Starts 05:30PM
 RACV Hotel, 154-156 Collins Street, Hobart

How did we get here!?

2021 is drawing to an end. The pandemic continued, climate change was (still) debated and misinformation ran riot. On a more positive note,  The Conversation celebrated its 10th birthday with the publication of a collection of the essays that put it on the map: No, You’re Not Entitled To Your Opinion and 49 other essays that got the world talking (Thames & Hudson).

Join a panel of Conversation experts: Henry Reynolds, one of Australia’s most recognised historians; Professor Greg Lehman, a well-known Tasmanian art historian, curator, essayist and commentator on identity and place; and Professor David Bowman, an expert in pyrogeography and fire science, in a broad-ranging discussion about the events that shaped our nation with Dr Natasha Cica, honorary professor at the Australian National University.

“It’s impossible to overestimate the impact The Conversation has had on ideas and knowledge in Australia and this collection reflects that.” – Dr Norman Swan

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Henry Reynolds is one of Australia’s most recognised historians. He grew up in Hobart and was educated at Hobart High School and the University of Tasmania. In 1965, he accepted a lectureship at James Cook University in Townsville, which sparked an interest in the history of relations between settlers and Aboriginal people. In 2000, he took up a professorial fellowship at the University of Tasmania. His pioneering work has changed the way we see the intertwining of black and white history in Australia. His most recent book is Truth-Telling: history, sovereignty and The Uluru Statement.

Professor Greg Lehman is a well-known Tasmanian art historian, curator, essayist and commentator on identity and place. Descended from the Trawulwuy people of north east Tasmania, Greg has an intimate relationship with the island’s Indigenous culture and his creative works explore the impact of colonisation on Tasmania’s social fabric. Greg was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor, Aboriginal Leadership at the University of Tasmania in January 2020. Prior to this, he was a McKenzie Research Fellow at the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Following his time as an Indigenous Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies from 2011-2015, Greg has worked in a number of research roles at the Australian National University’s National Centre for Indigenous Studies and Deakin University’s Institute for Koori Education. His ongoing research interests include Aboriginal cultural resource and heritage management, colonial and Indigenous contemporary art and Tasmanian history.

 Professor David Bowman holds a research chair in Pyrogeography and Fire Science in the School of Natural Sciences and is the Director of the transdisciplinary Fire Centre at the University of Tasmania.  He has developed the transdisciplinary field of pyrogeography that provides a synthetic understanding of landscape burning that unites human, physical and biological dimensions of fire, spanning time scales from the geological past to the near future and encompassing local to global geographic scales. He has extensive professional networks with researchers nationally and globally, and well-established relationships with diverse stakeholders including diverse federal and state agencies, Aboriginal and non-government natural resource management organisations.

 Dr Natasha Cica is director of consultancy She is a former CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art, and established the Inglis Clark Centre at the University of Tasmania. Natasha has been recognised by The Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and was an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.  Her publications include Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a Lost Tasmania Wilderness (2011), Griffith Review 39: Tasmania – The Tipping Point? (2013) and Griffith Review 69: The European Exchange (2020). Natasha is an honorary professor at the Australian National University.

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