Executive Director: Jacinta Thompson

Spring is finally here at the Hawke Centre. October is another jam-packed month – exploring the changing role of journalism; mental health; human rights; new media and social change; the arts; the future of the European Union; palliative care, and nutrition as a means to support better brain health. Phew, it will be a busy month – we can’t wait for you to join us.

Recipient of the Anzac Peace Prize, journalist and press freedom campaigner Peter Greste presents for the Hawke Centre in early October. This event is fully booked – but a podcast will be available shortly.

As part of South Australia’s Open State Festival, we will present The Rev. Tim Costello. The Open State festival encourages innovation, ideas and enterprise. Along this theme, Tim will consider how we can build a better future for humanitarian entrants to Australia. He will be joined by: Brad Chilcott, Founder of Welcome to Australia; Kirsten Bickendorf, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Refugee Association; Helen Lockwood, Director, Lutheran Community Care, and Khadija Gbla, Director, NoFGM Australia.

Mental Health is one of the most pressing public health issues of our time. The Hawke Centre has chosen to dedicate our premier event on its calendar, the Annual Hawke Lecture, to the issue of mental health. The lecture, delivered by beyondblue Chair and former Prime Minister The Hon Julia Gillard AC, will coincide with Mental Health Week. This event is fully booked, but please feel free to join our wait list.

Mental Health will also be the focus of our October exhibitions at The Kerry Packer Civic Gallery. Visualising Mental Health is a collaboration between mental health professionals and visual arts students, studying at the University of South Australia. This project is not only a fantastic opportunity for design students to nurture their design careers by actualising their craft in a real-life project, but it also encourages us all to ‘visualise’ mental health and re-imagine the support and education materials that can broaden our understanding of mental health issues. Also showing, R&R which reflects upon the Artist in Residency program at the Glenside Rural & Remote Inpatient unit.

Later in the month, University of South Australia's Professor Nicholas Proctor will launch his book: Mental Health A Person-centered Approach. All are welcome to attend the book launch. There will be a number of community events that explore mental health and wellbeing - see our Community Events page for details.

Another seminal event on the Hawke Centre’s calendar is the UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture, co-presented with the University of South Australia’s School of Law.  The lecture, which is designed to promote fundamental human rights and freedoms is a unique opportunity to hear from two of the world’s leading human rights commentators and defenders, discussing the Mandela Factor – The Centrality and Universality of Human Rights Norms both Internationally and within Australia.

This year the Hawke Centre is proud to present three events at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, featuring Nusrat Durrani. Hyper achiever Nusrat has used the power of an iconic brand, MTV, to provide a platform for unheard voices – creating inspiring, authentic narratives of international youth in more than fifty countries. Nusrat Durrani is a pioneering media executive, producer and award-winning creative with a portfolio of transformative, multi-platform content and branded entertainment for both commercial and social impact. His recent work Madly, an omnibus film about love was selected to open the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Nusrat’s current passion projects include developing a line of furniture inspired by David Bowie, launching a sustainable fashion brand, and developing two books on travel photography. Adelaide audiences won’t miss out with Durrani also presenting for the Hawke Centre in October. 

The 2017 Art Talks series, co-presented with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO), concludes with a unique in-conversation between Genevieve Lacey, recorder virtuoso and artistic director and Paul Kildea, award-winning conductor . They will talk about the art of programming and the collision of musical worlds.

Registrations are open for the 2018 Art Talks series – with another great line up of speakers who complement the 2018 ASO program. The series will continue to give our audience an ‘insider’s view’ of the creative people who culturally enrich our world with their beautiful music.

The Hawke EU Centre Annual Lecture 2017, delivered by Professor Loukas Tsoukalis, will explain the future of the European Union, amid recent crises in the region.

During 2017 we have continued to develop our partnership with Palliative Care SA, co-presenting a number of high profile experts in this field. During October, we will be looking at how to navigate ‘difficult conversations’ within this space.

At the end of the month we will launch Maggie Beer's new book, Maggie’s Recipe for Life, co-written with Professor Ralph Martins. Based on the latest scientific research, Maggie has created more than 200 recipes that help provide the nutrients we need for optimum brain health. Maggie will co-present with Professor Ralph Martins, Professor of Neurobiology at Macquarie University.

Find out more about the Hawke Centre and keep up-to-date with its latest program. As always the majority of our past events are available as podcasts or videos via our ‘Relive our Events’ page, and gives you the opportunity to catch up on any events you missed or want to revisit.

I look forward to seeing you at a Hawke Centre event soon!


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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