Executive Director: Jacinta Thompson

There’s so much to discover this month at the Hawke Centre with another impressive line-up of speakers and exhibitions.

We started the month with the launch of Rusty Young’s debut fiction novel, Colombiano. A podcast of his lecture is now available on our website. Later in the month, Tony Jones, of ABC’s Q&A will appear in conversation with Julia Lester to launch his book, The Twentieth Man. A political thriller set in 1970s Australia and Yugoslavia, The Twentieth Man will follow the exploits of a journalist seeking to unravel the mysteries of a global terror movement, and its entanglement in Australian politics.

At the Hawke Centre we showcase some of the world’s best minds and communicators. We are proud to present the next generation of innovators as part of UniSA's 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final. 3MT® is a national competition celebrating the research undertaken by PhD students. For a chance to represent UniSA at the Asia-Pacific 3MT® Final, our students will present their research to you using 1 slide, and in just 3 minutes!

In recent elections across the globe, social media has been increasingly used as political tool to understand and shape the views of the electorate. Social media tools have allowed citizens to join together, and petition the government, leveraging their numbers against the influence of affluent and powerful lobbyists. However, it can also selectively filter out counter-viewpoints, and narrow our interests.

As part of the French Australian Conversations series we present: Democracy, Public Debate and the role of Social Media – a fascinating and important topic for our time.

As part of SALA, we are presenting two exhibitions. Fly Away is an interdisciplinary exhibition, showcasing the work of emerging Afghan artists studying Visual Arts at the University of South Australia. The exhibition is curated by Adelaide based artist and poet Elyas Alavi. To Tell Another’s Story, is the fourth portrait exhibition from Australian Refugee Association (ARA). The exhibition is a collection of work that portrays images and stories of people from refugee backgrounds. All are welcome to come along August 10 to the launch of Fly Away, which will be a part of Art After Dark Westend – SALA edition. This is a great opportunity to experience Adelaide’s West End Precinct come to life with arts and cultural events.

Next month we present at The Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, ‘til Death and Li Xu Chinese Typographic Poster Design: Playing a Character.

Early next month we present Paul Power, Chief Executive Officer, of the Refugee Council of Australia, followed by Gender Pay Equity: How do we make it happen? Registrations will open shortly for the Annual Hawke Lecture, delivered by the Hon Julia Gillard AC.

Looking for opportunities to make a difference? Be sure to check out our Community Events page. 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

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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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