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December 2012
More money, more problems? The quantitative easing quandary   View Summary
14 December 2012
skylineSenior lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney, Graham White, explains the concept of quantitative easing.
Broken Hill High School Students Learn History and Create History   View Summary
10 December 2012
Willyama High School students map Sydney's historic sitesThe Department of History hosted a group of Year 12 students from Willyama High School last week, helping them see the City of Sydney, and the University, in a whole new light.
Whatever Happened to the 'Arab Spring'?   View Summary
5 December 2012
Arab Spring EgyptProfessor John Keane considers the developments towards democracy, and the challenges ahead, in the two years since the Arab Spring.
Media students set to embark on international Fellowships   View Summary
4 December 2012
International Media Fellows Eleven Media and Communications students will undertake international Fellowships and gain a taste of foreign reporting from the streets of our regional neighbours over the summer University break.
Sydney philosopher awarded one of America's highest science honours    View Summary
3 December 2012
Professor Paul GriffithsProfessor Paul Griffiths has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the highest honours in the field.
November 2012
Outsourcing Memory: The internet has changed how we remember   View Summary
26 November 2012
Ryan WittingslowRyan Wittingslow, a PhD candidate in Film and Philosophy, on how the internet is changing our memory, first published in The Conversation.
Broken Hill visit sheds light on local past   View Summary
26 November 2012
Broken Hill MosqueA delegation of PhD researchers from the Department of History, led by Associate Professor Michael McDonnell, have travelled over 1100 km to the state's west to host a series of history classes and activities at regional high schools.
Five scholars elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities   View Summary
23 November 2012
Professor Peter MorganFive scholars from the University of Sydney have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours available in the humanities in Australia.
Unis striving to bridge Asia gap   View Summary
21 November 2012
Barack Obama and Aung San Suu KyiAssociate Professor Michele Ford shares why university-based expertise on Southeast Asia is crucial to the national interest in the Australian newspaper.
ArtSS in the City: Bright Young Things   View Summary
20 November 2012
ArtSS in the CityOn Thursday evening, in the sunny courtyard of the Mint on Macquarie Street, alumni and friends gathered for our annual ArtSS in the City event, aimed at, but not exclusive to, our young alumni living and working in Sydney.
Former Al-Jazeera boss shares his frontline experiences of the Arab Spring   View Summary
20 November 2012
Wadah KhanfarFormer head of the Al-Jazeera network, Wadah Khanfar, will deliver his assessment of the Middle East's progress since last year's 'Arab Spring' at the University of Sydney this Thursday in his talk 'Journalism and Political Transition in the Arab World'.
Students take on US Presidential candidates to win a seat at Obama's inauguration   View Summary
19 November 2012
Mitt Romney campaign videoThe student makers of a competition to create a mock campaign ad for the US presidential contest are on their way to Washington DC.
The rise of the Super Profs: should we be worried about celebrity academics?   View Summary
15 November 2012
Dr Richard Miles'We are surely living in the Age of the Celebrity Professor,' says Dr Richard Miles in The Conversation.
Let Women Fight: Dr. Megan MacKenzie Argues for More Front-Line Combat Roles for Women   View Summary
13 November 2012
Dr Megan MacKenzieIn the November/December edition of America's most influential international relations magazine Foreign Affairs, Dr. Megan MacKenzie from the Department of Government and International Relations argues that the US military should lift their outdated ban on women serving in front-line combat.
History of suicide is worthwhile, whatever the Coalition says   View Summary
12 November 2012
Rebecca McNamara CHEPostdoctoral Research Associate in the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800) (CHE), Rebecca McNamara, discusses the value of her research project on emotions related to suicide in medieval Europe, and its relevance on Australia today.
SSPS Celebrates its 5th Anniversary   View Summary
9 November 2012
event at University of Sydney Art GalleryStaff from across the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) this week converged in the University of Sydney Art Gallery to mark their milestone 5th year of operation.
The Life and Legacy of Bernard Smith Celebrated at Landmark Symposium   View Summary
8 November 2012
Bernard SmithThe pioneering work of the Power Institute's inaugural Director and founding Professor of Contemporary Art, Bernard Smith, will be celebrated at a two-day symposium beginning Friday 9th November.
Academics and the Media - How to Work Together to Achieve the Best Results   View Summary
6 November 2012
Angela CatternsBroadcaster Angela Catterns will join Professor Simon Chapman, Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer and Dr Richard Miles next Monday (November 12) to discuss how academics can get their message across in the mainstream media.
Faculty students win essay prize at Not the Melbourne Cup event   View Summary
6 November 2012
prizewinners at Not the Melbourne Cup eventTwo students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have won the inaugural Vox Animalia Student Essay Prize, which was presented at this afternoon's 'Not the Melbourne Cup' event.
