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Rob Riley 20th anniversary reflects Indigenous influence at Curtin

Media release

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous statesman and leaders, Rob Riley, who left an incredible legacy at Curtin University and within the Aboriginal community.

Inspired by his conviction that Australia had to confront its history of dispossession of Aboriginal people from their lands and all that has flowed from it, Rob Riley worked tirelessly to advance social justice and reconciliation with non-indigenous Australia.

Professor Marion Kickett, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS), said Rob Riley was a key Indigenous figure who had a long association with Curtin University.

“The Rob Riley Memorial Lectures began in 2004 and have been a reoccurring event for the last 12 years to remember and honour Mr Riley’s work within the university,” Professor Kickett said.

The 2016 memorial lecture, hosted by Mr Ben Wyatt MLA for Victoria Park, will also include tributes presented by Professor Patricia Dudgeon, former Director of CAS, Professor Quentin Beresford, author of Rob Riley’s biography, and Rob Riley’s close personal friends, Darryl Kickett, Jim Morrison and Peter Yu.

Please see below for further information regarding the lecture and details on how to register your attendance.

Event:             Rob Riley Memorial Lecture

Date:               Friday 13 May 2016

Time:              5.30 – 8.00pm

Venue:            Tim Winton Lecture Theatre

Building 213

Curtin University, Bentley campus 

RSVP:             events@curtin.edu.au by Friday 6 May 2016