UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture series
Promoting freedom, truth and reconciliation
The Nelson Mandela Lecture series is jointly presented by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the School of Law at the University of South Australia. The series was established in 2008 to honour Nelson Mandela, the Hawke Centre's First International Patron (2001-2013).
The purpose of this lecture series is to promote the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals and the value of truth and reconciliation in life and public affairs. The ideal of justice for common humanity underpins all the lectures presented.
The 2019 UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture was presented by Sally Rugg.
2019 UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture
How Powerful We Are
Sally Rugg, Author & Executive Director, change.org
Sally Rugg is one of Australia's most influential campaigners for social change. How Powerful We Are is her manifesto for championing what you believe is right.
Sally shares some of the things she learnt on the marriage equality campaign: how to develop a strategy, how to frame your messages, how to get your campaign to the media, how to build community power. She also shared the much harder lessons learnt: the consequences of campaign decisions; how to weather criticism and harassment from every angle; and how, in mass campaign movements, nothing is black and white.
2018 UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture
Harvesting Passion: Living a Life
Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO, OzHarvest
In this UniSA Nelson Mandela Lecture, former South African Ronni Kahn will share how she has navigated and built bridges with naysayers, politicians, people in need, and business leaders and has grown a philanthropic enterprise in order to Nourish Our Country by tackling the global issue of Food Waste and transforming lives, with the shadow of Mandela as her guiding light.
The Mandela Factor – The Centrality and Universality of Human Rights Norms both Internationally and within Australia
Geoffrey Robertson QC In Conversation with The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG
Hear from two of the world's leading human rights commentators and defenders.
Geoffrey Robertson QC and The Hon Michael Kirby explore the world's most pressing human rights issues, offering their perspective and potential solutions.
Geraldine Cox AM
Geraldine Cox is often described as an Aussie living legend. This fierce and determined woman gave up a life of excess and luxury to live in Cambodia and look after some of the poorest people on the planet. Geraldine highlights that community development with a focus on education and health is the only way to truly enable some of the poorest people in the world to create a tangible, lasting, wealth of a different kind.
Professor Hilary Charlesworth
A number of governments, including Australia’s, have proposed the revocation of citizenship as a means to deter engagement in terrorism. This lecture will consider the political and legal context of these proposals and discuss their compatibility with international human rights standards.
Nelson Mandela once remarked "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner”. How do communities put aside what is considered to be intractable violence and instead commit to peace and stability? Former Irish President, Mary McAleese, discussed the ongoing Irish peace process, in conversation with political journalist and commentator journalist, Annabel Crabb.
Professor Eyal Weizman
From the rubble of Gaza to the destroyed villages of Darfur, and from the scorched earth of the Guatemalan highlands to the satellite surveillance of nuclear sites in Iran, Professor Weizman argued, architecture and its ruins are the vehicle for understanding and communicating the meaning of contemporary and recent affairs.
Dr Ashis Nandy
In his address Dr Nandy challenged Western-inspired cultural correctness. He shared ideas about diverse communities living together through an ‘alternative cosmopolitanism’, where there is ongoing stability, but not the necessity to pretend to ‘love’ one another.
Unity Dow examined how dominant cultures claim the right to define the norm, and consequently define what is abnormal or aberrant. She considered how Western culture had undermined African culture - urging Africa to not readily accept a view as valid just because the West offers it.
Dr Musimbi Kanyoro
Presenting the inaugural Nelson Mandela lecture, Dr Musimbi Kanyoro described how contemporary globalisation involves stark contrasts, with great gaps between the powerful and powerless. She outlined her vision of an ethical approach to globalisation, one that applies a human rights framework.
Areas of study and research
- UniSA Cancer Research Institute
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Behaviour-Brain-Body Research Centre
- Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Development
- Creative People, Places and Products Research Concentration
- Design Research for Health & Wellbeing
- Digital Transformations Research Group
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College