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A Better Future For All Series

Living with the land, learning from the past​

In conversation with Kerry O’Brien and Bruce Pascoe​

Filmed on 8 Oct, 2020
Living with the land, learning from the past​

Living with the land, learning from the past​ In conversation with Kerry O’Brien and Bruce Pascoe​

In this conversation, renowned journalist Kerry O’Brien and celebrated Indigenous author Bruce Pascoe explored the way Bruce’s critically acclaimed book Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the birth of Agriculture challenges conventional thinking about the First Australians as hunter gatherers.

In this book Bruce draws on the historical record to recreate a much more sophisticated picture of an ancient civilisation in Australia before the Europeans arrived. This is at odds with colonial and post-colonial stereotypes and points to ways that Indigenous knowledge can provide lessons that can be applied today, despite the backlash which has attempted to discredit him.

Filmed on 8 Oct, 2020

#A Better Future For All Series

In partnership with Griffith University, HOTA presents a series of critical conversations focusing on unlocking knowledge from influential thinkers and leaders.

Helmed by master broadcaster and journalist Kerry O’Brien, the series will feature intimate conversations with key thought-leaders, and people with a focus on solutions and engagement. At the heart of these conversations is a commitment to understanding the intersection of ideas and actions affecting our daily lives.

These dialogues aim to provide a much-needed forum for robust and unfettered discussion about where we are, and how we are responding to one of this century’s greatest challenges.


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