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Today's date is Tuesday, January 21, 2020
External events held at UWA
 May 2019
Saturday 04
10:00 - EVENT - Wedding Upmarket : Over 50 handpicked local designers to help you create a bespoke celebration Website | More Information
Calling all engaged couples! If you are getting married in Perth, put Wedding Upmarket in your diary now as we will be showcasing more than 50 handpicked local designers to help you create a bespoke celebration. Draw inspiration from our beautifully styled areas around UWA’s Winthrop Hall and meet Perth’s finest designers. It is the perfect opportunity to discuss with them how they can help you transform your inspiration boards into a reality. Western Australia is home to countless talented creatives but sometimes the best wedding suppliers are hard to find. Wedding Upmarket is all about connecting couples with local designers to create a truly custom, personalised event. DETAILS: Saturday 4th May 2019
Time: 10am-3pm
 Venue: The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall
 Parking and entry free, venue is easily accessible
 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
Website: www.weddingupmarket.com.au Facebook.com/weddingupmarket
Friday 10
8:40 - CONFERENCE - Conference on Radicalisation, Counter-radicalisation and De-radicalisation Website | More Information
Radicalisation, Counter-Radicalisation and De-Radicalisation



For nearly two decades since 9/11, policymakers and the academia alike have paid much attention to radicalisation and terrorism involving jihadist groups and Muslim actors. Despite costly military interventions and an array of counter measures and policies, transnational jihadism and its inspired acts of terrorism have not diminished, transpiring in the rise and fall of ISIS with new challenges, including the issue of foreign fighters and their families. The recent Christchurch terrorist attacks (March 2019) further have shown that radicalisation is not simply limited to groups and individuals basing themselves in jihadism and Islam. They add to the list of threats from multiple forms of extremism that exist in our societies. Overall, the situation calls for more comprehensive and evidence-based policy responses to address radicalisation and find ways towards de-radicalisation.

This one-day conference aims to explore:

Radicalisation, its causes, its various manifestations, and how different spaces enabled by globalisation have spread radicalisation

The experience of other countries in responding to radicalisation

The responses by Australian government and community to radicalisation

Emerging issues of responding to returning foreign fighters and their families exposed to terrorism in the wake of the fall of ISIS

The symposium therefore aims focuses on both research and policy in the areas of radicalisation, counter-radicalisation and de-radicalisation.



Co-hosted by

Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia

Public Policy Institute, University of Western Australia

Australian Institute of International Affairs WA

SPEAKERS

Keynote address, Professor Stephen Smith, Advisory Board Chair of UWA Public Policy Institute

Dr Hass Dellal AO, Preventing violent extremism, Executive Director and Company Secretary, Australian Multicultural Foundation

Professor Shamit Saggar, Evidence about Islamist inspired radicalisation, Director, Public Policy Institute, University of Western Australia

Professor Raymond Taras, Xenophobia and Islamophobia: what has changed since Runnymede 1997?, The Australian National University, Canberra

Professor Michele Grossman, Radicalisation and counter-radicalisation: post-Christchurch attacks, Deakin University

Dr Mark Briskey, The rise of right wing extremism, Murdoch University

Ms Shameema Kolia, Muslim youth response to Christchurch attacks, Community Relations Manager at MAA International

Ms Rizwana Begum, Pluralism as Counter-Radicalization strategy: the education of Singapore Muslims

Professor Samina Yasmeen, Returnees and dealing with children and women exposed to terrorism and radicalisation in Syria, The University of Western Australia

Dr Azim Zahir, Salafism, radicalisation and foreign fighters: lessons from the Maldives, Associate Lecturer, University of Western Australia

Mr Muhammad Suleiman, Countering radicalisation: African experiences, PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia

Conveners

Professor Samina Yasmeen, Director, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia

Dr Azim Zahir, Associate Lecturer, University of Western Australia



Tickets: Tickets via Eventbrite. Prices include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (Vegetarian and non-veg options would be available. For dietary requirements please email to cmss-ss@uwa.edu.au with the subject line "dietary restrictions")



For more information: Dr Azim Zahir, Associate Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia

M: 0417800303; E: cmss-ss@uwa.edu.au
Thursday 16
18:00 - FREE LECTURE - Early Holocene Sea Change in Australia's north-west Website | More Information
Join us for the Anthropocene Sea Change Seminar Series talk with the UWA Oceans Institute as Jo McDonald from the UWA Centre for Rock Art Research + Management discusses recent research from Murujuga (the Dampier Archipelago).

