In Conversation with Ron McCallum

Date & time
6–7pm Tuesday 23 July 2019

Australian Centre on China in the World


Fellows Lane

Australian National University

Acton, ACT 2601

Ron McCallum AO - The University of Sydney
Professor Kim Rubenstein FAAL, FASSA - Australian National University


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In Conversation with Ron McCallum

Ron McCallum AO will be in conversation with Professor Kim Rubenstein on Ron's memoir, Born at the Right Time,' A moving book on the life of a brilliant man who often 'saw' the needs of our world more clearly than the sighted people around him.' The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG

Ron McCallum has been blind from birth. In this endearing memoir, Ron recounts his own social awkwardness and physical mishaps, and shares his early fears that he might never manage to have a proper career, find love or become a parent. He has achieved all this and more. He is the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia becoming the foundation Blake Dawson Waldron Professor of Industrial Law and then Dean of Law at Sydney University.

Ron's glass is always half-full. He has taken advantage of every new assistive technology and is in awe of what is now available to allow him and other blind people to realise their potential. His is a life richly lived, by a man who remains open to all people from all walks of life.

'Ron has lived through a period of major changes in society, technology and the lives of people with disabilities. His description of his life full of challenges and his many successes is inspiring.' Maryanne Diamond AO, former President of the World Blind Union.

Ron McCallum AO is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, Australia. He has been Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, has received a Centenary Medal for his work and was the 2011 Senior Australian of the Year. His hobbies include playing the flute, reading, cooking and meditation.

Professor Kim Rubenstein is a Professor in the ANU College of Law and an ANU Public Policy Fellow. She was Director of the Centre for International and Public Law from 2006-2015 and is one of Australia's leading experts on citizenship law. In 2012 she was named in the first batch of Westpac '100 Women of Influence' Australian Financial Review awards for her work in public policy and in October 2013 she was awarded the inaugural Edna Ryan award for 'leading feminist changes in the public sphere'. Kim Rubenstein is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Law and the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences.

The vote of thanks will be given by Cameron Roles, who is a Senior Lecturer at the ANU College of Law, where he teaches and researches in workplace law. He  is the LLB and JD program Subdean at the College and a Director of Vision Australia Limited.

Pre-event book signings will be available from 5:30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop and books will be available to purchase.


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