2018 ARA Oration

2018 ARA Oration

Delivered by
Gill Hicks 


Friday 22 June,

7pm - 8.15pm

Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA City West campus


Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and ARA.

Gill Hicks

Globally renowned as an advocate for sustainable peace and a valuable resource in countering violent extremism, Gill Hicks is widely considered one of the world's most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers. Her devotion to making a personal greater contribution and positive difference to the urgency of building peace was realised when she was made permanently injured in the London bombings on July 7th, 2005.

Her ‘lived experience’, from survival to rehabilitation as a double amputee created a clear demarcation from all she had known before the bombings, being at the helm of some of the UK’s most prestigious and respected institutions – including Publishing Director of the architecture, design and contemporary culture magazine, Blueprint, Director of the Dangerous Minds design consultancy and Head Curator at the Design Council, along with being one of the first women to be invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. 

Her 'second life' is built on what she describes as a series of conscious choices, mindfulness and being aware of the importance of the moment. Gill shares what she has learned about herself, humanity and the extraordinary and inherent ability to rise in the wake of adversity.


Twitter: @MADforpeace
VIDEO: TEDxSydney - "Identity In The Face of Terror"
VIDEO: The Hawke Centre - "One Unknown: Facing death, choosing life" (2011)
LISTEN: "Gill Hicks: Yet To Be Let Down By Humanity", ABC Radio National
"London bombing survivor Gill Hicks to Donald Trump, this is what terrorism looks like", Sydney Morning Herald









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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Australian Refugee Association

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