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Race in Modern America - Problems, Progress and Possibilities

Race in Modern America - Problems, Progress and Possibilities

The Speaker. 

Michael Ondaatje 

Is Head of the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, and Professor of History, at Griffith University.  Michael is a prize-winning researcher and teacher and a regular commentator on American history and politics in the media.

He has been a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and was selected by the US Embassy in Australia for the International Visitor Leadership Program, the premier professional exchange program of the US government.

He is also a recipient of the Max Crawford Medal - ‘Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities’ (Australian Academy of the Humanities) - and a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences.Michael’s primary research focus is African American history, with a particular emphasis on the history of Black conservatism.

But his interest in race and conservatism extends to the Australian context, where he is currently writing a biography of Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian elected to federal parliament. 

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