Executive Director: Jacinta Thompson



Welcome back to another year with The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre.

This year, we’ve kicked off our program with a number of events including: What is Citizen Science? an evening of collective learning taking audiences through the flight of the migrating Monarch butterflies to live-mapping the human brain(!), Valuing Our Heritage Forum, a panel of election candidates answering your questions on the future of heritage and their heritage policy (co-presented with the National Trust SA), and Bringing the Human Back to the City: Using Art to Create Change featuring ‘artivist’ Dan Acher of Happy City Lab, orchestrator of the Adelaide Fringe’s Parade of Light. If you happened to miss any of these events, you can always relive them on The Hawke Centre website.

2018 will continue with an impressive line-up of prominent speakers, and registrations are already filling up for some events. Later this month, we revisit the same-sex marriage debate with Alliance Francaise, co-presenting Same-sex Marriage and the State: A French-Australian Perspective. The Art Talks series continues in March with Australian composer Brett Dean and ASO Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter, discussing the Australian premier of the opera, Hamlet, bringing a Shakespearian classic to life. Sanaa Story Telling promises to be a highlight with visiting Pakistani writer and performer, Zainab Zahra Syed. Zainab's writing and poetry is a tribute to heritage and to home, to identity and resistance in the face of displacement and explores what it means to exist between cultures. Home as a theme carries on in our in-conversation with environmentalists Tim Flannery and Ursula Rakova. Ursula is a pioneer in Papua New Guinea’s environmental movement, she and her community are among the world’s first climate change refugees. 

For our book lovers, March is our literary month with Tim Winton launching his extraordinary book The Shepherd’s Hut, and delivering a special presentation for The Hawke Centre, Tender Hearts, Sons of Brutes: Tim Winton on lost boys and toxic masculinity. We will also host the launch of Geoffrey Robertson’s latest work Rather His own Man: Reliable Memoirs. Geoffrey co-delivered 2017’s Nelson Mandela Lecture which you can relive here. And finally, Thomas Keneally AO, returns to discuss The Craft of Writing with UniSA’s Professor Jason Bainbridge.

The Kerry Packer Civic Gallery also continues to offer a vibrant program showcasing up and coming local talent, as well as international rising stars. Our latest exhibition Sanaa: A Better World for Creativity gives a voice to African artists who are working on political, cultural and socially engaged street and visual art. A highlight of the exhibition will be a mural painted by visiting Kenyan street artist Swift9, who will be in the gallery from 1 – 2 March. Feel free to pop in and say hello to Swift9.

It is our aim that this year’s program will provide the audience with the knowledge and means to navigate some of the world’s more complicated issues, and the tools to meet our shared responsibilities to Strengthen our Democracy; Value our Diversity and Build our Future ­– which are the Centre’s fundamental themes.

We hope to see you soon at one of our events.

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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