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September 2017
Academics win NSW Premier's History Awards   View Summary
4 September 2017
Associate Professor Annie Clarke.Professor Mark McKenna was awarded the Australian History Prize, while Dr Peter Hobbins and Associate Professor Annie Clarke and their co-author received the NSW Community and Regional History Prize.
August 2017
Improving working memory and attention in primary school students   View Summary
30 August 2017
Children at school.A University of Sydney and NSW Department of Education program to improve primary school children's attention and memory has produced significant improvements in maths and spelling, according to an evaluation of a pilot program in thirteen classes across six schools.
Donation supports lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism   View Summary
15 August 2017
Tibetan BuddhismThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is set to expand its expertise in Buddhist Studies with the appointment of Dr Jim Rheingans to a new lectureship in Tibetan Buddhism.
Preventing environmental catastrophes   View Summary
15 August 2017
Associate Professor Susan Park2017 SOAR Fellowship recipient, Associate Professor Park interrogates the "accountability gaps" in complex mining projects which have left local communities adversely affected.
Financial decisions influenced by intensity of light   View Summary
5 August 2017
A study with New York University details the effects of light intensity on the quality and consistency of financial decision-making.
July 2017
2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship winner announced   View Summary
31 July 2017
2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship winnerCongratulations to Media and Communications student Lydia Bilton for winning the 2017 Jacoby-Walkley Scholarship.
Apply now for Global Voices   View Summary
19 July 2017
Global VoicesThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is supporting a Global Voices Scholarship for semester two 2017, with the successful student travelling to theUN Commission on the Status of Women in New York (March 2018).
Inclusive philosophy unit wins international prize   View Summary
11 July 2017
Inclusive philosophy unit wins international prizeA philosophy unit led by Associate Professor Alexandre Lefebvre has won an international prize for inclusive curricula - a win for both education and culture at the University.
Research rebuilding Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Melbourne   View Summary
6 July 2017
Honorary Associate Professor Tim Fitzpatrick.A full-scale replica of Shakespeare's second Globe theatre will be built in Melbourne, using specifications established through University of Sydney research.
Our experts assess the challenges facing the G20   View Summary
6 July 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. What are the challenges facing the G20 Leaders' Summit in Hamburg, Germany? Experts from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences share their view.
Federal Government appoints academic to behavioural economics team   View Summary
5 July 2017
Professor Robert SlonimProfessor Robert Slonim has been appointed Research Director of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government.
June 2017
The Pitcairn Project: Finding Pacific Women's Agency Through Tapa Cloth   View Summary
30 June 2017
Tapa workshopWhat do you know about Pacific history? What do you know about the history of tapa cloth, and the role of women in this ancient and innovative artistic practice? For many students at the University of Sydney, the Pacific, and Pacific women's history in particular, is largely unknown. Over the past semester, students in the Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies and History Honours programmes have been working hard to enlarge their own and others' understanding of Pacific women's creative practices.
Celebrating the centenary of the Department of Government and International Relations   View Summary
27 June 2017
Celebrating the centenary of the Department of Government and International RelationsThe Department of Government and International Relations at The University of Sydney is turning 100 in 2017. To celebrate the milestone, the Department has held and is holding various events throughout the year.
"It's not just an Arts degree": ArtSS Career-Ready underscores the importance of humanities   View Summary
27 June 2017
It's not just an arts degreeThe Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' exclusive employment initiative, ArtSS Career-Ready recently hosted a special event as part of a series that focused on careers for women.
Shortlist announced for Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award   View Summary
16 June 2017
Open bookThe Department of English has announced seven shortlisted poets for this year's Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award.
Cave discoveries hint at how modern humans outlasted Neanderthals   View Summary
15 June 2017
SpeartipArchaeologists researching a cliffside cave site in the Czech Republic have discovered evidence about the transition from Neanderthals to modern humans.
A passion for technology and social entrepreneurship leads to Silicon Valley   View Summary
13 June 2017
A passion for technology and social entrepreneurship leads to Silicon ValleyArts/Commerce student, Ana Musson recently took part in the Stanford ASES Summit, held over 9 - 14 April at Stanford University, California.
$5000 master's degree start-up scholarships for semester 2   View Summary
13 June 2017
new start-up scholarshipsApply now for our new start-up scholarships worth $5000 on offer for eligible domestic applicants planning to commence their postgraduate coursework master's in Semester 2, 2017.