How to become 'Asia literate'?   View Summary
5 November 2012
Associate Professor Michele FordAssociate Professor Michele Ford, Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, is pushing for a fundamental rethink in how Australia approaches learning about some of our closest neighbours.
Insights 2012: Orgasmology with Professor Annamarie Jagose   View Summary
1 November 2012
Professor Annamarie JagoseProfessor Annamarie Jagose, Head of the School of Letters, Art and Media at the University of Sydney, invites guests of her Insights lecture tonight to be orgasmologists for the evening.
The Conversation: a new novel by David Brooks   View Summary
1 November 2012
Associate Professor David BrooksIt took Associate Professor David Brooks, lecturer in Australian Literature, seven years to write a novel that takes place over just seven hours. The result is an evocative story of substance and style.
October 2012
Rhodes Scholar Jacob Taylor bound for Oxford   View Summary
31 October 2012
Jacob Taylor Rhodes ScholarSydney alumnus Jacob Taylor will head to the University of Oxford next year after winning the prestigious 2013 NSW Rhodes Scholarship.
New Writing on Contemporary Art: Luke Davies on Anne Judell   View Summary
30 October 2012
Luke DaviesAward-winning poet and novelist, Luke Davies, will tonight launch an innovative new series that at once unites and celebrates the talents of Australia's most prominent writers and artists.
FASS Research Mentoring Award Winners 2012   View Summary
30 October 2012
Winners Glenda Sluga and Ariadne VromenThe generosity and dedication of two Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) academics, Professor Glenda Sluga and Associate Professor Ariadne Vromen, has been recognised with the first FASS Research Mentoring Award 2012.
Soviet Historian Receives Top Award   View Summary
25 October 2012
Professor Sheila FitzpatrickProfessor Sheila Fitzpatrick from the University's Department of History has been awarded the American Historical Association's 2012 Award for Scholarly Distinction.
Digital Cultures program merges with Media and Communications   View Summary
23 October 2012
Digital Cultures mergeThe Digital Cultures program will join the Department of Media and Communications from January 2013 as the media industries worldwide turn to online and digital platforms.
Elizabeth Grosz takes a look at imperceptible forces   View Summary
18 October 2012
Francis Bacon 'Study for Self Portrait'The distinguished Australian feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz returns to the University of Sydney this week to deliver a Sydney Ideas lecture exploring the connections between the painter Francis Bacon and the philosopher Gilles Deleuze.
Are we 'fat-phobic'? New book says yes   View Summary
18 October 2012
'Fat' by Deborah LuptonA new book by University of Sydney researcher Deborah Lupton explores why the 'fat body' has become so reviled and, in extreme cases, viewed as diseased.
Alumna Yang Chen: Saving the Children of Tibet   View Summary
17 October 2012
Yang ChenIn the face of Tibet's politically sensitive climate, one Master of Human Rights and Democratisation alumna is now working to ensure future generations of Tibetan children have a more equitable future.
Al Roth awarded 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics   View Summary
16 October 2012
Professor Alvin RothThe 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics has been jointly awarded to Alvin Roth, a recent visitor to the Faculty of Economics, and Lloyd Shapely.
China and the fifth generation leadership   View Summary
15 October 2012
Hu Jintao with Barack ObamaProfessor Kerry Brown will present a Sydney Ideas lecture this Tuesday 16 October looking at the leadership transition occurring in the Communist Party of China as the era of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao draws to a close.
Australia attempts to stump illegal loggers    View Summary
12 October 2012
attemps to stump illegal loggersPhD candidate from the Department of Government and International Relations, Phillip Lawrence, on Australian attempts to stop illegal logging in Indonesia on The Conversation.
Hermes 2012: A literary Odyssey    View Summary
10 October 2012
Hermes 2012Budding University of Sydney writers and poets will see their work showcased alongside some of Australia's best-known literary talent with the launch of the Hermes 2012 journal on Thursday 11th October.
Arts and Humanities soar in World University Rankings   View Summary
8 October 2012
University of SydneyThe University of Sydney has been ranked amongst the top 25 in the world for arts and humanities, according to the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
New book examines Fukushima disaster and its aftermath   View Summary
3 October 2012
Fallout from Fukushima book launchAdjunct Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, Richard Broinowski, will launch a new book on the physical and psychological damage caused by Japan's worst nuclear disaster, entitled 'Fallout from Fukushima'.
Media and Communications alumni premiere short film at Venice Film Festival   View Summary
2 October 2012
Nick King and Sophie WiesnerA short film written and directed by Media and Communications alumnus Nick King, and co-produced with his former classmate Sophie Wiesner, has premiered at the 69th Venice Film Festival this September.
September 2012
Australian Literary Studies in New York   View Summary
28 September 2012
Patrick White panel in New York cityProfessor Robert Dixon and Dr. Brigid Rooney represented the University at an exciting series of events in New York celebrating the lives and works of Australian writers, Patrick White and Shirley Hazzard.
