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ISSUE 18 | 26 FEBRUARY 2015

 

 
 

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FROM THE DEAN LATEST NEWS
INSIDE THE FACULTY IN FOCUS
ALMUNI NEWS OUR PEOPLE IN THE NEWS
EVENTS EXHIBITIONS
STAY IN TOUCH

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FROM THE DEAN

Dear

Welcome back to another exciting academic year in 2015! I am looking forward to the extraordinary range of activities we have planned this year and hopefully you will be able to join us.

As always, we are looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of amazing students to the Faculty this month as they start their educational journey with us. I never cease to be impressed by the quality and diversity of students we attract from across NSW, Australia and the world. This year, we are particularly keen to provide more opportunities for our students to meet our alumni and learn from your experiences and wisdom.
Dear

Welcome back to another exciting academic year in 2015! I am looking forward to the extraordinary range of activities we have planned this year and hopefully you will be able to join us.

As always, we are looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of amazing students to the Faculty this month as they start their educational journey with us. I never cease to be impressed by the quality and diversity of students we attract from across NSW, Australia and the world. This year, we are particularly keen to provide more opportunities for our students to meet our alumni and learn from your experiences and wisdom. 

I am very pleased to announce that in 2015 we are launching our ‘ArtSS Career Ready’ program to help our students plan for their careers after they graduate. Part of this program will involve some exciting opportunities for our students to take up job placements and internships with some of the leading public and private sector organizations in Australia. But another part will involve bringing our students into closer contact with our alumni, who can also help them think about their future, drawing on your own experiences and networks. If you are interested in getting involved – and we would be delighted if you were - please contact our Alumni Relations Manager, Kate Macfarlane.

2015 also sees the launch of a range of other new initiatives - including a new joint BA degree with the prestigious ‘Sciences Po’ in France, a new ‘Faculty Scholars Program’ for our most outstanding FASS undergraduates and beginning construction of our brand new building on Science Road. We will be keeping you up to date with all of these initiatives, and more, over the coming months.

Please make sure you save the date of 29 April for this year’s FASS Dean’s Reception. It is always a fun and informative evening, where you get a chance to catch up with fellow alumni,  learn more about your Faculty and also meet some of our outstanding staff and students. It is always a pleasure for me to meet so many of you on the night. Invitations will be going out soon.

I hope 2015 has gotten off to an excellent start for you and our very best wishes for the rest of the year. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly (arts.dean@sydney.edu.au) if you have any queries or comments you would like to pass on. It’s always good to hear from our alumni.

Best wishes,
Professor Duncan Ivison
Dean | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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LATEST NEWS

 ALUMNI DONATION SUPPORTS CREATIVE FELLOWSHIPS IN PARIS  |

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and The Power Institute are proud to receive a donation in support of the annual Cité Internationale des Arts Residencies fellowships for the next five years. Read the full article.

 NEW ARTSS CAREER-READY PROGRAM FOR FASS STUDENTS  |

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have launched a major initiative called ArtSS Career-Ready, a new program aimed at developing workplace skills and exposing students to opportunities for paid-placement programs in a number of leading organisations.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have launched a major initiative called ArtSS Career-Ready, a new program aimed at developing workplace skills and exposing students to opportunities for paid-placement programs in a number of leading organisations.

The program will give students the chance to develop their understanding of corporate culture and prepare for working life. In turn students will support organisations who value the skillsets of humanities and social sciences graduates and recognise their abilities including their capacity to problem solve some of the most complex of tasks.

“There are a number of leading organisations and businesses who are interested in getting involved in this exciting new initative”, said Associate Professor Richard Miles from the Department of Classics and Ancient History and program leader. “And we are excited to be partnering with a number of Australia’s most reputable companies and would welcome the opportunity to further expand our student placements into other leading organisations”.

The program will involve a range of workshops for the students to prepare them for their placements and help assist them to get career ready.  These range from CV writing to interview techniques as well as the opportunity for professional development workshops with key leaders in the business community throughout the year.

Some of the exclusive work placements confirmed for 2015 include Allianz, Chandler Macleod, M. H. Carnegie & Co, Telstra and Westpac, with many more looking to join later in the year.

Fourth-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce student Dale Brook recently completed a placement with Allianz Australia over the summer holidays and felt it was a good opportunity for practical experience.

