Alumni in the City ponder inner demons

2 November 2011

ArtSS in the City, a new alumni program by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, was launched at the Museum of Sydney on Wednesday 19th October.

The event, entitled The Demons Made Me Do It: A History of Human Emotion, featured a special talk from world-renowned scholar Dr Juanita Ruys.

Dr Ruys made a fascinating presentation about how human emotions such as jealousy and anger began to infiltrate portrayals of demons in literature and art through the High Middle Ages. Dr Ruys also addressed how we look at our emotions today, and came to the conclusion "it is in and through our emotions that we are truly and fully human."

ArtSS in the City is designed to appeal to alumni under the age of 45, aiming to cultivate and strengthen alumni relationships and create a sense of community beyond campus.

Kate Macfarlane, Alumni Relations Officer for the Faculty, thought that this sense of community was evident on the night, "It was great to see so many new faces reconnecting with the faculty. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the presentation by Dr Juanita Ruys. It was also fantastic to trial a great new city-based location that is accessible to our young alumni. This was the Faculty coming to the alumni, rather than the other way around and I think it was a great success."

ArtSS in the City will continue to provide an avenue for alumni to reconnect with the University and each other, with future events planned for 2012.

More photos of the event can be seen on our Faculty Facebook Page.

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