Aboriginal political activists Gary Williams, Gary Foley and Gordon Briscoe discuss their long political fight for justice and why they chose an academic path.

Unlocking the Chains of Oppression - Is Education the Key?

Start Date Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 10:00 am
End Date Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 12:00 pm
Description

The Yuraki History, Politics and Culture Node of the National Indigenous Research and Knowledge's Network (NIRAKN) in conjunction with The Wollotuka Institute and Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre proudly present a day with legends of the political struggle, featuring Aboriginal political activists Gary Williams, Gary Foley and Gordon Briscoe joined by eminent British scholar and activist Professor Chris Mullard. These four men first met in 1974 when Charles Perkins invited Chris Mullard to Australia to investigate the shocking living conditions and inequality of Aboriginal life. Chris subsequently produced the study Aborigines in Australia today that had been commissioned by the National Aboriginal Forum. In that sense this is a forty-year reunion for the speakers.

Listen to their stories of the long political fight for justice and gain an understanding of why they chose an academic path. How they see the importance of education? What methods did they employ in undertaking study? What obstacles did they face and how did they overcome them? What are the differences from when they were younger as compared to today? Where to from here?

Lunch will be provided after the event with time for further discussion.

Location HB15, Hunter Building, Callaghan Campus, University of Newcastle
Contact Estelle.Johnstone@newcastle.edu.au
RSVP Monday, 15 September 2014