Dear alumni,

Welcome to your May edition of eSydney. Right now we are busy planning for the Spring Back to Sydney alumni reunion, which I do hope that you will attend on 19 September. As many of you know, it’s a day to return to the University and re-connect with fellow alumni, relive old memories and enjoy the lectures and entertainment.

This year also sees the 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Great Hall on 25-27 September. This very special occasion will be marked with a spectacular Son et Lumière – a show of sound, lights, music – both high-tech and historical. So be sure to register your interest in 'Spring Back ' and the Great Hall's 150th – today!

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

Sydney Ideas city series launched

The Sydney Ideas International Public Lecture Series hosted its first event in the University’s Verbrugghen Hall, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on Wednesday 6 May. Read more

Sydney collaborates with ABC on Gallipoli
Staff from the University of Sydney's Archaeological Computing Laboratory (ACL) collaborated with the ABC Digital Innovation Unit and developed 'Gallipoli: The First Day', an immersive, interactive website about the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915. Read more
Largest Indigenous postgraduate cohort
Twenty-seven students graduated from the School of Public Health's Indigenous Health program on Friday 1 May; the largest single cohort of Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students to graduate from postgraduate courses at the University of Sydney. Read more
> Players of political economy
> Dame Leonie's latest honour
> Alex Nicholls finalist in 2009 Design Now! Exhibition
Lecture | Obama, the First 100 days
Thursday 14 May (6.30pm)
Thomas Mann, one of America's pre-eminent scholars, reviews the start of the Obama presidency and the relationship with Congress and assesses likely upcoming developments for the rest of 2009. More ...
Alumni Theatre Group | Inside Out
Thursday 14 May (7 for 8pm)
Inside Out is a ground breaking new drama exploring the impact of mental illness on the relationship between a mother and her son. 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 ...
Museums | ICOM International Museums Day
Monday 18 May (12 to 2pm)
Join us at Sydney University Museums to celebrate ICOM International Museums Day for 2009. With the theme of "Museums and Tourism", join us for one-hour guided tours of the collections of Sydney University Museums at 12 noon and 2pm.  More ...
Lecture | Nicholson, Sydney and Surgery. Under the knife: then and now
Wednesday 20 May (6.30pm)
Alumni are invited to join Professor John Harris who will trace the early medical history of Sydney through to the present, and focus on the brief medical career of Sir Charles Nicholson, the improvements in public hygiene, hospitals and education, and how surgical procedures have evolved. More ...
Concert | SUSO and SUMS present Carmina Burana
Sunday 24 and Thursday 28 May
Sydney University Symphony Orchestra and Sydney University Musical Society kick off their 2009 season with an exciting partnership, performing the dramatic work of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. More ...
Lecture | India's Search for Energy Security
Wednesday 27 May (6pm)
Alumni are invited to the third annual Michael Hintze Lecture in International Security. Dr Ligia Noronha from the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi will discuss how India's growing energy needs are shaping its foreign, security and trade policies. More...
Sydney Ideas |
Torture and Democracy: What Now?
Tuesday 2 June (6.30pm)
In his lecture for Sydney Ideas, Darius Rejali will trace the development and application of one torture technique after another in the last century, and will argue that democracies not only tortured, but set the international pace for torture. More ...
Summit | Sustainable Globalisation: Will It Survive the GFC?
Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June
This national summit in partnership with Harvard University explores the impact of the financial crisis on issues of globalisation and sustainability. Keynote speakers include Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans, John Micklethwait, Editor-Chief of The Economist, and Ross Garnaut. More ...
Lecture | Developing the Classical Athenian Calendar
Thursday 18 June (6.30pm)
Societies throughout the ancient world used the sun, moon and stars to mark, measure and tell the time through the days, months and years. One problem they faced is that months measured by the moon do not easily coordinate with seasons measured by the sun. More ...
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UK Young Members Group | Networking Drinks
Thursday 4 June (From 7pm)
Alumni and friends are invited to USUKAA Young Members Group Networking Drinks to be held at the Loop Bar, between Oxford Circus and Bond Street stations. More ...
Hong Kong Alumni Association | BBQ Buffet
Saturday 6 June (1 to 5pm)
Alumni and friends living in or visiting Hong Kong are warmly invited to join the Hong Kong Alumni Association for a BBQ Buffet at Tolo Paradise at the beautiful Tai Po Lake Egret Nature Park. More...
E&B Hong Kong Alumni Reception
Monday 15 June (6.45 to 8.45pm)
Faculty of Economics and Business alumni based in Hong Kong are invited to join an alumni cocktail reception with the Dean, Professor Peter Wolnizer (MEc ’76 PhD ’86), to catch up with fellow alumni in the region and hear an update on the Faculty. More...
E&B China Alumni Reception
Thursday 18 June (6 to 8pm)
Faculty of Economics and Business alumni based in China are invited to an alumni cocktail reception in Shanghai with the Dean, Professor Peter Wolnizer (MEc ’76 PhD ’86), to catch up with fellow alumni in the region and hear an update on the Faculty. More ...
European Alumni Reception | Paris
Wednesday 1 July (7 to 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 ...
UK Summer Reception | London
Thursday 2 July (6.30 to 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 ...

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Alumni Cultural Programs

The University of Sydney has some wonderful cultural assets for alumni to enjoy. Revisit the campus and rediscover all it has to offer with these exciting events organised especially for you.

> Alumni at the Seymour Centre
> Alumni Quadrangle Tour
> Alumni at the Nicholson
13th Annual Antique Fair

The Chancellor's Committee warmly invites you to the 13th Annual Antique Fair. Held in Sydney's finest antique building, the Great Hall, it will be full of beautiful treasures from more than 20 diverse dealers. More ...
Public Health Lecture Series

The School of Public Health is pleased to invite alumni to 'Controversies in Public Health' a series of lectures on important medical controversies affecting us all. More ...

Peter Skilling:
Did the Buddha invent Asia?

Paul Gilding:
Economic Growth 1.0 is Finished

Mark Schapiro:
Reporting on the Environment

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)

The Sky's the Limit:
Astronomy in Antiquity

From 3 May

How did the ancient Egyptians know when the Nile was about to flood? Why was Stonehenge built? How did the ancient Greeks know when to plough their fields? Which zodiac sign did Augustus use to legitimise his rule? The answers were in the sky. More ...

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