Teachers must disrupt the classroom in the automation age   View Summary
7 June 2017
A student repairs a robotic arm.Teachers can be the change-makers in an unfolding automation age, explains Professor Michael Anderson in Huffpost Australia.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Considering the Fundamentals of Life   View Summary
5 June 2017
SWF panelLife is complicated; so we must stop trying to simplify it. This especially applies when we discuss food and water, two fundamentals of life, for they are more than things that we consume to keep ourselves alive. They are part of our culture and way of life.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Globalisation and Inequality in the Age of Trump   View Summary
5 June 2017
Illustration by Yasodara Puhule-GamayalageWalls, trade barriers, populism, sovereignty, trickle-down economics, immigration control and fake news. Welcome to the age because of and in spite of Trump. "The Armageddon", as Emma Alberici puts it.
Advance your thinking and your career: Semester 2 postgraduate CSPs available now   View Summary
5 June 2017
S2 2017 CSPsApply now to begin your postgraduate studies in Semester 2 and to be considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Letters of a Governor-General   View Summary
1 June 2017
Dame Quentin BryceMedia Hub intern Yasodara Puhule-Gamayalage chats with former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce about her book 'Dear Quentin: Letters of a Governor-General'.
Linkage project funded to recover lost ecological data   View Summary
1 June 2017
Zoological specimens. Reconnecting zoological specimens with vital collection data is the aim of a new humanities project that is receiving $403,060 in Australian Research Council funding.
May 2017
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: A story of a linguist   View Summary
31 May 2017
Illustration by Yasodara Puhule-Gamayalage It's not everyday, that one gets the opportunity to ask a linguist about his or her inspirations. Hence of course, when one does, one must seize it. After speaking to Professor Nick Enfield about his current projects, he was glad to let me know a bit about the beginning of his journey.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: How We Talk and the Post Truth Initiative   View Summary
30 May 2017
Illustration by Yasodara Puhule-GamayalageAs people start to leave the Richard Wherrett Studio after the panel discussion, I am hurried by the volunteer usher who shouts 'run!', kindly hoping that I won't miss Professor Nick Enfield.
Philosophy scholars shortlisted in recognition of their outstanding expertise   View Summary
29 May 2017
Philosophy scholars shortlisted in recognition of their outstanding expertiseCongratulations to Associate Professor Anik Waldow and Dr Dalia Nassar, both short-listed for the prestigious Annette Baier Prize for 2017.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Day Three Review   View Summary
28 May 2017
Day three at the Sydney Writers' FestivalMedia Hub intern Eden Faithfull reviews day three at the Sydney Writers' Festival.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: How Deep Can You Go?   View Summary
28 May 2017
How Deep Can You Go PanelConsider three journalists: Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Madeline Gleeson, and Christine Kenneally. One would be hard pressed to find three more notable writers of clarifying and politically galvanic content in Australia's writing landscape.
USYD at the Sydney Writers' Festival: Devil Stories in the Jenolan Caves   View Summary
28 May 2017
Devil's Coach House, Jenolan CavesWay out west of Sydney's wonderful Writers Festival, past the Blue Mountains and south of Blackheath, are the Jenolan Caves.
USYD at the Sydney Writers' Festival: Cultural Capital Panel   View Summary
28 May 2017
Dr Beth YahpBeth Yahp masterfully moderated a conversation between writer and academic Briohny Doyle, novelist Frank Moorehouse AM and essayist Fiona Wright, about how Australian writers make a living and the state of our cultural landscape.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Hell and High Water   View Summary
28 May 2017
Hell and High WaterHow much do you know about Kelp? Why should we feed sheep seaweed? And why did Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki just tell me to run for political office? In the Sydney Writers' Festival's panel Hell and High Water, mediated by Associate Professor Nick Rowley, we find out the answers to all these questions and more.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Life lessons from the economics guru Ross Gittins   View Summary
28 May 2017
Ross GittinsAs a part of the Media Hub internship at the Sydney Writers' Festival, I had the fantastic opportunity to interview Ross Gittins whose work had pulled me through my time studying economics in High School.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Interview with Hera Lindsay Bird   View Summary
28 May 2017
Hera Lindsay BirdMedia Hub intern Tina Huang chats to Hera Lindsay Bird about sentimentality, post-modern literature and "fakin' it."
