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The annual Kenneth Myer Lecture invites an eminent Australian to make a significant statement on a broad subject of interest to them.

In 2022, the lecture will be delivered by Professor Megan Davis.

Professor Megan Davis is a professor of law and holds the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law and is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at UNSW Sydney. She is a proud Cobble Cobble woman from the Barrungam nation in south-west Queensland. Professor Davis was a member of the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council and the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution.  

Professor Davis designed the deliberative dialogues and chaired the Referendum Council’s sub-committee for the First Nations regional dialogues and the First Nations National Constitutional Convention in 2017. Since 2017 she has continued her legal work and community legal education via the Indigenous Law Centre UNSW. Professor Davis is a globally recognised expert on Indigenous peoples rights.  

Professor Davis was an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2011-2016) and is currently an expert member and Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples (2017-2022). In 2022, she is a co-recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize for the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

Entry to this event is free, but bookings are essential.

For those unable to make it to Canberra for the event, it will be livestreamed online via the Library's Facebook page. No bookings are required to watch the online stream.

The Kenneth Myer Lecture is generously supported by The Myer Foundation.

About the Kenneth Myer Lecture

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.

Learn more about the Kenneth Myer lecture and previous speakers.

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