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 — will be given by Academy President Professor Joy Damousi FASSA FAHA. 

The lecture will commence 4:30pm Thursday 14 November at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, followed by a reception at 5:30pm.

This free public event will be held during our flagship event for the Academy’s 50th anniversary celebrations — the 50th Symposium on Humanising the Future to be held 13-15 November in Brisbane.

Register to attend the 50th Academy Lecture.