ACCORD

ISSUE 20 | AUGUST 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. I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Dean of Arts and Social Sciences. I will be in this role for the next year whilst Professor Duncan Ivison has been seconded by our Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, to be Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). One of Professor Duncan Ivison’s main tasks will be to lead the formulation of the University’s important new research strategy as part of the 2016-20 University’s strategic planning process.
Dear Alumni,

Welcome to your quarterly edition of the Accord newsletter. I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Dean of Arts and Social Sciences. I will be in this role for the next year whilst Professor Duncan Ivison has been seconded by our Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, to be Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). One of Professor Duncan Ivison’s main tasks will be to lead the formulation of the University’s important new research strategy as part of the 2016-20 University’s strategic planning process.
 
In the interim, I will be helping to lead our Faculty. Prior to taking on this role, I was Head of School of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry for the last 4 years and so have been part of the Faculty’s senior leadership group for some time. I am enjoying my new position immensely and I look forward to connecting with you as our valued alumni over the coming months. We have included a news article 'Five minutes with Professor Barbara Caine AM' in this edition if you would like to learn more about my background.
 
In other important news, which we have mentioned earlier this year, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is developing a landmark new building on the University’s Camperdown Campus, slated for completion by March 2017. The multi-purpose building will provide spaces that draw on the latest technologies and design principles for 21st century interactive teaching, learning and research. 
 
The new building will better accommodate our world-class teaching and research with an additional 270 spaces for higher degree research students, as well as flexible spaces designed for visiting academics, regular events and workshops. 
 
Not only will the new building house the School of Economics and School of Social and Political Sciences, it will also be home to a faculty research centre, bringing together new ideas and encouraging innovative inter-faculty research collaborations. This building constitutes the first purpose-built humanities and social sciences research centre in the history of the University and is also the first of its kind in Sydney. If you would like to discuss how you could perhaps contribute to this exciting new building venture then please do contact Kate Macfarlane, Manager of Alumni Engagement (Humanities and Social Sciences).
 
Lastly, please do not hesitate to contact me directly to pass on any news, or to offer advice or comments about your Faculty and the University (arts.dean@sydney.edu.au) as I would very much like to hear from our alumni.

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

 DONOR ASSISTANCE INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES AND DRIVING CHANGE  |

The impact of the humanities and social sciences in fostering progressive educational and social change has been boosted, with up to $400,000 made available by donors to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Read the full article.

 THE UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES NEW BRAND CAMPAIGN  |

The University has launched a new brand campaign highlighting the careers and contributions of our impressive graduates. Arts and Social Sciences alumni feature prominently! The campaign has hit train stations, social media and city streets. To find out more, see the campaign website.

 QUAD, SET AND MATCH: OUR HIDDEN TENNIS PAST  |

One of Sydney's most iconic buildings - the University of Sydney Quadrangle - has an unlikely past: as a tennis court. University of Sydney historian, Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Sherington, asks Sydney-siders to consider this forgotten slice of local tennis lore. Read the full article.

 FINDING THE PERFECT OUTFIT IS ABOUT TO GET HARDER  |

A growing number of sustainable fashion companies entering the Australian market are set to shake up the way we shop, according to a University of Sydney doctoral student. Read the full article.

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

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INSIDE THE FACULTY

 FIVE MINUTES WITH PROFESSOR BARBARA CAINE AM  |

Professor Barbara Caine AM discusses gender equity, her love of history, and the challenges of her new role as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Read the full article.

 THE SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS CARVING NEW DIRECTIONS  |

Economics has been a discipline of the University of Sydney for over a century. The creation of the School of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences nearly five years ago recognised that legacy: placing Economics as one of the core disciplines at the University and acknowledging the fundamental importance of Economics to the University. Read the full article.

 ARTSS CAREER-READY PROGRAM  |

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 to find out more. To view our latest video, visit the ArtSS Career-Ready website!

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IN FOCUS

 ALUMNA IN FOCUS  | The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, MP

Gladys Berejiklian, MP (BA and Graduate Diploma in International Studies) was appointed NSW Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations following the election of the Baird Government in March 2015. Gladys was born in Sydney and is of Armenian descent. She completed studies in Government and Public Administration at the University of Sydney before completing her Master of Commerce at UNSW. Prior to entering parliament she worked as a General Manager for one of Australia’s largest financial institutions, the Commonwealth Bank. Read the full article.