USYD at the Sydney Writers' Festival: the Pleasures of Leisure   View Summary
28 May 2017
Robert DessaixOn Friday, at around five past ten in the morning - late - I willed my legs to go just a little faster in its journey across Pier 2/3 on the way to the stage located at its very end. The irony that I was heading to a talk named The Pleasure of Leisure, the eponymous book of this talk, did not escape me while I tried to quietly make my way up the already-full room to a seat, beads of sweat running down my face.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Interview with Clementine Ford   View Summary
28 May 2017
Clementine FordMedia Hub intern Eden Faithfull chats with writer and feminist Clementine Ford.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Ethics for kids with Roald Dahl's villains   View Summary
28 May 2017
Ethics for kids with Roald DahlDespite having well and truly reached the threshold of 'adulting', Media Hub intern Tahni Beattie's fondness for stories, particularly those by Roald Dahl, has only intensified.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Day Four: Coming to a close   View Summary
28 May 2017
Final day at the Sydney Writers' FestivalAll the kids have come out to play. Some of the authors have gone home. The staff, volunteers and interns are looking tired and in need of rest. There's a sense of closure as the 2017 Sydney Writers Festival is coming to an end.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Celebrating the late Georgia Blain   View Summary
28 May 2017
Charlotte Wood"Is an audience willing and still enough to be read to?" asks Charlotte Wood, writer and close friend of the late Georgia Blain.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Day Two Review by Yasodara Puhule-Gamayalage   View Summary
27 May 2017
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Day TwoThe Sydney Writers' Festival is a Media Hub Intern's paradise and it is a place where critical minds collide.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Stan Grant's Australian Dream   View Summary
27 May 2017
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Stan Grant's Australian DreamStan Grant's speech on racism and the Australian dream at the Ethics Centre challenged the problematic meaning of the Australian dream.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Day Two Review by Jennifer Chen   View Summary
27 May 2017
Sydney Writers' Festival Daily Review: Day TwoDay two at the Sydney Writers' Festival saw crowds gather along Walsh Bay. The end of each session marked influxes of people brushing shoulders as they made their way to the next event.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Streets of Eternal Happiness   View Summary
27 May 2017
Streets of Eternal HappinessWhen I think of China, I think of my parents. I think of my my siblings, my cousins, my aunts and uncles. I think of individuals.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Susan Faludi in Conversation   View Summary
27 May 2017
Susan FaludiFar away from the hustle of the festival, readers made their way to the University of Sydney Camperdown campus to hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author, Susan Faludi.
Women, Stories, Opportunities: Careers for Women in the Arts and Social Sciences   View Summary
27 May 2017
Women, Stories, Opportunities: Careers for Women in the Arts and Social SciencesArtSS Career-Ready would like to invite you to a lunch-time forum on careers for women in the Arts and Social Sciences.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Panel Review on How Investigative Journalists Cultivate Sources   View Summary
27 May 2017
KateThe relationship between the journalist and the source can be one of symbiosis or of transaction, said Ben Doherty, Immigration Correspondent forThe Guardian Australia.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Victoria the Queen   View Summary
26 May 2017
Julia Baird: Victoria the Queen"A cold, distant mother; an untamed libido; a powerbroker in a period without feminism." Sydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Eden Faithfull reviews Julia Baird's festival conversation with Annabel Crabb about the complex life of Queen Victoria.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Day One Review by Eden Faithfull   View Summary
26 May 2017
Sydney Writers' Festival Daily Review: Day One"Being a Media Hub Intern in the midst of this throng of brilliance is an almost overwhelmingly excellent experience, and at the close of Day One, I am already itching to jump headlong into tomorrow."
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Mark McKenna On Music and Writing   View Summary
26 May 2017
Professor Mark McKenna"Writers can see words and images, just as composers see staffs and notes. Music has the potential to even unconsciously influence the shape and rhythm of a writer's prose according to the sensibilities of its melody." Sydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Kristi Cheng reviews Professor Mark McKenna's talk on music and writing.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Why Your Wrong to Care About Grammar   View Summary
26 May 2017
Nick EnfieldHow has the English language been changed by social, biological and cultural phenomena? Sydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Tina Huang reviews a panel talk moderated by Professor Nick Enfield.
USYD at Sydney Writers Festival: Chris Rodley on How to build a novel-writing machine   View Summary
26 May 2017
Chris RodleyIs A.I. taking over the novelist? Doctoral candidate Chris Rodley asks this question with his 'Magic Realism Bot' research. He explained it at the Sydney Writers' Festival and Media Hub intern Jennifer Chen was there to review it.