The journey of learning is infinite   View Summary
28 September 2012
Professor Rick BenitezAs you leave Professor Rick Benitez's office, you're faced with a colourful lollypop sign with the word 'infin'. It's an image he wants his students to remember because of the message behind it - the journey of learning is infinite.
Media and Communications alumna takes on the world at CNN   View Summary
26 September 2012
Alice So At a time when many media jobs are being slashed worldwide, Media and Communications alumna Alice So has found a niche as part of the CNN Broadcast Sales and Affiliate Relations team in Hong Kong.
Postgraduate student Alice Stokes co-curates Crave exhibition   View Summary
24 September 2012
Pigeon Pie and Iced VovoMaster of Art Curatorship student, Alice Stokes, has co-curated the 'GastroPorn' exhibition, which will open to the public on 25th September as part of the Crave International Food Festival.
Death and Suicide from Medieval Times to Today   View Summary
20 September 2012
Danse Macabre study dayThey're taboo topics most often met with aversion and trepidation, but death, suicide and infirmity will lead discussion at the upcoming and aptly titled Danse Macabre I conference.
Rochelle Diver: Examining parallels in Indigenous cultures   View Summary
19 September 2012
Rochelle Diver in AustraliaRochelle Diver, who is of Native American descent, had always been inspired and motivated by the human rights field.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary to discuss Australia's place in the world   View Summary
18 September 2012
DFAT Secretary Dennis RichardsonThe Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dennis Richardson, will deliver an assessment of Australia's changing role within a new global order in an upcoming lecture entitled 'Australia and the World'.
Connections Breakfast with Cameron Clyne   View Summary
13 September 2012
Cameron Clyne, CEO of NABCameron Clyne, who graduated with an arts degree from Sydney in 1989, took over as the CEO of NAB in 2008. He spoke at last week's Sydney Connections Breakfast for alumni.
Catalonia, the next state in Europe?    View Summary
13 September 2012
Catalan Independence has doubledOn Tuesday 11 September, an estimated 1.5 million people joined a demonstration in Barcelona, marching under the slogan of 'Catalonia, the next state in Europe'.
Olympians welcomed home   View Summary
13 September 2012
Jess Foxx, Kaarle McCulloch and Peter HadfieldIn a celebratory lunch at the Four Seasons on Friday, returning Olympians from the University of Sydney shared candid insights into their Olympic experience, and the challenges of juggling study and intensive sporting commitments.
Italy in the European Crisis: problems and prospects   View Summary
11 September 2012
Prime Minister Mario MontiIn tonight's Sydney Ideas lecture Professor Paul Ginsborg, chair of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence, looks at the historical roots of Italy's troubled membership of the European Union.
Faculty partners with ABC to examine the future of public service media   View Summary
4 September 2012
ABC Chairman James Spigelman AC QCIn the face of an uncertain future, international media professionals and academics will discuss pressing issues for public service media at the Re-Visionary Interpretations of the Public Enterprise (RIPE) Conference.
Port Arthur Fieldwork Illuminates Australia's Convict Past    View Summary
4 September 2012
Pioneering Archaeology student Maureen ByrneAfter nearly four decades on the shelf, the collection of pioneering University of Sydney archaeology student Maureen Byrne has finally been analysed, revealing unique insights into Australia's convict past.
August 2012
Graduates Look to China as New Degrees Launched   View Summary
31 August 2012
Two new China Studies coursesAs the federal government maps its strategic blueprint on the 'Asian Century', the China Studies Centre (CSC) at the University of Sydney will launch two new degrees preparing graduates for a China-focused future.
Institute for Democracy and Human Rights putting systemic racism on the agenda   View Summary
29 August 2012
Dr Dinesh WadiwelThe unveiling of the National Anti-Racism Strategy in Melbourne on Friday marked an early but significant successful engagement for the University of Sydney's newly established Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR).
Gender bias in economic policies: UK scholar Professor Diane Elson   View Summary
29 August 2012
gender bias in economic policiesAre most economic policies biased towards men? Come to a free public talk this Wednesday to find out from visiting scholar Diane Elson.
Alumni vs Students Comedy Debate: 'We should chase idle dreams'   View Summary
27 August 2012
2012 Comedy Debate University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, ABC radio's Adam Spencer and alumna Fiona Roughley will take on three top student debaters for the annual Alumni versus Students Comedy Debate.
UCLA Summer Study Abroad Program: Blair's story   View Summary
23 August 2012
Blair at UCLAThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre, offered an unprecedented opportunity to study at UCLA in their summer. This is one student's story.
Examining Indigenous sea sites in Darwin   View Summary
22 August 2012
Eleanor in DarwinWith her Bachelor of Arts degree drawing to a close, anthropology and English major Eleanor June Smith jumped at the chance to undertake an internship in Darwin, where she was able to examine the significance of Indigenous sea sites.