"I was engaged in real world projects and really felt part of the team. This placement really exposed me to the corporate world and will help me get my foot in the door for other opportunities in the future” says, Dale

Third-year Bachelor of Economics student, Hannah Saville saw the value in her placement with KPMG in developing her skills.

“Completing a placement in audit allowed me the opportunity to explore work that I may not have had the opportunity to otherwise” said Hannah.

Hannah also explains that the placement “gave me on the job training in accounting and auditing skills I can now take back with me heading into the final year of my degree”.

If you are currently working within an organisation that you think would be interested in being involved in the ArtSS Career-Ready program, please contact kate.macfarlane@sydney.edu.au for further information.

 UNIVERSITY EXPANDS SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL SPONSORSHIP FOR 2015  |

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has announced it will expand its partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2015, becoming a major partner with one of the city’s most exciting cultural events.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has announced it will expand its partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2015, becoming a major partner with one of the city’s most exciting cultural events.

Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty, said the partnership demonstrates the institutions’ commitment to the written word, debate and ongoing exchange of bright ideas.

“There is no better partnership for our faculty than with the Sydney Writers’ Festival. We are both deeply committed to great writing, lively debate and the power of both the written and spoken word. We are delighted that, once again, our academics, alumni, students and friends will be contributing to the SWF program and helping deliver another outstanding festival.

“A vibrant, engaged and informed public culture – one in which good writing, open debate and the complexity of ideas is embraced – needs to be supported and cultivated. Our partnership is aimed to do precisely that,” said Professor Ivison.

The full program will be launched on March 28 and will again feature some of the faculty's distinguished academics in its program, with a smorgasbord of events running from May 18-24 in the Walsh Bay precinct and other city venues.

Jemma Birrell, Sydney Writers’ Festival’s artistic director, said: “The University of Sydney festival team has also been incredibly helpful in unearthing some of the more quirky subjects of research and skills hidden within various faculties, and this has helped form part of the Curiosity Lecture Series, which will be supported by Sydney this year.”

Further information will be available from March 30 on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.

 DAVID HAROLD TRIBE FICTION AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED  |

The University of Sydney's Department of English was pleased to present the David Harold Tribe Fiction Award 2014 to novelist and poet John A. Scott. Read the full article.

 REFLECTIONS ON AUSTRALIA DAY  |

Academics from the Department of History contemplate the cultural significance of Australia Day, both now and throughout our history. Read the full article.

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

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INSIDE THE FACULTY

 SBS DOCUMENTARY DETAILS GROUNDBREAKING ANGKOR PROJECT  |

Professor Roland Fletcher leads the Greater Angkor Project in Cambodia, a major international effort to map the great pre-industrial, dispersed, low-density city, covering an area of about 1,000 sq km. Read the full article.

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IN FOCUS

 ALUMNUS IN FOCUS  | Rabbi Dovid Slavin

Rabbi Dovid Slavin received a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2013. Whilst his passion for research focuses on what was lost to the Jewish world in the Holocaust, (as opposed to the method of destruction of European Jewry) and his commitment to education and his professional life is impressive, it is his dedication to those most in need that is truly inspirational.

Rabbi Slavin migrated from the United States in 1992 to take up the position of Executive Director of the Rabbinical college of Sydney, a role he has occupied since that time. His principal voluntary activities have included being a member of the Ethics Committee of the Cancer Institute of NSW and Co-founding Director of Gift of Life Australia, an organisation maintaining a register of prospective bone-marrow donors. He was appointed a Chaplain in the Ambulance Service of NSW, a role that he has fulfilled and continues to do so with distinction. Read the full article.

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ALMUNI NEWS

 MAKE A DIFFERENCE  |

Do you know someone who would make a significant contribution to the University and alumni community? Nominations to join the Alumni Council are now open. Find out more.

 WELCOME TO SYDNEY  |

Welcome to Sydney is a program that connects international students with alumni. Gatherings are hosted and sponsored by alumni, which provide an opportunity for students to meet some of the people and places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.
Welcome to Sydney is a program that connects international students with alumni. Gatherings are hosted and sponsored by alumni, which provide an opportunity for students to meet some of the people and places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.

If you are interested in hosting our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences International students for a Welcome to Sydney event, then please do visit the alumni website or contact Kate Macfarlane, Alumni Relations Manager for more information

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OUR PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

 HIGHLIGHTS  |

Professor Danielle Celermajer from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy wrote an article for The Conversation calling for independent statutory bodies to be recognised as a vital part of the democratic system.

