Professor Gary Foley of Victoria University will present the second Nelson Mandela Day Lecture at RMIT.
In 2009, the UN General Assembly launched Nelson Mandala Day to commemorate the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. On this day, people around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others.
Mandela's Legacy: Global Prospects and Challenges
The second Nelson Mandela Day Lecture will be presented by Professor Gary Foley of Victoria University's Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit.
Gary Foley was born in Grafton, northern NSW of Gumbainggir descent. Expelled from school aged 15, Foley went to Sydney as an apprentice draughtsperson. He was then involved in the establishment of the first Aboriginal self-help and survival organisations including Redfern’s Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal Health Service in Melbourne, National Black Theatre.
Late in life Foley completed his BA with first class honours in History in 2002. Between 2005 and 2008 he was a lecturer/tutor in the Education Faculty of University of Melbourne. In 2012 he completed at PhD in History at the University of Melbourne for which he won the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. He has worked at Victoria University since 2008, where he was appointed Professor of History in 2015.