Every year the Academy invites a Fellow to deliver the annual Academy Lecture, with the expectation that each new Academy President will deliver one during their term of office.

The long list of lectures that have been presented is in itself a potted history of the Fellowship, and richly displays the breadth and depth of their scholarship.

The first Academy Lecture (then simply called the ‘Annual Lecture’) was delivered by Emeritus Professor A. D. Hope on 19 May 1970, in the National Library theatre. It was entitled The literary influence of Academies.

The literary influence of an academy can only be effective if its members are prepared to be daring, controversial, enterprising and imaginative, to take up large and important issues, to pronounce on them clearly and firmly, and to advance the light by showing themselves.A. D. Hope, Annual Academy Lecture, 1970

Read the full text of A. D. Hope’s inaugural Academy Lecture.

The 50th Academy Lecture, November 2019

The 50th Academy Lecture — Being Humane: A Contested History — was given by Academy President Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA. 

It was held during the Academy’s 50th Symposium Humanising the Future, on Thursday 14 November 2019 at State Library of Queensland. 

The podcast is now available and an edited version will feature in Humanities Australia in 2020