The Conversation published an opinion piece about the history of romantic gift giving by Dr Kimberley-Joy Knight, of the Sydney Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Dr Christopher Neff of the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on ABC’s 7.30 about the facts about shark attacks. New Scientist (UK) also quoted Dr Neff about the number of shark attacks in Australia.

Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on 2SM about the leadership spill motion within the Liberal party. Bloomberg (US) also quoted Dr Chen. CNBC (US) and 2SER FM interviewed Dr Stewart Jackson about how the Prime Minister might react following the vote. Meanwhile, ABC Radio National, Yahoo! News (US), NBC News (US), Independent Online (South Africa), IB Times (India), International Business Times (US), and Global Post (US) quoted Emeritus Professor Rod Tiffen on the issue. 

Professor Danielle Celermajer from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy wrote an article for The Conversation calling for independent statutory bodies to be recognised as a vital part of the democratic system.

The Conversation published an opinion piece about the history of romantic gift giving by Dr Kimberley-Joy Knight, of the Sydney Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Dr Christopher Neff of the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on ABC’s 7.30 about the facts about shark attacks. New Scientist (UK) also quoted Dr Neff about the number of shark attacks in Australia.

Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government and International Relations was interviewed on 2SM about the leadership spill motion within the Liberal party. Bloomberg (US) also quoted Dr Chen. CNBC (US) and 2SER FM interviewed Dr Stewart Jackson about how the Prime Minister might react following the vote. Meanwhile, ABC Radio National, Yahoo! News (US), NBC News (US), Independent Online (South Africa), IB Times (India), International Business Times (US), and Global Post (US) quoted Emeritus Professor Rod Tiffen on the issue.

Associate Professor Ariadne Vromen from the Department of Government and International Relations co-authored an article in The Conversation about patterns in Facebook use by young people, detailing why younger users see the social network as a key part of their everyday lives.

Professor Paul Giles from the Department of English wrote an article in The Conversation about the announcement that Harper Lee will publish her second novel 55 years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird. The New Zealand Herald also republished the piece.

Dr Rebecca Scott-Bray from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy and Co-Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology was interviewed for articles published in the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times about the review into NSW police handling of the Lindt café siege by UK experts.

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

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EVENTS

 2015 INSIGHTS LECTURE SERIES  | Professor Jonathan Wooding

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to invite you to the first Insights series lecture for 2015 entitled Oceans of becoming and ending: the sea and Celtic identity with Professor Jonathan Wooding from the Department of Celtic Studies.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to invite you to the first Insights series lecture for 2015 entitled Oceans of becoming and ending: the sea and Celtic identity with Professor Jonathan Wooding from the Department of Celtic Studies.

Professor Jonathan Wooding was born in Sydney and attended the University of Sydney as an undergraduate and postgraduate. He is the second holder of the Sir Warwick Fairfax Chair and the first alumnus of the University in the role. He would be more than happy to reconnect with fellow alumni or ongoing supporters of Celtic Studies, so please do feel free to email him on jonathan.wooding@sydney.edu.au should you like to make contact.

When: Thursday 12 March 2015
Where: Refreshments at 5.30pm in the Nicholson Museum Quadrangle. The lecture will commence at 6.15pm in General Lecture Theatre 1, Quadrangle, the University of Sydney
Cost: $10
RSVP: Click here for more information and bookings

For the full Insights 2015 program, visit the Faculty website.

 SAVE THE DATE  | 29 April - Dean's Reception for Alumni and Friends

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences invites you to the annual Dean's Reception for Alumni and Friends. We very much look forward to welcoming you and this year we will be showcasing some of the Faculty's engaging alumni and their career stories.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences invites you to the annual Dean's Reception for Alumni and Friends. We very much look forward to welcoming you and this year we will be showcasing some of the Faculty's engaging alumni and their career stories.

When: Wednesday 29 April 2015, 6-8pm
Where: The Great Hall, the University of Sydney

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EXHIBITIONS

 NICHOLSON MUSEUM  | Lego Pompeii

See the ancient city of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 recreated in LEGO bricks! To find out more, visit the Sydney University Museums website.

 UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY  | Sydney Feminist Posters 1975-1990

The Tin Sheds was a hothouse for social/politic debates during the 1970s and 80s from the Vietnam War, feminism, Aboriginal and migrant rights; and the environmental movement. Many of the Shed’s key figures were women artists and postermakers whose works are exhibited here. This exhitibition closes on 24 April 2015. To find out more, 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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