Virtual Lecture Series | 27th Aug

Virtual Lecture Series: COVID and working migrant communities

Location: Zoom, Facebook Live Stream, YouTube

Date: Thursday – 27 Aug @ 7pm

Presenters: Kon Samaras

Language of Presentation: English | R.M.L.G.*: 0 – No knowledge of Greek required.

Entry: FREE


The COVID-19 pandemic has followed in the footsteps of many plagues from history. Initially, pestilence accompanies people travelling via busy trade routes, via ships during the world’s last great pandemic and now via the countless air routes favoured by tourists and business.

Once a novel virus finds its way into a community, it is the most vulnerable who endure the greatest hardship. COVID-19 has not just been lethal for many of our frail elderly but for thousands of migrant workers, exposed because of their work and lack of care.
This pandemic will be remembered for many tragedies, but history will highlight one very obvious trait. The impact on migrant communities, from the cold streets of Stockholm to the countless undocumented workers in Texas.


For close to 30 years, Kosmos Samaras has worked in both advertising and politics. He served as Victorian Labor’s Deputy Campaign Director for 14 years, where he specialised in political and social demography. He now runs a research consulting company based in Victoria, focusing on both social and corporate projects aimed at assisting the broader community. Kosmos was born in Australia, his parents migrating to Australia during the 1960s. He spent most of his formative years growing up in Melbourne’s migrant working-class suburbs of Northcote and Broadmeadows.

How to Participate

In order to keep everyone safe we have organized this seminar to be delivered online.
However, we are well aware that for some, a large part of the appeal of our seminars is the very active audience participation. Therefore we are providing two ways for you to enjoy the seminar:
If you want to actively participate and ask questions at the end of the seminar you will need to join us through a Zoom Webinar – for which you’ll need to pre-register by following this link: Zoom

If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the show, just join us through our Facebook page or our YouTube page where we’ll be live streaming the event.


We thank the following donor for making this seminar possible: Anastasia Sougleris.

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