Executive Director: Jacinta Thompson


This month at the Hawke Centre we continue to shape the debate, and create the future you want ... but before we go too far into the future, we take a step back into the world before digital communication. As part of the SA History Festival we are collaborating with the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation, co-presenting the exhibition: Posters Empowering Community: A Historical Snapshot of SA Poster Artmaking. Complementing the exhibition, we are supporting the forum: political & social impact of 1970s-1990s poster-art that reflects on poster artmaking as a political tool to communicate the community’s social conscience during that time.

Internationally acclaimed music educationalist Paul Rissmann joins us again, as part of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Art Talks series. I’m sure Paul’s energy, charisma and passion for music and arts education will inspire us once again. Importantly he will share with us how we can mentor the next generation of musicians and artists by injecting creativity into arts education. Paul will be joined by UniSA specialists, as well as international choreographer Erik Kaiel, from Arch8, based in the Netherlands and Naomi Edwards, Artistic Director, Patch Theatre Company.

On the same night we continue our series of Palliative Care events, this time focussing on Palliative Care and Respiratory Illness with local expert, Professor Hubertus Jersmann.

Next month, we are extremely excited to present Dr Michael Mosley, who will be launching his latest book - The Clever Guts Diet. Once again, Dr Michael Mosley is set to revolutionise how we view our health. Not surprisingly we've had an overwhelming interest in this event, and it has already booked out.  However you are welcome to join the waiting list. A video will be available after the event.

We will also present an Australian exclusive: A Journey to Justice: The State of Justice in a Global Content, featuring Professor Baz Dreisinger, acclaimed author of Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World (2016). She will take us on a tour of prisons from across the world – examining diverse views on what ‘justice’ is, and a wide range of approaches to crime and punishment. The session will also examine the value of prisoner education programs, with Professor Dreisinger joined by Professor Mark Halsey and University of South Australia's Professor Rick Sarre who will share their local knowledge and experience.

May is a busy month, not just for the Hawke Centre, but also for the many community groups and initiatives that we support. Highlights this month include: SA History Festival, the Annual National Reconciliation Week breakfast, Turn the Tide on Plastics in the Ocean and a community forum: 'An evening in conversation with Bob Brown and Richard Denniss'. Also showing this month is the Transitions Film Festival, its films cover a broad range of themes, including ethical fashion, climate change and immortality. Visit our 'Community Events' page to be in the running to win FREE tickets.

Looking over our upcoming program, I’m sure you’ll agree that the Hawke Centre continues to attract a high calibre of speakers, and present a diverse and relevant program. Don’t forget you can access our past events, via 'Relive Our Events'. My pick this month is, Social Enterprise, Driving Local Change and the Future of Africa, with Wawira Njiru, Founder and Executive Director of Food for Education.

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

Jacinta Thompson
Executive Director

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Image credit, Top Right: Girls Can Do Anything undated, Francis Phoenix, Produced by Co-Media


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.

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