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“Visions for Intercultural Education”: Commemorating the two-year anniversary of the historic Return to Country of Mungo Man.

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The Melbourne Convergence

November 16th, 2pm -6pm,

Victoria University, City Flinders Campus, Level 12, The Convention Centre

“Visions for Intercultural Education”

Join us for a remarkable coming together at Victoria University in the heart of Melbourne to learn around the story of Lake Mungo, its deep history and to reflect together on the future for this significant site of natural and cultural heritage. This event is FREE, tea and coffee will be provided. Please note, spaces are strictly limited!

  • Commemorating the two-year anniversary of the historic Return to Country of Mungo Man, the Melbourne Convergence brings together Elders and representatives from the Mungo three Traditional Tribal Groups (3TTG) to share Aboriginal Perspectives about the future vision for Lake Mungo National Park located inside the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.
  • Also presenting will be Professor Jim Bowler, the scientist who originally made the discoveries. Jim is a climate change scientist who has walked this journey for 50 years will be sharing his own work on the relationship between People and Nature. He will also be outlining his vision and questions for the future in support of the Elders.
  • The Melbourne Convergence will also see the Digital Launch of the Mungo Explorer national curriculum. Led by Indigenous Cultural Educator Alan Harris and Jenny Bowler from Cultural Infusion, this important work is bringing the Mungo Stories directly into schools all over Australia, allowing students to engage deeply in this story of profound national significance.
  • Professor Peter Blaze Corcoran, Senior Research Fellow with Earth Charter will be presenting on educational aspects of the Earth Charter, considering the deep engagement with Indigenous Perspectives globally in the creation of this important global document.
  • We are blessed to have legendary international artists Pato Banton and Antoinette “Rootsdawtah” Hall from California, to share their stories of intercultural challenges and perspectives in the US as well as to uplift the audience with some positive Reggae music.

This spectrum of vision represented by the Panel of elders is firmly rooted in visions of elders going back through 50 years of history and discovery at Lake Mungo, discoveries which forever changed our understanding of human occupation of the Australian continent. A common theme for many years has been the proposal for a World Class Cultural/Education Center, to be located out at Lake-Mungo N.P. and this will be explored in some detail during the panel session.

In support of this vision of the Elders, many organisations are coming together including the Charter for Compassion Australia, Cultural Infusion, URI, UNITY EARTH and more.

The afternoon will also hold some surprises, as we practice “Deep Listening” and journey into the Mungo Story, to learn more about what it holds for us as Australians and for humanity itself.

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