What could be more fitting in Social Sciences week, than to honour the memory of Professor Tony Vinson – eminent social researcher, passionate reformer and among his many former roles, Chair of Social Work at UNSW?
Join us to hear Professor Peter Norden, a renowned advocate for prison reform and social justice and an expert in social policy speak of Tony Vinson’s legacy in this Inaugural Tony Vinson Memorial Lecture Series.
In acknowledging the contribution that Tony Vinson made to penal reform and social policy more broadly over a career spanning almost 50years, this Lecture will present a radical, alternative approach to the rapidly expanding ‘prison estate’ that has effectively extended the social control arm of State and Territory governments over the last two decades to the most marginalised and disadvantaged groups in Australian society. We see this being played out currently with regard to the so called ‘African gang’ rhetoric of both State and Federal authorities. Perhaps it is time for the Office of Home Affairs to start focusing on community cohesion, rather than alienation and division. It is overtime for the pendulum to swing back in Australia, as we have already seen over the last 15 years in the United States.