UniNSW – Official Launch of the Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit and So, what? public lecture

“So, what now? Dialogue and nation building in contemporary Australia” with Professor Patrick Dodson”

Area: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Thu Aug 20, 6:00pm to 9 pm
Location: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington campus.
Description: Official Launch of The Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit. Formal opening by Sir William Deane AC, KBE, QC former Governor-General of Australia.
* 6:00pm Welcome reception * 6:30pm Official launch * 7:00pm Lecture by Patrick Dodson * 8:00pm Celebratory cocktail reception.

This event is open to: All. The number of seats available is: 250 Cost: Free
Other information: Booking is necessary. For booking and further information please contact:

Rebecca Straker (02) 9385 8512 Fax: (02) 9385 1016 so.what@unsw.edu.au

See also Sydney Morning Herald August 20 2009
Intervention turned our backs on reconciliation
Patrick Dodson


“Patrick Dodson is the founding director of the Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit at the University of NSW”


“The work of the Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit at the University of NSW will be a vital mechanism in the Australian Dialogue. It will provide the scholastic rigour to help us answer some key questions: What are the conditions for a meaningful, nation-building dialogue? What will need to change to allow the dialogue to be effective? Who speaks for indigenous people (locally, regionally and nationally) in any such dialogue? And what do indigenous and non-indigenous people have in common that we can build on in developing a new framework for dialogue?

This research will be a crucial part of incorporating the unique philosophical, religious, cultural and political traditions of indigenous nations into a truly inclusive democratic constitutional Australia.”