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  • The Centre for Stories 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge, WA, 6003 Australia (map)

 Saturday 10 December

The Moon Above our Heads:  Stories of Courage

(served with coffee and chocolate) 

3–5 pm

Ticket price: $19

For this year's Human Rights Day, Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Mary Ann Kenny, Baden Offord, John Ryan and Yasue Arimitsu will be sharing the stories and books that have influenced and impacted upon their enduring human rights work. Join us for an afternoon of celebrating courage in adversity, tolerance and understanding, and above all else—our common humanity. 

'This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.'

—United Nations


Baden Offord holds the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education and is Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights. He is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University. Born in Aotearoa New Zealand, of Maori and Pakeha heritage, Baden has lived most of his life in Sydney and Byron Bay, as well as several years in Aotearoa/NZ, India and Japan. He was educated at The University of Sydney, Australian National University and Southern Cross University. 


Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes is a researcher and poet from the holy town of Lalibela, Ethiopia. His poetry was published in a book titled Yeteraroch Chuhet (The Cry of Mountains), which uses Amharic to reflect on Ethiopia’s history of loss and resilience. Yirga holds both a Master's and a PhD from the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University, where he is now a lecturer. 

Mary Ann Kenny is an Associate Professor in the School of Law and the Programme Manager of the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice. She teaches migration law, refugee law and international human rights and she has been a legal practitioner and migration agent for over 20 years. As a legal practitioner Mary Ann continues to provide vital pro bono advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

John Ryan is Head of English at Southern Cross Distance Education School and President of the North Coast Branch of the NSW English Teachers Association. John has published in cultural studies and in the field of human rights education. His most recent article, 'Peacebuilding education: enabling human rights and social justice through cultural studies pedagogy' was a collaboration with co-panelist Baden Offord. John won a NSW Premiers' Scholarship in 2003.

Yasue Arimitsu is Professor Emeritus of English and Australian Studies at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. She has edited and contributed to Contemporary Australian Studies: Literature, History, Film and Media Studies in a Globalizing Age (2016). She was the president of the Australian Studies Association of Japan (2010–2013), and is currently the president of the Australia New Zealand Literary Society of Japan (2014–).

Earlier Event: December 3