Murujuga (the Dampier Archipelago) juts into the Indian Ocean on the Pilbara coast in Australia’s north-west. When people first started using this region 50,000 years ago, the coastline was more than 160km away. Murujuga rock art reveals the long-distance hypermobility of arid zone peoples at different times during its long occupation as well as differing human responses to major environmental changes through time. Recent archaeological work reveals that the period after the last Ice Age – as the sea level rose – was a period of intense human interactions, with hunter-gatherer villages and intensive rock art production being signs of increased social and population pressure. The engraved rock art of Murujuga provides a visual record for the entire human occupation of Australia’s north-west, up until the arrival of European explorers and north-American whalers in the early-mid 19th Century, and the Flying Foam Massacre in 1865. This seminar showcases recent findings from Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming ARC Linkage project.

Jo McDonald is the Director of the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management at the University of Western Australia and holds the Rio Tinto Chair of Rock Art. She has studied the rock art of the Western Desert and Dampier Archipelago (Murujuga) for the last two decades. Jo was the Lead CI for the Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming ARC Linkage Project, and is a CI on the Deep History of Sea Country ARC Project.

 June 2019
Saturday 08
13:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Roman Archaeology Group Public Lecture : The Romans in Egypt and Roman Mummy Portraits Website | More Information
Two public lectures delivered by Egyptologist Dr Michael Birrell. The first lecture "The Romans in Egypt" will start at 1:30. The second lecture "Roman Mummy Portraits" will follow a light afternoon tea. Please RSVP to Ann Boyer (annboyer@iinet.net.au) by Tuesday, 4th June for catering purposes.
Monday 10
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Advanced Thinking Skills - 2 Day Workshop : Hosted by The Centre for Exploration Targeting, UWA Website | More Information
The purpose of this workshop is to expose participants to a variety of practical thinking styles and tools to enhance the focus, quality and speed of their thinking. There is a need from university through to the workplace to better understand both basic and advanced thinking processes for better learning, memory, planning and decision making. Your skilled facilitator will combine curated content and self-driven active learning with the impact of group exercises and skill deepening discussions. Thinkercafé workshops maximise potential for gaining practical thinking skills, profound insights and retaining and relating information for your needs. The subject matter for group exercises will be taken from current issues together with specific areas of focus for your industry.

Who Should Attend • Managers, Leaders and Professionals working with teams • Teachers, trainers and academics wishing to enhance outcomes for students • Entrepreneurs and innovators who would like to expand their Thinking Skills • Students from high school to postgraduate level • Anyone seeking lifelong performance improvement

Cost: A$850 per person
Tuesday 11
9:00 - COURSE - A Course in Rasch Measurement Theory : A Course in Rasch Measurement Theory in collaboration with The University of Sydney will take place 11 & 12 July 2019 and 15 - 19 July 2019. More Information
Rasch models for measurement are used in large scale national and international assessments, not only to analyse test data after collection, but to use as criteria for design of test items and their administration. The GSE Psychometric Laboratory undertakes research and development for application to the broad area of measurement and assessment in education and the social sciences including psychology, health and marketing. The GSE Psychometric Laboratory does research in all areas of Rasch models for measurement, in particular epistemological, applied, and in software development. This is an opportunity to study with researchers who have made advancement in all these fields.

Course Structure: The course will be at an intermediate level and consist of two parts: 1. Part I – Thursday 11 to Friday 12 July 2019: Overview of introductory principles of Rasch measurement and the RUMM2030 software. RUM2030 is a very easy to use interactive program that analyses data according to the Rasch measurement model and provides comprehensive diagnostics in both tabular and graphical forms. It can also be used for large scale assessments including vertical equating. 2. Part II - Monday 15 to Friday 19 July 2019: Rasch Measurement Theory. Participants have the option of attending only Part I or II or both parts of the course.

