Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture
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Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture

Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture

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To mark La Trobe University's 50th Anniversary and International Women's Day, La Trobe University will host the 2017 Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture on 8 March 2017.

This special lecture will feature an Indigenous academic procession and Welcome to Country, in addition to a very special performance by Indigenous students.

We are also very pleased to announce that Indigenous author Dr Anita Heiss will be our guest speaker in 2017.

About the Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture

The Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture was the first memorial lecture in honor of an Aboriginal woman on an Australian university campus. The Lecture honours Hyllus Maris' visionary work in Aboriginal education and also honours the contribution and participation of Aboriginal people in higher education generally in this country.

The Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture was launched in 1999 and was co-hosted by La Trobe University’s Women’s Studies Department and the then Aboriginal Liaison Unit, with Koori Women Mean Business and the ATSIC Binjirru Regional Council.

The Lecture is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to meet at La Trobe University and share in a celebraiton of mutual significance.

The inaugural speaker was Jacquie Katona, former CEO of the Gundjemi Aboriginal Corporation. Approximately 500 people attended the initial lecture.

Other past guest speakers have included:

  • Lowitja O’Donoghue, former ATSIC chairperson;
  • Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner;
  • the Yorta Yorta Native Title Claimants Group; and
  • Dr Chris Sarra, from the Stronger, Smarter Institute.

The most recent lecture was held in 2007.

To mark our 50th Anniversary, La Trobe University will re-launch the Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture on International Women's Day.

About the speaker - Dr Anita Heiss

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Dr Anita Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal literature.

As an invited speaker and performer, Anita has delivered keynote addresses at universities and conferences across the USA, Canada, the UK, Tahiti, Fiji, New Caledonia, Spain, Japan, Austria, Germany and New Zealand.

Anita has PhD in Communication and Media, Anita has presented at Australian Embassies and Consulates in Vienna, Paris, New York, Atlanta and Shanghai.

Her published works include the historical novel Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, non-fiction text Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight) – Publishing Aboriginal Literature, and The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature (Allen & Unwin) which she co-authored with Peter Minter.

In 2007 Anita released three titles: the novel Not Meeting Mr Right (Bantam Books), her poetry collection I’m not racist, but… (Salt Publishing) and a kids’ novel Yirra and her deadly dog Demon (ABC Books). Her fiction includes Avoiding Mr Right and Manhattan Dreaming (Bantam). In 2011, Anita released Paris Dreaming (Bantam) and Demon Guards the School Yard (OUP) co-written with the students of La Perouse Public School for the award-winning Yarning Strong series.

In 2004 Anita was listed in The Bulletin magazine’s “Smart 100”. Her memoir Am I Black Enough For You? was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and she was a finalist in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards (Local Hero).

Anita has made guest appearances on the Einstein Factor, Message Stick, Vulture, Critical Mass, A Difference of Opinion (all ABC), The Catch Up (Channel 9), Living Black (SBS), The Gathering (NITV), 9am with David and Kim and The Circle (both Channel 10).

Her most recent books include Harry’s Secret and Matty’s Comeback (Scholastic, 20015/16), Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic (Nero, 2016) and Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms (Simon & Schuster, 2016).

She is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and an Advocate for the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence. She currently manages the Epic Good Foundation and lives in Brisbane.


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