Indigenous Australians: The Promise of the Future

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An Aboriginal flag and Australian flag side by side. Join Noel Pearson and Megan Davis for a conversation that will help determine Australia’s future—the relations between its Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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Thursday 14 June 2018 06:45 pm until Thursday 14 June 2018 08:15 pm (Add to calendar)
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Presented by:
Noel Pearson, Professor Megan Davis, Ideas & Society Program
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Public Lecture; Public
$30 General / $20 Alumni & Staff/ $15 Students

For the past three decades Noel Pearson has been recognised as one of Indigenous Australians’ most important leaders. But he has also come to be seen as one of our country’s most significant thinkers, notable for his intellectual penetration and originality as well as for his courage—his independence from both the Left and the Right.

In the late 1990s Noel Pearson broke through a taboo by speaking openly about the damage alcohol, drugs and welfare dependency were doing to his people. Working closely with the Cape York communities, and with an emphasis on the solid education of the young, he has pioneered an experiment aimed at finding a new way for his people: full engagement in the globalised economy without the surrender of cultural identity. In recent years he has turned his attention to the vital but still unresolved question of Indigenous constitutional recognition.

Noel will be joined by Professor Megan Davis, a distinguished member of the younger generation of Indigenous leaders. As a professor of constitutional law, a member of a key United Nations Indigenous forum and a member of both the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition and then the Referendum Council, Megan has written a series of complex and powerful essays on the challenges facing Indigenous women, the struggles of her people for both self-determination and meaningful constitutional recognition, and the hopes invested in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

You are invited to join us in a conversation with two of our most exciting public intellectuals, on a question that will help determine Australia’s future—the relations between its Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

To avoid disappointment book early. Interest is likely to be high.

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Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Clarendon Auditorium

Level 2, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf, VIC, 3006

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