Course registration: Part I (2 days) – AU$950 (Early bird AU$850) Part II (5 days) – AU$2185 (Early bird AU$1960) Part I and II (7 days) – AU$2745 (Early bird AU$2460) http://www.education.uwa.edu.au/ppl/courses/rasch-course

Registrations close 31st May 2019, approximately 10% Discount for Early bird registration - Registration by 31st March 2019. Participants will receive a 15% discount if they enrol in one of the on-line courses after this course.

19:30 - EVENT - “Politics and the Novel” by Susan Midalia : Friends of the Library Talk More Information
Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation

The nineteenth-century French writer Stendhal famously observed that “politics in a literary work is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert: it’s something vulgar and coarse, which is also impossible to ignore.” Stendhal’s analogy posits the traditional model of literature as the realm of the aesthetic, expressive of beauty and universal moral truths, and which is regarded as superior to the grubby realm of “politics” – loosely defined here as pertaining to issues of power and human rights. This model naively presupposes the existence of non-political literature – as if it’s possible for any writing to exist in an ideology-free zone. Nevertheless, Stendhal’s comment also rightly highlights the challenge for a creative writer intent on exploring overtly political issues: how to avoid being “vulgar and coarse”; that is, ideologically dogmatic or morally self-righteous; how not to insult the intelligence of the reader, regardless of their political beliefs. This presentation will consider the creative strategies used in my political novel The Art of Persuasion in order avoid those pitfalls: the use of the romance genre to explore love as moral concept in our hyper-sexualised culture; and the use of wit or intelligent humour to raise questions about the crucial political issues of asylum seekers and climate change. I pay particular attention to my novel’s allusions to the fiction of Jane Austen, and its adherence to the Horatian dictum that writing should both delight and instruct. My novel The Art of Persuasion aims to give readers aesthetic delight – the pleasures of language and story – in order to encourage reflection on the issues that matter to me as a writer and a member of civil society.

Dr Susan Midalia has studied at Cambridge University and the University of Western Australia, where she completed a PhD in contemporary Australian women’s fiction. She has published in national and international literary journals, and taught in secondary and tertiary institutions for many years. Since becoming a full-time writer in 2006, she has published three collections of short stories, all of them shortlisted for major national literary awards: A History of the Beanbag (2007), An Unknown Sky (2012), and Feet to the Stars (2015). Her debut novel The Art of Persuasion was published in 2018, and her second novel has recently been accepted for publication.

Special Collections

The current display in the Special Collections foyer of donations by the Friends of the Library features maps showing the Dutch interest in the Indian Ocean region. These maps include copies of Polus Antarcticus by Jansson 1650, Frederick de Wit’s Orientaliora Indiarum Orientalium 1680, Mare del Sud 1765 by Zatta and Abraham Ortelius’ 1574 Indiae orientalis insvlarvmqve adiacientivm typvs.

The Friends of the Library have recently donated a facsimile copy of the Barcelona Haggadah to Special Collections. The illuminated Hebrew manuscript dates from the fourteenth century and contains the Haggadah, Laws for Passover, piyyutim and Torah readings for the festival of Passover according to the Spanish rite. The purchase of the facsimile was supported by Assoc/Prof Suzanne Wijsman (Chair of Strings Conservatorium of Music) for her research as the manuscript contains illustrations of musical instruments. Special Collections will next be open on Tuesday 11th June from 6.30pm – 7.15pm for members to view the Barcelona Haggadah.

RSVP: Kathryn Maingard – kathryn.maingard@uwa.edu.au or 08 6488 2356 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/politics-and-the-novel-tickets-62182092312
Thursday 20
18:00 - FREE LECTURE - Sea Change: Managing our coastal ecosystems under a rapid changing climate Website | More Information
Join us for this Anthropocene Sea Change Seminar Series featuring Dr Mattew Fraser from the UWA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences.

