Arts and Social Sciences
Issue 24 - August 2016
ACCORD
 
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Welcome to the third edition of ACCORD for 2016.
 
I’m very pleased to announce that the University’s Refugee Language Program crowdfunding campaign was a huge success, raising $10k to help fund free language classes, mentoring and social activities for refugees.
Welcome to the third edition of ACCORD for 2016.
 
I’m very pleased to announce that the University’s Refugee Language Program crowdfunding campaign was a huge success, raising $10k to help fund free language classes, mentoring and social activities for refugees.
 
As mentioned in the previous issue of ACCORD, the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies (Formerly Women’s Studies) is delighted to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. I’d like to invite past students, supporters and academics onto campus to share this milestone on Tuesday 8 November – see further details in the ‘Events’ section below. If you would like to reconnect with the Department, please get in touch with our Faculty’s Alumni Engagement team
 
And finally I would like to inform you that the Faculty of Education and Social work and the Sydney College of the Arts will both join with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and we will welcome them into a new and expanded Faculty in early 2017. 
 
Best wishes, 
 
Professor Barbara Caine AM | FAHA | FASSA | FRHS
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Professor of History

New Chinese Fund launched
Students from the Department of Chinese Studies will be given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language culture of China, thanks to the To Wing Chinese Language and Culture Fund. Read the full article.
Crowdfunding campaign raises $10k for Refugee Language Program
The generosity of 143 donors has helped to raise over $10,000 towards funding free language classes, mentoring and social activities for refugees. Read the full article

Students gain an insider’s view at the Sydney Writers’ Festival
Our team of student writers from the University of Sydney have experienced life behind the scenes at Australia's largest literary celebration as Media Hub interns for the Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) - check out their reviews and interviews with authors, including 2015 Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James.
Generous $1.5M boost for languages and cultures at Sydney
The University has long been an active player in the international educational arena. Today, these global connections and perspectives are more important and relevant than ever.
The University has long been an active player in the international educational arena. Today, these global connections and perspectives are more important and relevant than ever.
 
It’s a source of great encouragement therefore that, in the past half year, the Faculty’s mission to help Australia reach out to and better understand the world by providing rich and diverse programs in languages and cultures has been boosted by nearly $1.5M in philanthropic donations.

Highlights have included a gift commitment of $815,000 to fund a five year term lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism, $276,000 for a visiting scholar program in Chinese Studies, and $150,000 for in-country studies and undergraduate prizes, also in Chinese Studies. Other gifts have benefitted Italian, Japanese, Korean, Scottish Gaelic, and International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies.
 
The new lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism will significantly grow the research and teaching capacity of the Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies, which is just one of the fifteen departments and programs in languages and cultures. The Department focuses on exploring religion, philosophy, literature and culture, in addition to language studies.
 
Named gifts can provide a highly satisfying way for alumni and friends to advance research, teaching and public understanding in an area of studies that matters greatly to them. The School of Languages and Cultures has been especially fortunate to receive such strong support recently, and the Faculty welcomes and is grateful for philanthropic investment across the entire breadth of the humanities and social sciences.
 
The recognition names that are assigned to donor-funded academic positions, research projects and student scholarships aptly acknowledge the histories, achievements and aspirations of individuals, couples and families. New funding enriches and shapes Australian education and its capacity to make a positive difference in the world. All gifts are tax deductible
 
To arrange a confidential discussion about giving opportunities please contact the Faculty’s Associate Director of Development Guy Houghton, at guy.houghton@sydney.edu.au or on (02) 9036 6269.

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Inside the Faculty
Queen's Birthday Honours 2016
Congratulations to the alumni and staff of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who have been recognised for their outstanding contributions in a broad range of fields. Read more.
Why augmented reality in public spaces is a game changer
An urban mobile gaming researcher explains what Pokémon Go and Ingress can tell us about augmented reality experiences. Read the full article
Meet our graduates
Our graduates go on to do amazing things, from climate change activists to entrepreneurs, to policy and trade advisors, and communications and community development officers. Meet some of our recent graduates from the School of Social and Political Sciences as they talk about their exciting careers.
Ever wanted to learn a language?
Study one of the 15 languages that we offer through a Diploma of Language Studies. You could complete a Diploma in as little as 15 months. Applications for the accelerated mode close 1 October 2016 and the standard mode close 31 January 2017. Find out more here

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Alumna in focus
Alexandra Joel BA (Hons) '77
Alexandra Joel is the author of Rosetta, a story about her scandalous great-grandmother, a daring Australian woman who enchanted British society. Alexandra is a former editor of the Australian edition of Harper’s Bazaar and Portfolio, Australia’s first magazine for working women. She has also been a regular contributor of feature articles, interviews and reviews for national and metropolitan publications including The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald Good Weekend Magazine. Read more.
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Alumni news
Alumni open their homes to new students
Welcome to Sydney is a program that connects international students with alumni. The program involves alumni hosting and sponsoring gatherings for international students. This is an opportunity for students to meet some new people and visit some of the places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.
Welcome to Sydney is a program that connects international students with alumni. The program involves alumni hosting and sponsoring gatherings for international students. This is an opportunity for students to meet some new people and visit some of the places that make Sydney one of the best cities in the world.

