Founded in 1967, the International House annual Peace & Understanding Lecture brings together leading thinkers and doers to share their opinion on a current topical issue in our World. At International House, our residents live and breathe world understanding and since its inception, this Lecture has showcased  the possibilities of harmonious, innovative, cross-cultural living, diversity, and understanding encapsulated at the College. From Professor Robert Neale to Dr Tim Soutphommasane, our previous Orators have spoken about issues as varied as the British withdrawal from Asia to the coming of the Asian Century. View the full list of Peace & Understanding Lectures at the bottom of this page.

For the 2015 Peace & Understanding Lecture, we were delighted to welcome Eddie Jaku OAM to International House. With over 300 people in attendance, including board members, residents, alumni, UQ students and the Brisbane community,and in the wake of the tragedies in Paris and Beirut on Friday 13 November 2015, there could have been no better time to showcase the International House values of tolerance, acceptance, diversity and inclusion. While Eddie’s story is one of horror and the very worst that man can inflict upon each other, it is also a story of hope. Despite his time spent at the hands of evil men inside the walls of Auschwitz Concentration Camp, his message to the world is this: hating each other won’t solve any of the world’s issues. We have to work together as one to build a better, brighter, more tolerant world for the future. In the word’s of Martin Luther King Jr, “Hate cannot drive out hate, only light can do that.”

Thank you to everyone who came to support International House and Eddie on this momentous occasion. We do hope you will join us again next year. View all the images from this year’s Lecture. You can also watch the Lecture in full and if you would like to support the work International House does in the community, please consider donating to IH.

(Pictured: Michael Naess, IH Resident 2013-15 and ICC President 2015, Eddie Jaku OAM and Dr Carla Tromans, Director of International House)


1967Professor Robert Neale AO et al.Australia and Asia
1968Professor Gordon Greenwood et al.Somewhere East of Suez: The effects of British Withdrawal
1969Emeritus Professor CP FitzgeraldThe Future of the Overseas Chinese
1970Professor Zelman Cowan, Dr Glen McBride, Professor Gordon Greenwood, Professor Colin HughesMan International
1988Sir Harry GibbsBrotherhood by Example or by Decree?
1989Dr Ian LoweInternationalist: The Environmental Imperative
1990Archbishop Peter Hollingworth AC OBE2001: Goals for Australia
1992Dr John LongworthUnderstanding Our Customers: Hidden Socio-Political Realities in Japan and China which influence Trade with Australia
1993Justice Marcus EinfeldInternational Challenges to Humanity at the Close of the Twentieth Century
1994Dr Goh Ban LeePartnership of Equals in a Changing Pacific Rim
1995Hon Justice Michael D Kirby AC CMGCambodia: Failures and Achievements
1998Mr John PapworthConformism or Rebellion:Citizenship Roles in the Global Crisis
1999Former Prime Minister Mr Kevin RuddKorean Peninsula: Challenges, Threats and Opportunities
2000Dr Sue Wareham OAMSanctions Against Iraq: A Crime Against Humanity
2001Aunty Joan Hendricks Reconciliation: A Different Deal - The Journey Together
2002Mr Richard Woolcott ACWhatever Happened to Peace and Understanding?
2003Dr Kirpal SinghMelting Pots, Mosaics and Fabrics: Whither Multiculturalism?
2004Hon Mary Gaudron QCThe Rule of Law
2006Mr Ben McDevitt AM APM CSIOperation Helpem Fren - Peace via Justice
2007Dr Jennifer Allen Simons"Come My Friends, 'Tis Not Too Late To Seek A Newer World": Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons
2008Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AOCommunity for Understanding
2009Ms Geraldine Cox AMHome Is Where The Heart Is
2010Mr Ian ConwayA New Dreaming Through Education
2013Dr Tim SoutphommasaneRacism, It Stops With Me
2015Eddie Jaku OAMHolocaust
2016Mr Fred (Iain) SmithPeace, Love and Understanding In A War Zone
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