The Annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture: Alison Page 'Fifty shades of brown'
Each year, a renowned Australian individual is invited to speak publically on the topic of reconciliation. In 2012, the lecture will be given by Alison Page, award-winning designer and Executive Officer of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance and the National Aboriginal Design Agency, and a descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation.
Time & venue: 26 November, 6 – 7pm followed by refreshments; Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.
Enquiries & RSVP: Registration is essential – visit RSVP reconciliation or phone Kristian Draxl on 02 6125 1096. The event is free and open to the public.
AIATSIS collection exhibition: Likan'mirri II
An exhibition of art from the collection of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), which includes paintings, drawings, photographs, posters, sketchbooks, and three-dimensional objects such as sculptures, bark baskets, ceremonial objects, and weavings.
Time & venue: 9 November – 16 December, 12 – 5pm Wednesday – Sunday, Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street, off Barry Drive, Acton.
Exhibition opening: Official opening by Russell Taylor, Principal, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies – Thursday 8 November at 6pm.
Enquiries & RSVP: 02 6125 5832. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Public forum on Australia's Indigenous languages
Before the arrival of the First Fleet, there were around 250 language groups across Australia, with innumerable dialects as well. Today, Australian languages are dwindling rapidly, and many are projected to be extinct by the next generation. Losing these languages means a loss of diverse cultural and historical knowledge that has been accumulated over the past 60,000 years.
What has been done to preserve these languages? What has been the role of government policy and education in keeping these languages alive? What can and should be done to maintain them for the future?
Speakers at the forum will include:
- Professor Jane Simpson, Head of the ANU School of Linguistics and Language Studies and a researcher of Australian languages, ANU.
- Dr Jaky Troy, Director, Indigenous Social and Cultural Wellbeing Program, AIATSIS.
- Dr Patrick McConvell, Research Fellow in Linguistics and a researcher of Australian languages, ANU.
- Dr Bill Fogarty, Research Associate at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU.
Time & venue: 6.30–8pm, Theatre 5, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU.
Enquiries & RSVP: The event is free and open to the public. Further information is available from the forum co-ordinator, Ben Purser at email@example.com or on 0401 092 692.
A way through: a forum for Rick Farley
Professor Mick Dodson will be speaking at a panel to mark the publication of Rick Farley's biography and to discuss how Farley's example as a leading advocate for Austalia's farmers, our environment and for Indigenous rights, could contribute to tackling current political and environmental challenges.
Time & venue: 6–7.15pm, Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia, Acton Peninsula, Canberra.
Enquiries & RSVP: Bookings are essential and can be made via 02 6208 5021 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is free and open to the public.
NCIS postgraduate research retreat
NCIS is proud to host its third retreat for ANU Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates. The retreat will be an opportunity for Indigenous HDR candidates and candidates researching in Indigenous studies to engage in intellectual discussion, networking and information sharing.
Time & venue: Friday evening – Sunday afternoon, Rydges Eagle-Hawke resort, Federal Highway.
Enquiries & RSVP: Bookings essential – email Bill.Fogarty@anu.edu.au or phone 02 6125 4221. The event is free and places are limited.
Justice Reinvestment Forum
Is Justice Reinvestment needed in Australia?
The Justice Reinvestment Forum is a unique opportunity to hear about the concept of Justice Reinvestment and its application in Australia, from a panel of nationally and internationally renown experts in the field. It is also an opportunity to engage in informed discussion and debate with leaders from both academia and government.
Time & venue: 10am–5pm, Acton Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Crawford Building 132, ANU.
Enquiries & RSVP: This event is by invitation only and is now fully subscribed.
Public lecture: Professor Robert A Williams Jr
What happened to Mabo? The search for the missing link in securing land justice for Australia's indigenous peoples
After 20 years, Mabo's promise of land justice for indigenous peoples in Australia remains unfulfilled. High Court decisions issued after Mabo, like Ben Ward and Yorta Yorta, and unilateral government actions like the 1998 amendments to the 1993 Native Title Act, have been harshly criticised by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination for winding back the protections of the Mabo decision and violating Australia's international human rights obligations. What caused Mabo's promise to be broken so blatantly and profoundly by "extinguishing acts" that nobody knew existed prior to Mabo's historic declaration that native title was a recognisable property interest in Australia, unless of course, it had been extinguished? The missing link between Mabo and the achievement of land justice for Aboriginal people in Australia lies in Mabo's failure to reject the "complex of ideas" that constitute the European colonial era Doctrine of Discovery and its racist 19th century legal language of extinguishment of indigenous peoples' human rights in their traditional lands.
Time & venue: 6–7pm, Coombs Extension Room 104, corner Garran Road & Liversidge Street, ANU.
Enquiries & RSVP: Bookings essential – email Anna.Damiano@anu.edu.au or phone 02 6125 6708. The event is free and open to the public.
Constitution Day 2012 Forum (broadcast)
A Constitution for all Australians – where to next for Indigenous recognition?
Hear from some of Australia's leading commentators as we pose the question: what are the next steps towards Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians? This free forum was held in Sydney on 2 July 2012 and will be broadcast on ABC Radio National's Big Ideas on Monday 9 July from 8pm.
Forum participants included Professor Mick Dodson AM, Father Frank Brennan SJ AO, Alison Page and Professor Megan Davis. The forum was moderated by Paul Barclay, presenter and series producer of ABC Radio National's Big Ideas.
'Common Roots: Common Futures: Indigenous Pathways to Self-Determination' conference & workshop
In partnership with the Harvard University Australian Studies Committee, the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard University, NCIS co-hosted an international conference bringing together leading experts on governance and self-determination from Australia, New Zealand and North America.