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Lovely gathering of friends, colleagues and students today at St James Ethics centre in Sydney CBD. The centre’s director, Dr Simon Longstaff, talked about the importance of ethics in helping us understand and negotiate complex relationships in contemporary society, including the bond between professions and social values. Professor Andy Vann, Vice Chancellor of Charles Sturt University, was generous in his comments about the book, including the autobiographical approach. I particularly liked his explanation that CSU’s mission to be a university of (and for)  the professions requires that we educate students to lead and develop their fields, not merely reproduce current practice. Both agreed the book is timely and welcomed a new approach to these issues, given the inadequacies of the old ones. But going back further, and deeper, Andy referred to the Wiradjiri notion of ‘yindyamarra winhanga-nha’ (‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’). This requires humility and self-awareness, the notions I see as central to depth ethics.

Writing a book, as I said at the do, involves long periods of isolation, boredom, despair and exhaustion, so it was really moving to celebrate its release into the world with fellow dreamers and writers as well as academics and students. As well as the kind introduction by the VC, I was delighted that Prof Jim McNamara from UTS, Julian Kenney from the PRIA, and the Australian Council’s new Chair of Literature, Charlotte Wood, could attend. Colleagues, doctoral students and friends came from Brisbane, Wollongong, Bathurst, Katoomba and Sydney for the event – so grateful that they made the effort to share this moment.

Dr Simon Longstaff, JO Fawkes, Prof. Andy  Vann

Dr Simon Longstaff, Jo Fawkes, Prof. Andy Vann

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Very chuffed that CSU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Andy Vann, will be launching my book at the St James Ethics Centre next Tuesday. It’s great to have such support from my university. The Media Office have produced a nice release for the do:

book release

If any of my FB or LinkedIn friends & contacts are in the Sydney area then, please see this invite and respond to Donald Alexander.

Book launch

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Book things

Good crowd assembling for the VC’s launch of my book in Sydney this December

Book launch

Nice post from PRIA and link to launch

PRIA blog on book launch

Also here’s an earlier blog from Noel Turnbull, of RMIT

Noel Turnbull on book

And delighted to hear that Chris Galloway presented a paper to ECREA on the links between Jungian ethics and communication crises.

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Conference started with generous words for book from Prof Ron Arnett and now I leave with Best Paper prize (slides here Euprera2014). Official announcement here Euprera prize winners.

Good trip, eh? And now off to swanky dinner @ Maison du Cygne

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Amazing experience listening to keynote speaker Prof. Ron Arnett build speech around my book, revealing depths I didn’t know it had. He talked about the ground of ethics, about communication as secondary to content and the need not for more dialogue, which can lead to empty engagement, but capacity to,listen to monologue, to hear the other.
In particular he highlighted book’s acceptance of fallibility and multiplicity as opposed to modernity’s unipolar linear insistence on one positive narrative. Role of shadow strongly welcomed as counter balance to this story. Really wonderful to hear my work reflected back with such depth of reflection.

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The book is now published Public relations ethics and professionalism: the shadow of excellence

and my copies have arrived in Australia. It looks sort of ordinary – perhaps I envisaged some illuminated gold-leaf manuscript, commensurate to the effort involved.

But it already has a kind of life – hence the invite to University of New South Wales seminar series,

10_2014_sam_seminar_Fawkes

and, rather excitingly, a heads-up that the book will get a mention in Professor Ron Arnett’s (Duquesne University) keynote address to the forthcoming Euprera conference in Brussels this September.

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