Annual Walter Lippman Memorial Oration

    The Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration is held each year to commemorate the outstanding work of one of ECCV’s founders, Walter Lippmann, who was a strong advocate, over a long period of time, for many issues relating to ethnic communities within Victoria and throughout Australia.

    The 2020 Oration was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic restriction. The 2019 Oration was delivered by Professor Marcia Langton AM, to mark the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages.

    Previous presenters of the oration have included eminent barrister and human rights activist Julian Burnside AO QC, former head of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs and former Justice of the High Court of Australia, The Hon Michael Kirby AC.

    We thank the Lippmann family for their ongoing support.

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    2019 Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration

    The 2019 Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration honoured the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages through Professor Marcia Langton’s oration.

    ECCV is honoured to have had Professor Langton, an outstanding Australian, present this major oration.

    Professor Langton is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art.

    Professor Langton’s 2012 Boyer lectures titled: The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom is one of her contributions to public debate, and have added to her influence and reputation in government and private sector circles.

    In 1993, she was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights.

    Please read the full media release here.


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