The Kenneth Myer Lecture commenced in 1990 as a major annual event for the Friends of the National Library of Australia. The lecture was named for Kenneth Baillieu Myer, AC who was Chairman of the National Library Council from 1972 to 1982 and a long-time friend of the Library.
The prescription for the lecture is simple and based on the views of Kenneth Myer. As a businessman and philanthropist with a wide range of cultural and social commitments, he saw it as an opportunity for an eminent Australian to make a significant statement on a broad subject of particular interest to them.
Distinguished Australians who have delivered the Kenneth Myer Lecture in previous years are: The Hon. E.G. Whitlam, Dr H.C. Coombs, Dr Davis McCaughey, Elizabeth Reid, Professor Emeritus John Mulvaney, Jillian Broadbent and Sir Gustav Nossal.
Science and Society: Exploring the Role of Research in Australian Lives
Presented by Professor Brian Schmidt
Media standards in an Internet World
Presented by Professor Julian Disney
In an age awash with information, how easily we forget the past
Presented by Kerry O'Brien
Why Did I Do That? A Fresh Look at the Psychology of Human Motivation
Presented by Hugh Mackay
A Woman for All Seasons
Presented by Maggie Beer
Personalised medicine and social responsibility:
a prescription for health in the 21st century?
Presented by Professor Ian Frazer
Climate Change: an update to July 2008
Presented by Professor Tim Flannery
Is Politics Still a Vocation?
Presented by Michelle Grattan AO
Crimes Against Humanity - International Affairs Post Iraq
Presented by Geoffrey Robertson QC
The Seeds of Change: Serendipity and Social Movements
Presented by Tim Costello, AO
Modernism’s Legacy and Future
Presented by Harry Seidler AC, OBE
Before the bough breaks: children in contemporary Australia
Presented by Professor Fiona Stanley
Achieving A Fairer Australia
presented by The Hon. Fred Chaney AO
We know what we are, but what may we become?
presented by Professor Peter Doherty
Reconciliation at the Crossroads: Some Millennial Perspectives
presented by Sir Gustav Nossal
Efficiency but not Equality?
presented by Jillian Broadbent