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Lifting Our Gaze

20 March 2014

The Sydney School of Education and Social Work invites you to an event with Emeritus Professor TONY VINSON and Dr MARGOT RAWSTHORNE.

For decades, community projects have been well served by a methodology that emphasises the value of community participation and ‘home-grown’ solutions to local problems. Less attention has been paid to how the coverage and sequencing of individual initiatives can be most effectively blended in the interests of overall community strengthening.

This seminar calls for community practitioners to lift their gaze, see beyond the busy-ness of everyday activities and think about how their work in community fits together to support healthy, democratic and vibrant communities. It follows the publication by Common Ground Publishing of a book of the same title whose writers are the co-presenters. The schedule for the evening includes a question-and-answer session, followed by a book signing.

TONY VINSON
is an emeritus professor in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. After gaining qualifications in arts and social work, Professor Vinson completed a doctorate at the University of New South Wales. His professional career has alternated between academic appointments and government and community positions. In 2008, he was admitted to membership of the Order of Australia and made a member of the Australian Social Inclusion Board. Professor Vinson’s recent publications include a book on the rural city of Goulburn in the 19th Century called Tenant in the Cathedral, and co-authorship of a research paper, "The Social Dimensions of Happiness and Life Satisfaction of Australians" in the International Journal of Social Welfare. He is writing a book about political discourse in mid-19th century Australia.

MARGOT RAWSTHORNE is a senior lecturer in social work and policy studies, in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work. She qualified in sociology at Macquarie University before completing a PhD at the University of Sydney. Dr Rawsthorne has worked for state government, local government, and the non-government sector. She spent More than a decade working in southwestern Sydney, an area of both considerable disadvantage and community dynamism. She has published extensively for both the human-services sector and academia. In 2007, Dr Rawsthorne and Professor Vinson collaborated to produce a landmark study of the geographic distribution of disadvantage in Australia. In 2011, Common Ground published Working with Communities: Critical Perspectives by Dr Rawthorne and her colleague Amanda Howard.

Event details

  • When: 5.30–7pm
  • Where:

    5.30–6pm: Drinks and canapes in the Common Room

    6–7pm: Seminar in LT424

    Level 4, Education Building A35

    University of Sydney 2006

  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: SCROLL DOWN TO RSVP. Places are limited so book early. Please RSVP by 13 March.
  • Contact:

    Helen Loughlin, Alumni Relations & Events Manager 



Lifting Our Gaze

Where

5:30-6pm: Drinks & Canapes in the Common Room

6-7pm: Seminar in LT424

Level 4, Education Building A35

University of Sydney 2006 

When

20 March 2014


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