Acts of Reckoning at The Wheeler Centre
Griffith Review 76: Acts of Reckoning 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, Megan Davis, Teela Reid, and Henry Reynolds discuss the need for homegrown truth-telling with host of ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas Paul Barclay.
Presented in partnership with The Wheeler Centre.
About the panellists
Megan Davis is the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law and Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous, UNSW, and Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Law and Justice. She is the Chair of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples based in Geneva and has served as a UN human rights expert for over a decade. She has been the leading constitutional lawyer on First Nations recognition in the Australian Constitution since 2011 and served on the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on Indigenous constitutional recognition in 2011 and the Prime Minister’s Referendum Council in 2015–17. In 2021 she was named co-recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize in recognition of her work on the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman, a senior solicitor at Chalk & Behrendt and the inaugural First Nations Lawyer in Residence at the University of Sydney Law School. She is the co-founder of @blackfulla_bookclub, a platform that honours First Nations ancestors as the original storytellers. Teela is Contributing Editor for Acts of Reckoning,
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? (1999) and Forgotten War (2013).