DigiTalks enables regular visitors – as well as the wider Australian community – to overcome the tyranny of distance and stay connected with our extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour.
Each instalment features a presenter who can offer rich insights into our heritage destinations, including their history, flora and fauna, or who can speak more broadly about the history of the world’s greatest harbour.
The latest instalment in our DigiTalks series will be presented by academic, author and government adviser Professor Dennis Foley as part of the Harbour Trust's NAIDOC Week 2020 program. A member of the University of Canberra Business, Government and Law Faculty, Professor Foley specialises in the emerging discipline of enterprise and entrepreneurship and recently co-wrote What the Colonists Never Knew – A History of Aboriginal Sydney. During this hour-long webinar, he will paint a vivid picture of what is was like for Sydney’s Aboriginal Peoples to coexist alongside the colonists from 1788 to the present.
Professor Dennis Foley is a valued member of the Business Government and Law Faculty at the University of Canberra, working at the university since 2018. His main research focus is towards the emerging discipline of Indigenous enterprise and entrepreneurship. Dennis’ career within the tertiary education sector began researching an Indigenous Career and Employment strategy at Griffith University followed by the establishment of the first Australian Indigenous Degree program in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art. Several teaching appointments followed including at the University of Queensland, the Australian Catholic University, the Universities of Queensland, Sydney, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Hawaii, as well as Swinburne University.
Prior to joining the tertiary education sector, Dennis held middle to senior management positions within the banking and finance sector. Professor Foley is a Fulbright Scholar and dual Endeavour Fellow. His publications focus on social inclusion and cross disciples such as Indigenous Literature, Indigenous History, Indigenous Studies, Business Management (Entrepreneurship) and Indigenous Epistemology and Pedagogy.
Dennis identifies as Koori. His matrilineal connection is Gai-mariagal of northern Sydney, and his patrilineal connection is to the Wiradjuri people of the Turon River region. He is active within the Indigenous community and Indigenous business associations that includes the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. He has also received several ministerial appointments to state and federal Advisory Committees and currently researches in Canada, Ireland and across Aboriginal Australia.
We are delivering our DigiTalks series using Zoom, an easy-to-use platform for video conferences, chats and webinars. Attendees don’t need a Zoom account to join one of our DigiTalks as we’ll email login details to registrants prior to each instalment. Zoom has advised that users will have the best experience when they download either the desktop application (Windows/Mac) or mobile app (Android/Apple) in advance of a DigiTalk. To download the desktop application or mobile app, visit: zoom.us/download
The DigiTalks Archive is a curated selection of videos enabling people to revisit – or enjoy for the very first time – past instalments in our popular webinar series and gain rich insights into the history of Sydney Harbour, including our network of heritage destinations.
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