Marine benthic species such as seagrass meadows, and coral and macroalgal reefs form the foundation of some of the most threatened ecosystems globally. These habitat-forming species support ecosystems that are facing unprecedented change, and the continued resilience of these species requires adaptive, pro-active management strategies. However, current management and monitoring programs largely rely on indicators that do not provide sufficient warning of stress prior to habitat loss. There is thus a critical need to develop science-based solutions that provide quick, cost-effective methods to monitor and respond rapidly to changes in the health of marine benthic organisms prior to habitat loss. This talk will summarize some of the major threats facing the diverse and valuable marine habitats in Western Australia, before discussing the new approaches that will help future proof our marine ecosystems to such threats.

Matthew is a marine scientist specializing in benthic ecology, whose primary research focusses on developing innovative solutions to improve the conservation and management of our coastal ecosystems. Matthew is currently investigating the development of molecular markers that enable fast, sub-lethal measurements of stress in marine habitat forming organisms such as seagrasses, corals and macroalgae. He addresses these research areas with a range of different methodologies that include molecular ecology and physiology in both controlled tank systems and in large scale field experiments. Matthew is also broadly interested in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, to help better understand interactions between marine primary producers and their surrounding environments and the importance of such interactions in a management context. Matthew completed his PhD in 2017 at UWA, and later that year was the inaugural recipient of the Robson and Robertson Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Sunday 23
10:00 - EVENT - Perth Upmarket : Discover Perth's best design market at UWA Website | More Information
Perth Upmarket is Perth’s original and best design market, featuring more than 180 of Perth's most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and foodies all at The University of Western Australia's Winthrop Hall.

There is something for everyone, including a Junior Upmarket section in Hackett Hall which showcases all the best local designers for kids' clothing, toys, games and decor. Have a browse through the gourmet section to inspire your inner Masterchef, shop original locally designed homewares or find the perfect gift for someone special. Then enjoy a coffee or lunch relaxing on the beautiful lawns around Winthrop Hall.

DETAILS:

Sunday 23rd June 2019 Sunday 15th September 2019 Sunday 24th November 2019

Time: 10am-4pm
 Venue: The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall
 Parking and entry free, venue is easily accessible, 3 ATMs on site
 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
Website: www.perthupmarket.com.au Facebook.com/perthupmarket
Saturday 29
19:30 - CONCERT - Perth Orchestra Project presents: BAROQUE : Izaak Wesson conducts the Perth Orchestra Project Website | More Information
Join the Perth Orchestra Project and conductor Izaak Wesson for an evening that challenges your expectations of the 'Baroque' style. We are very proud to present this programme of unorthodox, and rarely performed works in association with Artists-in-Residence Dr Cecilia Sun and Robert Gladstones. We also welcome Composer-in-Residence for this season Stephen de Filippo, a UWA graduate whose new work for harpsichord and orchestra will be premiered in this concert.

Experience the eclectic, bold, grotesque, sublime, and ultimately astounding compositional styles of Rebel, de Filippo, Zelenka and Martinu in this one-off performance at the Callaway Music Auditorium.

 July 2019
Saturday 06
10:00 - WORKSHOP - Spanish for Beginners : If you don’t already speak Spanish, you really should consider learning! Website | More Information
Whether you want to explore new cultures without having to rely on Siri to ask for directions, improve your job prospects, or keep your mind sharp, Spanish will help you achieve all of that and more. Nearly 9 million people around the world speak Spanish as it happens to be an extremely beautiful language that is as useful, as it is melodic. About the Teacher: Gabby Dolfi started teaching in Argentina, her home country. After migrating to Australia, she continued teaching ESL and Spanish. She is a Spanish and English Teacher as a Second Language since 2001. "Gabby Dolfi's Spanish course was excellent and her lesson delivery was always so productive. This made my beginners course a very rewarding experience!”
Tuesday 09
19:30 - TALK - UWA Publishing : Friends of the Library Website | More Information
Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation

University press publishing is an unusual beast these days and very different to its twentieth century model. But universities have changed, too.

