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Kevin Marjoribanks Memorial Lecture 2011: Moving beyond ‘closing the gap’ toward 21st Century Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

“Moving beyond ‘closing the gap’ toward 21st Century Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: The New World of Work and The Old World of School”

Presented by Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney

The University of Adelaide in conjunction with the School of Education hosted the 2011 Kevin Marjoribanks Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 27 September. We were honoured to have Kevin Marjoribanks widow Jan Marjoribanks attend the Memorial Lecture.

Emeritus Professor Marjoribanks served as Vice-Chancellor from 1988 to 1994. He retired as Dean of the School of Education in 2005.

The School of Education was delighted to have Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney speak on this occasion.

Professor Rigney is Dean and Professor of Aboriginal Education, Wilto Yerlo at the University of Adelaide and is one of the most influential Indigenous educationalists in Australia today.

Professor Rigney has received national and international recognition for the quality of his teaching and research and is author, editor and co-editor of several books on Indigenous education, language and race relations. In 2011 he received the NAIDOC National Aboriginal Scholar of the Year Award, and in 2009 he received an honorary United Nations award from the Australian Chapter for his work on Indigenous education.

Professor Rigneys lecture topic “Moving beyond ‘closing the gap’ toward 21st Century Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: the New World of Work and The Old World of School”, addressed the current state of play in Indigenous education and what the future will hold.

Professor Rigney says there must be more to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schooling in the 21st century than merely ‘closing the gap’.

The Lecture was open to the public, university academics and staff. An opportunity for further discussions with Prof Rigney was available at the conclusion of the lecture when light refreshments were served.

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