2019 Narrm Oration: Save the date
The revitalisation of the Hawaiian language
The Narrm Oration is the University’s key annual address, profiling leading indigenous peoples from across the world in order to enrich our ideas about possible futures for Indigenous Australia. Narrm refers to the Country of the Melbourne region.
Delivered annually since 2009, the Narrm Oration is held every November on the Parkville campus.
In the 2019 Narrm Oration, Dr Larry L Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi, will impart a progression of the 36 years (1983–2019) of overcoming obstacles to advance the life of the Hawaiian language and cultural wellbeing.
When a language is at the juncture of extinction, using it as the language of formal education would appear to be a mission impossible. Thirty-six years after a handful of people in Hawaii decided to face this dire situation head on and use Hawaiian as the medium of pre-school education – with no money, no site, no curriculum and no ‘qualified’ teachers – Hawaii is now experiencing a reawakening of new generations of highly fluent second and first language Hawaiian speakers.
The Narrm Oration will be followed by a panel discussion addressing the Australian experience of language revitalisation and the achievements and challenges.
Dr Larry L Kimura
The Fabric of Hawaiian Medium Education: a perspective for Indigenous language revitalisation
Thursday 28 November 2019
6.00–7.30pm – Academic Procession, Welcome to Country and Narrm Oration (including panel discussion)
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre
Arts West Building
The University of Melbourne
Pictured top: The University of Melbourne’s ceremonial possum skin cloak, gifted to the University, was made by Wurundjeri woman Mandy Nicholson. Etched into the cloak is the swirling smoke of Wurundjeri fires symbolising connectedness to Country, and to the University.