USYD at Sydney Writers' Festival: Roanna Gonsalves on Literature as Selfie   View Summary
26 May 2017
Roanna GonsalvesHearing Roanna Gonsalves talk about writing The Permanent Resident, and crafting her own image as an author and Australian woman, was a singularly spectacular experience, writes Sydney Writers' Festival Media Hub intern Eden Faithfull.
Learning from Country: Celebrating author Nadia Wheatley and artist Ken Searle   View Summary
15 May 2017
ken Searle paintingA new exhibition hosted by the Sydney School of Education and Social and Work and Fisher Library is showcasing artwork from a series of multi-award-winning books produced by Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle.
Moving McFarlane book claims Dylan Thomas Prize   View Summary
12 May 2017
Fiona McFarlaneDr Fiona McFarlane, a Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Department of English, has won the International Dylan Thomas Prize, one of the world's richest prizes for young writers.
5 things you need to know about Susan Faludi   View Summary
11 May 2017
Susan FaludiAs a Major Partner of the Sydney Writers Festival in 2017, we are thrilled to be welcoming acclaimed international author Susan Faludi on campus.
Higher Education Academy Fellows announced   View Summary
10 May 2017
HEA FellowsEight Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences staff have been awarded fellowships from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in the UK.
Populism a risk to electoral integrity: new report   View Summary
9 May 2017
French election postersA new report by The Electoral Integrity Project has ranked more than 200 international elections including recent U.S, Russian, and Australian polls.
Honour for acclaimed author and alumna Anne Summers   View Summary
5 May 2017
(LtR) Pro Chancellor Dorothy Hoddinott, Dr Anne Summers, and Professor Annamarie JagoseDr Anne Summers AO, a best-selling author and voice for generations of women, has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sydney.
April 2017
Alumni Award Winner has a vision for a sustainable model for the developing world   View Summary
26 April 2017
Alumni Award Winner has a vision for a sustainable model for the developed worldWhen Annabelle Chauncy took time out from her studies at the University of Sydney in late 2007 to travel to Africa and volunteer with an aid organisation, she didn't foresee the Kenyan crisis erupting that would force her to evacuate to neighbouring Uganda.
Sydney Writers' Festival Student 'Media Hub' internships open!   View Summary
21 April 2017
Sydney Writers’ Festival Student ‘Media Hub’ internships openAre you a third year English, Creative Writing or Media and Communications student with a passion for books and the written word?
Leadership honour for Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett   View Summary
18 April 2017
Muriel Bamblett and Shane HoustonAdjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett AM has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters in Social Work (honoris causa) for her leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander welfare and affairs.
Innovative Arts and Social Sciences Work Placement Initiative continues to flourish   View Summary
11 April 2017
ArtSS Career-ReadySince its launch in 2015, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences' exclusive careers and employment program, ArtSS Career-Ready, has grown to a formidable resource both for employers and students alike.
Harvard chooses historian to chair Australian Studies   View Summary
5 April 2017
Warwick AndersonProfessor Warwick Anderson from the Department of History has been announced as the Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Chair in Australian Studies for the 2018-2019 academic year.
March 2017
Selective schools' long and tangled history with race and class   View Summary
30 March 2017
Student sitting a testSelective high schools in Australia are both popular and controversial, but to properly understand them you have to go back to the beginning, write Associate Professor Helen Proctor and Dr Arathi Sriprakash.
Historian wins Ashurst Business Literature Prize   View Summary
30 March 2017
Dr Catherine BishopDr Catherine Bishop has won a prestigious $30,000 literary prize with her debut book, Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney.
Faculty Scholars Program celebrates the accomplishments of our most exceptional students   View Summary
28 March 2017
Faculty Scholars Program celebrates the accomplishments of our most exceptional studentsThe Faculty recently celebrated the achievements of its gifted students enrolled in the Faculty Scholars Program and congratulated the first graduates from this unique initiative.
Fulbright Scholar chooses Sydney to study world-renown Health Security program   View Summary
20 March 2017
Fulbright Scholar chooses Sydney to study world-renown Health Security programWe would like to issue a very warm welcome to Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholar, Sophie Hollingsworth from New York University (NYU) who joins us this year to study our world-leading, Master of Health Security.
Brexit: how can Australia secure the right trade deal?   View Summary
14 March 2017
UK Prime Minister Theresa MayAssociate Professor Mark Melatos, an expert in international trade from the School of Economics, has proposed a plan for Australia to secure a beneficial trade deal with the UK, as Brexit draws nearer.
Surf break discoveries create economic growth   View Summary
14 March 2017
Surfer riding waveA study from the School of Economics of over 5000 surf breaks around the world has found their discovery boosts economic growth, with Western Australia a hotspot for growth.
