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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Lecture tribute to a visionary

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

AN historic lecture commemorating the work of Aboriginal visionary Hyllus Maris has been relaunched at La Trobe University.

The Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture was launched in 1999 in honour of the Yorta Yorta woman, writer and poet, whose achievements in education include the establishment of Victoria’s only Aboriginal school, Worawa Aboriginal College.

La Trobe’s Professor Mark Rose said the lecture, to be held on March 8, is being restarted as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

“This will be the first time the lecture will be held in a decade. This year we are relaunching it as a reflection of our commitment to Indigenous voices in higher education,” Prof Rose said.

“This lecture is not only a celebration of this incredible woman’s life, but the impact of education on the lives of Indigenous people.” Guest speaker Wiradjuri author Dr Anita Heiss will talk about the role of education in self-determination for Aboriginal Australians, particularly the young women who follow in the footsteps of Hyllus Maris.

“This lecture allows me to pay respect to the educational trailblazer that Hyllus Maris was,” she said.

“Students at Worawa College are a daily reminder of her legacy and what we should all be grateful for.

” Previous speakers have included social justice campaigner Dr Tom Calma, and leading educator Dr Chris Sarra.

The lecture will begin with a procession of Indigenous academics, led by live traditional music. A special performance by 2016 X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace will follow. Hyllus Maris’ family clan is also expected to be represented at the lecture.

Hyllus’ sister Lois Peeler – a member of The Sapphires, a political activist and educator – will MC the event. Her niece, Tanya Peeler, has been instrumental in organising the lecture, including performances by Yorta Yorta artists.

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Visionary Hyllus Maris

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