Lecture Series

HRF's free lecture series has been showcasing prominent Australians and stimulating debate around important community issues  since 1996. Lectures are held annually in Newcastle and attract between 350 and 750 attendees.


2014 Community LectureArt_of_Belonging_cover_web

6-7.30pm, Monday, 20 October
Newcastle City Hall 

  • Hugh Mackay, Author and social commentator
    The Art of Belonging
    Enormously entertaining speaker Hugh Mackay returns to the HRF Lecture Series for the third time in 2014.  He will talk about his latest book - The Art of Belonging - an uplifting account of how we can enrich and add meaning to our lives by connecting with our communities
  • Re-connecting young people to community
    Hugh will join a stimulating panel of speakers to help the HRF address issues around re-connecting the Hunter's young people to work, study and community. Hear about new community research by HRF and listen to some positive and uplifting stories of young people connecting to community in their own ways

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2013 series featured:

  • Jon Dee, Co-founder of Do Something! and Planet Ark
    Can Individuals really change the world? (Transcript unavailable)

2012 series featured:

2011 series featured:

  • Tim Costello, CEO World Vision Australia
    Lecture Title: Rediscovering Democracy in 21st Century Australia - Download lecture transcript
  • The Hon. Catherine Branson QC, President and Human Rights Commissioner
    Australian Human Rights Commission
    Lecture Title: The empowered citizen: the importance of education and equality for a modern democracy - Download lecture transcript including Q&A session
A complete list of past speakers is available from our lecture series transcripts page.