Honour for alumna and education innovator Professor Denise Bradley   View Summary
10 March 2017
Professor Denise BradleyFor her distinguished service to higher education Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC has received an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) from the University of Sydney.
Forget the 3Rs: modern schools need to embrace the 4Cs   View Summary
9 March 2017
Teacher and students on computersCreativity, critical reflection, collaboration and communication will be vital in a future where half of all jobs may be displaced by technology, writes Professor Michael Anderson in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Our subjects excel in QS Subject Rankings   View Summary
8 March 2017
QS Subject RankingsQS Subject Rankings rate education, archaeology, and English language and literature in global top 20.
Our student leaders contribute to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Youth Forum   View Summary
7 March 2017
Our student leaders contribute to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Youth ForumHalf the delegation sent by Australia to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Voices of the Future in Lima, Peru last November were students from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.
Enhance your degree through electives in the Arts and Social Sciences   View Summary
3 March 2017
Enhance your degree through electives in the Arts and Social SciencesBroaden your studies and enrol in electives offered through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
David Harold Tribe Philosophy Prize   View Summary
3 March 2017
David Harold Tribe Philosophy PrizeThe School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney takes pleasure in announcing the joint winners of the 2016 David Harold Tribe Philosophy Prize.
February 2017
International online award underscores Political Economy's global reach   View Summary
28 February 2017
International online award underscores Political Economy’s global reachEstablished to build on the rich heritage of the Department of Political Economy, Progress in Political Economy (PPE) won the 2016 International Studies Association (ISA) Online Media Caucus Award for the Best Blog (Group)at the ISA's annual convention in Baltimore recently.
What you need to know about the new HSC English curriculum   View Summary
24 February 2017
HSC English curriculumWhat will a changed HSC English curriculum mean for teachers and students? Associate Professor Jackie Manuel explains.
Student entrepreneur to connect with China's best and brightest   View Summary
21 February 2017
Zoe NeillZoe Neill, a second-year International Relations student from the University of Sydney, will join 67 other young entrepreneurs as part of this year's China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP).
Trailblazer tales help authors vie for literary prize   View Summary
16 February 2017
BooksTwo authors from the Department of History have been nominated for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize.
The Great Invention Search   View Summary
9 February 2017
Jonathan EnglertPhD candidate Jonathan Englert from the Department of Media and Communications needs inventors to share tales of ingenuity, for a new study investigating Australia's strong track record of creation.
Lifetime achievement award for work examining the intersection of philosophy and mathematics   View Summary
9 February 2017
Professor Mark ColyvanCongratulations to Professor Mark Colyvan from the Department of Philosophy for winning the esteemed Carl Friedrich von Siemens Research Award in celebration of his scholarly accomplishments.
Advancing Australia's understanding of China   View Summary
9 February 2017
Advancing Australia’s understanding of ChinaAmidst his other scholarship, Professor Ying Jie Guo the University of Sydney's inaugural Chair of Chinese Culture, is searching for answers as to what it means to be Chinese in the modern era.
Hissstory: how the science of snake bite treatments has changed   View Summary
8 February 2017
Brown snakeFrom ammonia and alcohol, to splints and antivenoms: Dr Peter Hobbins from the Department of History charts the evolution of Australia's snake bite treatments.
How unspoken collusion fixed petrol prices   View Summary
8 February 2017
Petrol pumpNew analysis of petrol prices by the School of Economics has revealed unspoken collusion by fuel companies; to coordinate prices, soften competition, and enhance retail margins.
Alumni receive Australia Day Honours   View Summary
3 February 2017
Australia Day HonoursCongratulations to all members of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences community who have been recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.
January 2017
Student dig explores Tasmanian barracks of colonial regiment   View Summary
23 January 2017
BA student Mikhaila Chaplin. Student archaeologists are excavating a former British military barracks to learn about Tasmania's convict and military history.
Connect with our experts and students: Attend the 2017 International Virtual Fair   View Summary
18 January 2017
Connect with our experts and students: Attend the 2017 International Virtual FairGet ready to join us in 2017 and take part in our dedicated online International Virtual Fair on 24 January 2017 from 5pm onwards.
Aboriginal teens call University of Sydney home for a week   View Summary
17 January 2017
Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu (WMBB) Summer ProgramAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from across the country will reside at the University's Camperdown campus this week to take part in a series of academic and cultural events, make friends and experience uni life.