U3A Melbourne City: Approaching The Voice

The committee of management of U3A Melbourne City is pleased to announce that in Term 3 they will be giving Victorian U3A members the opportunity to attend four sessions with speakers from the Indigenous Unit at The University of Melbourne. 

Later this year you will be asked to vote in the Referendum on a Voice to Parliament and in the coming months you will be bombarded with opinions from all political perspectives.  In the Approaching the Voice series they will bring you voices that you will not regularly hear on radio and television: the voices of people who work continuously in this area and who are willing to share their expertise with us.  U3A Melbourne City is sharing these four 90 minute sessions as webinars via Zoom with all U3As in Victoria.  Unfortunately, due to the size of the potential virtual audience there will be no questions via the chat facility but if you would like to contribute to the debate please email Merilyn Harris with your questions for the speakers: MerilynH@u3amelbcity.onmicrosoft.com

Session 1: Monday, 10 July, from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Speaker: Professor Sarah Maddison is Director of the Australian Centre at the University. Sarah has published widely in the fields of reconciliation and intercultural relations and her most recent book is The Colonial Fantasy: Why white Australia can’t solve black problems  Allen and Unwin 2019.
Topic – ‘Contemporary conversations about treaty and voice’ Moderator – Prof Russell Goulbourne
Join on your computer or mobile app:
Webinar ID: 849 5780 8951 and Password: 993809

Session 2: Monday, 17 July, from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Rachel Standfield is a Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies, Culture and Communication. Rachel is a historian of Indigenous societies and colonial histories in Australia and New Zealand.  She works as a historical consultant for Melbourne’s Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Community and has also worked in public policy and supporting Indigenous activism for human rights.
Topic – ‘Politics, truth-telling and history-making: a non-Indigenous person’s reflection’ Moderator – Prof Russell Goulbourne Join on your computer or mobile app:
Webinar ID: 897 3251 1271 and Password: 17506u

Session 3: Tuesday, 25 July from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Matt Campbell lectures in the area of treaty and agreement making. Matt spent more than two decades in Northern Australia, working with Indigenous people, seeking to find ways to ensure that his work appropriately centred Indigenous knowledge and governance. He recently came to Melbourne where he now lectures in treaty.
Topic: Taking Indigenous knowledge seriously- a grounded account of listening to Indigenous voices Join on your computer or mobile app:
Webinar ID: 826 6795 3371 and Password: 805899

Session 4: Tuesday,  1 August from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Speaker:  Professor Barry Judd is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) and Director of the Indigenous Studies Program. Barry is a member of the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and has worked in the support of Indigenous activity in Australian higher education for over 30 years.  He is widely published with particular expertise in race relations in Australian sport.
Topic – ‘Indigenous Voice: Uluru as pathway to Australian social reconstruction’ Moderator – Prof Russell Goulbourne
Join on your computer or mobile app:
Webinar ID: 842 6076 4533 and Password: 251715

In the Chair for all sessions will be Professor Russell Goulbourne Russell is Dean, Faculty of the Arts, Melbourne University, and a noted scholar in French literature having published extensively on major figures in French intellectual culture including Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau.   Our sincere thanks to Russell for facilitating this cooperative venture.