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Racist stereotypes, resistance and reclaiming dignity

10 July 2017
A lecture to commemorate NAIDOC week

The lecture discussed how Aboriginal people have long-resisted demeaning stereotypes. The panel included Dr Nicole Watson and Dr Fady Aoun (Sydney Law School), Dr Amanda Porter (UTS), and Journalist Jeff McMullen as MC.

From left to right: Jeff McMullen, Dr Nicole Watson, Dr Amanda Porter and Dr Fady Aoun

From left to right: Jeff McMullen, Dr Nicole Watson, Dr Amanda Porter and Dr Fady Aoun

It was standing room only as Sydney Law School held a successful public lecture at Redfern Legal Centre to commemorate NAIDOC week.

"The audience was awed into silence by Dr Nicole Watson's talk on stereotypes and reclaiming dignity in Indigenous crime fiction, Dr Fady Aoun's shocking tale of racist trade marks in Australia’s history, and Amanda Porter’s gut-wrenching discussion of Aboriginal deaths in custody and the hope offered by grass-roots, community-led alternative policing initiatives," said the Law School’s Tanya Mitchell.

"Jeff McMullen was a captivating and generous MC. 

"The audience was so enlivened by the evening that they didn’t want to leave and milled about afterwards to chat further to the speakers."

The lecture was convened by the Wingara Mura Committee of The University of Sydney Law School.

The MC, Jeff McMullen addresses the audience

The MC, Jeff McMullen addresses the audience.