ANU Reconciliation Lecture 2023 in partnership with UC

We are proud to announce the ANU Reconciliation Lecture 2023, in partnership with the University of Canberra, will be delivered by Professor Tom Calma AO, a Kungarakan Elder, a member of the Iwaidja people, 2023 Senior Australian of the Year and the Chancellor of the University of Canberra. 

As Australians prepare to vote on whether to enshrine an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice in the Constitution, join us to hear from one of the lead architects of the proposal. 

The ANU Reconciliation Lecture 

This lecture series, which began in 2018 to highlight Indigenous researchers and Indigenous research, has since become The Australian National University's flagship event for National Reconciliation Week. This year's lecture will be delivered in the spirit of National Reconciliation Week's 2023 theme, "Be a Voice for Generations". 

About Professor Tom Calma AO 

Professor Tom Calma is an Aboriginal Elder from the Kungarakan (Koong ara kan) people and a member of the Iwaidja (Ee wad ja) people in the Northern Territory. He has been involved in Indigenous affairs at a local, community, state, national and international level and worked in the public sector for over 45 years and is currently on a number of boards and committees focusing on rural and remote Australia, health, mental health, suicide prevention, all levels of education, culture and language, justice reinvestment, research, reconciliation and economic development. In 2010 after a distinguished career of 38 years in the Australian Public Service, Professor Calma retired and currently works as a consultant, volunteer and academic. 

Professor Calma is Chancellor of the University of Canberra and a Professor of Practice (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Sydney, an Adjunct Associate Professor at ANU and former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner (2004-10) and Race Discrimination Commissioner (2004-09) at the Australian Human Rights Commission. For the past 12 years he has been the National Coordinator Tackling Indigenous Smoking and in 2022 was appointed a member of the Referendum Working Group and Referendum Engagement Group after co-chairing with Professor Marcia Langton AO the committee leading the Co-design of a Voice to Government and Parliament from 2019-2021. In 2022 he was the first Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person appointed a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Science. In the same year he was appointed a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Professor Calma is the 2023 Senior Australian of the Year. 


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