7th Indigenous Seminar Series – May 2017

Bilby in a red sand enclosure
Image 2007 by Stephen Mitchell http://bit.ly/2onjGjm. Reproduced with permission under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic Licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/

The Sydney School of Veterinary Science will hold our 7th Indigenous seminar series throughout May. We have invited an excellent group of prominent speakers to discuss topics related to:

  • conservation of bilbies,
  • the history of Australian native foods with recipes,
  • land management and food production by pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians, and;
  • student experiences in Indigenous communities.

These talks will be presented during the weekly School seminar series.

Venue: Webster Lecture Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC, Camperdown)
Time: 1-2 pm on May 4, 11, 18 and 26 (all Thursdays other than Friday 26 May)

I would appreciate if you could circulate and promote this in your departments, faculties and schools.

May 4, Simone Armstrong
Student experiences from volunteering in Rural Indigenous Communities
Simone is a DVM student at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. She will be sharing her experience and cultural competence perspectives from her visits to different Indigenous communities in central and northern Australia as part of animal health programs.

May 11, Sally Butler and Kate Crossing (Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area)
Bilby conservation in the Gibson Desert by the Kiwirrkurra People 
Sally (Kiwirrkurra Ranger and IPA Management Team member) and Kate (IPA Coordinator) will be sharing how the work by Indigenous communities and rangers from across the Northern Territory and Western Australia have increased the chance of saving Australia’s iconic Bilby from extinction.

May 18, John Newton
“The Oldest Foods on Earth: A History of Australian Native Foods with recipes”
John is a freelance writer, journalist and novelist. John will be sharing his latest book about Australian food, in particular the flora and fauna that nourished the Aboriginal peoples for over 50,000 years.

May 26, Bruce Pascoe
Dark Emu
Bruce is a celebrated Indigenous writer. He will be sharing his latest book and considerations in relation to how Indigenous people manage the land and have developed important systems of food production, giving a more accurate perspective of early Aboriginal history and agriculture.

Contact:  A/Prof Jaime Gongora, Associate Dean Indigenous Strategy, Sydney School of Veterinary Science  ([email protected])

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