Alumni Update

From life on Mars to an undercover insight into North Korea

Hawke Centre 2017 program

Among the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre’s 2017 line-up is Life on Mars, a conversation with two astronauts exploring the concept of humans living on the Red Planet. Carmel Johnston served as the Crew Commander of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Simulated Mars Mission and spent a record eight months in isolation living in a solar-powered dome simulator atop Mauna Loa on Hawaii. Her co-presenter is Josh Richards, physicist, explosives engineer, soldier, and comedian, who is one of 100 astronaut candidates short-listed to leave Earth forever to colonise Mars in 2027 as part of the Mars One Project. Radio presenter and media personality Angela Cattens is facilitator for this March event and places are limited, so book now for Life on Mars.


Hawke Centre Executive Director, Jacinta Thompson, previews an exciting program of events planned for 2017.

“Registrations are open for a number events, including our first Art Talk for 2017. Hear ASO Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello speak with Adelaide Festival Co-Artistic Directors Rachel Healy and Neil Armfield AO about the ecology of the arts – exploring how orchestras and festivals underpin each other's creative work.”

Presenters include 2016 Australian of the Year, David Morrison AO (registrations now open for the 2017 ARA Oration in June), and The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG in-conversation with Geoffrey Robertson QC (yes, of Hypothetical fame!), plus many more.

“During 2017 we continue our partnership with Palliative Care SA. The first in this series will examine how the needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations are being addressed in the hospital setting. In April we will be looking at Advance Care Planning, in relation to people with Dementia.”

“Our Kerry Packer Civic Gallery program kicks off 2017 with: SANAA: A Better World Through Creativity showcasing street artists from Kenya, who have a worldwide reputation for pushing boundaries and whose works convey powerful messages of peace, democracy, cultural diversity and hope. One of the artists will paint a mural of the late Nelson Mandela, who served as the Hawke Centre’s International Patron (2001-2013), in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery on 14 to 16 February.”

“We are also proud to present the international exhibition Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank.”

Jacinta says that there are many more events to be added to the 2017 Hawke Centre calendar, which will also explore issues such as incarceration, the Chibok girls kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram, and an undercover insight into North Korea.

For more information go to Hawke Centre Events.


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