Previous Events of Interest for Alumni and Friends

Why History Matters: Historians Remap the World

An Arts Matters Forum Co-presented with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Sydney University Arts Association
and hosted by Sydney Ideas

Leading international academics and Australian historians discuss how they are changing the way in which we see
and understand the world today.

When: Monday 26 July, 6.30pm
Where: Seymour Theatre Centre
Cost: $20/$15 concession for ticketed events; special 2 for 1 deal for Alumni

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Race in America, Race in Australia

7 June 2010
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, The University of Sydney,
Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale

The election in 2008 of Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the United States and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd¹s apology to the stolen generations were watersheds in the history of race relations in both countries. But political and policy tensions continue to surround African-Americans and indigenous Australians in both countries and race relations in Australia and the US span broader issues in both societies including multiculturalism, immigration, security and inequality?

Join Glenn Loury , one of the US¹s most influential African-American public intellectuals and a distinguished economist on race and inequality, and Waleed Aly, one of Australia¹s most sought after voices on multiculturalism, in conversation with former NSW Premier Bob Carr.

Glenn Loury

Glenn Loury , is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has taught previously at Boston, Harvard and Northwestern Universities, and the University of
Michigan. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences,a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and Vice President of the American Economics Association. He presented The DuBois Lectures at Harvard University in 2000 on ³The Economics and the Ethics of Racial Classification².

Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly is Lecturer Politics at the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University and a board member and spokesperson for the Islamic Council of Victoria. A delegate to the Future Summit he addressed the Australian Davos Connection¹s Leadership Retreat. Aly¹s views on Islam and Australian multiculturalism are eagerly sought by the media, politicians and the general public.

Bob Carr
Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history. He was a journalist with ABC Radio and The Bulletin before entering politics. Elected as Member for Maroubra in 1983, he was Minister for Planning and Environment and Minister for Heritage in the Wran and Unsworth Governments. He was elected Premier in March 1995 and retired from politics in 2005 after 10 years as Premier.

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Harlem, the black capital of the world

A Sydney Ideas Open and Sydney Humanities Salon Co-presented Event

Venue: Sydney Law School foyer, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus.
Date: 10 June 2010
Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Format: 40 minute lecture followed by 20 minute Q & A
Recording: Audio podcasts will be available three days after the lecture
Cost: This is a free series, and all are welcome. No RSVP or registration is needed, please just turn up.

Stephen Garton, Shane White and Stephen Robertson are part a collaborative team working on an ethnographic study of everyday life in Harlem as it became the black capital of the world. The project contributes to the exciting historiography of African American culture, and is at the cutting edge of new scholarship about twentieth-century America. It is proving to be a model for the ways in which the Œeveryday¹ can be recovered, and demonstrates the advantages, in terms of deeper insights into early twentieth-century black urban life, that such a recovery can yield.

Stephen Garton is Professor of History and Provost and Deputy
Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sydney. He is the author of four books and over sixty articles, chapters and encyclopaedia and historical dictionary entries in such areas as the history of madness, psychiatry, crime, incarceration, masculinity, eugenics, social policy, poverty, returned soldiers, masculinity and sexuality.

Stephen Robertson is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. His research areas are twentieth-century United States, history of sexuality, law and society, New York and digital history.

Shane White is Challis Professor of History and an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at the University of Sydney. His main research interests are in African American history and in the history of New York City.

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Digging up Sydney: A conversation between the disciplines of History and Archaeology on ways of researching Sydney's past

A Sydney Ideas Open and Sydney Humanities Salon Co-presented Event

Venue: Sydney Law School foyer, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus.
Date: 17 June 2010
Time: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Format: 40 minute lecture followed by 20 minute Q & A
Recording: Audio podcasts will be available three days after the lecture
Cost: This is a free series, and all are welcome. No RSVP or registration is needed, please just turn up.

Beneath the streetscapes and parklands of Sydney lie the fragments and material traces of both the Indigenous and Colonial/Settler past. All of us probably consider the history of Sydney to be familiar and well-documented, yet archaeological research across the Sydney Basin constantly brings to the surface surprising discoveries that challenge and contest the existing historical narratives about our city. In this Salon four archaeologists will present aspects of their research that challenge the received histories of the city in a conversation with pre-eminent Sydney historian Dr Grace Karskens.

Mary Casey is a Director, Casey & Lowe, archaeology and heritage
consultants, and a research associate, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney. Mary has directed a number of State-significant archaeological projects, including the Conservatorium of Music; Parramatta Convict
Hospital, Parramatta Justice Precinct; and Darling Walk, Darling Harbour.

Annie Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and convenes the Heritage Studies Program. She carries out research on the archaeology and rock art of cross-cultural interaction in Arnhem Land, the role of indigenous agency in the formation of ethnographic collections and the practice of community-based archaeology and heritage.