Laughing at the End of the World: The 2012 Arts Revue   View Summary
22 August 2012
2012 Arts Revue ArtsmageddonThe Arts Revue team turn their trademark irreverence towards the unlikely topic of the apocalypse for this year's show, 'Artsmageddon'.
Work Experience Diary: A week in the faculty   View Summary
21 August 2012
Tiffanie Zuccala and Isobel BlomfieldHigh School work experience students Tiffanie Zuccala and Isobel Blomfield recap their experiences interning at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Digital future or race to the bottom? What journalists really think.   View Summary
20 August 2012
Journalism at the Speed of BytesDr Penny O'Donnell and Associate Professor David McKnight discuss the findings of their 'Journalism at the Speed of Bytes' report into the future of newspapers and journalism quality in the digital age.
How do we live with climate change?   View Summary
17 August 2012
climate changeHow can we live with climate change? Join a free talk by international expert Dale Jamieson from New York University to find out.
New China studies head embraces unique bilateral relationship   View Summary
14 August 2012
Kerry BrownAustralia's dealings with China have a unique immediacy, closeness and urgency, says the incoming head of our China Studies Centre, Dr Kerry Brown.
Faculty Olympian of the Week: Jenny Blow    View Summary
10 August 2012
Jennifer BlowThough she only started competing in the Paralympic sport of goalball in 2009, Jenny Blow is already on her way to the world's largest sporting stage: the Paralympic Games.
Insights 2012: The failure of Western social science?   View Summary
8 August 2012
Professor Colin WightIn this week's Insights 2012 lecture, Professor Colin Wight will argue that the social sciences have failed to achieve their initial lofty goals as set out by the thinkers of the Enlightenment.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the History of Cosmopolitanism   View Summary
7 August 2012
Professor Samuel MoynSamuel Moyn, Professor of History at Columbia University, will discuss how attitudes towards human rights have changed since the UN's landmark 1948 declaration at the next Sydney Ideas talk.
Katherine Boo on Life and Death in a Mumbai Undercity   View Summary
6 August 2012
Katherine BooPulitzer Prize winner and writer with The New Yorker, Katherine Boo, will discuss life in the underbelly of Mumbai in a free Sydney Ideas talk.
From Elvis to Lady Gaga: Music and culture collide in innovative new course   View Summary
6 August 2012
Sex, Race and RockIn an innovative new course from the United States Studies Centre, the sexual, racial and gender aspects of American popular music will be examined through the eyes of some of the music industries biggest influencers.
Living the Dream: alumna reports on the Olympics   View Summary
3 August 2012
Amanda ShalalaArts and Social Sciences alumna Amanda Shalala is at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London as a reporter. A self-confessed sports addict who loves the thrill of competition, Amanda is working hard to pave the way for Australian women in sport.
July 2012
Much to admire - and fear - about a rising China   View Summary
31 July 2012
Dr John LeeIn an opinion piece in the state-owned People's Daily newspaper last month, president of China's Foreign Affairs University Wu Jianmin argued that Western countries still hold deep prejudices against the country's political system and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
London Calling Our Faculty Olympians - Matthew Mitcham   View Summary
24 July 2012
Matthew Mitcham Defending Olympic Diving ChampionFrom the exam room to the Olympic stadium, Arts and Social Sciences students continue to put their knowledge and skills to the test as they head to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Sydney Democracy Initiative grants two students a Berlin learning experience   View Summary
20 July 2012
Humboldt UniversityImagine what it would be like to study at the most prestigious institutions for humanities in the world. Then envisage experiencing one of Europe's most vibrant cities in the process. Two postgraduate students did just that thanks to a Berlin travel scholarship from the Sydney Democracy Initiative.
University hosts Oceania's largest conference on International Relations   View Summary
18 July 2012
Professor Michael WilliamsThe Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS) commences today with a keynote speech from Professor Michael C Williams from the University of Ottawa.
London Calling Our Faculty Olympians - Loudy Wiggins   View Summary
16 July 2012
Loudy Wiggins London BoundIn the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics, hear our inspirational students' stories as they head to the world's greatest sporting event. Faculty Olympian of the week is Loudy Wiggins (BA (Media and Communications) 2004), who will compete in diving.
Harvard expert on making life changing markets work   View Summary
10 July 2012
Professor Alvin RothIn the next Sydney Ideas lecture a leading economist will discuss his experiences in the US designing markets that have some of the most important impacts on our lives - school markets, job markets and health markets.
Two new faculty projects on immigration granted by the Australian Research Council   View Summary
6 July 2012
immigrant inscriptionAcademics from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences received funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) this week for projects on immigration and asylum worth a combined total of $1,120,000.
Doctoral candidate Kate Johnston presents at Food Conference in Perugia, Italy   View Summary
3 July 2012
Perugia, ItalyAt what point does a fish, which travels through various routes in its lifespan, become 'sustainable'? How does this 'sustainability' affect fishing communities?
