ALA conference: Exploring possibilities – changing lives
The 54th Adult Learning Australia conference will be held on the 13–14 June 2017 in Hobart Tasmania. It is in partnership with LINC Tasmania and will explore the different ways learning changes lives.
Our conference program will include dynamic and diverse keynote speakers, sector leaders and practitioners, who will present a range of topics through presentations, sessions and workshops.
We hope that you can join us in Hobart for what promises to be a fun, educationally informative and thought-provoking conference.
Dr Tony Birch
Tony is a prominent academic, poet and writer. He won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing 2016. Tony has lectured at the University of Melbourne for some years and is now the first recipient of the Dr Bruce McGuinness Indigenous Research Fellowship at Victoria University. He is a frequent contributor to ABC local and national radio and a regular guest at writers’ festivals.
Dr Birch has a compelling personal story to tell of how learning changed his life. He grew up in Fitzroy when it was a tough working class suburb and returned to learning as an adult after being expelled from two high schools, getting into trouble with the police and working low-paid odd jobs. Tony exemplifies how learning changes lives. His research areas include Indigenous knowledge.
Singer songwriter and music educator Marcia Howard has over 30 years of performance experience. She is a triple Aria Award winning member of the band Goanna with her brother Shane Howard, and has performed with James Taylor, Carlos Santana and Archie Roach. Marcia combines performing with her work as a music educator, where she shares her experience and knowledge of the industry recording, songwriting and business skills. Last year she completed her Masters of Education thesis, Holy Wells to Waterholes: Belonging to Place Through Song, which explores issues of belonging to place through the medium of song.
Full details soon.