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15th Annual Peace Lecture: Otago University Chaplaincy and Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group
August 20 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Can we think our way to peace ?
Dr Rachael Kohn, Of The Spirit of Things, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
To be introduced by Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Helen Nicholson
Supper to follow at All Saints’ Anglican Church Hall, 786 Cumberland St
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This year we acknowledge generous financial support from Continuing Education (University of Otago) and from a Quaker Peace Grant.
Rachael Kohn is Jewish. She was awarded a Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of New South Wales in 2005 for ‘services to the community … fostering religious understanding’ through her broadcasts, public speaking and the book, The New Believers: Re-imagining God, HarperCollins 2003. Her second book Curious Obsessions in the History of Science and Spirituality, ABC Books 2007. Rachael has published numerous chapters in books on subjects ranging from religion and violence, saints and saintliness, spiritual encounters and aging and spirituality.
For ten years she served on the advisory board of Griffith University’s Multi Faith Centre (renamed the Centre for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue), from 2004-2014. Born in Canada, she graduated with an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from McMaster University and was awarded the prestigious Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship, which she took up at the University of Lancaster, England. Before joining the ABC in 1992, she taught Religious Studies at Sydney University and in universities in England and Canada.
Rachael has won three World Gold Medals from the New York Festivals International Radio Competition. She has produced documentaries for ABC TV’s Compass: The Dead Sea Scrolls, Buddhism East and West, and Paws for Thought (the spirituality of animals) .