation in Australia and other western countries.

About the Game Changers series

The Game Changers Conversation series presents pivotal ideas, personalities and moments in Australia’s evolving story for public discussion and debate.

It is a project of the Footscray University Town initiative - a partnership between Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University that sees education, jobs, creativity and opportunity at the heart of the future of Footscray.

The events are free and open to the whole community.

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8 October, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

Pop-up bar open from 5.30pm.

Get in touch

Bec Carey-Grieve
VU at MetroWest Program & Space Coordinator
9919 7043