If you are interested in hosting a group of our international students at a Welcome to Sydney event then please visit the alumni website or contact Kathyrn Cowe, Manager of Alumni Engagement for more information.
Thank you and farewell to the Arts and Social Sciences Alumni and Friends Association
At last month’s special general meeting of the Arts and Social Sciences Alumni and Friends Association, the Executive Committee and Association members voted unanimously to formally dissolve the Association. Read the full article.
10 percent discount on short language courses
The Centre for Continuing Education has a range of short language courses, including Russian, Japanese, Spanish and Italian. As a graduate you are also eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on enrolments. With hundreds of courses to choose from, there's something from everyone - Find out more.
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Our people in the news
Professor Rodney Smith was quoted in The Saturday Paper about the influence of the Australian Christian Lobby on policy-making in light of the election. Yahoo! (US) and Associated Press (US) also quoted Professor Smith about why volatility is the new norm in politics.

TBS eFM (South Korea) interviewed Dr Luis Angosto Ferrandez from the Department of Anthropology about widespread food shortages and political unrest in Venezuela.

ABC 666 Canberra interviewed Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion about young people and their views on spirituality and institutional religion.
Professor Rodney Smith was quoted in The Saturday Paper about the influence of the Australian Christian Lobby on policy-making in light of the election. Yahoo! (US) and Associated Press (US) also quoted Professor Smith about why volatility is the new norm in politics.

TBS eFM (South Korea) interviewed Dr Luis Angosto Ferrandez from the Department of Anthropology about widespread food shortages and political unrest in Venezuela.

ABC 666 Canberra interviewed Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion about young people and their views on spirituality and institutional religion.

Oman Observer (Middle East) quoted Professor Mark Melatos from the School of Economics about the economic ramifications of a ‘Brexit’.

Dr Bruce Isaacs from the Department of Art History was interviewed on ABC Classic FM about current issues in the film industry, the work of Martin Scorsese and his new book on radical cinema of the 60s and 70s.

ABC Lateline interviewed Dr Elizabeth Hill from the Department of Political Economy about the two major political parties’ policies on childcare in the lead up to the federal election.

Experts from the United States Studies Centre discussed Hillary Clinton securing the Democratic nomination in the US Presidential race. Dr Rebecca Sheehan was interviewed on 774 ABC Melbourne and Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor spoke to ABC (Alice Springs, Gold Coast). Research Associate Tom Switzer was interviewed on 720 ABC Perth.

The Conversation published an article by Dr Fiona Martin from the Department of Media and Communications and Associate Professor David Rolph from Sydney Law School about social media policies that would be effective in addressing hate speech.

Professor James Curran from the Department of History and the United States Studies Centre was interviewed on 702 ABC Sydney about the history of Australian-US relations.

Channel News Asia (China) interviewed Professor Sahar Amer from the School of Languages and Cultures about misconceptions of Muslim women who choose to veil.

Dr Christopher Neff from the Department for Government and International Relations was quoted on Perth NowSBS World News Australia and AAP about the politics of shark attacks, following a recent attack in Mandurah, WA.


For a comprehensive list of our people in the news, visit the Faculty website.
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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, or you could include information on an activity or experience that has made a difference in your life - click here to share your story with us.

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Events
Open Day 2016
Join us on Open Day on Saturday 27 August from 9am to 4pm and reconnect with the University, meet our academics and students, get advice about our postgraduate study options, attend mini lectures and much more. Find out more.
Insights 2016: Lecture series
The Faculty would like to invite alumni, colleagues and friends to the 2016 Insights Lecture Series presented by six new professorial appointments. Join Professor Catherine Driscoll from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies for her talk entitled Something to play every day: rural retirement culture.
The Faculty would like to invite alumni, colleagues and friends to the 2016 Insights Lecture Series presented by six new professorial appointments. Join Professor Catherine Driscoll from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies for her talk entitled Something to play every day: rural retirement culture. 

When: Thursday 8 September, 6.15pm 
Where: General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle - Refreshments will be served in the Nicholson Musuem from 5.30pm
Cost: $10 per lecture
Bookings:
 Book online here
More information: Visit the Faculty website to see the full program.
Master of Economics Centenary cocktail reception
MEc graduates, we invite you to join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Master of Economics. This event is an opportunity to reconnect with old classmates and meet other graduates who have shared in the Master of Economics experience. It is a significant achievement for the degree to reach 100 years old and in this moment of reflection, we look forward to paving the way for the next 100. We very much hope you will be able to join us in commemorating this special occasion.
MEc graduates, we invite you to join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Master of Economics. This event is an opportunity to reconnect with old classmates and meet other graduates who have shared in the Master of Economics experience. It is a significant achievement for the degree to reach 100 years old and in this moment of reflection, we look forward to paving the way for the next 100. We very much hope you will be able to join us in commemorating this special occasion.

