Contemplative Studies Centre at the University of Melbourne
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The Narrm Oration is the University’s key address profiling leading Indigenous peoples from across the world in order to enrich our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous Australia. The 2022 Narrm Oration will be delivered by Professor Eleanor Bourke AM, Chair of the Yoorrook Justice Commission and is titled:
Truth, Understanding, Transformation: laying the foundations for change.
Victoria is the first jurisdiction to have actioned the Treaty and Truth elements of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In May 2021, the Yoorrook Justice Commission was established and Professor Eleanor Bourke appointed as its Chairperson.
In the 2022 Narrm Oration, Professor Eleanor Bourke will reflect upon Yoorrook’s broad mandate and the important role that truth and story-telling traditions play in keeping alive First Peoples culture. As we embark upon a national conversation around the enshrinement of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, Professor Eleanor Bourke will discuss the significance of truth telling in the context of reform and reconciliation.
Wetlands are important ecosystems, hosting critical habitats and diverse species. The soils which support these ecosystems are highly dynamic environments, acting as sinks for carbon, and playing a critical role in the cycling of greenhouse gases, nutrients, and biogeochemical processes at the intersection of both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Coastal wetland soils experience rapid changes in water levels as a result of land management activities, variations in sea level, infrastructure development, and climate change and variability. These variations in water levels can then cause rapid changes in soil and water quality, such as increasing acidity and decreasing pH, rapid deoxygenation of waterways, and potential release of heavy metals.
We welcome Associate Professor Vanessa Wong as our featured speaker at the 2022 GW Memorial Leeper Lecture - an annual event celebrating the life and work of soil scientist Geoffrey Leeper, that has been presented by Soil Science Australia and the University of Melbourne since 1992. The lecture is also part of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences 2021 Dean’s Lecture series.
Hosting the event is Professor John Fazakerley, the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, who will moderate a live Q&A session following Associate Professor Wong’s talk. For guests attending in person, we will be offering informal drinks and refreshments at the conclusion of the lecture.
This lecture will also be broadcast live online for those unable to attend in person. (Please register using the same link)