The Aboriginal flag of Australia

The Aboriginal flag of Australia

Acknowledgement of Country

It is common in Australia, and increasingly common elsewhere (such as Canada), to begin events and meetings with an Acknowledgement of Country. The University of Sydney notes that this Acknowledgement is an important moment when people can show respect for the traditional custodians of the land on which a University activity or event is taking place – through a spoken acknowledgement – or in a written format for University publications, websites and videos.

Talks

 The Great Hall at the University of Sydney

The Great Hall at the University of Sydney

Graduation Speech: Writing Yourself into History

This is a transcript of the "occasional address" I gave to the students graduating from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 2 pm. The graduates were primarily from my own School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, and the cohort included six new PhD and two MA recipients, along with many Honours students. So it was a particular pleasure to be able to speak in front of so many students I had taught over the past few years, and so many of the postgraduate students who I had met and worked with as Postgraduate Coordinator in the Department. I tried to focus here on the value and "relevance" of an Arts Degree, and the importance of making one's own history count.