Event details
When: Tuesday 20 September, 6-8pm
Where: The Barnet Long Room, Customs House, 31 Alfred Street, Sydney
Dress: Business smart
Enquiries: Alumni and Engagement alumni.office@sydney.edu.au




Save the date: Department of Gender and Cultural Studies 25th Anniversary
The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies (Formerly Women’s Studies) is delighted to be celebrating its 25th anniversary by inviting its past students, supporters and academics onto campus to share this milestone.
The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies (Formerly Women’s Studies) is delighted to be celebrating its 25th anniversary by inviting its past students, supporters and academics onto campus to share this milestone.

From its humble origins in 1991 as Women’s Studies in a small terrace in Darlington on the outskirts of the main university campus, the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies now has the largest gender studies program in Australia. Our graduates are published authors, at the forefront of human rights and legal issues, and occupy key roles in the diversity sector promoting equity, social justice and inclusion. We invite you to join us as we celebrate these achievements.  

The night will present a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with this important discipline, renew old friendships and forge new ones and to recall the fond memories you made whilst studying here. 

In addition we will hear from some influential and thought provoking speakers and we are delighted to announce that Jane Caro will be our compère on the evening.

Save the date
When: Tuesday 8 November
Where: The Refectory, Holme Building, the University of Sydney
RSVP: To register your expression of interest to attend this combined reunion, please complete the expression of interest form
Enquiries: Email the Division of Alumni and Development alumni.office@sydney.edu.au or call (02) 9036 9222.
24 Aug | Sydney Ideas - East West Street: a personal history of the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity 
24 Aug | 
Distinguished Speakers Program: Professor Philippe Sands QC
25 Aug | Sydney Ideas - Stolen Lives: Returning Identities to Pompeian Victims of the AD 79 Eruption
25 Aug | 
Film screening: My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did
27 Aug |
Univesity of Sydney Open Day
30 Aug |
Sydney Ideas - The Holocaust: the known, then unknown, the disputed and the re-examined
30 Aug |
Sydney Ideas - China and the West: Dynamics of Power, Passion and Personalities in the Chinese Art Market
31 Aug |
Sydney Ideas - The Australian Mosque: locality, gender, and spirituality
01 Sep |
Festival of Democracy 2016
01 Sep |
Sydney Ideas - We Need to Talk about Antarctica
05 Sep |
Sydney Ideas - How Do We Live With Ourselves? The Australian National Conscience
06 Sep |
Sydney Ideas - Populism, Race and Democracy
06 Sep |
World Cinema Series 2016 - Red Sorghum (Chinese) 
07 Sep |
The ST Lee Annual Lecture in Asian Art and Archaeology
07 Sep | Museum talk - Ruins and Romance: Early Women Travellers in the Near East
08 Sep | Sydney Ideas - Insights 2016 - Something to play every day: rural retirement culture
08 Sep | Museum talk - Being Collected Lecture: Decolonising Indigenous Heritage Collections
13 Sep |
Sydney Ideas - Reading Australian Literature with Emily Bitto
13 Sep | 
Distinguished Speakers Program: Baroness Jean Corston
13 Sep | World Cinema Series 2016 - The Spanish Apartment (French)
15 Sep | 
World Cinema Series 2016 - The Ghost in the Shell (Japanese)
20 Sep | World Cinema Series 2016 - Shiri (Korean)
22 Sep | World Cinema Series 2016 - Cuento Chino (Spanish)
26 Sep | Book launch of Shareholder Power and Hedge Fund Activism seminar
11 Oct | Sydney Ideas - Reading Australian Literature with Debra Adelaide
13 Oct |
 Julius Stone Address 2016: Professor Joseph Raz 
14 Oct | Legitimacy and the State Conference
18 Oct | The 9th Annual Wheelwright Lecture: David Ruccio

For a complete listing, visit the University's event calendar.
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Exhibitions and campus tours
Floating Time: Chinese prints 1954–2002
This exhibition presents a selection of modern and contemporary Chinese prints from the University Art Gallery collection. Find out more.
Alpha and Omega: Tales of Transformation
This exhibition represents the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega of what has been and what will be. Find out more.
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. Find out more.
From the Collections
Dipping a toe into the vast and diverse collections of the Macleay Museum, From the collections celebrates the beauty and the knowledge embedded in specimens and objects. Find out more.
Reconnect with the University of Sydney
Come back to campus and take one of our guided tours! The Sydney University Museums hold tours of the museums, heritage tours, Indigenous tours and even tours of the modern art on campus. Find out more.
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Stay in Touch
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 online. For further information about the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Alumni program, please contact Kathyrn Cowe.
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