Professor Marcia Langton

Voices on the Voice: Marcia Langton

Hear from prominent anthropologist and geographer Professor Marcia Langton, on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the next 'Voices on the Voice' event.

Professor Marcia Langton’s writing and thinking has been influential on Australian life. She’s been a crucial figure in the development of Indigenous Voice to Parliament – as one of the most experienced members of the working group advising the government and led a report that proposes how the Voice could be implemented.

As intensity of the public conversation – and campaigns from all sides – around the Voice increases leading up to the referendum, Marcia’s perspective is much needed, to provide clarity and dispel misinformation. 

About the Voices on the Voice series

The Indigenous Voice to Parliament is one of the most important discussions taking place in Australia. In the lead up to the vote, we bring together a range of voices from across the University of Sydney and beyond, to offer critical insight to enrich and inform public understanding and dialogue.

This Sydney Ideas event is the second event in the 'Voices on the Voice' series, a collaboration led by the University's Indigenous Strategy and Services and National Centre for Cultural Competence.

You can catch up on the first event with Indigenous lawyer Noel Pearson in which Noel reflects on the journey of the Voice and what makes this moment in time so important for Australia and Indigenous recognitionMore events and discussions are planned to take place over the coming months so stay tuned.


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The speakers

Marcia Langton wearing a teal coat stands in front of a blurred sand coloured hallway

Keynote: Professor Marcia Langton AO, University of Melbourne

Professor Marcia Langton AO, of the Yiman and Bidjara nations, is an Associate Provost and Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her academic expertise in anthropology and geography has led her significant contribution to research and policy work.

An anthropologist and geographer, Marcia Langton has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, and Aboriginal arts and culture. Marcia’s role in the Empowered Communities project under contract to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians are evidence of her academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual.

Portrait image of Lisa Jackson Pulver, wearing a navy jacket.

Host: Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM, University of Sydney

Lisa’s traditional roots lie in a beautiful, forested region of south western NSW, but her own life has been lived in urban Sydney, mostly on the Land of the Gadigal People. Lisa was appointed to the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Services and Strategy at the University of Sydney in 2018. Her previous role was Pro-Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engagement and Provost Parramatta South at Western Sydney University.

Her career has progressed through positions as epidemiologist, public health officer, postgraduate health and medical student, registered nurse and counsellor. She was the Inaugural Chair of Indigenous Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Public Health and Community Medicine for 13 years.

Header image and all event photography: credit Michael Amendolia for The University of Sydney

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