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ALUMNI NEWS

 GET READY TO PAVE THE WAY  |

The whole University community is getting ready to pave the way for students and research on 3 September as it embarks on its second annual 24-hour fundraising challenge, Pave the Way.
The whole University community is getting ready to pave the way for students and research on 3 September as it embarks on its second annual 24-hour fundraising challenge, Pave the Way.
 
Last year the University of Sydney was the first higher education institution in Australia to hold a one-day fundraising challenge. It raised more than $930,000 from 1058 donors to support access to education and medical research.
 
This year, everyone who makes a gift, no matter what the dollar amount, will be contributing to programs that support students across all faculties. There are a range of student focused programs that donors can give to on the day, depending on the area they feel most passionately about. These include helping a young student understand their options for higher education; giving to a program that supports students with disabilities; supporting programs that promote mental health and wellbeing or opening doors for Indigenous students.
 
Pave the Way is also an opportunity to support health research at the University. Our researchers are constantly looking at ways to make lives better and funds raised will help pave the way for improvements in the health and wellbeing of our local, national and global community.
Funding from philanthropic gifts play a huge role in supporting students and ensuring our researchers can continue their life changing work.

The action starts online at the Pave the Way website from 12am on Thursday 3 September and runs until 11.59pm. Those who would like to help spread the word about Pave the Way can use #ipavetheway on social or get involved as an online ambassador.

 WELCOME TO SYDNEY  | Alumni open their homes to new students

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, please visit the alumni website or contact Kate Macfarlane, Manager Alumni Engagement for more information.

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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  |

Dr Justin Hastings from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in the Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser and Hobart Mercury about the Chinese government’s response to the MH370 disaster.

Dr Jonathon Hutchinson from the Department of Media and Communications wrote an article in The Conversation about ABC shop closures and where this leaves the organisation’s digital strategy.

Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on ABC (702 Sydney, 612 Brisbane) about US President Barack Obama’s rhetoric and the civil rights movement in the US. Radio National interviewed Tom Switzer about multiculturalism in Australia.
Dr Justin Hastings from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in the Courier Mail, Adelaide Advertiser and Hobart Mercury about the Chinese government’s response to the MH370 disaster.

Dr Jonathon Hutchinson from the Department of Media and Communications wrote an article in The Conversation about ABC shop closures and where this leaves the organisation’s digital strategy.

Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on ABC (702 Sydney, 612 Brisbane) about US President Barack Obama’s rhetoric and the civil rights movement in the US. Radio National interviewed Tom Switzer about multiculturalism in Australia.

Yahoo! Finance (US), The Japan Times (Japan) and The Malaysian Insider (Malaysia) quoted Professor Kerry Brown from the China Studies Centre about the membership of the Chinese communist party.

Dr Dinesh Wadiwel from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy wrote an article in The Conversation about how animals are used as forms of capital.

Dr Victoria Grieves from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies was interviewed on ABC North Queensland and 4K1G Townsville about the Children Born of War project.

CNBC (US) interviewed Dr Mark Melatos from the School of Economics about the impact of a Greek exit from the Eurozone.

Dr Huw Griffiths from the Department of English was interviewed on ABC 702 Sydney in a regular segment about Shakespeare and how one translates it.

Professor John Keane from the Department of Government and International Relations authored an article in The Conversation about Julian Assange’s views on Google, surveillance and predatory capitalism.
 
Channel 7's Weekend Sunrise interviewed Professor Vrasidas Karalis from the School of Languages and Cultures about the result of the Greek referendum and the social and economic implications of the failure to reach agreement on bailout terms. Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell from the Department of Political Economy was also interviewed on 2UE's Drive program about the economic and political situation in Greece.

Guardian Australia interviewed Dr Megan MacKenzie of the Department of Government and International Relations about her research into women and combat.

The Phnom Penh Post (Cambodia) reported on the Greater Angkor Project led by the Department of Archaeology.

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

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EVENTS

 INSIGHTS LECTURE  | Professor Rodney Smith

The Way We Vote Now
Join Professor Rodney Smith as he examines how the way we vote has changed and the challenges it presents for citizens, candidates and electoral authorities, and how these challenges can best be addressed. To register for this event, or to find out more, click here.

 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  | 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.

 UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY  | Reparative Aesthetics

In this exhibition guest curator Sue Best asks how do artists confront troubling national histories? Rosângela Rennó and Fiona Pardington, artists based in the southern hemisphere (Brazil and New Zealand), have pioneered a reparative approach to the representation of the colonised and disenfranchised. 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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