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Lecture: Attributes of Identity-in Conversation
Lecture: Attributes of Identity-in Conversation
07.09.2013 18.00 h
The Wheeler Centre - Melbourne


The Antipodes Festival, in collaboration with the Food for Thought Greek Australian Women’s Network, presents: A Conversation with Justice Emilios Kyrou.

Justice Kyrou will discuss the themes of motivation and preserving the Greek heritage and will then be interviewed by Eyvah Dafaranos (poet and wife of the Greek Ambassador) on his migrant experience, his role as the first and only Greek-born Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria and aspects of his recently published autobiography Call Me Emilios. The evening’s moderator, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis (The University of Melbourne), and Helen Nickas (Editor and Publisher) will then contribute their reflections and the Greek Ambassador, Haris Dafaranos, will make closing remarks.

About Justice Emilios Kyrou
Justice Emilios Kyrou is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, having been appointed in May 2008. He was born the village of Sfikia, near Veria in northern Greece, and migrated to Australia with his parents and younger brother in 1968 when he was 8 years old. He graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1982 with a first class honours degree in law and a commerce degree. He was the top law graduate and was awarded the prestigious Supreme Court Prize.

Call Me Emilios, published in 2012, is Justice Kyrou’s highly personal exploration of identity, and the determination that transformed him from a vulnerable new migrant to a successful lawyer and ultimately a Supreme Court Judge. Part family history, the book provides a window to the many hardships that motivated an entire generation of Greek migrants to succeed in Australian society, while maintaining their Greek heritage. The book also considers the enormous impact that Australia, a country Justice Kyrou describes as “one of the few true meritocracies in the world”, has had on his life, offering deep gratitude for the many opportunities it has presented him.

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Read reviews of Justice Kyrou’s autobiography Call Me Emilios:
The Age (28.11.2012)
The Australian (6.7.2013)
Neos Kosmos (24.11.2012)
Law Institute Journal (11.2012)
Australian Jewish News (29.3.2013)
Victorian Bar News (12.2012)


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