Arts and Social Sciences
Issue 25 - October 2016
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Dear alumni,

I am delighted to advise that the recruitment process for the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is well underway. The selection committee are currently in the process of conducting interviews with the potential candidates and the appointment will be announced soon.
Dear alumni,

I am delighted to advise that the recruitment process for the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is well underway. The selection committee are currently in the process of conducting interviews with the potential candidates and the appointment will be announced soon.  

As you may know, the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies 25th anniversary event will be held on campus on Tuesday 8 November. To help us celebrate this special milestone, be sure to register your attendance - see further details in the ‘Events’ section below.

The annual Alumni Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of our alumni. Help us honour our graduates by nominating them for an Alumni Award. The awards celebrate alumni who are established in their careers and those who are just getting started. Nominations close Monday 28 November.

Finally, as this will be the last issue of ACCORD for 2016, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of the Faculty over the course of 2016.

Best wishes for the remainder of the year, and we look forward to being back in touch early in the New Year.

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

Innovative ethical social media MOOC launched
The University has launched a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), to give students and professionals the skills they need to use social media ethically. Watch as we asked people how they felt about social media.
University of Sydney ranked among world’s best in latest QS Rankings
The University of Sydney has been ranked among the top 50 universities in the prestigious Quacquerelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, cementing our position in the top one percent of universities worldwide. Read the full article.
Staff named inaugural recipients of Armenian studies research awards
Congratulations to the inaugural recipients of the Kerkyasharian and Kayikian Fund research awards, University of Sydney academic staff, Professor Iain Gardner and Dr Jan Shaw. Read the full article.
Economics graduate announced as NSW Rhodes Scholar
Thomas Williamson (BEc '13) will explore new ways to help smallholder coffee farmers in sub-Saharan Africa boost their economic ties to Australia as winner of the 2017 NSW Rhodes Scholarship. Read the full article.
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Inside the Faculty
Faculty expert tackles Pompeii myths
A team led by Dr Estelle Lazer of the University of Sydney has used portable digital x-rays to yield readable images of bones embedded in thick plaster. Read the full article.
2016 Strategic Education Grants
Congratulations to our researchers who were recipients of University of Sydney 2016 Strategic Education Grants. Read the full article.
Sydney shines at the Summer Paralympics in Rio
The Faculty would like to congratulate Bachelor of Arts student, Rae Anderson and Jennifer Blow (BA, BEd ’13) who did our community proud at the Paralympic Games in Rio. Read about all of our athletes.
University writers shortlisted for top literary awards
Four members of the University community have been shortlisted across a number of catagories in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards for 2016. Read the full article.
Voice of the people
Alumna Marissa Anita (MMediaPrac ’07) is one of Indonesia’s most prominent TV journalists - read about Marissa's career journey and about her time at the University of Sydney.
Insights 2016 Lecture Series - podcast now available
This year Sydney Ideas partnered with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on the highly successful Insights lecture series. If you missed any of the lectures, they are now available on SoundCloud.
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Alumni in focus
Adele Dumont (BA '13)
Adele Dumont (BA '13) is the author of No Man is An Island, which documents her experiences teaching English at an immigration detention centre on Christmas Island and later at Curtin detention centre. Adele majored in Australian literature, but relished the opportunity to learn from different disciplines. Read more.
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Alumni news
Alumni Awards - celebrating the greatness of our graduates
Help us celebrate the outstanding achievements of a graduate by nominating them for an Alumni Award.
Help us celebrate the outstanding achievements of a graduate by nominating them for an Alumni Award.

With a wide range of categories, including the Alumni Award for Cultural Contribution, the awards honour the diverse contributions our graduates make on the world. From professional excellence to serving the community the awards celebrate both the achievements of alumni who are established in their careers and those who are just starting out. Nominations close 28 November 2016. To find out more, visit the Alumni and Giving website.
Pave the Way
On 11 October 2016 our entire University of Sydney community – alumni, staff, students, donors, parents and friends – came together to raise funds for the areas in greatest need. Called Pave the Way, the online and on campus event raised an incredible $1,573,260 from more than 2300 donors. Our cameras were there so you can take a look at some of the action. Read more about Pave the Way.
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.
Economics alumnus supports Indigenous students
The University of Sydney has received a generous gift from the Steglick family, led by economics alumnus Dr Mark Steglick (BEc (SocSc) ’92) which will provide two scholarships for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women.
The University of Sydney has received a generous gift from the Steglick family, led by economics alumnus Dr Mark Steglick (BEc (SocSc) ’92) which will provide two scholarships for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women.
 
“As a family, we’ve had an interest since the 1920s in social justice, overcoming disadvantage and giving to various causes – even during periods when we didn’t have much to give,” recalls Mark. “Indigenous Australians remain disadvantaged in so many ways and it seemed to us that we needed to give back. We decided tertiary education was the pathway to making that contribution.”
 
With a focus on “educating educators” and health, the Steglick gift will support two scholarships in perpetuity for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander women at the University of Sydney.
 
