Born at the Right Time: Ron McCallum Alumni Book Launch and Signing

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Event Details

4 July 2019 at 6:00 pm
Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Open to:
Free to attend
Alumni; Law; Other events; Public lectures; General


Blind from birth, Ron regards himself as fortunate to have been born at a time when ever improving technology has enabled him to live a rich and full life, and to become a professor of law at one of Australia's most prestigious universities.

Ron McCallum has been blind from birth. When he was a child, many blind people spent their lives making baskets in sheltered workshops, but Ron's mother had other ideas for her son. She insisted on treating him as normally as possible.

In this endearing memoir, Ron recounts his social awkwardness and physical mishaps, and shares his early fears that he might never manage to have a proper career, find love or become a parent. He has achieved all this and more, becoming a professor of law at a prestigious university, and chairing a committee at the United Nations.

Ron's glass is always half full. He has taken advantage of every new assistive technology and is in awe of what is now available to allow him and other blind people to realise their potential. His is a life richly lived, by a man who remains open to all people from all walks of life.

Jenni Bradley-Cahalan
03 9905 2630
Monash University, Faculty of Law