Faculty in the Media

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February 2018

Faculty in the Media – 23 February 2018

  • ABC News TV interviewed Irish law professor and senator Ivana Bacik about Ireland’s upcoming referendum on abortion, ahead of her keynote address at Sydney Law School this morning.
  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Mark Gillespie from the Centre for English Teaching about his experience marching in the original Mardi Gras march in 1978, mentioning the University will host a conference in June to mark the 40th anniversary. The Conversation also produced an audio reading of Mr Gillespie’s essay on the original march.
  • The Nation (US) published an opinion piece by Professor Sujatha Fernandes from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences about how socially engaging activism is transforming Cuba.
  • The Conversation published an article by Dr Craig Barker from Sydney University Museums about the erotic art of Ancient Greece and Rome.
  • The Conversation published an article by Associate Professor Michael Halliwell from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music about Dimitri Shostakovich’s The Nose currently being performed at the Sydney Opera House.
  • The Conversation published an article by Abi Taylor, PhD Candidate in the School of Social & Political Sciences, about French republicanism.

Faculty in the Media – 22 February 2018

  • New York Times quoted Professor James Curran from the United States Studies Centre and the Department of History and Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about US and Australia’s relationship with China.
  • BBC (UK) published an article by Professor Simon Jackman, CEO of the United States Studies Centre, about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to the US.
  • New York Times featured research from Dr Anna Boucher from the School of Social and Political Sciences into international immigration patterns.
  • ABC NewsRadio interviewed Dr David Smith from the United States Studies Centre about US President Donald Trump calling for a ban on gun bump stocks following the Florida school shooting.
  • An opinion article in the Australian Financial Review mentioned research by the United States Studies Centre into US investment in Australia.
  • In an interview on ABC Radio Sydney, Anwar Akash, Director of Bangla Academy Australia mentioned an Indigenous language initiative by the University’s Director of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Professor Jakelin Troy.

Faculty in the Media – 21 February 2018

  • Australian Financial Review published an article by Garry Bowditch from the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership about Australia’s involvement in the US infrastructure boom.
  • ABC Radio National interviewed Professor James Der Derian, Director of the Centre for International Security Studies, about the technological, social and political implications for emergent quantum technology, following the University’s Q Symposium last week.
  • Visiting Professor Justin Wolfers from the School of Economics took part in ABC’s panel show The Drum.
  • ABC Radio Brisbane interviewed Dr Craig Barker from Sydney University Museums about Roman gladiators.

Faculty in the Media – 20 February 2018

  • Associate Professor Brendon O’Connor from the United States Studies Centre spoke to triple j Hack about the recent shooting in a Florida school and a subsequent rally for gun control laws organised by student survivors.
  • Professor James Curran from the United States Studies Centre and the Department of History was quoted in the Herald Sun about the difficulty for law enforcement agencies to act on every tip. The articles was syndicated across News Corp titles.

Faculty in the Media – 19 February 2018

  • Professor James Curran from the Department of History and United States Studies Centre wrote an article in AFR Weekend about the Prime Minister’s upcoming visit to the U.S. and ANZUS relations generally. Professor Curran also spoke to Sky News and 2MCE Orange about the recent shooting at a school in Florida and gun violence in the U.S.
  • Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre was quoted in the Age about United States’ security strategy in relation to China.
  • Dr Stewart Jackson from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted about the tensions between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in the Daily Mail (UK), Irish Times and Financial Times (UK).

Faculty in the Media – 16 February 2018

  • Mamamia quoted Dr Xiaohuan Zhao from the School of Languages and Cultures about the Chinese folklore that the Chinese New Year can bring bad luck if your birth year matches the current year.
  • Radio Adelaide interviewed Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, about the Northern Ireland government.

