Celebration of Giving highlights philanthropic impact

14 Nov 2023

The Australian National University (ANU) once again embraced its dedicated community of donors and volunteers this October, with the 2023 ANU Celebration of Giving.

ANU Chancellor, the Hon Julie Bishop, joined guests at the event, delivering an address highlighting the immense significance of philanthropy at ANU.

This year's celebration not only acknowledged the vital role of the University's philanthropic community, but also emphasized the rich and diverse landscape of knowledge at ANU. In particular, a thought-provoking panel discussion centred on the integration of Indigenous knowledge across various disciplines of study at the University.

Professor Anthony Connolly, Dean of the ANU College of Law (CoL), moderated the engaging conversation among esteemed panellists: ANU alumna Lydia Corcoran-Eagleton; researcher Fiona Cornforth, Head of the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Research; and Professor Asmi Wood (CoL).

Each panellist spoke on the varied and pivotal work that ANU is undertaking to integrate Indigenous knowledge into the fabric of teaching, learning, and the broader student experience.

Guests also had the unique opportunity to connect with those whose lives they have positively influenced through their generosity. This includes Caleb Campbell, a distinguished 2022 ANU School of Music graduate and the recipient of multiple philanthropically-funded prizes while at the University, who took to the stage, providing musical entertainment.

Celebrating those who give to ANU is an acknowledgment of their pivotal role in shaping the future and empowering the next generation of leaders and thinkers. These individuals not only enrich the academic landscape of the University, but also foster an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives converge - enabling ANU to thrive as a hub of knowledge, innovation, and societal impact.

To view photos from the 2023 ANU Celebration of Giving, go to our social media album.

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