Noel Pearson’s first Boyer Lecture: Who we were and who we can be

Noel Pearson’s highly anticipated Boyer Lecture series will be broadcast on ABC RN on Sundays in November.

Who we were and who we can be sees Pearson explore the proposal to amend the Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia through a Voice to Parliament.

In this lecture I will refer to three periods: the past, the present and the prospective future,” said Pearson.

The ABC Boyer Lecture series, named for former ABC Chairman Sir Richard Boyer, are given each year by a prominent Australian to present critical ideas on major social, cultural, scientific or political issues.

Noel Pearson comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on the Cape York Peninsula.

He is the Founder and Director of Strategy of the Cape York Partnership, a non-profit organisation that works to empower Indigenous families and communities in Cape York and Cairns to break the cycle of disadvantage.

Pearson’s lecture series will look at what lies ahead for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all Australians. 

It will also reflect on where we have come since W. E. H. Stanner’s 1968 Boyer Lectures After the Dreaming.

The series will be available on demand via ABC listen and also shown on ABC TV and ABC iview.

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