Faculty in the Media – 15 February 2018

  • ABC TV’s Matter of Fact interviewed Professor James Der Derian from the Centre for International Security Studies and Professor Michael Biercuk from the School of Physics and Sydney Nano Institute ahead of the University’s Annual Q Forum tonight. The program also included Professor Allison Macfarlane from George Washington University and Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission under Barack Obama, who will speak at the Forum. An ABC Online article by Stan Grant exploring the impact of artificial intelligence and quantum computing on geopolitics quoted an article on quantum technology by Professor Biercuk. ABC Radio Sydney also interviewed Professor Der Derian about the social impacts of quantum technology and Professor Allison Macfarlane on whether Australia should have nuclear power, ahead of the Q Forum. Cosmos also reported Professor McFarlane will speak at the Forum.
  • 2UE Talking Lifestyle interviewed Dr James Wierzbicki from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music about love songs for Valentine’s Day.
  • SBS Online quoted Adjunct Associate Professor Jonathan Bogais from the School of Social and Political Sciences about Malaysia banning images of dogs during Chinese New Year celebrations.
  • Mosman Daily, Bayside Leader, Hornsby Advocate and North Shore Times quoted Xing Jin, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute, about the customs of Chinese New Year.
  • The Conversation published an article by Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, about the period of civil unrest in France in May 1968.

Faculty in the Media – 14 February 2018

  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Professor David Smith from the United States Studies Centre about the US Congress agreeing to lift Obama-era caps on both military and non-military spending over the next two years. Radio Adelaide also interviewed Dr Brendon O'Connor from the United States Studies Centre about the lifting of the cap.
  • Australian Financial Review published an article by Dr Stephen Kirchner from the United Studies Centre about how US President Donald Trump can impact policy through his appointments to the Federal Reserve board.
  • ABC Religion and Ethics published an article by Professor Danielle Celermajer from the School of Social and Political Sciences about dealing with the past, in relation to the 10th anniversary of Keven Rudd’s Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples. ABC Radio Canberra mentioned the article.
  • SBS Greek interviewed Dr Ilektra Spandagou from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work about how to help students with disabilities return to the classroom.
  • Liverpool Leader quoted Xing Jin, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute, about the customs of Chinese New Year.
  • KPFA Radio (US) interviewed Dr Chin Jou from the Department of History and the Charles Perkins Centre about the role of the American government in creating an abundance of fast food restaurants in low incomes areas of the US.
  • 2SER FM interviewed Dr Christopher Chesher from the Department of Media and Communications about fake news and fake images on the internet.

Faculty in the Media – 13 February 2018

  • Sydney Morning Herald quoted Professor Robyn Ewing from the School of Education and Social Work about phonics and literacy teaching sessions held on campus for primary school teachers, after the federal government proposed introducing the tests for year 1 students by next year. The article was syndicated across Fairfax Media online. Inner West Courier also quoted Professor Ewing about air-conditioning in schools.
  • Dr Duk-Soo Park from the School of Languages and Cultures was quoted on Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, and Global News (Canada) about the spelling of Pyeongchang in South Korea, the current host city of the Winter Olympics sometimes confused with Pyongyang in North Korea.
  • SBS Online quoted Professor James Der Derian from the Centre for International Security Studies about the potential threats to Australia's peace and security in 2018.
  • The Weekly Review’s Independent Schools Guide 2018 quoted Associate Professor Helen Proctor from the School of Education and Social Work in a number of articles including how to choose a school, coeducation versus single sex, multi versus single campuses and religious or secular schools.
  • ABC Radio Hobart interviewed Dr Steve Georgakis from the School of Education and Social Work about the need for a Tasmanian AFL team and a decline in school sports.
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Express quoted Xing Jin, Executive Director of the Confucius Institute, about the customs of Chinese New Year.
  • Radio Adelaide interviewed Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government of International Relations about the Ministerial Code of Conduct and how it relates to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s affair.

