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Griffith Review: Acts of Reckoning


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Griffith Review’s Acts of Reckoning issue examines some of the complexities at play in Australia’s long and fraught journey towards centering First Nations peoples, cultures and knowledges. In this special panel event, Teela Reid, Megan Davis and Henry Reynolds discuss the need for homegrown truth-telling with host Paul Barclay.


How does Australia’s relationship to its settler colonial past shape our shared future? And can we ever achieve true healing if we don’t confront history head on?

Griffith Review’s Acts of Reckoning issue examines some of the complexities at play in Australia’s long and fraught journey towards centering First Nations peoples, cultures and knowledges.

In this special panel event, lawyer, storyteller and Griffith Review contributing editor Teela Reid joins activist and Uluṟu Statement from the Heart architect Megan Davis and historian Henry Reynolds to reckon with questions of history, truth-telling and decolonisation.

With host Paul Barclay, they’ll discuss the need for homegrown truth-telling, consider what the recent political power shift in Canberra means for constitutional recognition for First Peoples, and imagine what might be possible for Australia’s narrative when we finally walk together towards a better future.

Please note Henry Reynolds will appear via video feed.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

Presented in partnership with Griffith Review.

Image: Ask the Sea (2019). Jasmine Togo-Brisby.


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Megan Davis

Megan Davis is a Cobble Cobble woman from south-west Queensland. She is the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law, Director of the Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW Law and Pro Vice Chancellor at UNSW. She designed the regional dialogue method that led to the consensus at Uluru on 26 May 2017 and read t... Read more

Teela Reid

Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman and lawyer. She has experience practicing in criminal, civil and administrative law. She was born and raised in Gilgandra western NSW and come from a family of advocates in the NSW Land rights movement. Teela was involved as a working group leader on... Read more

Henry Reynolds

Henry Reynolds spent thirty years at James Cook University in Townsville. He wrote his first article on frontier conflict in 1972.Since then he has published more than twenty books, among them titles such as The Other Side of the Frontier (1981), The Law of the Land (1987), Why Weren’t We Told? (1... Read more

Paul Barclay

Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion. Paul has produced countless stories over more than 20 years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks. He is currently the presenter of Big Ideas o... Read more


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