Book publishing on a broader scale is a complex business. At a time when library books, public and private, are relegated to landfill, and information once locked away is available to everyone in a matter of seconds, what is the future for books and reading?

I’ll discuss UWA Publishing as part of a discussion with people who revere books and knowledge so strongly they are prepared to come out on a winter’s night to a library to hear someone talk about books.

Terri-ann White has been Director of UWA Publishing since 2006. She started her working life after tertiary studies as a bookseller, opening a highly curated bookshop, The Arcane Bookshop, at age 23 in Perth. (No books on sport, self-help, and no travel guides, but plenty of poetry, literary fiction and feminist theory.) Terri-ann has worked around books and ideas ever since.

Special Collections – special viewing for members The UWA Publishing Collection held in Special Collections contains a copy of titles published, (editions, hardback and paperback) by the UWA Press now known as UWA Publishing. Special Collections will be open on Tuesday 9th July 6.30 pm – 7.15pm for members to view a selection of publications from the UWA Publishing Collection.

Future Events 13th August Prof Peter Veth, Director Oceans Institute will discuss “The Atlantis of the North: unique records from ‘drowned landscapes’ off Northern Australia”.

“Translating a classic French novel: the problems posed by Emile Zola’s The Dream” by Dr Paul Gibbard, Lecturer European Languages and Studies is the topic for the 10th September talk.

October 8th is a special event, the presentation of the Clérambault 1710 edition from David Tunley to the Special Collections, with a performance of the work by the Conservatorium of Music Irwin Street Collective. The venue will be the Eileen Joyce Studio Conservatorium of Music.

Our final speaker for the year is Jill Benn, University Librarian and her presentation is “Library Place for Learning Space: Reflections in the Changing Nature of the Academic Library”. The Friends of the Library Christmas Party will be held on the same night as the 12th November talk.

RSVP: Kathryn Maingard – kathryn.maingard@uwa.edu.au or 08 6488 2356 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/uwa-publishing-by-professor-terri-ann-white-tickets-63464122900

Friday 12
8:00 - SYMPOSIUM - Pilbara Coastal and Marine Science Symposium (PCMSS) : A multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary day-long symposium on the Pilbara Coast and nearshore marine regions Website | More Information
The Pilbara Coast, between Exmouth Gulf and the DeGrey Delta, is the most arid coast in Australia, and one of only several arid coasts around the world but the most diverse arid coast globally. Bordering a mineral-rich geological province, the Pilbara Coast has non-renewable resources, and has been utilised for industry e.g., ports for export of iron ore and other minerals, extraction and liquefaction of natural gas, and solar salt production. Additionally, in this geologically and biologically diverse region, there is a rich Indigenous history, with archaeological heritage manifest as shell middens and as rock art. Facilitated by the Geological Society of Australia and partners, brings together, for discussion and exchange of information and ideas, people from different scientific disciplines, and walks of life, bridging the extremes of the utilisation of the coast – from industrialisation, geo and bio conservation, to cultural heritage. This symposium follows the AMSA Conference, both being held in Fremantle. Registration for PCMSS can be made online https://forms.gle/rasELEKSEb2mAjRo6 or from the AMSA website http://amsa19.amsa.asn.au/ Abstracts (250 words) can be emailed to pcmss@iinet.net.au
Tuesday 16
17:30 - EVENT - Italian Studies at UWA. 1929-2019 : Talk by Associate Professor John Kinder on how UWA became the first University in Australia to appoint a Lecturer in Italian. Website | More Information
This talk will explain how UWA became the first University in Australia to appoint a Lecturer in Italian in 1929, followed soon after by the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, and why Francesco Vanzetti only retired, aged 85, in 1963.
Thursday 18
18:00 - FREE LECTURE - Sea Change: Global tracking of marine megafauna under anthrogenic footprint Website | More Information
Join us for this talk in the Anthropocene Sea Change Seminar Series at the UWA Oceans Institute with Ana Martins Sequeira.