“We hope this is just the start of what we can do to help Indigenous Australians,” says Mark. “If more alumni get on board and contribute to the University, be it modestly or generously, then collectively we can make a significant difference.”

On behalf of the University community, we extend our sincere thanks to the Steglick family for their incredible generosity.
Welcome to Sydney - Dr Rabbi Slavin
Alumnus Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin (PhD ’14) held his second Welcome to Sydney at his Bondi-based, non-denominational charitable organisation, Our Big Kitchen in early October. 

Alumnus Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin (PhD ’14) held his second Welcome to Sydney at his Bondi-based, non-denominational charitable organization, Our Big Kitchen in early October. 

15 international students donned aprons and hairnets to cook meals not only for their own dinner, but also for the homeless and needy as part of Our Big Kitchen’s vital work in the local community.

Nicolas Nunez, a Master of Laws student from Spain described the event as “simply awesome” with his highlight meeting Rabbi Slavin, understanding how the actions of Our Big Kitchen impact the community, and sharing the experience with other international students. 

“Our Big Kitchen has adopted a mantra of energising people to help without making them feel guilty,” said Rabbi Slavin, who completed a PhD in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish studies in 2013.

“When people are able to enjoy things and do them in good spirit, they want to actually be there and that’s what the kitchen has done.”

Rabbi Slavin has recently been recognised with a plaque at Bondi Beach honouring his service to the community through Our Big Kitchen, with Waverley Mayor Sally Betts saying “this plaque not only recognises the benevolence of a local hero, but someone who has become an iconic resident of this community”.

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 Kathryn Cowe, Manager of Alumni Engagement for more information.

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Our people in the news
Dr Christopher Neff from the Department of Government and International Relations appeared on ABC’s The Drum with Tom Switzer from the USSC and discussed the US presidential debate.

The Epoch Times (Taiwan) published an opinion piece by Professor Margaret Clunies Ross from the Department of English about Icelandic literature.

Professor Yingjie Guo from the China Studies Centre and the School of Languages and Cultures was interviewed on SBS (Mandarin) about how China is perceived around the world.

The Conversation published the first podcast from the series Race to the White House, featuring Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor and Research Associate Tom Switzer from the United States Study Centre who are a co-producer of the series.
Dr Christopher Neff from the Department of Government and International Relations appeared on ABC’s The Drum with Tom Switzer from the USSC and discussed the US presidential debate.

The Epoch Times (Taiwan) published an opinion piece by Professor Margaret Clunies Ross from the Department of English about Icelandic literature.

Professor Yingjie Guo from the China Studies Centre and the School of Languages and Cultures was interviewed on SBS (Mandarin) about how China is perceived around the world.

The Conversation published the first podcast from the series Race to the White House, featuring Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor and Research Associate Tom Switzer from the United States Study Centre who are a co-producer of the series.

Dr Mitchell Hobbs from the Department of Media and Communications, was quoted on Business InsiderGizmodoABC Online and The New Daily about his research that found online dating apps such as Tinder don't encourage short-term hook-ups but instead facilitate people’s search for long-term relationships.

Dr Paul Dwyer from the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies spoke to ABC Mid North Coast about the Grace Under Pressure drama workshops to support people undergoing harassment and toxic working environments.

Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark from the School of Economics appeared on ABC’s Q&A panel to discuss the social determinants of health.

The Sunday Age quoted Dr Bruce Isaacs from the Department of Art History about the relationship between the audience and film in relation to a Kickstarter project to build the first artificial intelligence co-written feature film.

CNBC (US) and Yahoo! (US, UK, India) quoted Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais from the Department of Sociology and Social Policy about Cambodia's polarised political landscape, following the July murder of a popular political commentator in the nation.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reported a study by the United States Studies Centre has recommended Australia give the Indian military access to Darwin airfields to counteract the rise of China.
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
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. 25 years of research, of solidarity and of questioning the status quo. Our graduates promote equity, social justice and inclusion and choose to see the world in a new way.
The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies (formerly Women’s Studies) is delighted to be celebrating its 25th anniversary. 25 years of research, of solidarity and of questioning the status quo. Our graduates promote equity, social justice and inclusion and choose to see the world in a new way. 
 
We are thrilled to be hosting an evening of canapés and captivating speakers. Joining us, along with many of your former lecturers and new members of staff, will be the ineffable Jane Caro, a longstanding social commentator, author and panellist.

The night will present a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with this important discipline, renew old friendships and forge new ones.

Event details
When: Tuesday 8 November
Where: The Refectory, Holme Building, the University of Sydney
RSVP: Friday 28 October 2016 via email fass.alumni@sydney.edu.au or register online.
Enquiries: Email the Division of Alumni and Development fass.alumni@sydney.edu.au or call (02) 9036 9222.
Info Day 2017
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: Thursday 5 January - all day!
Where: Quadrangle, the University of Sydney
Further information: Visit the website to find out more.
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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.
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.
Chau Chak Wing Museum Project
The Chau Chak Wing Museum project is the creation of a forward-thinking, innovative and much-needed cultural and intellectual space at the University of Sydney. Visit the Sydney University Museums website to learn more about the project.
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 Kathryn Cowe.
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