Moving in the open daylight: Doc Evatt, an Australian at the UN

On the 60th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the Evatt Foundation invites you to join

Senator John Faulkner

for the launch of:

Ashley Hogan, Moving in the Open Daylight: Doc Evatt, An Australian at the United Nations, Foreword by Michael Kirby, published by Sydney University Press in association with the Evatt Foundation


The year was 1945. The place was San Francisco. The topic was the world.

Ashley Hogan tells the story of a moment in human history when Australia became known for its courage and liberalism. At the conference that founded the United Nations, Australia spoke to the Great Powers on behalf of the other nations of the world with a voice that commanded universal respect. That voice belonged to Dr Herbert Vere Evatt.

Three years later, Doc Evatt's commitment to an international order that included all nations was rewarded by his election as President of the General Assembly. His belief that lasting peace could not be secured without economic and social justice flowered into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Moving in the Open Daylight is a short book about a big story. For a world that has once again become rent by inequality and war, it is an important and inspiring story.

"an international story about Australia in which all citizens can take pride and inspiration"

"Evatt's role in the establishment of the United Nations has legendary status. This succinct and measured account gives substance to that legend, showing how the foreign minister of a small and distant country spoke up for internationalism in the post-war settlement. It records his determination to secure the rule of law, the principles of democracy and the universality of human rights."
          - Stuart Macintyre, Ernest Scott Professor of History at the School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne

'I warmly remember Doc Evatt as a courageous fighter for freedom and justice. In recalling the Doc's magnificent role in the formation of the United Nations, Ashley Hogan tells an international story about Australia in which all citizens can take pride and inspiration.'
          - Tom Uren, AO, Member of Parliament (1958-1990) and Minister in the Whitlam (1972-1975) and Hawke Governments (1983-1987)


Ashley Hogan has an honours degree in Australian history, is a former postgraduate student at the University of New South Wales and has previously published on gender and class in colonial society. She has worked for the Federal Labor Party since 2000.


The book will be launched at the home of Bruce Childs & Yola Lucire at 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm on 10 December 2008. Food and drink will be available. Please RSVP for catering purposes. Phone (02) 8090 1170 or email: admin@evatt.usyd.edu.au

Address: Walk down the drive at 345 Edgecliff Road, Edgecliff, Sydney. (Some might prefer to park in Manning Road and walk to the top of Pine Hill Avenue and enter via the top path past the bins - it is easy to find.)

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