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Dear alumni and friends

As you know, our Faculty has a deep commitment to academic excellence. I am delighted to share with you some of the recent achievements of our staff since we last spoke.

First, Professor Pippa Norris (Government and International Relations) and Professor Warwick Anderson (History) have been awarded Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowships – the most distinguished academic fellowships available in Australia. These fellowships will enable Pippa to continue her groundbreaking work on the future of democratic institutions, and support Warwick’s fascinating research on the history of race-mixing in the South Pacific.

Second, our historians have won a string of prestigious prizes. Penny Russell won this year’s NSW Premier’s Australian History Prize for her Savage or Civilized? Manners in Colonial Australia (UNSW Press); Shane White, Stephen Garton, Stephen Robertson and Graham White won the General History Prize for their Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem Between the Wars (Harvard UP); and Mark Mckenna won both the Queensland Premier’s Non Fiction Book Award and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Non Fiction for An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark (Miegunyah Press).

I also want to thank the many alumni and friends who have given so generously in our recent Sydney Development Fund Appeal. Yet again, you have demonstrated your practical commitment to our vision for the Faculty and the University. Your support enables us to continue to engage in groundbreaking research across the breadth of the humanities and social sciences, as well as to continue to attract and support the very finest students from around Australia and the world. On behalf of all my colleagues - thank you!


Professor Duncan Ivison
Dean | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

PS. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 19 October for our first Arts and Social Sciences (ArtSS in the City) alumni event in the city. Read on for more details.
Join us for our two remaining Insights 2011: Inaugural Lecture Series

Our new look Insights 2011: Inaugural Lecture Series, a series of lectures by new Professors in the faculty, got off to a flying start this year. Hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in partnership with the Sydney University Arts and Social Sciences Alumni Association (SASSA), the first two lectures were extremely popular with over 200 attendees at each.

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Alumna Hannah Donnelly: From the UN to the Australian Human Rights Commission
Back in 2007, Hannah Donnelly says she was a little daunted moving from her home and family in Inverell, New South Wales, to Sydney to study a Bachelor of International and Global Studies.
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Exciting events celebrating the new School of Economics
On the evening of 28 July, Economics alumni came together over drinks and canapés for an event to celebrate the inauguration of the new School of Economics.
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For the benefit of Australia and the wider world
The Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, comprising the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Education and Social Work, recently held a half-day workshop on Social Inclusion. 
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Dr Gavin Smith on internet anonymity, The Sydney Morning Herald

PhD student Christopher Neff on shark attack policy, ABC Canberra

John Keane on the hidden media powers that undermine democracy, The Conversation

Alumna Gladys Berejiklian, the (sydney) magazine

Professor Elizabeth Webby and Dr Brigid Rooney on alumna Kate Grenville, The Weekend Australian Magazine
  Thu 22 Sep
Sydney Ideas: William Henry Fox Talbot and the invention of photography
Thu 22 Sep  Library talk by Professor Paul Giles
  Thu 22 Sep
Lecture: The Vendettas of the Lord: Divine Anger and the Plague in Renaissance Art
Fri 23 Sep Africa Seminar Series 2010
Walk the Talk: Talk the Walk
Fri 23 Sep Sydney Ideas: Earth Rights: Reframing society for the 21st Century
Sat 24 Sep Discussion Dinner with John Bell
Wed 28 Sep Walter Westman Lecture:
Can Australia be a low-carbon country?
Fri 30 Sep Sydney Ideas:
Thailand's Election and the New Government
Tue 4 Oct Sydney Ideas: The Enlightenment and Education
Wed 5 Oct Inaugural Confucius Lecture: Political Legitimacy in China: A Confucian Perspective
Thu 6 Oct Insights 2011:
Anthropology in the Time of Climate Change
Tue 11 Oct Sydney Ideas: The Buddha's Middle Way
Wed 19 Oct Cocktail Reception: ArtSS in the City
Fri 21 Oct Sydney Ideas: The Griffin's Canberra, Burnham's Chicago, Garnier's Lyon
Wed 26 Oct Sydney Ideas: Reflections on Cultural Identity

Thu 27 Oct
Ted Wheelwright Memorial Lecture: Banking and economic policies in the wake of the global financial crisis

Fri 28 Oct
Panel Discussion: What are banks and bank regulation for?
Thu 10 Nov Insights 2011: The Bliss of Solitude
ArtSS In the City

ArtSS in the City is a new alumni program designed to appeal to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences under 45s alumni, although all are welcome to attend.

The Demons made me do it: A History of Human Emotion
Wednesday 19 October, 6–8pm
The Museum of Sydney
Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney
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ALUMNUS IN FOCUS – Senthorun Raj

Since graduating last year, Senthorun Raj (BA '10) has already carved out an impressive career path that far exceeds expectations for a young graduate fresh out of University. His passion for social justice and matters relating to sexuality and politics, were initially encouraged by mentorship given by the academics in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies. 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.

Find us on Facebook and keep in touch about upcoming events and programs. 
Jeffrey Smart: Unspoken
David Malouf on Jeffrey Smart: A conversation
Friday 7 October, 6-7PM
Free event
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Dumb and Smarter: Eloquence and irony in Jeffrey Smart
Gallery talk, delivered by exhibition curator and Power Professor Mark Ledbury
Tuesday 18 October 12–1pm
Free event
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Jeffrey Smart Coogee Baths – Winter 1962
University Art Collection, donated through the Alan Richard Renshaw bequest 1976
© Jeffrey Smart
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

More information on school holiday programs here

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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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