Paraguay: chronicle of a foretold coup   View Summary
2 July 2012
Paraguay political coupAntonio Castillo discusses the vulnerability of Latin American democracies in light of Paraguay's political coup last week. First published in The Conversation.
Anne Dunn (1950 - 2012)   View Summary
2 July 2012
Anne DunnThe Department of Media and Communications pays tribute to the life of Anne Dunn, who sadly passed away on the weekend. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences extend our deepest condolences to her family and friends; she will be sorely missed.
June 2012
Faculty sponsors the 18th Biennale of Sydney's Opening Week Symposium   View Summary
28 June 2012
18th Biennale of SydneyThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce a sponsorship of the 18th Biennale of Sydney's Opening Week Symposium, in conjunction with the Power Institute.
Churnalism on the rise as news sites fill up with shared content and wire copy   View Summary
25 June 2012
Rise of "Churnalism" a threat to media diversityAs the print media industry crisis continues, our media experts Dr Tim Dwyer and Dr Fiona Martin discuss the impact of cross-media ownership and the rise of the internet on media diversity and the resulting increase in 'churnalism'. Originally published in The Conversation.
How sociologists (and other social scientists) can use Pinterest   View Summary
22 June 2012
Deborah LuptonIt seems that few academics are using Pinterest at the moment, or have even heard of it. But closer inspection and reflection on the capacities of the platform led me to think that Pininterest had the potential to be a very useful tool for sociological research and teaching.
Have your say on Australia's relationship with China   View Summary
21 June 2012
Essay CompetitionWhat do you think about Australia-China relations? Share your thoughts with us and you could win up to $3000.
An Industry in Flux: Media and Publishing students not to be discouraged   View Summary
21 June 2012
Media & Communications and PublishingDr Fiona Martin, Senior lecturer in Online and Convergent Media at the University of Sydney believes that students looking to a career in journalism and publishing should not be discouraged.
Fishing for answers about oceans past, present and future   View Summary
21 June 2012
Professor Poul HolmA hundred years of restaurant menus from New York City, old ships' logs, and tax records are just some of the innovative sources being used to recreate an accurate historical picture of the world's oceans and marine life.
Journalism after newspapers   View Summary
20 June 2012
NewspapersSenior lecturer in journalism and international media in the Department of Media and Communications, Dr Penny O'Donnell, considers the future of newspapers in the digital age.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences secures unique partnership with King's College London   View Summary
19 June 2012
King's College LondonTwo of the world's leading humanities institutions in two great global cities have joined forces in a landmark agreement, providing unique research and learning opportunities for their students.
Has Australia fallen for Obama's soft power?   View Summary
14 June 2012
Dr David SmithPolitical science expert Dr David Smith explores whether Australia has fallen for President Barack Obama's soft power.
Project Puts Fair Elections on the Ballot   View Summary
13 June 2012
Electoral integrity projectA new ARC-funded project directed by Professor Pippa Norris will explore the threats to free and democratic elections worldwide.
Spurr long-listed for the 2012 Calibre Prize for Outstanding Essay   View Summary
13 June 2012
Professor of Poetry and Poetics Barry SpurrProfessor of Poetry and Poetics, Barry Spurr, has been long-listed for the 2012 Calibre Prize, Australia's premier essay-writing competition.
How America's 'War on Women' is being waged   View Summary
8 June 2012
A Sydney Ideas event on America's War on WomenAs momentum builds in a US Presidential election year, a Sydney Ideas panel this Friday looks towards the United States, and what has been dubbed a 'War on Women'.
An insight into the working life of Patrick White   View Summary
6 June 2012
Patrick White - The Hanging GardenFaculty academics provide insight into the working life of Patrick White, Australia's only Nobel Prize winner for literature, at a free public talk.
Translating the Greek crisis for Australians   View Summary
5 June 2012
The Greek Crisis - What it means for AustraliaVrasidas Karalis, Chair of the Department of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney, believes the Greek political system needs a complete overhaul.
May 2012
John Keane Questions the Power of Silence   View Summary
28 May 2012
John Keane - 2012 Insights LectureJohn Keane's Insights 2012 public lecture will present a cutting reflection on the recent spate of world disasters since 2007.
Same-sex marriage should not be legalised   View Summary
28 May 2012
Professor Annamarie JagoseHead of the School of Letters, Arts and Media, Professor Annamarie Jagose, will argue a progressive, pro-gay perspective against the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the Intelligence Squared live debate.
Goalball Glory for Blow   View Summary
22 May 2012
Jennifer Blow Goalball ChampionJennifer Blow (B. Arts & B. Education) has been selected on the Australian Paralympic Team to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in the sport of goalball.
Syd Writers' Festival Review: Preventing Torture   View Summary
21 May 2012
Glenn Carle and Danielle CelermajerWhere does society go next if it accepts the systematic violation of human rights as a prerequisite for public safety? Can the many laws designed to protect against this abuse of power really be undone by the phrase: "If the President orders it, it's legal"?
