Dear alumni and friends,

Welcome to the July edition of eSydney. This month’s edition brings you a wide variety of events, lectures and exhibitions – many of them free!

In addition, do keep an eye out for our new-look website. It will be launched in the coming weeks, and will coincide with the introduction of AlumniOnline – your new web community which will bring many online benefits for alumni, wherever you may be.

Finally, for those considering further study, find out what the University can offer you at the Graduate Options Expo on Thursday, 3 September.

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

Devil Rock: Save the Tassie Devil

Devil Rock, a fundraising campaign to save the Tasmanian devil was launched at the University of Sydney on Thursday 2 July by Peter Garrett, the Federal Minister for the Environment Heritage and the Arts, and veteran rocker Jon English. Read more

Ancient mystery unravelled
The use of a CT scanner to solve a 2,000-year-old mystery at the Nicholson Museum – scanning one of its Egyptian mummies – uncovered some amazing results. Click here to view the full the story featured on ABC
Sydney Festival and the University join forces

A dynamic creative partnership is being forged between two of Sydney's leading cultural organisations. Under an exciting new arrangement, the University of Sydney will join Sydney Festival as a Leadership Partner for the next three years. Read more

In other news

> Sydney top for new Laureate Fellowships
> Creating a better student experience
> Bob Hawke and John Howard to join advisory council

Sydney Ideas | Trick or Treatment?
Wednesday 15 July (6.30pm)
Simon Singh, a renowned UK writer, journalist and television producer, puts alternative medicine – from acupuncture to homeopathy – on trial. Singh’s conclusions about effectiveness vary from good to bad, including downright dangerous. More …
Lecture | A Republican Law of Peoples
Thursday 16 July (5 to 7pm)
Taking states as they are (at their best), what shape should international order have if the guiding value is not as austere as non-intervention among states and not as rich as cosmopolitan justice. More …
Debate | Dr Karl and Adam Spencer
Monday 20 July (6pm)
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, 'Sleek Geeks' Dr Karl and Adam Spencer will deliver a special presentation to tackle the myths surrounding man's first voyage to the moon. More …
Sydney Ideas | Professor Jill Tarter
Tuesday 21 July (6.30 pm)
In 1990 we discovered the very first planetary worlds in orbit around a body other than the Sun in 1990. Since life-as-we-know-it is so extraordinarily hardy, might it exist today (or in the past) on any of the exoplanets that are being found? More …
ISS 2009 Gala Reception
Wednesday 22 July (6 to 8pm)
Alumni and friends are invited to the Professor Harry Messel International Science School with MC for the night, Julius Sumner Miller Fellow, 'Sleek Geek' & Media Personality, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. More...
Lecture | Reasonableness in Law and Politics
Tuesday 28 July (5.30 for 6pm)
The concept of "reasonableness" is deeply ingrained both in legal theory and in political philosophy, however these two currents are not considered jointly but rather constitute two parallel currents of thought. In this lecture, Professor Wojciech Sadurski will attempt to find points of convergence. More...
Sydney Ideas | Why History Matters: The Past in the Present
Tuesday 28 July (6.30pm)
Does history matter? How does the past shape the present? Should history play a role in shaping politics today? Join former Premier of NSW Bob Carr and prominent Australian and American scholars for this open discussion. More …
Education and Social Work | Disciplines of Inquiry
Thursday 30 July (5 to 6.30pm)
The Faculty of Education and Social Work invites you to participate in the launch of a colloquia series on new approaches to research and interdisciplinarity across the education and social work domains. More …
Lecture | Keeping Up With Nuclear Armageddon
Friday 31 July (2.15 to 4pm)
A large nuclear war would produce enough smoke to block most sunlight from reaching the Earth's surface. Join the Centre for Peace and Conflict studies for this lecture by Steven Starr. More …
Concert | Open Academy Rising Stars
Saturday 1 August (11am)
Come and hear tomorrows' great performers today as they perform in the Open Academy Rising Stars concert series. More ...
Sydney Democracy Forum | Ben Kiernan - Yale University
Wednesday 5 August (5 to 7pm)
In this illustrated lecture, Professor Kiernan examines the ideologies behind outbreaks of mass violence from the classical era to the present – focusing on worldwide colonial exterminations from the Caribbean to Korea. More …
Lecture | Reconstructing Human Nature
Tuesday 11 August (5.30 for 6pm)
The idea of human nature is the locus of longstanding disputes about the relevance of the biological sciences to the humanities and social sciences. But the ideas of 'human nature', 'instinct' and 'innateness' are not derived from the biological sciences. More …
Alumni Theatre Group | Norm & Ahmed  / Shafanna & Aunt Sarinnah
Thursday 13 August (7 for 8pm)
For the first time ever back to back, Alex Buzo’s classic and Alana Valentine’s new work explore racism and generational tension. Special alumni rate at the Seymour Centre of $32 includes a pre-show drink from the bar, light refreshments and the chance to meet the cast afterwards. More ...
Concert | Sydney University Graduate Choir
Sunday 16 August (3pm)
SUGC presents Haydn's timeless oratorio The Seasons, a continuation of his magnificent oratorio The Creation, both musically and thematically. More…
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Hong Kong | Harbour Cruise
Saturday 25 July (9.30am to 6pm)
All alumni and friends are warmly invited to join the University of Sydney Hong Kong Alumni Association for a harbour cruise on Saturday 25 July. More ...
UK Young Members Group | Networking Drinks
Thursday 6 August (from 7pm)
Alumni and friends are invited to USUKAA Young Members Group Networking Drinks to be held at the Loop Bar. More ...
US | SUGUNA Annual Conference
Thursday 20 to Sunday 22 August

The 2009 SUGUNA Conference will be held in Los Angeles, with a great line-up of presentations and social events to meet fellow Sydney alumni. More ...

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Angkor Summer School

In January 2010 Dr Martin Polkinghorne, a specialist in Khmer art, will lead an intensive 18-day study tour to Cambodia focusing on the history, art and archaeology of Angkor. The tour will include exclusive site visits and field excursions to renowned temples, lesser known sites and current archaeological excavations. More ...


Ligia Noronha:
India's Search for Energy Security 

Anna Tibaijuka:
Sustainable Urbanisation, Climate Change and the GFC

Spring Back to Sydney

Spring Back to Sydney is a special Alumni Reunion Day for all alumni of the University. It is a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with fellow alumni and relive old memories. Find out more...

SU Football Club
Click here for further details

Saturday 18 July
Home game v Southern Districts

Saturday 1 August
Home game v Randwick

Saturday 8 August
Home game v Gordon

Want to organise a reunion?

Reunions are a wonderful opportunity for alumni to get together and the Alumni Relations Office provides a range of services to assist reunion organisers and help make your reunion a success. Find out more...

Materia Medica 1949 Reunion
Friday 25 September
University of Sydney

Medicine 1946 Reunion 
Friday 25 September
Concord Golf Club

Materia Medica 1959 Reunion
2 October 2009
University of Sydney

Celebrating Apollo at 40
20 July to 10 September

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong took "one small step", becoming the first human being to set foot on the Moon. This exhibition will present the history of the Apollo Project and explore the relationship between the US space program and the University of Sydney's School of Physics. More ...

Fisher Library exhibitions

Speaking Volumes:
The Three Decker Novel
What did people in 19th century England really read? Explore the books from the Three Decker Novel Collection. More ...

The Heart of Medicine:
Portraits by Simon Fieldhouse
A collection of portraits of Faculty of Medicine staff depict some quirky individualism while paying homage to the history of medicine. More ...

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