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Friday, 30 January 2015

Invitation: Dr Fiona Hill - Arab Cultural Competence: 8 Rules of Engagement

Date: Monday 16 February
Time: 12:30 - 4:30 pm
Venue: Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, 12 Ancora Imparo Way (Building 54) Room G17, Clayton campus
Map: http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/maps/3-Claytoncolour.pdf
Cost: Free - limited space
Note: Although there is no charge for this workshop staff failing to attend without providing three business days notice will incur a $50 administration fee therefore your cost centre and fund details are required. If you are unable to attend but are able to send a colleague in your place you will not be charged the fee.

Tea, coffee and a light afternoon tea will be provided.

Register here

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This briefing workshop for academic and professional staff addresses key cultural attributes and gives 8 methods for positive engagement with students and the broader community and will cover:
  • Heritage world view
  • Faith practice
  • Arabic language
  • Pedigree and names
  • Status, hierarchy and avoidance
  • Gender issues
  • Pedagogy
  • Academic aspirations
Previous feedback on this workshop has been excellent:

· The whole presentation was very engaging and informative

· It was all useful. It has given me a good understanding of Arab culture

· It was great to find out further about the Muslim faith

· Fantastic workshop! Fiona was a really great facilitator

· It was useful to gain an understanding of the concepts of pedigree, genealogy and faith. Very    helpful!

· Was useful to understand the religious context and current political context

· It challenged my own understanding and gave me techniques for building relationships

Dr Fiona Hill is a Cultural Anthropologist & Educator with 30 years commercial, educational, cultural and philanthropic Arab Region experience.

Fiona is a National Director of the Australia-Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AACCI) and Executive Committee Member of the Victoria Chapter. In 2008 she gained an Australian Government Endeavour Executive Award to observe for three months at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

In a voluntary capacity, Fiona served 10 years on the Executive Committee of Australia’s peak Arab community advocacy body Australia Arabic Council; 10 years on the Executive of World Conference on Religions for Peace/Australia; and two terms (2002 – 2008) with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade Council for Australian Arab Relations (CAAR).

Dr Fiona Hill is Honorary Fellow, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Deakin University, and Co-Investigator in the University of Melbourne ‘Australia-Syria Archaeological & Historical Research Collaboration Project.’ She is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs ‘SELA’ (linkage) Project’s ‘New Role for Oriental Studies Scholars & Civilisational Dialogue Specialists’ to promote philosophical engagement with Muslim populations.

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