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ISSUE 19 | 29 MAY 2015

 

 
 

IN THIS ISSUE

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

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FROM THE DEAN

Dear Friends,

I was delighted to host so many of you at our recent Dean’s Reception in the Great Hall. Thank you to all who were able to attend. I was very pleased to have a chance to update you on your Faculty, as well as introduce you to two of our remarkable graduates – Adam Jacobs and Caroline Marohasy. It was a terrific evening and once again, many thanks to all those who have supported us in so many ways over the past 12 months. As I said on the night, we simply cannot do what we do without your help. And we can’t achieve what we want to achieve without your ongoing support.  

One of our priorities over the past few years has been to open the Faculty up to the intellectual and cultural life of the city. We are always pleased to welcome alumni, supporters and others interested in our subject areas onto campus, but we are also passionate about taking our expertise out into the public culture. As part of that ambition, we have become active partners with the Sydney Writer’s Festival, the Sydney Film Festival and the Sydney Biennale.

Dear Friends,

I was delighted to host so many of you at our recent Dean’s Reception in the Great Hall. Thank you to all who were able to attend. I was very pleased to have a chance to update you on your Faculty, as well as introduce you to two of our remarkable graduates – Adam Jacobs and Caroline Marohasy. It was a terrific evening and once again, many thanks to all those who have supported us in so many ways over the past 12 months. As I said on the night, we simply cannot do what we do without your help. And we can’t achieve what we want to achieve without your ongoing support.  

One of our priorities over the past few years has been to open the Faculty up to the intellectual and cultural life of the city. We are always pleased to welcome alumni, supporters and others interested in our subject areas onto campus, but we are also passionate about taking our expertise out into the public culture. As part of that ambition, we have become active partners with the Sydney Writer’s Festival, the Sydney Film Festival and the Sydney Biennale. This year’s Sydney Writer’s Festival saw quite a few of our FASS colleagues participating. In addition to providing considerable intellectual talent for the Festival program, we also sponsored the Festival’s hugely engaging ‘Curiosity’ lecture series. The Sydney Film Festival begins on Wednesday 3 June, and once again we will be sponsoring the highly acclaimed International Documentary series, as well as our ever popular ‘Micro Talk’ session at the lower hub at Sydney Town Hall on 6 June and complimentary tickets to attend this fun event are still available so we do hope you can join us! (Registration details are below).

We are continuing to develop exciting new programs for our current and future students. One new program introduced this year that I am particularly pleased about is our new ‘Faculty Scholars Program’, which provides 25 of our very best 2nd year students the chance to participate in a ‘Great Books’ seminar program, taught over 3 semesters by our leading academics, which guides them through some of the most important books in our disciplines, culminating in an extended research project. They are proving to be a remarkable group of students. I hope to introduce you to some of them at future alumni events. Many of them are also recipients of support through our Dean’s Scholarship Fund, which has been a significant area of support from our alumni in recent years.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly to pass on any news, or to offer advice or comments about your Faculty and the University.

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

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LATEST NEWS

 MARKED MEN: ANXIETY, ALIENATION AND THE AFTERMATH OF WAR  |

The Gallipoli centenary provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the many wartime legacies that forged independent nations from former colonies and dominions, writes Professor Stephen Garton. Read the full article.

 WOMEN'S VOICES MARGINALISED IN GLOBAL NEWS COMMENTING  |

Research by Dr Fiona Martin finds male or pseudonymous voices dominate the comment sections of news stories on 15 news sites internationally. Read the full article.

 NEW ARMENIAN STUDIES FUND  |

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to announce a new research and scholarships fund in Armenian studies, made possible through the generous contribution of Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO and Mrs Hilda Kerkyasharian. Read the full article.

 EXCITING NEW FASS BUILDING PROJECT  |

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is set to embark on the development of a landmark new building on the University's Camperdown Campus, slated for completion by March 2017. Read the full article.

 ALUMNI AND FRIENDS REUNITE FOR DEAN'S RECEPTION  |

Graduates and friends of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences returned to their alma mater this week to reconnect and learn more about the exciting developments in their faculty at the annual Dean's Reception event. Read the full article.

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

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INSIDE THE FACULTY

 HISTORIAN WILL CO-CHAIR AUSTRALIAN STUDIES AT HARVARD  |

Professor Penny Russell from the Department of History has been jointly appointed to the prestigious Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University for the 2016-2017 academic year. Read the full article.

Please join us to hear Professor Penny Russell's Insights lecture entitled Honourable Intentions? Reflections on a Colonising Culture on Thursday 13 August. For more information or to register for this event, click here.

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IN FOCUS

 ALUMNUS IN FOCUS  | Tommy Murphy

Over the last decade, Tommy Murphy (BA 2004) has become one of the great success stories in Australian theatre. One of the most respected and popular playwrights of his generation, his work has been performed by all the major Australian theatre companies as well as having successful seasons internationally. Now, with his film adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s classic love story Holding the Man (based on his own award-winning stage adaption) set to close this year’s Sydney Film Festival, this success will extend to the Australian screen.

An Arts graduate (Majoring in English and Performance Studies), Tommy grew up in the regional town of Queanbeyan, just outside the Nation’s Capital. The seventh of eight children, regional Australia and family life have emerged as significant and reoccurring themes in his art. Hugely theatrical, imbued with great heart and humour, his plays often leave audiences with sore bellies, big grins and teary eyes. Read the full article.

