ABC Comedian to push boundaries at Murdoch’s NAIDOC event

July 1, 2015

Steven OliverNAIDOC week will be celebrated with a smile at Murdoch University this year with comedian Steven Oliver as the special guest speaker.

Steven Oliver is an Indigenous writer, poet and actor, who has hit the spotlight with the ABC comedy sketch show Black Comedy.

He will give the keynote address at Murdoch University's NAIDOC event discussing what it means to be part of an ancient culture in 21st Century Australia.

Braden Hill, Manager of Murdoch University’s Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, said that this year’s celebrations aimed to push boundaries.

“We want this to be an insight into Indigenous culture, people and history that Australians tend not to see. It’s a peek into what is sacred for us in the here and now,” he said.

“We will be questioning long-held notions around Aboriginality and celebrating a dynamic culture that is quick to poke fun at itself whilst asking difficult questions about what it means to be Indigenous in the 21st century.

Challenging the Sacred, with Steven Oliver

9 July 6:00-9:00pm

Kim Beazley Lecture, Murdoch University

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with Indigenous students and staff from Murdoch University, music and refreshments.

“NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Braden said.

“NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

“It is important that Murdoch University celebrate NAIDOC week, not only to recognise its long engagement with Indigenous communities, but also to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions our Indigenous graduates have made to society.”

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