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Dear alumni and friends

As we reach the midpoint in another busy academic year, I am delighted to welcome you to our second issue of Accord for 2011.

I have just returned from a brief trip to Europe where, along with other university colleagues, we met with some of our leading research partners – including the OECD, the European Commission, and major universities in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland the UK. Everyone was talking about the democratic revolutions in North Africa, the economic crises in Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece and the need for a greater understanding of the nature of social, economic and political change and the kind of education that could deliver it. It renewed my enthusiasm - not that I needed it! –for the ambitious vision we have set for our Faculty here at Sydney.

I hope to see you soon at some of the events we have planned for the second half of 2011– including our exciting new series of ‘Insights –Inaugural lectures in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’. Come and meet some of our extraordinary new professors as they talk about their groundbreaking work.

As always, I am keen to hear from alumni - so please do keep in touch.


Professor Duncan Ivison
Dean | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Insights 2011: Inaugural Lecture Series

The Inaugural Professorial Lectures are taking a new approach and a new location for 2011. The Faculty is delighted to be hosting the Insights 2011: Inaugural Lecture Series at the Nicholson Museum in partnership with the Sydney University Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Association (SASSA).

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Alumna Anna Rose: Changing the Climate of Politics
A recent panellist on ABC TV’s Q&A program, Anna Rose has proven that an Arts degree at the University of Sydney can be a catalyst for positive social change, and it need not be long before the rewards are seen…
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The Power Institute: Bringing Exciting New Ideas to a Wider Audience
June 20th will see one of the world's foremost art historians visit the University of Sydney to speak about one of Picasso's most intriguing art works, Guernica.
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Dr Peter Marks and Dr Sue Woolfe, both of the Department of English, featured in ABC radio programs in May:
English Academics in the Spotlight

Professor Iain McCalman, Research Professor in the Department of History, awarded an ARC Linkage Project for Cultures of Coast and Sea: Prof Iain McCalman awarded a 2011 ARC Linkage Project

Noam Chomsky to receive the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize from the Sydney Peace Foundation:
Noam Chomsky to receive the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize

Richard Miles, Senior Lecturer, Classics and Ancient History speaks with Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM

Fourth-year honours graduates from the University of Sydney's Department of Government and International Relations
Best and brightest research showcase at state parliament

The University of Sydney has been ranked in the top 20 for all subjects that fall under the umbrella of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Fri 17 Jun Sydney Ideas: How Wikileaks Will Transform Mainstream Media
Mon 20 Jun Sydney Ideas:
TJ Clark on Looking again at Picasso’s Guernica
Tue 21 Jun Sydney Ideas: Rome - From caput mundi to mirror of princes and beyond
Wed 22 Jun Friends of The Con:
Opera Insights Puccini's La Boheme
Wed 22 Jun Lecture: Litigating disputes in the WTO dispute settlement system
Tue 28 Jun  Behind the scenes:
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Thu 30 Jun Distinguished Speakers Program:
The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE
Mon 4 Jul Sydney Ideas: A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change
Thu 7 Jul Sydney Ideas: Playing with Particles
Thu 28 Jul A Reception for Economics Alumni
Thu 28 Jul Insights 2011: History and the Individual Life
Thu 18 Aug Insights 2011: Malthus and the New World: Peopling America and Australia

ALUMNA IN FOCUS – Delia Falconer

University of Sydney graduate Dr Delia Falconer has fast become one of Australia's most critically acclaimed writers. Best known for her ability to bring the reader right to the heart of her characters through her poetic writing and strong principled observations, Delia's best- selling novel, The Service of Clouds (1997), has been shortlisted for many of Australia's major literary awards.  Find out more
Support Arts and Social Science Students ... be an online mentor

Join the alumni online mentoring program. It’s a unique opportunity to contribute to the personal and career development of a student.

Contact our Alumni Relations Officer Kate Macfarlane.

Alumni and friends are generously helping international students enrolled in the groundbreaking Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) program with scholarship support. Read more about one such recipient, Chaw Ei Win Zaw from Burma

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Warup (drum) (detail). Wood, enamel paint, lizard skin, rubber 94x15cm, Erub (Darnley Island), Torres Strait, Queensland.
Donated by D Wells, 1984. Macleay Museum ET84.173

Forthcoming exhibition at the Macleay Museum
The colour red. It’s in our blood. In the Macleay Museum’s exciting exhibition The Quest for Red: by trade and experiment discover the way humans have exploited pigments and created artificial colouring to create the colour red.
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Sydney University Museums comprises the Nicholson Museum (archaeology), the Macleay Museum (natural and cultural history) and the University Art Gallery (visual arts). Free entry to all, open Monday to Friday 10am-4.30pm and Sunday 12-4pm
More information: sydney.edu.au/museums

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Visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website for further updates and news from individual schools and disciplines.

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