Dear alumni,

I hope you enjoy this edition of eSydney.

You might have read in the last edition of eSydney about your Sydney Alumni Card, which we will start to mail out in early May. If you have recently changed address, be sure to update your details online (your ID is )

Kind regards,
Tracey Beck | Director, Alumni & Community Engagement

Canberra Alumni Association Launched

Almost 300 alumni and friends of the University of Sydney gathered on Wednesday 11 July at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. Read more

Rising international security star awarded fellowship

A University of Sydney alumnus and legal and policy advisor to governments and the UN was awarded a major fellowship on 26 February.

James Cockayne (LLB Hons '02) is the inaugural winner of  the University of Sydney-WUN International and Comparative Criminal Justice Network Fellowship. He is currently based in New York at the International Peace Institute (IPI), a major NGO which advises governments and the UN on peace and security issues.

At the age of just 25, Cockayne was appointed director of the Australian Government's Transnational Crime and Extradition Units, where he led a team that provided the government with advice on international criminal law issues, including response to the Bali bombings, Australia's obligations in relation to the International Criminal Court and legal aspects of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He also negotiated with the US government over its efforts to protect their citizens from the International Criminal Court's jurisdiction. Prior to joining the IPI, Cockayne worked on war crimes trials in both East and West Africa, including in the Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and in the Defence Office of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

In New York, Cockayne jointly heads up a team investigating multilateral responses to transnational security challenges, including terrorism, organised crime, weapons of mass destruction and biosecurity, as well as conflict prevention, mediation and peacekeeping.

Cancer specialist new Chief Medical Officer

Professor James Bishop, Chief Cancer Officer at the University of Sydney and Chief Executive of the Cancer Institute NSW, is set to become Australia's Chief Medical Officer. Read more

> In the chair: the godfather of music composition
> University astronomers join NASA search for Earth-like planets
> Michael Kirby on life, law and the University

Alumni Theatre Group
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Thursday 26 March (8pm)
Special alumni rate at the Seymour Centre of $28 includes a pre-show drink from the bar, light refreshments and the chance to meet the cast afterwards. This modern classic of clever twists, bitter tragedy and scathing black comedy leads to a stunning conclusion. More ...
Reception | Sydney University Arts Association Welcome
Thursday 26 March (5.30pm)
All alumni are invited to the SU Arts Association's 2009 Welcome reception, at which the Dean of Arts, Professor Stephen Garton, will give a talk on the achievements of the Faculty and the challenges that it faces. More ...
Lecture | In praise of impurity
Thursday 26 March (6pm)
How does cultural influence spread? David Elliott, Artistic Director of the 17th Biennale of Sydney (May - August 2010), examines how influence works through art and related forms of cultural interchange. More...
Launch | Architecture: In Praise of Process
Friday 27 March (6pm)
Alumni and guests are invited to the exhibition opening of ‘In Praise of Process’ at the Tin Sheds Gallery. The exhibition showcases work by alumni of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. More ...
Homer's Kitchen: a culinary adventure
Saturday 28 March (10am - 2pm)
Hosted by the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, enjoy Ancient Greece-inspired dishes created by David Tsirekas of Perama Restaurant. Learn about the ingredients they used, their trade routes and the vessels used to cook and serve food in. More ...
Conservatorium of Music Open Day
Sunday 29 March (10am - 5pm)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music opens its doors for a unique day of entertainment, tours, talks, masterclasses and musical performances. More ...
Memorial Service | Lady Black
Monday 30 March (2pm)
Alumni and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Lady Joyce Black (BA '39), a prominent University figure and co-founder of the Chancellor's Committee at a memorial service. More ...
Study Day | Crossing the Rubicon: the Romans & civil war
Saturday 4 April (10am - 4pm)
What led the Romans of the last century of the Republic to "an orgy of self-destruction" that violently changed the course of history? Learn about the great figures of the era who fought -and wrote - including Caesar, Cicero and Pompey, at the Nicholson Museum. More...
Sydney Ideas | Did the Buddha invent Asia?
Tuesday 7 April (6.30pm)
How did the teaching of one man influence Asia so profoundly? What was the role of Buddhism in the geography of ideas in the pre-modern period? More ...
Women's College | Fundraising Breakfast
Tuesday 7 April (7am)
The Women’s College is hosting a fundraising breakfast for a 'hands-on' project that aims to increase the number of young Indigenous women attending the University of Sydney. More ...
Sydney Science Forum: The Science of Invisibility
Wednesday 8 April (5.45pm)
Invisibility has always been the stuff of science fiction – until now. Researchers are a step closer to perfecting a real invisibility cloak, capable of hiding people and objects from plain view. But what secret ingredients are needed to make this fantasy a reality? More ...
Lecture | Catalysing Hope for a Sustainable Future
Tuesday 14 April (5.45pm)
As the environmental state of the planet becomes more and more uncertain, the need for solutions that will effect genuine, significant change is increasingly crucial. Who will create the solutions for a truly sustainable future? More ...
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Hong Kong Networking Drinks
Friday 17 April (7pm onwards)
All alumni in Hong Kong are warmly invited to join the University of Sydney Hong Kong Alumni Association for Happy Hour drinks at Pi, in Central LKF! More ...
UK Summer Reception | London
Thursday 2 July (6.30 - 8.30pm)

To be held in the beautiful Great Hall at Barts, the UK Summer Reception provides an ideal opportunity to meet fellow alumni residing in the UK and to expand your personal and professional network. More ...

European Alumni Reception | Paris
Wednesday 1 July (7 - 9pm)

Hosted at the exclusive Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, the Paris reception provides a wonderful opportunity for Sydney alumni to get together, exchange latest news and network with fellow alumni. More ...

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University of Sydney Alumni are in the news around the world every day. However we would like to hear about the adventures of less public, but equally interesting, alumni. Tell us what you’re up to and where your university degree has taken you personally and professionally. (Click on the image below)

Sydney Ideas free ticket offer

University of Sydney alumni are eligible for a special offer of three tickets for the price of two.

Tickets: Seymour Centre,
phone 9351 7940, or purchase on the night at the Box Office.

Tuesday 7 April (6.30pm)
Did the Buddha invent Asia?
Peter Skilling
Buddhist Education Foundation
Visiting Professor

View the 2009 program >>>>

Sydney Law School Building Open Day

Dr Michael Spence and Professor Gillian Triggs invite alumni and friends to the Sydney Law School Building open day, which will feature a day of music, tours, mock trials, a barbeque and lots of family friendly activities. More ...

Charles Nicholson:
Man and Museum

Sir Charles Nicholson (1808-1903) was both a man of his time, and in many ways, ahead of his time. Serving as Vice-Provost from 1851 to 1854 and Provost (Chancellor) from 1854 to 1862, he played an important role in establishing the University of Sydney and developing its cultural and artistic life.  More ...

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