Syd Writers' Festival Review: Her Beauty and Her Terror   View Summary
21 May 2012
Sydney Writers' Festival Walsh BayA focus on landscape was central to Friday's talk Her Beauty and Her Terror, a look at how Australian poetry fares in comparison to the rest of the Anglosphere.
Sociology Students turn to Social Media for Answers   View Summary
21 May 2012
Sociology Youtube ChannelAs part of the first year course 'Introduction to Sociology 1', students created video pieces of 'Sociology in action', posting them to YouTube in an innovative learning project.
The real cost of coal is quickly adding up   View Summary
21 May 2012
Coal energy debateWe are paying the price for cheap energy, write Linda Connor and Stuart Rosewarne.
Sydney Writers' Festival Review: David Brooks' 'The Sons of Clovis'   View Summary
18 May 2012
Associate Professor David BrooksWith all of his other appearances sold out, it seemed fitting that David Brooks was able to share his work, The Sons of Clovis at his home away from home, the University of Sydney.
Sydney Writers' Festival Review: Jeanette Winterson at Sydney Opera House   View Summary
18 May 2012
Sydney Writers' FestivalAfter an affectionate introduction by the Sydney Writers' Festival Artistic Director, Chip Rolley, the petite Jeanette Winterson appeared, instantly filling the cathedral-like venue with her incredibly likeable personality.
Sydney Writers' Festival Review: Turning the Tide   View Summary
18 May 2012
Larissa BehrendtAt the University of Sydney we came together to hear the too-often unheard stories of Indigenous authors and poets for the Sydney Writers' Festival Turning the Tide Event.
Sydney Writers' Festival Review: OccupySWF in the Great Hall   View Summary
18 May 2012
OccupySWFAs the rank and file of Occupy enthusiasts and intrigued guests filled the University of Sydney's Great Hall, I couldn't help but feel a palpable sense that I wasn't alone in my doubts.
Throwing new light on the great Ern Malley hoax   View Summary
16 May 2012
Associate Professor David BrooksJoin David Brooks as he offers fresh theories on one of Australia's most notorious literary hoaxes at this Sydney Writers' Festival event.
Occupy the Sydney Writers' Festival with John Keane   View Summary
15 May 2012
Professor John KeaneRenowned democracy expert John Keane will join a special Sydney Writers' Festival panel this week in the Great Hall on the future of the Occupy movement.
An ex-interrogator talks about torture   View Summary
14 May 2012
Associate Professor Danielle CelermajerHuman rights expert Danielle Celermajer will talk to former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle in this challenging Sydney Writers' Festival event.
From Shanghai to Sydney   View Summary
2 May 2012
Chinese student Li XiangLi Xiang from Fudan University in China is enjoying a one-off scholarship at the University of Sydney, as part of a joint Masters in Health Communication program with the Chinese university.
April 2012
Telling Chinese Stories   View Summary
30 April 2012
Chinese StoriesSince 2008 the People's Republic of China has increasingly focused on 'telling the China story', notes Professor Geremie Barmé - China expert, filmmaker and presenter of tomorrow's Sydney Ideas lecture.
Anna Rose: Changing minds about climate change   View Summary
27 April 2012
Alumna Anna RoseLast night alumna Anna Rose presented the much talked-about documentary 'I Can Change Your Mind About...Climate' on ABC1.
Acclaimed Director to Screen Film shot on University grounds   View Summary
26 April 2012
Careless LoveCelebrated Australian filmmaker John Duigan, whose work has won him numerous AFI awards, is holding a pre-release screening of his new film Careless Love at the University of Sydney on May 1.
Could the Mekong's water destabilise Asia?   View Summary
26 April 2012
Mekong waterSouth-East Asian nations surrounding the Lower Mekong Basin should put construction of hydro-electric dams on the Mekong River on hold if they want to avoid a human security disaster more reminiscent of sub-Saharan Africa than modern Asia, a University of Sydney PhD candidate researching the impact of hydro-electric development on the river says.
ICLS opens up a world of literature   View Summary
24 April 2012
International Comaprative Literary StudiesSince its inception ten years ago, a major in International and Comparative Literary Studies (ICLS) has been offering students an avenue for cross-cultural study in literature and humanities.
Study at UCLA   View Summary
23 April 2012
UCLAThe faculty in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre is thrilled to be able offer Arts and Social Sciences students an unprecedented opportunity to study at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) during this year's winter break.
Spending on capital works should be seen and not inferred    View Summary
12 April 2012
Associate Professor Russell RossAssociate professor Russell Ross on infrastructure spending in The Sydney Morning Herald
Mark Scott on the future of your ABC    View Summary
12 April 2012
Emeritus Professor Rod TiffenMark Scott, managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, is in conversation with Rod Tiffen, Emeritus Professor of Government and International Relations.
