Sixth Annual Christopher Dawson Centre Colloquium 2021 REGISTER ONLINE HERE


Passing on the Faith: the Challenge for Parents and Schools


Our annual conference originally scheduled for 2020 will now take place on 25–26 June 2021.  The theme will be secondary education, with a particular focus on the development of the spiritual and religious dimension of human nature.  Most of those who originally offered papers have confirmed that they are still available after our year-long hibernation with Covid! .


The theme will be secondary education, with a particular focus on the development of the spiritual and religious dimension of human nature.  



Tea and coffee available from 1.30 pm

2.00         Official opening

2.15         Session 1

              Kenneth Crowther

Whose Culture, Which Liberal Arts?

3.00         Session 2

              Fadi Elbarbar

See, Judge, Act: A Lens for Remembering and Living the Good News

3.45         Tea Break

4.00         Session 3

              Gerard Gaskin

Catholic Education and the Ascendance of Christian Culture

4.45         Session 4

              Archbishop Porteous

Archbishop Porteous

A Christian Anthropological Creed.  We cannot seek to educate the human person until we first understand who we are as human beings.

5.30        Close for the day (no evening event)


Tea and coffee available all day

9.00         Session 5

              David Hastie

Human Resources is not boring, it’s the Greatest Threat: Rethinking Initial Teacher Education for Australian Christian-affiliated schools

9.45         Session 6

              Cheryl Lacey

Faith and Family: The Fundamental Principles of an Educated Nation

10.30       Tea Break

11.00       Session 7

              Eammon Pollard

Who are adolescents today?  The case for a holistic formation of the head, heart and hands

11.45       Session 8

              Peter Robinson

How Firm a Foundation? Governor Bourke’s vision for Eastern Australia based on common Christianity and its current fruit in state school faith education

1230        Lunch in college dining hall

1.30         Session 9

              Wanda Skowronska

The Late Fr Paul Stenhouse’s writings:  persistent educational ‘smelling salts’ confronting the Gramscian Reset

2.15         Session 10

              Kevin Donnelly

Virtues not Values

3.00         Tea Break

3.30         Session 11

              Ben and Julianna Smith

Seeking the right balance of family, Church and school for passing on the faith

4.15         Session 12

              Robert van Gend

Tasting the Transcendentals: Augustine Academy

6.00         Pre-dinner drinks

6.30        Dinner with guest speaker Prof Robert Carver, Director, ACU Ramsay Program in Western Civilisation

9.30         (approx) Close

The Dawson Colloquium is a conversation, not a multi-stream conference.  There are no keynote speeches, as all are considered important to the flow of ideas; speakers are encouraged to attend all papers.