ACCORD

ISSUE 21 | NOVEMBER 2015

 

   
 

IN THIS ISSUE

FROM THE DEAN LATEST NEWS
INSIDE THE FACULTY IN FOCUS
ALUMNI NEWS SHARE YOUR STORY
OUR PEOPLE IN THE NEWS EVENTS
EXHIBITIONS STAY IN TOUCH

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FROM THE DEAN

Dear Alumni,

Welcome to your quarterly edition of the Accord newsletter.

As our respected alumni, I know you recognise the importance and value of a degree within the arts and social sciences. We are all very well aware of the importance of  this degree in developing strong, critical, questioning, and above all, curious minds. But we are also concerned to make sure that our students and prospective students are aware of the importance of the soft skill set, the communication, interpersonal and leadership skills enhanced by a degree in arts and social science, in finding a job and developing a career. 
Dear Alumni,

Welcome to your quarterly edition of the Accord newsletter.

As our respected alumni, I know you recognise the importance and value of a degree within the arts and social sciences. We are all very well aware of the importance of  this degree in developing  strong, critical, questioning, and above all, curious minds. But we are also concerned to make sure that our students and prospective students are aware of the importance of the soft skill set, the communication, interpersonal and leadership skills enhanced by a degree in arts and social science, in finding a job and developing a career. We want our students not only to become leaders by honing their ability to think quickly and creatively, but also to engage with and think about the opportunities available to them in the corporate world as well as in other fields including education, and the cultural and not-for profit sectors. It is to facilitate these developments that we are investing in programs such as ArtSS Career Ready and our new Internship Program for Credit.

We can all point to certain people that have made a marked difference in our careers. Mentors come in a variety of shapes and sizes but they are integral to advancement. Whether they guided you in the right direction or gave you valuable recommendations. So that is why, if you have ever thought about supporting or giving advice to our current or future students, be it as mentor or perhaps delivering a master class, or by sharing your career journey or if you are in a position to be able to offer an internship or student placement, we would be delighted to hear from you. If you are interested in getting involved, please do contact our Manager of Alumni Engagement, Kate Macfarlane

Finally, as this will be the last issue of Accord for 2015, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday period.

Best wishes,
 
Professor Barbara Caine AM | FAHA | FASSA| FRHS
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor of History

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LATEST NEWS

 ARTS AND HUMANITIES NATION'S BEST IN LATEST RANKINGS  |

The University of Sydney is among the top 30 universities in the world for Arts and Humanities, the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings show. Read the full article.

 UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN REACHES $600 MILLION TARGET TWO YEARS EARLY  |

Launched in 2008, the ten year fundraising campaign was the first and most ambitious of its kind in Australian higher education. With its original goal now realised, INSPIRED’s new target has been revised to $750 million by the end of 2017. Read the full article.

 NEW HUMANS OF AUSTRALIAN TAKES OFF  |

Master of Arts (Writing) alumna, Nicola Gray, wanted to tell stories. Interesting and inspiring stories from the refugees and migrants of Australia. Read the full article.

 ART HELPS MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE  |

The Sydney Peace Prize has gone to an artist who is changing lives in some of the world's grimmest places. Since 1998 the Sydney Peace Prize has been recognising peace builders in both Australia and overseas. Now, an artist is joining the winners circle, reflects David Hirsch. Read the full article.

 TRAILBLAZING DISABILITY CAMPAIGNER TAKES ON STEREOTYPES AND WINS  |

After becoming NSW's first wheelchair-using classroom teacher, alumna Joan Hume has spent a lifetime advocating for people with disabilities and is now President of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia. Read the full article.

 DIPLOMA OF LANGUAGE STUDIES ACCELERATED MODE  |

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is excited to announce that two more languages will be offered in the Diploma of Language Studies - Accelerated Mode. From 2016, the program will expand to include Chinese (Mandarin) and French alongside Japanese, Korean and Spanish (watch video here). Read the full article.

 OTHER NEWS  | For the latest news stories, visit the Faculty website

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INSIDE THE FACULTY

 2016 NSW AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR  | Patricia Garcia

Congratulations to Patricia Garcia, from the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS), who has been named as one of the 16 finalists from New South Wales for the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards. Read the full article.

 IG NOBEL PRIZE FOR PROFESSOR NICK ENFIELD  |

Professor Nick Enfield from the Department of Linguistics has won an Ig Nobel Prize for breakthrough research in linguistics that found evidence of a universal trait in human conversation. Read the full article.

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IN FOCUS

 ALUMNUS IN FOCUS  | Adrian Buddle

Adrian Buddle graduated from the University of Sydney with a BA (Languages and Politics) in 1990. Like many, he wasn’t sure of the path he would take and fell into a graduate job at the Commonwealth Bank. Since starting his career in finance, he has never looked back. Spanning a 22 year career in the banking sector, Adrian has worked everywhere from London and back. In 2010, Adrian joined the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ as the Managing Director of Corporate Finance. Read the full article.