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ALUMNI NEWS

 THE SYDNEY ALUMNI MAGAZINE (SAM) SURVEY  | Tell us what you think

The Sydney Alumni Magazine (SAM) celebrates the fact that alumni speak their mind. We would love to hear your feedback about our new-look magazine and your ideas for future editions. Tell us what you think by completing this short survey, or email us at sam@sydney.edu.au.

 WELCOME TO SYDNEY  | Alumni open their homes to new students

Newly arrived international students at the University of Sydney are receiving a special initiation into their temporary home city through the Welcome to Sydney program.

This innovate program introduces international students to each other and to Sydney at small group gatherings hosted and organised by local University alumni. Read the full article.

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OUR PEOPLE IN THE NEWS

 HIGHLIGHTS  | For a full list of our people in the news, visit the Faculty website

Professor Kerry Brown from the China Studies Centre authored an opinion piece in The Drum about the US announcement that bomber planes will be based in Australia, which was later found to be incorrect.

Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on the diplomatic implications of comments by a senior US defence official on ABC Radio The World Today.

ABC Radio The World Today, ABC Radio Australia and 702 ABC Sydney interviewed Professor Alison Betts from the Department of Archaeology about the devastation to the UNESCO world heritage site of Palmyra by Islamic State militants.

Reuters (UK) quoted Dr Peter Chen from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on the political background to proposed laws to scrap media ownership limits in Australia.

mX (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne) quoted Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion for a story on youth embracing individual spirituality rather than religion.

Professor Vrasidas Karalis from the School of Languages and Cultures was interviewed on 612 ABC Brisbane Conversations with Richard Fidler about teaching Modern Greek studies and his own family history.

Dr Mark Melatos of the School of Economics was interviewed by SBS Radio about the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to cut interest rates, and was quoted in the Financial Times, Daily Mail and MSN News (New Zealand).

The Australian Financial Review published an opinion piece by Associate Professor Richard Miles, of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, about the strengths of humanities graduates and the ArtSS-Career Ready program.

Dr Fiona Allon from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies was interviewed on Radio National about the hipster subculture.

The Australian quoted Associate Professor James Curran from the Department of History in a story about relations between the US and Australia while Nixon and Whitlam were in power. The article also mentioned Associate Professor Curran’s book, Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War.

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EVENTS

 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL  | Filmmaker Happy Hour and Micro Talks

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will reunite again with one of Sydney's most exciting cultural events by becoming a cultural partner of the Sydney Film Festival in 2015.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will reunite again with one of Sydney's most exciting cultural events by becoming a cultural partner of the Sydney Film Festival in 2015.

To celebrate this partnership we would like to invite you to a Filmmaker Happy Hour at the Hub on Saturday 6 June from 4.30-5.30pm and experience the hive of activity that is the Sydney Film Festival.

The Happy Hour follows on from the very popular Sydney Film Festival Micro-Talks (3-4.30pm) a series of short, engaging explorations lead by some of Sydney University’s leading film academics. Each 15 minute talk will be followed by a short discussion with members of the audience.

Panelists include:

Event details
When: Saturday 6 June - 3-4.30pm Micro Talks and 4.30-5.30pm Filmmaker Happy Hour
Where: Theatrette, Sydney Film Festival Hub, Lower Town Hall,
483 George Street (enter on Druitt Street), Sydney
RSVP: You can RSVP online now. Registration closes on 29 May 2015
Enquiries: Athony Gee, Alumni Engagement Officer

 FEED YOUR CURIOSITY AT THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL  | #curiositycoffee

The University of Sydney will reward curiosity at the Sydney Film Festival with a free coffee! Visit our coffee cart on Saturday 6 June, tweet a question on our film experts’ Micro Talk panel at the festival hub with #curiositycoffee, and receive a free coffee. Find out more: www.sydney.edu.au/film-festival

 INSIGHTS LECTURE  | Professor Penny Russell

Honourable Intentions? Reflections on a Colonising Culture
The moral landscape of colonial New South Wales is explored through the lens of honour. How did colonists understand the ethical implications of their enterprises? To register for this event, or to find out more, click here.

 ANTI-TERRORIST LAWS AND THE MAGNA CARTA  | Thursday 4 June 2015

The 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in June this year presents a unique opportunity to celebrate a momentous time in history. To mark this occasion, Sydney Law School and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in association with the Rule of Law Institute of Australia will host a public event focusing on the role of the Magna Carta with particular reference to anti-terrorism law. Click here for event details.

 OTHER EVENTS  |

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EXHIBITIONS

 NICHOLSON MUSEUM  | Death Magic

Death in ancient Egypt was a magical experience. There were gods to judge and guide, amulets and spells to protect, mummification to preserve, even shabtis to do your work for you in an idyllic afterlife. For more information, visit the Sydney University Museums website.

 MACLEAY MUSEUM  | Dhaga Ngiyanhi Ngan.Girra is Wiradjuri

Dhaga Ngiyanhi Ngan.Girra is Wiradjuri for 'Where We All Meet'. The representation of a meeting place is a central idea within this collaboration between two artists, Lynette Riley and Diane Riley McNaboe. 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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