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2017 Swinburne Annual Reconciliation Lecture: Black to the Future

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Date: Thursday 8 June 2017
Venue: AMDC301 Hawthorn Campus

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The Swinburne Annual Reconciliation Lecture aims to advance understandings of reconciliation in the wider community. The Reconciliation Lecture is a key element of Swinburne’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

This year we welcome Professor John Maynard from the University of Newcastle to deliver his keynote speech, 'Black to the Future'.

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.

About the speakerProfessor John Maynard

Professor John Maynard is a Worimi Aboriginal man from the Port Stephens region of New South Wales. He is currently Chair of Aboriginal History at the University of Newcastle and Director of the Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre.

Professor Maynard has held several major positions and served on numerous prominent organizations and committees including, Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association, New South Wales History Council, Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council (IHEAC), Australian Research Council College of Experts – Deputy Chair Humanities, National Indigenous Research and Knowledge Network (NIRAKN) and a Fulbright Ambassador.

He was the recipient of the Aboriginal History (Australian National University) Stanner Fellowship 1996, the New South Wales Premiers Indigenous History Fellow 2003, Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow 2004, University of Newcastle Researcher of the Year 2008 and 2012 and Australian National University Allan Martin History Lecturer 2010.

In 2014 he was elected a member of the prestigious Australian Social Sciences Academy. He gained his PhD in 2003, examining the rise of early Aboriginal political activism. He has worked with and within many Aboriginal communities, urban, rural and remote.

Professor Maynard’s publications have concentrated on the intersections of Aboriginal political and social history, and the history of Australian race relations. He is the author of several books, including Aboriginal Stars of the Turf, Fight for Liberty and Freedom, The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe, Aborigines and the Sport of Kings, True Light and Shade: An Aboriginal Perspective of Joseph Lycett's Art and Living with the Locals – Early Indigenous Experience of Indigenous Life.

He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including documentaries The Track, The Colony, Vote Yes for Aborigines, Captain Cook Obsession and Discovery, Outback United, Lachlan Macquarie - The Father of Australia, The Years That Made Us, Australia – The Story of Us and Fred Maynard Aboriginal Patriot.

The Swinburne University Annual Reconciliation Lecture has been organised by the Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Engagement). 

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