Rediscovering the Hanging Garden   View Summary
4 April 2012
Professor Margaret HarrisEnglish literature professor Margaret Harris was a key agent behind the publication this week of Patrick White's lost novel The Hanging Garden.
University events revealed in Sydney Writers' Festival program   View Summary
2 April 2012
Sydney Writers' Festival in Walsh BayThe University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will collaborate with the 2012 Sydney Writers' Festival as part of a dynamic new partnership to create a range of panel-led discussions and workshops with leading authors and researchers.
March 2012
New space and subjects for Writing Hub in 2012   View Summary
29 March 2012
The Writing HubThe Writing Hub is introducing a new unit of study in 2012, to go along with a new batch of student fellows and their common room, all of which aim to help students improve their academic writing at university.
Buddhism and Neuroscience: a problematic dialogue   View Summary
26 March 2012
Spiritual Science?"Neuroscience is everywhere," says Professor Bernard Faure from Columbia University, "its concepts have penetrated the discourse of the media, and its rapid progress has made it the most often quoted model of scientific progress.
Sydney Writers' Festival seeking volunteers    View Summary
20 March 2012
Sydney Writers' Festival volunteersThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is sponsoring The Sydney Writers' Festival (SWF) in 2012, and SWF is putting a call-out for volunteers for their world-class festival this May 14th-20th.
Not the Kony way to be heard   View Summary
19 March 2012
KonyThe online documentary sensation Kony 2012 raises an important question for human rights advocates, writes Danielle Celemermajer
Finkelstein gets a bad press   View Summary
15 March 2012
newspaperWild claims that his recommendations on media regulation increase the threat of government censorship are wrong.
We can't prevent climate change, so what should we do?   View Summary
15 March 2012
Professor David SchlosbergWhen thinking of the challenges we face in responding to climate change, it is time to admit that our political focus has been fairly narrow: limiting emissions and moving beyond carbon-based energy systems.
Behavioural adaptation in the face of climate change   View Summary
8 March 2012
Professor David SchlosbergClimate change challenges us to rethink the whole narrative of human progress, and a range of unsustainable political and social practices. This process will be both a deeply disturbing yet potentially transformative, says Professor David Schlosberg who will deliver the inaugural 2012 Insights lecture tonight.
Is Putin's leadership legitimate? A closer look at Russia's elections   View Summary
8 March 2012
Professor Graeme GillThe Russian presidential elections, held on 4 March, gave a solid electoral win to the President-elect Vladimir Putin. But much of the Western press saw it as a tainted victory.
A cure for all ills of the pharmaceutical benefits scheme   View Summary
7 March 2012
Danielle CelermajerThe Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is much criticised for being slow to accept new treatments.
What do human rights demand from you and me?   View Summary
6 March 2012
Yale University political philosopher Thomas PoggeThis Wednesday the Yale University political philosopher Thomas Pogge looks at the big questions confronting all of us concerned with human rights and global justice today in his Sydney Ideas lecture.
Marxism versus the mainstream: rethinking the economic crisis   View Summary
6 March 2012
Marx & EngelsThe current economic crisis has renewed interest in alternative economic ideas. Most conspicuously, Keynesianism has returned from the margins. Unfortunately, particularly in Europe, policymakers quickly…
Media student gets a taste of Japanese journalism   View Summary
5 March 2012
Madeleine King in JapanMadeleine King, a student in the department of media and communications, has completed an exciting Fellowship with Agence-France Presse in Tokyo.
February 2012
Labor leadership spill: the rules of the game   View Summary
28 February 2012
Dr Anika GaujaDR Anika Gauja, Department of Government and International Relations, on the rules for a leadership contest in The Conversation.
An anatomy of writing and politics, memory and democracy   View Summary
27 February 2012
Javier CercasJavier Cercas, Spain's most celebrated contemporary writer, will deliver a Sydney Ideas lecture in the University's Great Hall this Wednesday 29 February.
Indigneous family film screens in Berlin   View Summary
24 February 2012
KarrabingA short film about an Indigenous family living a technologically engaged life in a remote region to the north-east of Darwin, has been screened in the prestigious Berlin international film festival (Berlinale).
Rudd, Gillard and the painful death of consensus   View Summary
24 February 2012
Parilament HousePolitical communications expert Richard Stanton writes about the battle for the top political office in Australia.
Why Gender Matters: A Sydney Ideas forum   View Summary
23 February 2012
Sar AhmedA leading international thinker in the field of gender and cultural studies, Professor Sara Ahmed, will feature in a Sydney Ideas panel this week that will explore the topic 'Why Gender Matters'.
Poetry in Medicine: Professor Warwick Anderson shortlisted for poetry prize   View Summary
21 February 2012
Professor Warwick AndersonProfessor Warwick Anderson of the Department of History has been shortlisted for the 2011 Mary Gilmore Award for his recent book of poems entitled 'Hard Cases, Brief Lives'.
