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Past Events

New events coming soon

We have several events in development at the moment, and we'll start announcing these in the coming weeks.

After the success of last years's bioethics seminar on freedom of conscience with philosopher David Oderberg (pictured above), we are aiming to develop a few marquee events which we will repeat on an annual basis. Overseas speakers are a possibility; we successfully used videoconferencing to connect to David Oderberg in Reading, UK and we will do more of this in future. Topics we are exploring include:

  • bioethics
  • culture and politics
  • theology and philosophy
  • arts and literature

If you have ideas about possible events, contact us at cclibrary @ cclibrary.org.au to see if we can work together to develop and promote them.

Date:
2 April 2020
Cyber-looking design

Library events under the coronavirus

2020 is not turning out the way any of us expected. The Library's closure means that we cannot run events in the usual way.

We have been considering the delivery of services online and at a distance for a while, and now is clearly the time to make it happen. There are two options we are examining:

  • to set up a regular podcast to deliver our talks
  • livestreaming of talks from this website

In fact, we may do both! Keep watch on this space for further details, or sign up for our email newsletter at the bottom of this page (if you haven't already) to keep up to date.

Date:
1 April 2020

Catholic Social Teaching: Talk 1

Fr Thomas Azzi OP is beginning a new theology course. This semester will cover the foundations of Catholic Social Teaching.

Date:
13 March 2020
Time:
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Where:
Caroline Chisholm Library, Level 3, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Cost:
$20 donation suggested.

Christmas recess

The Caroline Chisholm Library will be closed most days over the Christmas recess.

Our final day of normal opening will be Saturday 21 December.

For most of January, we will be open on Wednesdays only, specifically the 8th, 15th, 22nd.

We will go back to our normal opening starting Wednesday the 29th, after the Australia Day long weekend.

Have a happy, holy and safe Christmas break.

Date:
20 December 2019

CD launch: Pax Britannica

After the successful launch of Rob Stove's first commercial CD The Gates of Vienna in 2018, we are pleased to host the launch of his new CD Pax Britannica, a compilation of organ music by the composers of Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

Dr Paul Watt, musicologist from the Sir Zelmen Cowan School of Music at Monash University, will be the guest speaker.

Date:
28 August 2019
Time:
6:00pm
Where:
Caroline Chisholm Library, Level 3, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost:
Free, but please consider a small donation for the upkeep of the Library.

Book now: Professor David Oderberg on Conscientious Objection

The Caroline Chisholm Library is taking bookings for its upcoming seminar “Opting out: conscientious objection in a liberal society” at 6:30pm-9:30pm on 23 July. 

Philosopher Professor David Oderberg of Reading University will deliver a keynote address by video conference, followed by Q&A. Professor Oderberg is globally recognised as a leading thinker on conscience rights, and was cited by the US Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. His recent book  titled "Opting Out: Conscience and Cooperation in a Pluralistic Society" is the inspiration for this event.

Date:
23 July 2019
Time:
6:30 to 9:30pm
Where:
Village Roadshow Theatrette (Latrobe St entrance), State Library of Victoria
Cost:
$25

January opening hours

The Library will be running on reduced hours in January. We will be open only on Wednesdays, specifically the 9th, 16th, and 23rd.

We will re-open for normal hours on Tuesday the 29th of January.

Date:
2 January 2019

Book launch: Love in the Silence - Carthusians & the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Fr Peter Joseph writes “... before devotion to the Sacred Heart was public and general, and long before it became a universal feast in the Roman Liturgy in 1856”, Carthusians monks were “its lovers and devout clients in the solitude and silence of the cloister.” 

Join us on 16 November for the launch of this profound work of spirituality by Father Joseph.

Date:
16 November 2018
Time:
6:30pm
Where:
Caroline Chisholm Library level 3, 358 Lonsdale St Melbourne
Cost:
Free. A small donation would be welcome.

Postponed: CCL fundraiser with Bishop Umbers of Sydney

Our Caroline Chisholm Library Fundraiser, due on 9 October at St Mary's College Parkville, has been postponed due to low numbers.

We will host an event with Bishop Umbers in due course. In the meantime, keep an eye on our website for future events.

Date:
9 October 2018

Save the Date: “Law and Conscience: Lessons from Modern Germany”

Associate Professor Patrick Quirk (pictured), from the Australian Catholic University and Scholar in Residence at St Mary’s College, will give a talk on conscience protections on Wednesday 19th September at 6.15pm for 6.30pm.

Conscience protections, particularly for professionals, are a hot topic in Victoria and in Australia more widely. It is now impossible to avoid the many areas of public life in which private moral or religious convictions come into conflict with rights claims of others and with regulations which are based on particular political world-views.

This talk will examine the difficulties in defining “freedom of conscience” and “conscience-protection” in many liberal democracies, where the terms of conscience have been uncoupled from their original religious or at least metaphysical foundations.

Date:
19 September 2018
Time:
6:15pm for 6:30pm
Where:
Caroline Chisholm Library, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Cost:
No charge. A small donation would be appreciated.

CD launch: “The Gates of Vienna: Baroque Organ Music from the Habsburg Empire”

The Caroline Chisholm Library community warmly congratulates Robert J Stove for his performance CD “The Gates of Vienna: Baroque Organ Music from the Habsburg Empire”. The CD will be launched at 6 pm on July 11th at the Library.

Date:
11 July 2018
Time:
6pm
Where:
Caroline Chisholm Library, 358 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Cost:
Free, but donations to the Library gratefully accepted

Course on Catholic Doctrine

John Young's Tuesday Course on Catholic Doctrine classes have resumed. This theology course, based on Father John Hardon's book The Catholic Catechism (available in the Library), is on each first and third Tuesday nights of each month, from 6:15 PM till 7:15 PM.

Date:
6 February 2018
Time:
6:15pm to 7:15pm
Where:
Caroline Chisholm Library Level 3 Mitchell House 358 Lonsdale St Melbourne
Cost:
Please make a small donation

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