Featured Scholar Speakers

Larissa Behrendt is a professor of Law and director of research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of the ACT and NSW as a barrister. Dr. Behrendt is a land commissioner at the Land and Environment Court and the alternate chair of the Serious Offenders Review Board, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and a founding member of the Australian Academy of Law. She is the chair of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. In addition, she has authored several books on Indigenous legal issues.
Sir Timoti Kāretu is a descendant of the Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu tribes. He is a scholar who is nationally and internationally recognized for his knowledge of the Māori language. Sir Timoti Kāretu is also a prolific composer and Māori performing arts expert. In 1970, he was appointed as the first professor of Māori Studies at the University of Waikato. In 1987 he became the first Māori language commissioner at Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. From 2003, Sir Kāretu was the head of Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust. He has been involved in numerous Māori performing arts competitions as a tutor, a composer, a judge and an organizer. Sir Karetu continues to be a stalwart of the Māori language and is unflinching in his dedication. He is the foremost expert in Māori language revitalisation efforts and is a role model and mentor for many in the field of language revitalisation around the world.