From Jacinta Thompson

Executive Director &
Events and Exhibitions Producer


As we draw closer to the festive season you can rely on us to spoil and gift you with stories from heroes that have inspired our world, innovative ideas for a sustainable future, and opportunities to honour our past leaders and consider the issues our future leaders must address.

This month we are excited to present Martha Cooper: Street Shots, 1970 – 2019 in our Kerry Packer Civic Gallery. US photographer Martha Cooper has been a cult figure since the 1984 publication of graffiti and street art “bible”, Subway Art. Our Kerry Packer Civic Gallery is open weekdays 9am-5pm, Thursdays until 7pm and for this special exhibition, Saturdays 10am-5pm.

In early November we examine the rise of democracy in Southern Arabia and set out to dispel myths and stereotypes of people in Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. This will be followed by a discussion with Professor Mohamad Abdalla, Director, Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE), University of South Australia.

There is still time to register for the 2019 Annual Hawke Lecture delivered by former ACTU Secretary, Mr Bill Kelty AC. He will outline Bob Hawke's remarkable career, as well as reflecting on the issues that were Hawke's "unfinished business", including climate change and a Treaty with First Nations Peoples. Bill also shares his views on the future. I hope you join us for what is always a significant and memorable event on the public calendar of the University of South Australia.

Described by some as one of the greatest rescues of all time, the rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded Thai Cave gripped the globe. Hear details of the incredible rescue first-hand from Australian heroes, Dr Craig Challen SC OAM and Dr Richard Harris SC OAM, in-conversation with journalist Tory Shepherd.

Continuing our Sustainable Futures series we consider alternative methods to how we measure the strength of our economy, shifting away from economic growth and instead considering economic welfare and sustainable progress. This is followed, in December, with a review of our political system.

Another issue that continues to press our leaders across the world is migration. Global and Australian Reflections on Refugee Protection and Integration will explore the responsibilities and opportunities for refugee protection, integration and settlement from a variety of perspectives.

Our exhibition program concludes for the year with Activism Now, a reflection on the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage and moreover how women continue to be politically active in today’s community.

Losing someone close through suicide is a devastating experience and can be overwhelming and incomprehensible. No Blame. No Shame. Surviving Suicide Loss. will explore and discuss what it means to experience, and survive, the loss of someone close through suicide.

 As always, there is more to come – you can rely on us to create an enviable program of speakers, activists, and change makers. You can relive all Hawke Centre events through podcasts and videos on the Hawke Centre website, recent highlights include: Sally Rugg, delivering the UniSA Nelson Mandela LectureBen Folds In-Conversation with Richard Fidler and Sustainability and the Law.

With another inspiring month ahead, I hope to see you at a Hawke Centre event soon.

Jacinta Thompson
Executive Director & Events and Exhibitions Producer
The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre


Image from our exhibition: Martha Cooper Street Shots: 1970 -2019

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 - Building our Future.

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