Last Chance for Tickets to Must-See QndA Forum

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
15 Jul 2016

This coming Wednesday, 20 July, the Institute for Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Australia is hosting its third QndA.

The hugely popular event attracts panellists from a number of different faiths and traditions to answer audience questions on the most important issues of the day.  The five panellists will have a lot to discuss in the wake of the longest federal election season Australia has ever seen.

The panel will be comprised of key local and international figures.

Dr William T. Cavanaugh

Dr Cavanaugh is a research professor at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University, Chicago.  He holds an MA in Theology and Religious Studies from Cambridge University and a PhD in Religion from Duke University.  He has written a number of books including Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics and The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict and is interested in the Church's encounter with social, political and economic realities.

Maha Abdo OAM, CEO of the Muslim Women Association

Maha Abdo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Muslim Women Association, a community-based organisation that caters to the educational, religious, social, recreational and welfare needs of Muslim women from all backgrounds.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, majoring in domestic violence, women's rights, child abuse and mental health, a Masters Degree in Social Science and a Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution.  She was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2008, the NSW Premier's Multicultural Medal in 2013 and the NSW Human Rights Award in 2014.

Bishop Michael Stead, Anglican Bishop of South Sydney

Bishop Michael Stead was consecrated Anglican Bishop of South Sydney at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney on 5th December, 2015.  Author of several books on Zechariah, Bishop Stead holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales, a Bachelor of Divinity and a Diploma of Ministry from Moore College, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Gloucestershire in 2007. In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, he is a part-time lecturer in Old Testament at Moore Theological College.

Melinda Tankard Reist, co-founder of Collective Shout

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, highly sought after speaker and advocate for women and girls.  She is the co-founder of Collective Shout, a grassroots campaigns movement mobilising and equipping individuals and groups to address the objectification of women and the sexualisation of girls, particularly in advertising.  She is known for her work on these matters as well as the harms of pornography,  sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women.  She is the author of a number of books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry.  Her advocacy for women has helped establish a supported accommodation and outreach service for women pregnant and without support and programs which address trafficking and sex slavery. Her most recent book is titled: Prostitution Narratives: Stories of survival in the sex trade.

Scott Stephens, Editor, Religion and Ethics

Scott Stephens is the editor of the ABC's Religion and Ethics website and provides commentary on religion and ethics for the ABC on a range of its online, radio and television programs.  Prior to joining the ABC, Mr Stephens taught theology and ethics.  He has published widely on moral philosophy, theology and political theory, and is a sought after speaker at home and abroad.

The panel will be chaired by Officer for Engagement & Public Affairs at the UNDA's Institute of Ethics and Society, Patrick Langrell.

A small number of tickets are still available for this event.  RSVP at

Event details

7pm, Wednesday, 20 July 2016.
St Benedict's Hall
The University of Notre Dame Australia
104 Broadway (Corner of Abercrombie Street)

You can see complete videos of earlier QndA panel discussions at