Human impacts (e.g. overharvesting, by-catch mortality, pollution, acoustic and habitat degradation) have led to declines in abundance of many marine megafauna. Many species are threatened and with a bleak outlook for recovery due to little or no management in some cases, and a lack of international agreements on conservation of high seas biodiversity. Tracking data have led to evidence-based conservation of marine megafauna, but a disconnect remains between the many tens of 1000s of individual animals that have been tracked and the data used in conservation and management actions. I will discuss how, through the Marine Megafauna Movement Analytical Program (mmmp.wordpress.com) I am currently leading, we see that a global approach combining tracked movements of marine megafauna and human activities at-sea, and using existing and emerging technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence and big data approaches) can be applied to deliver near-real time diagnostics on existing risks and threats to mitigate global risks for marine megafauna. With technology developments over the next decade expected to catalyse the potential to survey marine animals and human activities in ever more detail and at global scales, the development of dynamic predictive tools based on near-real time tracking and environmental data will become crucial to address increasing risks.

Ana is a Marine Ecologist interested on the development of models to assist our understanding of the marine environment. Currently, her main focus is on understanding movement patterns of highly migratory marine megafauna, such as sharks, seals and whales, and on how they will fare with increasing anthropogenic pressures. To achieve this, Ana is leading the Marine Megafauna Movement Analytical Program (MMMAP; mmmap.wordpress.com), which aims to significantly improve our understanding of marine megafauna movement at a global scale to ultimately assist the conservation and management of economically important, charismatic and threatened highly migratory marine species. Ana is a DECRA Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, funded by the Australian Research Council and supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
Saturday 20
9:30 - WORKSHOP - Start Your Blog in a Day! : Private and Business Website | More Information
Whether you’ve read a few blogs or have never heard of one, this course will get you blogging. Find out how to write and manage a blog, what to include, who your audience is, and how you can even make money from blogging. Participants will have the opportunity to start their own blog. For beginner bloggers, the process of starting up your blog can seem daunting, but this course will show you how and get you off on the right foot all in just one day. Learn about how to start your blog, choosing your subjects and how to write your blog posts, what kind of content and media to include, how to find out who your audience is and track their every move, and what you should know about copyright and privacy when you’re blogging.

Each participant will begin a blog by setting it up online and writing the first post. We will also cover how to include images and videos and even discuss how you can make money from blogging, all while learning from the ideas of other prospective bloggers.
Wednesday 24
18:00 - FREE LECTURE - Finding Rembrandt in Love and Life : A public lecture by Professor Susan Broomhall (The University of Western Australia) Website | More Information
This lecture explores how the character of Rembrandt van Rijn is interpreted through place, gender and emotions in museums and heritage sites in the Netherlands today. It focuses on the cities of Leiden and Amsterdam, Rembrandt’s homes, and particularly, the role of women in shaping interpretations of Rembrandt’s life and work. Historical women in Rembrandt’s life are increasingly employed as tools to understand the artist’s mind in creative responses such as Peter Greenaway’s 2006 film Nightwatching or the 2009 Australian opera by Andrew Ford and Sue Smith, Rembrandt’s Wife. This lecture investigates how heritage sites have likewise co-opted Rembrandt’s relationships with women, in a range of ways, in order to increase visitor engagement.

This public lecture is part of the 'Rembrandt – 350th Anniversary Lecture Series' presented by the Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia and sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

 August 2019
Thursday 08
13:00 - EVENT - Heading for Extinction (And What to Do About It) : A public presentation from Extinction Rebellion WA about the climate crisis and our response to it Website | More Information
There is no more time to delay taking urgent action on the ecological crisis which is upon us. Unless we respond now, societal collapse and mass extinction are seen as inevitable by scientists and many other experts. We can all feel it coming.

Extinction Rebellion WA is part of an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel. History shows us that peaceful civil disobedience is the most effective way to bring about rapid social change.

In this public talk, we will share the latest climate science on where our planet is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate change, and offer solutions through the study of social movements.

In August, Extinction Rebellion WA will roll out direct actions across Perth, including a Declaration at Parliament on August 15th.

