The Conversation: Cook Revisited

Captain James Cook arrived in the Pacific 250 years ago. Watch Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Associate Professor Kate Fullagar and researcher and filmmaker Alison Page, a descendent of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation, as they discuss Cook's arrival. Bringing different perspectives to Cook’s journey, our panellists reveal and reflect on the narratives of our history. Chaired by Paul Barclay, ABC Radio National Big Ideas. Recorded on 18 May 2020 and live streamed on 15 July 2020.

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Kate Darian-Smith is a cultural and social historian of Australian history, memory studies and heritage. She is currently Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Law and Education at the University of Tasmania.

Kate Fullagar is an associate professor of Modern History at Macquarie University. She is the author of The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist: Three Lives in an Age of Empire (New Haven, 2020), The Savage Visit: New World People and Popular Imperial Culture in Britain (Berkeley, 2012), and co-editor with M. A. McDonnell of Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age (Baltimore, 2018). She is currently co-editor of the AHA's journal, History Australia (2019-2022), and Lead Chief Investigator of the ARC Project, Facing New Worlds.

Alison Page is an award-winning creative at the forefront of contemporary Australian Aboriginal design and storytelling. As a descendant of the Walbanga and Wadi Wadi people of the Yuin nation, and as a leading force in the Australian design scene, she champions the contemporary creative expression of Aboriginal identity. Alison is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.

Paul Barclay is a Walkley Award winning journalist and broadcaster with an appetite for ideas and in-depth analysis and discussion.  He is currently the presenter of Big Ideas on ABC Radio National. Paul has produced countless stories over more than 20 years for an array of programs on virtually all ABC radio networks.