Faculty in the Media – 12 February 2018

  • ABC Radio National interviewed Dr Stewart Jackson from the Department of Government and International Relations about Steve Martin replacing Jacquie Lambie in the Senate.
  • ABC Radio National interviewed Shima Shahbazi, PhD student in the School of Languages & Cultures, about the Iranian revolution and modern Iran.
  • Junkee quoted Dr Chris Pepin-Neff from the Department of Government and International Relations about CSIRO research into the size of shark populations. Dr Pepin-Neff also featured on the panel of ABC’s The Drum.
  • Sky News interviewed Professor James Curran from the Department of History and the United States Studies Centre about the drop in the US stock market.
  • Sydney Morning Herald quoted Professor Robyn Ewing from the School of Education and Social Work about plans to make it easier for those with experience in specialist areas, such as nurses and tradies, to become teachers. The article was syndicated across Fairfax Media online.

Faculty in the Media – 11 February 2018

  • Hope 103.2 interviewed Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion about Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday.

Faculty in the Media – 9 February 2018

  • ABC News TV interviewed Professor Peter Morgan, Director of European Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures, about the newly formed German coalition government.

Faculty in the Media – 8 February 2018

  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Emeritus Professor Graeme Gill from the Department of Government and International Relations about next month’s election in Russia.
  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Dr Anne Rogerson from the Department of Classics and Ancient History about Flamen Dialis, the high priest of Jupiter and one of the most important priests of ancient Rome.
  • Sydney Morning Herald quoted Research Fellow Ashley Townshend from the United States Studies Centre about Prime Minister Malcolm’s Turnbull’s visit to the US. The article was syndicated across Fairfax Media.
  • ABC Online published an article by Dr Peter Chen from the Department of Government of International Relations about a Brazilian court’s decision to suspend a live shipment of 27,000 cows to Turkey.
  • The Conversation published an article by Dr Mark De Vitis from the School of Literature, Art, and Media about the symbolism of The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry cycle, soon to be on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Faculty in the Media – 7 February 2018

  • ABC’s 7.30 interviewed Professor Justin Woolfers, Visiting Professor in the School of Economics, about yesterday’s share market sell off.
  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Associate Professor Helen Proctor from the School of Education and Social Work about school uniforms.

Faculty in the Media – 6 February 2018

  • 2GB Sydney and 4BC Brisbane interviewed Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Chair of the Modern Greek Department, about Greek protests around the name Macedonia.
  • Australian Jewish News reported on a new permanent exhibition on human rights at the Sydney Jewish Museum, which was developed with academics from the University of Sydney. The article quoted the exhibition’s research team leader, Dr Avril Alba from the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies.
  • ABC Far North interviewed Dr Jessica Davis, Honorary Associate in the School of Literature, Art, and Media, about the Australasian Humour Studies Network Conference.

Faculty in the Media – 5 February 2018

  • ABC Radio Sydney interviewed Dr Stewart Jackson from the Department of Government and International Relations about the lost Cabinet documents recently obtained by the ABC, government secrecy and accountability. CCTV (China) also interviewed Dr Jackson about Malcolm Turnbull's visit to Japan.
  • Sky News interviewed Professor James Curran from the Department of History and the United States Studies Centre about US President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address. News.com.au also quoted Professor David Smith from United States Studies Centre about the address. The article was syndicated across News Corp Australia’s online mastheads.
  • ABC Online quoted Associate Professor Salvatore Babones from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences about China’s one child policy.
  • Hope 103.2 interviewed Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Studies in Religion about the meaning of colours in different cultures.
  • Weekend Australian published an article by Emeritus Professor Michael Wilding from the Department of English about crime fiction.

Faculty in the Media – 2 February 2018

  • Foreign Policy (US) published an opinion piece by Associate Professor Salvatore Babones from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences about China’s middle class.
  • Sydney Morning Herald quoted Professor Roger Benjamin from the Department of Art History about Australian painter Tony Clark. The article was syndicated across Fairfax Media online.
  • Kinderling Radio interviewed Professor Michael Anderson from the School of Education and Social Work about the benefits of performing arts for school-aged kids.
  • ABC Online quoted Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson from the Department of History about China now allowing citizens of foreign countries with Chinese heritage to apply for a special five-year multiple entry visa.