Do we needlessly fear sharks and spiders?   View Summary
20 February 2012
PhD candidate Peter HobbinsWhen and how do animals 'become' dangerous? In Australia, neither sharks nor spiders were considered serious hazards to human life until almost 100 years ago and we've been trying to quantify, control and exterminate these beasts ever since.
Surveillance in everyday life   View Summary
20 February 2012
Surveillance and everyday lifeAn international conference is looking at surveillance in everyday life, from loyalty cards to internet cookies to DNA swabs.
Contemporary issues reframed - Alumnus Eric Knight launches acclaimed new book   View Summary
13 February 2012
Alumnus Eric KnightAlumnus and Rhodes Scholar Eric Knight launched his new book Reframe: How to Solve the World's Trickiest Problems on February 6.
Reflections on Valentine's Day   View Summary
13 February 2012
St Valentine's DayIs Valentine's Day a Christian ritual or a consumerist's dream? Do we love with or without reason? Two members of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences shed light on very different aspects of the day of love.
Beijing influence can be tempered   View Summary
9 February 2012
Dr John LeeIn today's op ed in the Australian Financial Review, Dr John Lee notes the limits of authoritarian statecraft.
The Precariat: the New Dangerous Class   View Summary
9 February 2012
Professor Guy StandingAs observers warn the European debt crisis could lead to a global depression, and as recent Australian employment data falls well short of forecasts, the arrival in Australia of economist Professor Guy Standing could not be timelier.
Comprehending West Papua   View Summary
8 February 2012
West PapuaFrom the impact of posting mobile phone footage on YouTube to the notion that hopes for greater autonomy are futile, a new e-book from the University of Sydney brings together myriad perspectives on West Papuans' quest for self-determination.
Postdoctoral Fellow Monika Barthwal-Datta plays a key role in the Australia India Youth Dialogue   View Summary
6 February 2012
Monika Barthwal-DattaAn initiative that brings together 30 young leaders from India and Australia to discuss contemporary economic, social, cultural and political issues, was launched last week in Delhi.
On Being Involved in Bright Club at Sydney Festival   View Summary
6 February 2012
The Famous SpiegeltentDr Juanita Feros Ruys, Associate Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre, recently took to the stage as part of the Sydney Festival Bright Club. Here is her account of turning scholarly ideas into audience laughs.
January 2012
Reflections on Australia Day   View Summary
25 January 2012
One of the most famous images of AustraliaThis Australia Day members of the University of Sydney's Department of History reflect on both the origins and current meaning of the day.
Meet our students: Senthorun Raj   View Summary
23 January 2012
Senthorun RajUniversity of Sydney student Senthorun Raj's philosophy is to follow your passions and be open to opportunities.
New year perspectives from the China Studies Centre   View Summary
23 January 2012
2012 is the Year of the DragonWith the Chinese New Year upon us, the Acting Director and some of the staff from the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney give their perspectives on the year ahead.
Meet our students: Eleanor Jones   View Summary
19 January 2012
Eleanor JonesJoining the University of Sydney debating society comes with a number of potential perks - there's the possibility of world travel and the chance to pit your intellect and wits against some of the best young minds from around the globe.
Indigenous Studies Students Speak the Language of Cultural Revival   View Summary
17 January 2012
Indigenous Australian Studies trip to Central AustraliaStudents from the Koori Centre recently undertook a field trip to Nambucca Heads, Macksville and Bowraville as part of the University of Sydney's Indigenous Australian Studies program.
Sydney Festival: Babel (Words)   View Summary
17 January 2012
'Babel (words)' evoked the Biblical account of the Tower of Babel.Dr Andrew McGarrity, who teaches Indian Sub-continental and Buddhist Studies in the University of Sydney's School of Languages and Cultures, responds to the Sydney Festival production Babel (Words).
Sydney Festival: I am Eora   View Summary
16 January 2012
"I am Eora" is part of Sydney Festival 2012Professor Cassandra Pybus, from the University of Sydney's Department of History, reflects on one of the Aboriginal heroes portrayed in the Sydney Festival production I Am Eora
Alumna Beth Gilfillan: Changing Lives in East Timor Through Literacy   View Summary
12 January 2012
Beth Gilfillan with East Timor locals Judith, Ofelia and EmilianaAlumna Beth Gilfillan thought she had found her dream job as Principal Social Planner with the NSW Government back in 2006. Today, as co-founder of a progressive public library service in East Timor's Ermera district, she realises how quickly dreams can change.
Sydney Festival Bright Club: Putting a Comedic Spin on Research   View Summary
12 January 2012
The Famous SpiegeltentFaculty PhD candidates Mark Sutton and Dominic Santangelo last night took the stage in The Famous Spiegeltent to convey their research as comedy, as part of Sydney Festival's late-night program.