Lectures

In 2013, we celebrated ten years of Griffith Review with our inaugural Annual Lecture, delivered by George Megalogenis. He discussed how our economy, media, and body politic are hard-wired to the ‘false certainty’ of the male brain, and it’s up to women to be prepared to change the model. He was joined in discussion by Julianne Schultz and Aboriginal writer Melissa Lucashenko.

Our decade was also commemorated with a lecture from founding editor Julianne Schultz at the University of Melbourne, in which she discusses the previous decade in which newspapers shrunk or folded, journalists were made redundant and the surviving press seemed to shift their focus.

In 2014, the second Griffith Review Annual Lecture was presented by Dr Chris Sarra at the State Library of Queensland. He addresses the Federal government’s ‘draconian’ education scheme, Direct Instruction, and argue the need for both a new approach to Indigenous leadership and a new relationship between Australia and its Indigenous citizens – a relationship based on respect and high expectations, rather than victimhood or victim blaming.

In an address to the 2015 Royal Society of NSW and Four Academies 2015 Forum, Julianne Schultz explores how the gradual changes to the Australian economy and polity have affected the job market, and highlights the need to support sustainable jobs as a means to stave off economic hardship and foster effective progress.

The 2015 Griffith Review Annual Lecture was delivered by Graeme Wood AM, founder of Wotif – one of Brisbane’s homegrown and most successful entrepreneurs. Graeme asks ‘where have all the ratbags gone?’, and address the importance of imagination, courage, money, activism and humour in creating the sort of world we would be proud to pass to the next generation.