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The Department of History Reveals Australia's Forgotten Faces for History Week


8 September 2010

The History Council of New South Wales' History Week 2010 is on from the 4-12 September, with the theme "Faces in the Street".

To explore this idea, the Department of History is presenting a series of four fascinating public lectures across the week.

Since 1997, History Week has celebrated our nation's past through an annual showcase of the finest contributions to community and professional history.

Over 140 events are scheduled across NSW for this year's event, which sees universities, schools, community groups and libraries join forces to present a clearer picture of Australian history and its relevance to our cultural life today.

In conjunction with the newly offered unit of study by the History Department, 'Australia's Underworld', the Department and the Nicholson Museum are presenting the talk Faces from Australia's Underworld.

This intriguing lecture will shed light on Australia's forgotten shady characters, long swept away from memory by the passage of time.

Considering the oddballs, the mavericks, and the crooks, Faces from Australia's Underworld uncovers the cross-dressers and bushrangers who all share a corner of our nation's history.

Associate Professor Penny Russell from the University of Sydney will speak on 'Street Parade: of a prostitute, a captain of artillery and a sword'.

Fellow University of Sydney academic Amanda Kaladelfos will present 'The Execution of Frank Johns, Bushranger'. Dr Jill Matthews from Australian National University will also discuss 'Blue Movies and their Audiences'.

The event will also feature a panel discussion of 'underworld' history and a stimulating visual presentation of research projects by students.

When: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Where: Nicholson Museum, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney

Contact: 9351 2812, craig.barker@sydney.edu.au

Cost: Free. Bookings essential.

Other History Week Events at the University of Sydney include:

Furious Faces on the Streets: Public Protests in HistoryPresented by Professor Robert Aldrich, Dr Frances Clarke and Dr Jim Masselos

Though often forgotten individually, collectively protestors have been one of history's driving forces, sparking social changes not always for the good. This panel discussion will examine the tactics, contexts and historical implications of these 'furious faces on the streets'. Supported by the Department of History, The Humanities Salon, The School of Philosophical and Historical Enquiry and Sydney Ideas.

When: Monday 6 September 2010, 6-7pm

Where: Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA). Room 409, Madsen Building F09

Contact: 9351 2862 or sophi.enquiries@sydney.edu.au

Cost: Free, no booking required.

Heroic Culture: E. P. Thompson's Histories and the Experience of the Oppressed

Presented by Dr Chris Hilliard, University of Sydney

This lecture will explore both the power and limitations of prolific British historian E. P. Thompson's brand of history and legacy. Supported by the Department of History, The Humanities Salon, The School of Philosophical and Historical Enquiry and Sydney Ideas.

When: Wednesday 8 September 2010, 6-7:30pm

Where: Law Lecture Theatre 101, Sydney Law School

Contact: 9351 2862 or sophi.enquiries@sydney.edu.au

Cost: Free, no booking required.


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