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De Graaff Elms Roundtable panellists to explore pathways to peace

8 March 2019
International House and the Sydney University International House Alumni Association (SUIHAA) are proud to announce details of the first De Graaff-Elms Biennial Roundtable.

The event, to be held on Sunday 7 April, will feature Professor Mark McKenna, Patricia Garcia AO and Andrew Ford OAM. As experts in their respective fields, the trio will offer a fascinating glimpse into their professional careers as well as personal insights into building international understanding. 

The Roundtable format offers each panellist a chance to speak for 10 minutes to outline their work and interest, and to connect their work with the themes of the Roundtable. A discussion among panel members will then be held, followed by Q&A with the audience, and a final wrap-up by the panel. 

Topics on the table

  • The philosophy and practice of constructive international relations
  • The pathways to peace and global citizenship
  • The role of music and the arts in promoting the appreciation of cultural diversity across the world.

Event details

When: Sunday 7 April, 2.30-4pm

Where: The Wool Room, International House, The University of Sydney, 96 City Road, Darlington NSW 2008.

Bookings: Online via our booking form. Please RSVP by no later than 5 April 2019.


The Roundtable honours the contributions of inaugural International House director, Graeme de Graaff, and his wife, Lauris Elms. Under Graeme’s leadership, International House became a place where global friendships were formed and understanding grew across borders. Lauris, a prolific musician in her own right, supported the ideals of International House and gave annual Lieder recitals in aid of the house until Graeme’s retirement in 1987.

The SUIHAA President, Ros Madden, announced the initiative at the 50th anniversary Gala Lunch in December 2017, in the presence of the Chancellor, Belinda Hutchinson, and with the agreement of the IH Director, Jessica Carroll and Council Chair, Steve Mark.

The Roundtable will be held in the Wool Room at International House, a unique venue that was purpose-built to encourage cross-cultural exchanges and international understanding.