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ALUMNI NEWS

 HONOUR OUR ALUMNI  |

Help us honour the greatness of our graduates by nominating them for an Alumni Award. With a wide range of categories, the awards celebrate alumni who are established in their careers and those who are just getting started. Nominations close 7 December. Read more.

 CONGRATULATIONS TO DR OBENG-ODOOM  |

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences would like to congratulate alumnus Dr Franklin Obeng-Odoom who was recently elected to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences recently.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences would like to congratulate alumnus Dr Franklin Obeng-Odoom who was recently elected to the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences recently.

Established in 1959 to recognise nationals of Ghana who have been outstanding in their field internationally, Dr Obeng-Odoom is currently the youngest fellow to be elected at aged 33 and joins a selective group of around 100 academics in the academy.

Dr Obeng-Odoom completed his PhD on The Political Economy of Cities at the University of Sydney in 2012 and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Urban Economics and Property Economics at UTS with his book on Reconstructing Urban Economics: Towards a Political Economy of the Built Environment published this year.

He also assists with the African Review and Finance publication and is also part of 15-member taskforce commissioned by the government of Ghana to prepare for a 40-year development plan for the country.

 MEDIA'S NEW BREED  |

Featured in the latest edition of the Sydney Alumni Magazine (SAM), Sydney Morning Herald news director Judith Whelan (BA(Hons) ’83 DipEd ’84) and Buzzfeed reporter David Mack (BA '92 LLB '95) talk about the rapidly changing media spectrum. Read more.

 WELCOME TO SYDNEY  | Alumni open their homes to new students

For Nancy Lee (USyd BA 2009, PhD 2014), moving to the UK and experiencing first-hand what it’s like to be plunged into a new place with few friends was a catalyst for part in the Welcome to Sydney Program.
For Nancy Lee (USyd BA 2009, PhD 2014), moving to the UK and experiencing first-hand what it’s like to be plunged into a new place with few friends was the catalyst in taking part in the Welcome to Sydney Program.

The program aims to assist student’s transition into their new life at the university and enables them to meet with alumni and staff in a small event setting. For Alumna’s Nancy Lee and Vivienne Egan, she was able to meet with new international students Maya, Stanley and Norma to mentor and give advice over Yum Cha.

“We talked about how big Sydney is, and gave them some travel tips, and recommended they try vegemite. There was also quite a bit of time spent debating the merits of the giant new iPhones!” said Nancy.

“We now all follow each other on Instagram, which is a nice way to keep in touch!”

Nancy was a student at the University of Sydney where she completed her BA in 2009 and went straight into a PhD in 2010. From 2011 she tutored in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, and now teaches at UNSW. As an undergraduate, Nancy was actively involved in student life as student editor for The Bull publication, a member of the Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) and editor-in-chief of ARNA in 2009. Nancy currently co-runs Taylor Hermione & Co, a not-for-profit focusing on safe relationships and gender equality. She met her co-founder, Vivienne Egan whilst studying together at the University of Sydney.

“We are big fans of the University of Sydney and we both have fond memories of our time there. It's where we met and became friends. We like to stay involved when we can and help to spread the good word!”

To find out more and register your interest in hosting a Welcome to Sydney event, visit the alumni website.

 SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS  | Short survey

We are currently working on a number of alumni projects and are interested in hearing your thoughts about reward programs. By completing this short survey, you will also go in the running to win a $400 or $100 Myer gift card.

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SHARE YOUR STORY

We'd love to hear from you!

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences firmly believes in celebrating the achievements made by our alumni. Everyone has a story to tell, and we would like to hear yours. Your story can be as simple as a photograph and a short paragraph that describes your achievements, activity or experience that has made a difference. Click here to share your story with us.

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OUR PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

 HIGHLIGHTS  |

Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter from the School of Languages and Cultures was interviewed live on 107.9 ABC Radio Ballarat’s Mornings with Steve Martin program about the French state’s security and military reactions to the Paris attacks of 13 November.

Lithuanian Public Radio and NewsAsia (Singapore) interviewed Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais about the outcome of the general election in Myanmar.

ABC Adelaide Webcast interviewed Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion about the origins of Friday the 13th and why the day is considered unlucky.

702 ABC Sydney Drive interviewed Dr Anne Rogerson from the Department of Classics and Ancient History as part of its Self-Improvement Wednesdays segment about the expansion and subsequent overcrowding of Rome during the second century BCE.
Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter from the School of Languages and Cultures was interviewed live on 107.9 ABC Radio Ballarat’s Mornings with Steve Martin program about the French state’s security and military reactions to the Paris attacks of 13 November.