Martin Gibbs is a Senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney. He is currently undertaking an Australian Research Council funded project on the 16th Century failed Spanish colonies in the Solomon Islands.

Grace Karskens teaches Australian history and public history in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. She is interested in Australian colonial history, cultural and environmental
history and material culture. Her latest book is The Colony: A History of Early Sydney.

Paul Irish is an archaeologist and Principal Consultant with Mary Dallas Consulting Archaeologists. He is currently running two research projects in the Sydney area; one looking at the region¹s post-European contact Aboriginal places and the other regarding the archaeology and Aboriginal history of the Kurnell Peninsula.

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A Common in Wales

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences presents a public talk by Professor John Barrell, Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York

Date: Monday 21 June, 2010
Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Venue: The Refectory, Main Quadrangle University of Sydney

In 1794 the Welsh-speaking artist Edward Pugh (1763-1813), the son of a country barber, published in London a series of six engravings of the area around his home town Ruthin in North East Wales. By focusing on one, the image of a tract of common land on the Flintshire-Denbighshire border, I shall examine the conflicts and compromises involved in making them: between the expectations of a metropolitan audience and the local and provincial nature of the material; between Pugh¹s status as an aspiring artisan-class
artist and the genteel Welsh squirearchy to which he looked for patronage; between the anti-industrial ideology of the Œpicturesque¹ and his concern for the development and modernisation of the Welsh economy; between the grand style to which as a relatively humble artist he did not aspire, and what Henry Fuseli dismissed as Œtame delineations of a given spot¹.

John Barrell has taught at the universities of Essex, Cambridge and Sussex, and is now Professor of Eighteenth Century Studies at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York in England. He has published widely on the literature, history and art of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in Britain, focusing on language, landscape, law, empire, theories of society and progress, and the theory of painting.

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Dean's Reception

Professor Duncan Ivison commenced his term as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in February 2010. All Alumni, Friends, and Supporters were invited to join us for a drink and conversation about the exciting challenges ahead and to hear more about the Dean's vision for the faculty. The Reception took place on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, from 6:00-7:30 pm in the wonderful surrounds of the Great Hall in the Main Quadrangle at the University of Sydney and featured short speeches by Angus Martin, Acting President of the Sydney University Arts Association, Senthorun Raj, a fourth year Arts (Honours) and Law student, and the Dean, Duncan Ivison.

Graduate Connections Breakfast: Dr Anne Summers AO

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in conjunction with the Alumni Relations Office hosted the first breakfast for 2010 on Wednesday 14 April, at the Tea Room in the QVB Building in the CBD, featuring Dr Anne Summers AO (PhDArts '79). Over 120 Alumni and Friends of the University joined us for a stimulating morning of discussion in the CBD on the topic: 'I remember... Autobiography and the personal politics of memory'

Anne Summers is a best-selling author and journalist who has had a long career in politics, the media and the non-government sector. As a journalist she has been Editor of Good Weekend, and written for many newspapers including The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Far Eastern Economic Review, Le Monde, and The National Times. She is a winner of the Walkley Award for journalism. Her books include the now classic Australian book, Damned Whores and God's Police (first published in 1975 with new editions in 1993 and 2002), Ducks on the Pond, her autobiography published in 1999 and her most recent book The Lost Mother, published in 2009.

Her political background includes her time as a political adviser to Prime Minister Paul Keating prior to the 1993 federal elections and a three year stint running the Office of the Status of Women for Prime Minister Bob Hawke from 1983 to 1986. In 1987 in New York she was editor-in-chief of Ms. America's landmark feminist magazine and the following year, with business partner Sandra Yates, bought Ms. and Sassy magazines in the second only women-led management buyout in US corporate history. In 1989 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her services to journalism and to women. From 2000 to 2006 she was Chair of the board of Greenpeace International and was Deputy President of Sydney's Powerhouse Museum from 1999 to 2008. Anne is a dynamic speaker who addresses key issues facing Australia in the 21st century. She has inspired a generation of young people
to think differently about their country, their work, their families and
their futures.

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Why Feminism Matters

An Arts Matters Forum Co-presented with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Sydney University Arts Association
and hosted by Sydney Ideas

Date and time: Monday 22 March 2010, 6.30pm

Leading international political scientists along with Australian academics and researchers engaged in a robust discussion on the state of contemporary feminism. Chaired by Lisa Forrest, participants included Alumna and writer Rebecca Huntley, Sue Goodwin from the Faculty of Education and Social Work, Fiona Mackay from Edinburgh University, Karen Beckwith from Case Western Reserve University, and Mary Fainsod Katzenstein from Cornell University. They debated issues of women's representation in politics in leading Western Liberal democracies including the US, UK and Australia.

International participants were guests of the School of the Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and the UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The event was featured on the ABC Big Ideas network. To listen to a podcast of the event,
please click here.