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Australians in the Himalayas

Professor Ken Baldwin, Geoff Bartram, Duncan Chessell, Patrick Cullinan, Lincoln Hall, Greg Mortimer and Zac Zaharias

11 October 2009

Leading Australian mountaineers reflect on their Himalayan and broader climbing experiences, on the 25th anniversary of the first Australians climbing Mount Everest.

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adventure, environment

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Stories of the sea: travellers across the Pacific

Deveni Temu, Prue Ahrens and Sioana Faupula

Vaka Moana series, 16 September 2009

Pacific scholars Deveni Temu, Prue Ahrens and Sioana Faupula explore the personal and historical accounts of lives lived with the sea, from early Indigenous populations and European venturers to contemporary travellers.

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indigenous, journeys, pacific

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Force for good: how Indigenous Australians have enriched football

Che Cockatoo-Collins, Dr Sean Gorman, John Harms, and Dr David Headon

15 September 2009

This is a forum on how Indigenous Australians have enriched Australian Rules football, and the social significance of their participation. Speakers include players, academics and sports commentators.

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indigenous, media, sport

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Get Up, Stand Up public forum

Martin Ballangarry, Brothablack, Professor John Maynard and Rachel Perkins

10 September 2009

Contemporary forms of Indigenous protest are examined by historian John Maynard, film director Rachel Perkins, elder Martin Ballangarry and hip-hopper Brothablack in a forum coinciding with the Museum’s From Little Things Big Things Grow exhibition.

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art, indigenous, music, politics

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What is a memory?

Dr Judith Slee, Dr Mike Pickering, Professor Paul Pickering and Dr Peter Stanley

Sites of Memory symposium, 28 August 2009

Historians Mike Pickering, Paul Pickering and Peter Stanley join psychologist Judith Slee in a discussion about memory, how it is defined, measured and understood, and why it is sometimes contested.

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memory, museums

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Memorials and sacred sites

Professor Claire Smith, Flinders University and Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

Sites of Memory symposium, 28 August 2009

The spiritual significance and memorialisation of place are explored by archaeologist Claire Smith, examining Aboriginal sacred sites, and by historian Peter Stanley’s research into the Mont St Quentin battlefield.

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ceremony, conflict, indigenous, memory, place, spirituality

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Layers of significance – Reconciliation Place and the Acton Peninsula, Canberra

Leanne Dempsey, Mandy Doherty, Anne Faris, Professor Amareswar Galla, Paul House, Andrew Smith and Benita Tunks

Sites of Memory symposium, 28 August 2009

Explores the varying layers of significance of Reconciliation Place and Acton Peninsula in Canberra, both traditional homes of the Ngambri Aboriginal people. The Peninsula was once the site of the Canberra hospital and is now home to the National Museum.

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memory, museums, place

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Ocean crossings: the material traces of voyaging

Kylie Moloney, Melanie Van Olffen and Matthew Spriggs

Vaka Moana series, 26 August 2009

Contemporary perspectives on Pacific Islander voyaging, investigating archaeological evidence and museum displays from Pacific scholars Kylie Moloney, Melanie Van Olffen and Matthew Spriggs.

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archaeology, exhibition, journeys, pacific

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In coral seas: ships, cargo and people in the South Pacific 1930 to 1960

Jonathan Ritchie, Deakin Unversity

Vaka Moana series, 22 July 2009

The history of trade, shipping, tourism and migration between the Pacific islands and Australia is explored by historian Jonathan Ritchie as part of Voyages of the Pacific Ancestors: Vaka Moana exhibition.

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indigenous, journeys, migration, pacific

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Research in free-choice learning

Dr Lynn Dierking and Dr John Falk

9 July 2009

Museum evaluation and learning theory experts Lynn Dierking and John Falk share insights from two current research projects in free-choice learning in museums, at this seminar for museum and gallery professionals.

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audiences, exhibition, museums

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