Lithuanian Public Radio and NewsAsia (Singapore) interviewed Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais about the outcome of the general election in Myanmar.

ABC Adelaide Webcast interviewed Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion about the origins of Friday the 13th and why the day is considered unlucky.

702 ABC Sydney Drive interviewed Dr Anne Rogerson from the Department of Classics and Ancient History as part of its Self-Improvement Wednesdays segment about the expansion and subsequent overcrowding of Rome during the second century BCE.

The Interpreter
published a piece by Dr Jennifer Hunt from the Centre for International Security Studies about the US approving a sale of armed drones to Italy.

3AW Melbourne and 6PR Perth interviewed Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia from the China Studies Centre about the end of the one-child policy in China.

Dr Rebecca Sheehan from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on Radio National Drive about the influence of music on society and politics.

The Conversation published an article by Dr Giorgia Alu from the School of Languages and Cultures about the play Jurassica, which is currently showing at St Kilda Theatre.

Dr Wendy Lambourne from the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about the United Nations’ 70th anniversary and the achievements of the organisation.

Reuters (US, Africa) quoted Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott from the Department of Government and International Relations about research on the role of foreign military personnel in responding to the outbreak of Ebola.

Professor Glenda Sluga from the Department of History was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about Australia’s role in the United Nations in light of the 70th anniversary of the formation of the organisation.

Dr Christopher Neff from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed by Discovery about animals deemed 'menacing' by popular culture and his study on the opposition to shark culling within the Ballina area.

Dr Alana Mann from the Department of Media and Communications was interviewed on 3CR Melbourne about the way in which global corporations control food systems throughout the world.

Honorary Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick from the Department of History was interviewed on Radio National about her new book, On Stalin’s Team.

The Australian published an article by Professor Gerard Goggin from the Department of Media and Communications about designing for the disabled.

Dr Patricia Ranald from the Department of Political Economy was quoted in the Canberra Times about the performance of Trade Minister Andrew Robb in delivering opportunities for the agriculture sector in regards to the Trans Pacific Partnership.

The Conversation published an article by Professor John Keane from the Sydney Democracy Network about the future of elections.

Prime 7 (Wagga Wagga) interviewed Dr Mark Melatos from the School of Economics about the likelihood of Australia falling into recession over the next two years.

For the full list of our people in the news, visit the Faculty in the Media page.

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EVENTS

 INSIGHTS LECTURE SERIES 2016 PROGRAM  | Coming soon!

The exciting new Insights Lecture Series program is coming soon. In 2016 we will be delighted to bring you six new professors who will present on diverse topics ranging from 'The Chinese Enigma: China through European eyes 1750-1900' through to 'Something to play ever day: rural retirement culture'. Visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website in early January for the full program.

 ETHICS IN LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST  | Tuesday 24 November

Please join us for a breakfast to discuss how ethics and leadership is shaping the way we think, act and move in today’s society. With a key focus on how we build leaders who are not only sensitive, broad minded, empathetic and creative, but creating leaders who place people at the core of every facet of decision-making.
Please join us for a breakfast to discuss how ethics and leadership is shaping the way we think, act and move in today’s society. With a key focus on how we build leaders who are not only sensitive, broad minded, empathetic and creative, but creating leaders who place people at the core of every facet of decision-making.

The University of Sydney is bringing together thought leaders from industry and academia for this timely conversation:

How can leaders empower those around them to ensure the development of innovative, productive and ethical workplaces?

This exclusive industry breakfast event is hosted by the University of Sydney in association with our interdisciplinary degree, the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences - a program placing people at the core of effective leadership.

As industry leaders of today, we invite you to join in the conversation, as well as to explore potential collaborative opportunities in leadership development within your organisation.

Event details
Keynote: Ethics in Leadership
Dr Simon Longstaff AO, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre
Professor Rodney Smith, the University of Sydney
When: Tuesday 24 November, 7.15-9am
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
RSVP: Please register your attendance. Places are limited, please register by 5pm, Sunday 22 November 2015.

 AUSTRALIA, JAPAN AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY  | Monday 30 November

The School of Economics at the University of Sydney, in partnership with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the forum, Economic Outlook Discussion: Australia, Japan, and the Global Economy, on Monday 30 November.
The School of Economics at the University of Sydney, in partnership with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, has the pleasure of inviting you to attend the forum, Economic Outlook Discussion: Australia, Japan, and the Global Economy, on Monday 30 November.

