What's on: Lunchtime Lecture Series: Australians Shaping the Nation
Hear from a stellar selection of distinguished Australians who are shaping the nation across science, sport and the arts.
- Event Type:
- Special event
- 21 August 2018 to 25 September 2018
- 01.00 PM to 02.00 PM
- Halstrom Theatre
- Adult $100 | Concession $90 | Member $80 for the series of six lectures
Australia has been shaped by the remarkable work of many individuals whose achievements have resonated beyond our shores. In the inaugural Australian Museum Lunchtime Lecture Series drawing on the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition in the Westpac Long Gallery, distinguished Australians share insights into the inspiration behind their groundbreaking contributions, which have helped define the nation across science, sport and the arts.
1pm, Tuesday 21 August
Ita Buttrose AO OBE
From copy girl to editor at the age of 23, Ita Buttrose’s extraordinary boundary-pushing career at The Telegraph, Cleo, The Australian Women’s Weekly and The Sunday Telegraph won her status as a feminist icon. The journalist, businesswoman, media personality and author continues her active leadership role championing important causes particularly healthcare affecting vulnerable communities.
1pm, Tuesday 28 August
Layne Beachley AO
Layne Beachley won six consecutive world surfing titles between 1998 and 2003, winning her seventh in 2006 - an unparalleled achievement. The recipient of numerous awards, she is Chair of Surfing Australia, a motivational speaker, trainer and philanthropist whose Aim for the Stars Foundation provides financial support for young girls and women.
1pm, Tuesday 4 September
`Statesman of Australian cinema’, director, screenwriter and producer George Miller traces his multi-award winning engagement with film to the ritual Saturday matinee in his hometown of Chinchilla, Queensland. Miller’s diverse, genre-breaking films include Mad Max, Babe, and Happy Feet films, have achieved classic status.
1pm, Tuesday 11 September
Thomas Keneally AO
One of our most popular and prolific authors, self-described `lefty troublemaker’ Tom Keneally has produced more than forty novels, screenplays, memoirs and non-fiction. His embrace of challenging themes and social justice is evident in Bring Larks and Heroes, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and Schindler’s Ark, which won the Booker Prize, and was made into the Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg.
1pm, Tuesday 18 September
Kim McKay AO
Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay AO has led the transformation of the nation’s first museum into one of the world's pre-eminent natural history and cultural institutions. Kim also co-founded the Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the environment and the community. She offers reflections on the historic, scientific and cultural significance of the newly-restored Westpac Long Gallery, the nation’s first gallery, and its collection of treasures.
1pm, Tuesday 25 September
Google Maps began in the spare room of software engineer Noel Gordon’s Sydney apartment in 2003. Today’s instant digital information, directions and street views of almost anywhere on earth has changed our lives, our understanding of the world and how we move and interact within it.
ADVANCE BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Lunchtime Lecture Series is only available as a series of six lectures: Adult $100, Concession $90, Member $80. Single lectures may become available in August, subject to availability.
Tickets include general admission and to the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition. We suggest you enjoy lunch at our rooftop restaurant, No 1. William, prior to the lecture.