Dear alumni,

The past month has been momentous: we farewelled Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown and welcomed his successor Dr Michael Spence. This month's eSydney heralds other exciting events, at home and abroad. We hope you enjoy eSydney and will join us at some of these events.

Kind regards,
Alumni Relations Office

The Vice-Chancellor's inaugural address

In his inaugural address, Sydney's new Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence said that Sydney's mission is to be an elite – but not elitist – university. Read more

The Pope and the guy from Walgett

Craig Ashby was determined not to be lost for words when he met the Pope. "I'll tell him about where I'm from, my country and my traditions. I'll tell him about the journey that's taken me from growing up in Walgett and not being able to read or write to sitting at a table with him." Read more

University debators crowned champions

The University of Sydney's debating team, Sydney 1, won the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships title (Australs). Read more

Lecture: Satyrs and Centaurs
Wednesday 30 July

Satyrs and centaurs are often considered similar, yet these two types of mythological creature differ in many ways. More ...

Lecture: Volcanoes, vases and vanity: the extraordinary life of Sir William Hamilton
Sunday 3 August
Discover the fascinating life of Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), diplomat, antiquarian, archaeologist and vulcanologist and husband of the scandalous Lady Emma Hamilton, lover of Horatio Nelson. More ...
Interactive talk: The Aurora - Nature's Lightshow in the Sky
Thursday 7 August

The aurora has been a source of wonder for humanity since the earliest times. This natural phenomenon of dancing patterns of light and colour continues to intrigue space scientists the world over. More ...

Alumni Ball
Saturday 9 August
Alumni are invited to a dinner and dance hosted by Dr Barry Catchlove, President of the Alumni Council, to welcome our new Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence. More ...
Sydney Ideas: The Freedom Paradox - Clive Hamilton
Tuesday 12 August
Hear the best-selling author and social commentator Clive Hamilton deliver his second Sydney Ideas lecture ... 'The Freedom Paradox'. More ...
Les Murray reads Les Murray
Wednesday 13 August

Les Murray (BA '70, DLitt '01) will read his own selection of his poems with commentary, explanations and anecdotes along the way. More ...

16th Annual Labour Law Conference
Friday 15 August

The Hon Bob Hawke is the guest presenter at this year's conference 'From Work Choices to Forward with Fairness'. Alumni receive a 40% discount off the standard rate. More ...

50 Years of Indonesian Studies
Friday 15 August

Alumni are invited to celebrate 50 years of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney in the Holme and Sutherland Rooms, Holme Building, on Friday 15 August. More ...

Confucius Institute Beijing Olympics Banquet
Saturday 16 August
The Confucius Institute will hold a banquet to celebrate the 2008 Beijing Olympics. With a Beijing Olympics theme, guests will enjoy first-class cuisine, fine wine and stimulating discussion. More ...
Concert: Sydney University Graduate Choir
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August
Join the Sydney University Graduate Choir for a wonderful all-French concert featuring the music of Camille Saint-Saëns. To be held in the Great Hall on Saturday 16 August at 8pm and Sunday 17 August at 3pm. More ...
Concert: Voices of Angels
Sunday 17 August

Experience the brilliance of Sydney Conservatorium musicians joined by some of Australia’s great performers for this concert featuring Debussy, Brett Dean, Glinka and Bax. More ...

Michael Hintze Lecture in International Security
Monday 18 August
Dr Jonathan Pollack of the US Naval War College will deliver the 2008 Michael Hintze Lecture in International Security, entitled 'America Faces the 21st Century: Implications for Asia and the Pacific". More ...
Lecture: Extreme Natural Hazards
Wednesday 20 August
Alumni are invited to attend a lecture by Professor Herbert Huppert (BSc '64) from Cambridge University on the physics of extreme natural hazards and some of the terrible consequences of earthquakes, tsunamis and other large-scale natural disasters. More ...
Victorian Alumni Association Reception
Friday 22 August

Professor Andrew Coats, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community), will host a reception for alumni in Victoria with guest speaker Sir Gustav Nossal (BSc(Med) '53, MBBS '55, DSc '85). This is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet fellow alumni and find out about recent developments at the University. More ...

Reunite with the herd - calling all biology alumni
Friday 22 August
The Head of Biological Sciences cordially invites all Biology alumni to their inaugural alumni cocktail reception to be held at the Macleay Museum. More ...
Spring back to Sydney 2008

Spring Back to Sydney is a special reunion for alumni who graduated in a year ending in 8. It is a fantastic opportunity to revisit the campus, faculty or college and relive the unique experience with your fellow alumni. More ...

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USUKAA Younger Members' Group picnic
Saturday 2 August
UK young alumni are invited to a picnic in the beautiful grounds of the Hurlingham Club in Fulham. A variety of activities are available, including tennis, putting and an indoor pool. There are also places to have tea and an outdoor supper in the evening if you would like to!  More ...
Celebrating the 2008 Olympics in China - Hong Kong Harbour Cruise
Saturday 9 August
All alumni in Hong Kong are warmly invited to join the University of Sydney Hong Kong Alumni Association for a harbour cruise on 9 August. More ...
September Alumni Programs in Singapore

Faculty of Medicine Alumni Cocktail Reception
Tuesday September 2

The Faculty of Medicine will hold a cocktail reception for medical alumni in Singapore. Please save the date in your calendar as details are being finalised now. More ...

Come Bowling With Us
Saturday September 6

The University of Sydney Singapore Alumni Association warmly invites all alumni to join us for bowling on Saturday 6 September. Everyone is welcome to join us for a networking dinner after the game (venue to be confirmed) . More ...

2008 SUGUNA Annual Conference
Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 September
This year’s Conference is being held in Philadelphia. A reception will start the proceedings, with presentations from outstanding graduates of the University of Sydney planned for Friday and Saturday, together with cultural activities and the Awards Banquet. More ...
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Exclusive Alumni Offer Thursday 7 August
'Valley Song' - by Athol Fugard

Enjoy a drink, see great theatre and meet the cast afterwards at this play by South Africa's greatest playwright. More ...

Australia's Energy Future
Young alumni ... have your say about Australia’s energy future

The Warren Centre’s National Energy Essay Competition is providing $20,000 in prize money for Australians under the age of 31 to tell us how we are going to keep the lights on. Details at Entries close August 22.

1968 Fine Art Graduates

40 years ago, the Power Institute enrolled its first students in Fine Arts (now Art History & Film Studies). A re-union of 1968 students will be held in November 2008. If you would like to attend, please register your interest by emailing Dr Catherine De Lorenzo.

Invasion of the Caspian Sea
Hossein Negarestan (PhDSc '99)

Hossein Negarestan holds a PhD from the University in the field of Marine Ecology and is currently Head of Department of Aquatic Ecology at the Iranian Fisheries Research Organisation (IFRO). 

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With one eye to the romantic sublime and another on the burgeoning urban sprawl, Siri Hayes' photographic landscapes are at once lyrical and down-at-heel. More ...

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