Special Public Lecture: The Hon. Kevin Rudd AC

The Newcastle Institute, together with the University of Newcastle’s Asia Pacific Research Centre, together is hosting a special public lecture and conversation with: The Honourable Kevin Rudd AC, 26th Prime Minister of Australia.

Our thanks to the University team for the live stream of the event which you can see on the YouTube link below.


Mr Rudd will explore the themes from his latest book, The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between the US and Xi Jinping’s China. Mr Rudd will analyse the factors that lie beneath the volatile relationship between China and the United States and its allies, including Australia, and discuss ways these tensions can be controlled without spiralling into crisis, confrontation, and conflict.

Mr Rudd served as Australia’s twenty-sixth Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010 and then as its Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012, before returning as Prime Minister in 2013. He is the global president and CEO of Asia Society and has been president of the Asia Society Policy Institute since January 2015.

We hope you can join us for this special occasion.

Date:       Tuesday 22nd November 2022

Time:      1pm for a 1:30pm start, book signing and canapes to follow from 2:45pm

Location: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, University of Newcastle, Corner Laman Street, Auckland Street, Newcastle.

Register here This is a free community event, however due to limited capacity, registration is essential

Post-Event Reception & book signing: Please join us for light refreshments, immediately following the conclusion of the lecture and opportunity to have Mr Rudd sign his latest book.

Parking: Parking can be found on street or in the Civic West car park.

Accessibility: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, University of Newcastle, offers accessible seating. This seating is available to patrons who may be wheelchair or mobility aid users, those with low mobility or struggle with stairs and their companions. Please contact events@newcastle.edu.au with any questions about how to book these seats.

Please note: The University of Newcastle will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines and adhere to NSW Government requirements to ensure the safety of attendees at our events. We appreciate your assistance with helping to keep our community safe by following the direction of our event staff on the evening. Please do not attend this event if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.



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