Annual Reconciliation Lecture

The Swinburne University of Technology Annual Reconciliation Lecture is a key element of Swinburne’s Reconciliation Action Plan. Each year, an eminent Australian will be invited to present on reconciliation in regards to their specific area of expertise. 

The Reconciliation Lecture is designed to advance understandings in the wider community on reconciliation in Australia.

2017 Annual Reconciliation Lecture

Thursday 8 June 2017, Swinburne Hawthorn campus.

In June 2017, we welcomed Professor John Maynard the University of Newcastle to deliver his keynote speech, Black to the Future.

In 2017 Australians stand at a crossroads. Are we heading to a truly egalitarian and shared future of prosperity, or to the bleak future portrayed in the movie Back to the Future II? Global political instability and bizarre electoral outcomes have created a climate of world uncertainty. In recent times the Australian nation has faced extreme and conflicting views over refugees, boat people, Australia Day, constitutional change and Aboriginal issues. It is timely to look back at the past now on some of these very same issues, to gain an insight on how we can take steps towards making positive change today.

2016 Inaugural Annual Reconciliation Lecture

The Inaugural Swinburne Annual Reconciliation Lecture was presented by Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Professor of Indigenous Education at the University of South Australia.

Without education Aboriginal Peoples will always be second class citizens: What strategies and lessons for reform are offered by the Treaty debate and Constitutional Recognition?