Executive Director: Jacinta Thompson

This year, across 64 events engaging with over 45,000 people we’ve taken our audiences to places as far away as Mars, to more intimate journeys exploring the science of their own bodies. We’ve travelled back in time to the Elizabethan era, to better understand our future – and we’ve delved into worlds unseen and ignored – giving an insight into our prison systems and the life of the child solider. Importantly, through our speakers, we’ve discussed solutions to our own and the world’s seemingly intractable problems. 2017, we’ve served an eclectic menu – with extra helpings.

The 2018 program will be no exception. We will give you the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the world’s most exciting and contemporary thinkers, writers, scientists, film makers, artists – the list goes on. Get set to be inspired.

As part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery will host Sanaa: A Better World Through Creativity. Last year’s exhibition and associated African Street Festival was awarded BankSA’s Fringe Award for ‘Best Event’. We anticipate next year’s instalment to not only aesthetically please, but challenge. In association with Sanaa, the Hawke Centre will also present writer, performer, educator and spoken word artist Zainab Zahra Syed.

In town for the Adelaide Fringe, Founder and Creative Director of Happy City Lab, Dan Acher, will deliver a public lecture for the Hawke Centre. Dan is an ‘artivist’ and social entrepreneur – central to his work is the use of art to create change; his installations challenge mind-sets and transform the way we live together.

For our first lecture in 2018, in conjunction with the Australian Citizen Science Association Conference the Hawke Centre will host a public lecture What is Citizen Science? This innovative and energetic event will show how ‘ordinary people’ can make fascinating discoveries and add value to scientific discourse.

In late February, co-presented with Arts Projects Australia, the Hawke Centre will present East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil. This acclaimed piece is inspired by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands' prize-winning book East West Street, which explores the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity.

The 2018 Art Talks program starts with an ‘in-conversation’ between Australian Composer Brett Dean and ASO Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter discussing the Australian Premiere of Dean's Hamlet. The Hawke Centre’s audience can look forward to hearing about the artistic pathway Dean took to compose the production of this timeless tale.

Presented by the Hawke Centre, in arrangement with WOMADelaide Festival’s Planet Talks Program, will be a public lecture delivered by Tim Flannery (Australia) and Ursula Rakova (PNG). They will discuss the beauty and environmental challenges facing Papua New Guinea.

There are many more events on our 2018 Hawke Centre calendar, which will be announced in the new year.

As always, there is also the opportunity to catch up on recent events, by accessing podcasts or videos from the ‘Relive our Events’ section on the Hawke Centre website – including the 20th Annual Hawke Lecture, delivered by The Hon Julia Gillard AC, 2017 UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture and The First Casualty with Peter Greste.

I wish you all a safe and splendid festive season and look forward to seeing you at a Hawke Centre event in 2018!

Jacinta Thompson
Executive Director


While the views presented by speakers within the Hawke Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia or The Hawke Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - and Building our Future.

The copying and reproduction of any transcripts within the Hawke Centre public program is strictly forbidden without prior arrangements.

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