PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Julia Gillard, prime minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013, will deliver the 90th Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. As prime minister, Gillard developed Australia’s landmark policy paper on its role in the Asian Century. In her talk, “Engagement in the Asian Century: The Opportunity of Our Lifetime,” Gillard will discuss strategic, economic, and leadership challenges as Asia rises and the lessons essential to national success in the decades ahead.
This lecture begins at 5 p.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium, on the College Green. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
The lecture can be viewed live online at http://www.brown.edu/web/livestream/.
Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th prime minister of Australia in June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. She had previously served as deputy prime minister and minister for education, employment and workplace relations and social inclusion.
During her time in government, Gillard delivered nation-changing policies including the reform of Australia’s education system; creation of an emissions trading plan; improvements in the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care, and dental care; the nation’s first national plan to care for people with disabilities; and the restructuring of the telecommunications sector, including construction of a national broadband network. In foreign policy, Gillard worked to strengthen Australia’s ties with many countries, including the United States, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, and South Korea.
She is also an honorary professor at the University of Adelaide. Gillard’s book on her service as prime minister, My Story, was published by Random House in October 2014. Gillard completed tertiary studies at Adelaide University and received degrees in arts and law from Melbourne University.
More information about Gillard can be found on the Ogden Lecture website.
The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture
Since 1965, the Ogden Lectureship has presented the University and its neighboring communities with authoritative and timely addresses about international affairs. The lectureship was established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident during his junior year. His family created the series as a tribute to Ogden’s interest in advancing international peace and understanding.
Dozens of heads of state, diplomats, and observers of the international scene have participated in the series, including Queen Noor of Jordan, former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, media innovator Ted Turner, astronaut Sen. John Glenn, economist Paul Volcker, Bolivian President Evo Morales, former prime minister of Italy Romano Prodi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, His Highness the Aga Khan, and human rights activist Kenneth Roth.