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Webinar Replays

Indigenous Art in 2020: Culture, Community & Collaboration in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

‘COVID-19 has shown the good, the bad and the ugly’ | In a recent interview with the Adelaide Review, Sally Scales discussed the impact of the pandemic on the Indigenous communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote South Australia.

Sally, a Pitjantjatjara woman, Chairs the APY Council and works closely with Skye O’Meara, Manager of the APY Art Centre Collective: a group of 11 Indigenous owned and governed organizations that work with a united vision and voice on strategic business initiatives and collaborative artistic projects. Indigenous art centres are powerful places and vital to their communities.

In a year marked by a global health crisis, protests for racial justice, economic instability and overall uncertainty, Sally and Skye have creatively navigated each challenge with honesty, gravity, and an incredible sense of humor. The remote APY communities remain COVID-free – while their artists continue to earn widespread recognition. On October 15th, they joined Margo Smith, Director of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, for a conversation on Indigenous art, international collaboration and keeping culture strong in the midst of a global pandemic.

Australia United States Free Trade Agreement 15 Years & Beyond

On Thursday October 1, the American Australian Association, the Embassy of Australia & the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Australia United States Free Trade Agreement 15 Years & Beyond.

The 1 hour program was moderated by the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States and featured keynote addresses by Myron Brilliant, Executive VP at U.S. Chamber of Commerce and April Palmerlee, CEO at AmCham. This was followed by a discussion between business leaders in the American Australian community: Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel, VP International Affairs at Lockheed Martin; Steve McCann, Group CEO & Managing Director at Lendlease; Mick Farrell, CEO of ResMed; Steve Demetriou, CEO of Jacobs; and Jennifer Nason, Global Chair, Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan. The panelists discussed the strong economic relationship between our two countries and the jobs, innovation and prosperity the Free Trade Agreement has supported.  The program was closed by Ambassador John Berry, President of American Australian Association.

The Embassy of Australia and the American Australian Association will be releasing a companion publication celebrating the 15 year anniversary of the Australia United States Free Trade Agreement, which will be soon be released on the Embassy and AAA websites.

This event was possible thanks to our partners at the Embassy of Australia and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

G'Day USA US-Australia Space Industry Xchange

On Thursday 25th September 2020, the American Australian Association hosted the G’Day USA, US-Australia Space Industry Xchange. The 2nd annual Xchange focused on Australia’s participation with the US on the return to the Moon and on to Mars.

The 1 hour program was introduced by the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australia’s Ambassador to the United States and featured keynote addresses by Dr Megan Clark AC, Head, Australian Space Agency; Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO; and Lt Gen Larry James, JPL Deputy Director, NASA JPL. The keynote addresses were followed by a lively discussion moderated by Colonel Pam Melroy, former Astronaut and Director Space Technology & Policy, Nova Systems. The program was closed by Jane Duke, Australia’s Consul-General in Los Angeles.

This event was made possible thanks to G’Day USA, CSIRO, the Australian Government and the Australian Space Agency.

Reopening Schools: Meet Australian Educator Adam Lewis, Principal of Boston College High School

Boston College High School reopened this month under a hybrid model, with many staff who have serious trepidation about returning onsite. Principal Adam Lewis recognizes his is a community that is based on relationships and that they have felt not only dispersed, but fractured at times.

On Tuesday, September 22, Adam joined Dr. Leoni Degenhardt AM to discuss his role in keeping his community connected, bringing students back while ensuring the community’s safety and listening and respecting the amalgam of contexts in an immediate community of almost 2000 individuals.

Business Resilience: In Conversation with Greg Norman on Business & Sports

An Australian legend living in the USA and successful athlete-turned-businessman, Greg Norman is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom as his dominance on the golf course. On Wednesday, August 12,  Duncan McKenzie-McHarg, Founder & CEO of USA Live, sat down with the legendary Great White Shark. Watch as they discuss Greg’s phenomenal career, his transition from the golf course to CEO, the impact of COVID-19 on the sports industry and what this means for the future of sports.

Insights on the 2020 Presidential Election with Jonathan Swan

On Tuesday, August 4, following his exclusive sit down interview with President Trump for Axios on HBO, National Political Reporter Jonathan Swan spoke with the Hon. Joe Hockey about the now infamous interview with the President and the challenges and predications facing the United States in the lead up to November 3.

You can watch Jonathan Swan’s interview with President Trump here.

Latest Update on U.S. Immigration for Australian Expats

On Tuesday, July 28, the AAA held an immigration webinar with Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, Immigration Attorney and Principal of Cammisa Markel PLLC to discuss the latest immigration updates impacting Australian expats including how to extend your E3 visa in the U.S., travel restrictions, updates for Diversity Visa lottery winners and more.  This discussion was moderated by AAA Regional Director – New England, Louisa Teo.  To view the accompanying presentation, click here.

Year of Wonders Book Talk with Geraldine Brooks

On Wednesday, July 22, the AAA hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning Australian author Geraldine Brooks AO for a discussion of her bestselling novel, Year of Wonders. In conversation with program host Graham Bradley AM, Geraldine shed light on her thinking behind Year of Wonders’ controversial ending, her new book, Horse, and plans for Year of Wonders, the movie.

Business Resilience: Keeping the World Connected - In Conversation with Telstra President of Americas, Nick Collins

On Thursday, July 16, the AAA held a webinar with Shareablee Founder & CEO and AAA Board Member Tania Yuki in conversation with Telstra President of Americas Nick Collins.  The discussion explored the vital role of telecommunications during the pandemic and how the industry will support global economies in a post-COVID world.

Business Resilience: Life In The New Abnormal - The Shape of Things To Come in Media & Technology

On Thursday, June 25, the AAA held a webinar with J.P. Morgan Global Chair, Investment Banking and AAA Chairman Emeritus Jennifer Nason in conversation with News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson.  The discussion examined how news, information and entertainment are evolving to meet the demands of this fast-changing world.  To access the ACCC Digital Inquiry final report, click here.

Australia at the Forefront of Medical Research

On Wednesday, May 27, the AAA in partnership with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and NSW Health held an online discussion with David Thomas, Vanessa Tyrrell, Ian Alexander, Elizabeth Koff, Matthew Osborn, moderated by Nicola Watkinson.  The discussion provided insights into how Australia’s resources and regulatory environment provide a unique position to drive medical innovation.

Business Resilience: In Conversation with Bluestone Lane Founder & CEO, Nick Stone

On Wednesday, May 6, the AAA held its inaugural Business Resilience webinar with Bluestone Lane Founder & CEO, Nick Stone, who provided insights on the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry and how he’s adapted his business to the new normal.  This conversation was moderated by AAA Vice-Chair Melissa Babbage.

A conversation with AAA President and former U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry

On Thursday, April 30, the AAA in partnership with the USSC held a webinar with AAA President and former U.S. Ambassador to Australia, John Berry to discuss the role of the US-Australian alliance during a global pandemic.  This conversation was moderated by USSC CEO Professor Simon Jackman.

Listen to the recording here.

COVID-19 Update from the Australian Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO

On Wednesday, April 15, the AAA held a webinar with Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos AO, who provided an update on the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19 and key messages for Australians in the United States.  This conversation was moderated by AAA President John Berry.

A Guide for Expats Impacted by COVID-19

On Monday, April 6, the AAA held an immigration webinar with Zjantelle Cammisa Markel, Immigration Attorney and Principal of Cammisa Markel PLLC to discuss concerns faced by Australian expats in the U.S. in light of COVID-19.  This discussion was moderated by AAA Director of Business & Arts, Georgina Duckworth.