The forum will include contributions from guest speakers from Japan and Australia:
  • The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ - Mr Muneo Kurauchi, Advisor, will give an update on the Japanese economy.
  • Lowy Institute for International Policy - Dr Leon Berkelmans, Director, International Economy Program & G20 Studies Centre, will speak on the Australian economy.
  • The School of Economics, The University of Sydney - Professor Edward Nelson, who has previously worked at the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Bank of England, will speak on the US economy.
The forum will include a short 15 minute presentation from each guest speaker, followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience. 

Drinks and canapés will be served at the conclusion of the forum.

The University of Sydney and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ signed a memorandum of understanding in August 2015 to engage in joint activities to enhance relations between Australia and Japan. Further details on this new partnership can be found here.

Event details
When: Monday 30 November, 6pm registration for 6.30pm start
Where: Sydney Law School Foyer, Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney
Registration: Contact Zoe Morrison by Sunday 22 November.

 WARREN HOGAN MEMORIAL LECTURE  | Wednesday 2 December

Former Secretary to the Treasury, Dr Martin Parkinson, will explore how the United States’ approach to economic diplomacy has changed over time. He asks whether the current approach can be successful in a world where emerging market economies – and especially China – have significantly increased economic importance. Particular attention will be given to the implications for Australia.

US Economic Diplomacy in the Asian Region
Former Secretary to the Treasury, Dr Martin Parkinson, will explore how the United States’ approach to economic diplomacy has changed over time. He asks whether the current approach can be successful in a world where emerging market economies – and especially China – have significantly increased economic importance. Particular attention will be given to the implications for Australia.

About the Warren Hogan Memorial Lecture
Alternately hosted by UTS and the University of Sydney, the Warren Hogan Memorial Lecture – devoted to the economic analysis of public policy issues – commemorates Professor Warren Pat Hogan (1929–2009), an eminent Australian economist who worked across a range of fields including in the areas of economic policy, capital theory, financial intermediation and prudential bank regulation.

Event details
When: Wednesday 2 December, 6-8pm
Where: UTS Business School Auditorium, Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, 14-28 Ultimo Rd, Ultimo
Cost: Free
Registration: Register online here.

 INFO DAY 2016  | Tuesday 5 January 2016

Info Day is a fantastic opportunity to talk directly with university staff and current students to attend mini-lectures and find answers to your questions. Faculty members, student ambassadors and other university representatives will be available to give you information and advice about courses and lots more.
Info Day is a fantastic opportunity to talk directly with university staff and current students to attend mini-lectures and find answers to your questions. Faculty members, student ambassadors and other university representatives will be available to give you information and advice about courses and lots more.

Event details
When: Tuesday 5 January - all day!
Where: Quadrangle, the University of Sydney

 MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NSW CONFERENCE  |

2016 will mark 100 years of foreign language teacher education at the University of Sydney. The Faculty of Education and Social Work in conjunction with the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of New South Wales (MLTA of NSW) would like to celebrate with you.
2016 will mark 100 years of foreign language teacher education at the University of Sydney. The Faculty of Education and Social Work in conjunction with the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of New South Wales (MLTA of NSW) would like to celebrate with you.

We will recognise this historic occasion with an evening cocktail event to coincide with the MLTA of NSW’s Annual Conference next year. The evening will also launch a commemorative booklet to celebrate the accomplished language teachers in our schools and universities.

Event details
Save the date: Friday 18 March 2016
Enquiries: Contact Anthony Gee, Alumni Relations Officer

 OTHER EVENTS  |

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EXHIBITIONS

 UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY  | Women in Power

Women in Power includes major artworks by women from the Power Collection from Bridget Riley to Cindy Sherman, selected by key women in the arts, business and law. For more information, visit the Sydney University Museums website.

 MACLEAY MUSEUM  | Written in Stone

For Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today, stone tools are tangible evidence of occupation, ingenuity, resilience, and survival. This exhibition shows the remarkable diversity and proficiency of stone tool production across the Australian continent. For more information, visit the Sydney University Museums website.

 NICHOLSON MUSEUM  | Memento: Remembering Roman Lives

Roman Names. Stone inscriptions. Real People. An exhibition of Roman funerary monuments from the Nicholson collection. For more information, visit the Sydney University Museums website.

 NICHOLSON MUSEUM  | Lego Pompeii

The ancient Roman city of Pompeii brought back to life in Lego blocks. The model includes Pompeii as it was at the moment of destruction in 79AD, as it was when rediscovered in the 1700s, and as it is today. For more information, visit the Sydney University Museums website.

Find out more about Museum events and activities.

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STAY IN TOUCH

 STAY CONNECTED  | Update your contact details online

Stay connected and receive the latest news and events from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences by updating your contact details. For further information about the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Alumni program, please contact Kate Macfarlane.

 WEIBO ACCOUNT  | Alumni in China

For our alumni in China, we encourage you to stay connected to the University by following our Weibo account. Staying in touch allows us to invite you to special alumni events.

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