Everyone is welcome and there will be time to ask questions and discuss afterwards
Tuesday 13
7:30 - TALK - “The Atlantis of the North: unique records from ‘drowned landscapes’ off northern Australia” : Friends of the Library Talk Website | More Information
One of the defining attributes of modern humans is their ability to cross, navigate and systematically exploit maritime landscapes and resources. Some of the earliest indirect evidence for the maritime capabilities of people comes from the settling of the Wallacean Islands and Sahul (Australia, PNG, Tasmania). Direct evidence includes early dated occupation sites in northern Australia, fishing technologies and marine dietary assemblages from Timor Leste and Borneo, and midden and shell artefacts from North West Australia dated from 50,000 years ago. In this lecture Peter will profile research that he and his colleagues have carried out on the North West Shelf and the islands and interior of northern Australia.

Professor Peter Veth has carried out multi-decadal research on the archaeology of Aboriginal societies and their evolving land and seascapes. He has held academic positions at JCU, the ANU and UWA and been on the Executive Leadership team at AIATSIS. He has recently finished as the inaugural Chair of Kimberley Rock Art and is now the Director of the UWA Oceans Institute.

Special Collections – special viewing for members

Special Collections will be open on Tuesday 13th August 6.30pm – 7.15pm for members to view a selection of maps of the Indian and Pacific oceans held in Special Collections before the start of the talk by Peter Veth.

Future Events

“Translating a classic French novel: the problems posed by Emile Zola’s The Dream” by Dr Paul Gibbard, Lecturer European Languages and Studies is the topic for the 10th September talk.

October 8th is a special event, the presentation of the Clérambault 1710 edition from David Tunley to the Special Collections, with a performance of the work by the Conservatorium of Music Irwin Street Collective. The venue will be the Eileen Joyce Studio Conservatorium of Music.

Our final speaker for the year is Jill Benn, University Librarian and her presentation is “Library Place for Learning Space: Reflections in the Changing Nature of the Academic Library. Drinks and nibbles will be provided by the Friends of the Library after the 12th November talk.

Friends of the Grounds

Friends of the Library may be interested in events organised by the Friends of the Grounds. The film “The Making of Gardens by the Bay” on Sunday 28th July, see details below and the Annual Seddon Lecture on Thursday 1 August in the Ross Lecture Theatre, Physics Building from 6 pm to 7 pm. Tickets are free at Eventbrite or contact UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, ias@uwa.edu.au. A small donation for wine and cheese after for those attending.
Tuesday 27
14:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Free Seminar: The seas of Papua New Guinea and the Sepik River outflow : Insights from a voyage on RV Franklin Website | More Information
George Cresswell completed his undergraduate degree at UWA and PhD at the University of Alaska. He spent 1960 at Mawson station Antarctica. The majority of his career was with CSIRO in Sydney and Hobart. He studied the East Australian Current, the Leeuwin Current, and the currents of the seas of New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea and SE Asia. In all, he has collected data while working on ships of eight nations. Other data have come from moored instruments, satellite-tracked drifters and thermal and radar satellite imagery.

In 1997 he ran a voyage on RV Franklin into the seas of Papua New Guinea. It was part a study called TROPICS (Tropical River/Ocean Processes in Coastal Settings) that was the brainchild of, and orchestrated by, AIMS scientist Gregg Brunskill. Since that time George has carried out desktop consultancies covering PNG waters.

In this free public seminar George will discuss the voyage. The instrumentation included the suite on Franklin, two instrument moorings, simple drifters – and NOAA thermal imagery, RADARSAT synthetic aperture radar scenes, and SeaWIFS ocean colour imagery.

The dominant large scale features were: the strong New Guinea Coastal Undercurrent that flows through Vitiaz Strait and then reaches along the coast towards Irian Jaya; a SE monsoon-driven upwelling plume from SW New Britain that joins Solomon Sea waters to flow through Vitiaz Strait to bathe the offshore islands and the northern PNG coast; the New Guinea Coastal Current that reverses with the monsoons.

During the Franklin (SE monsoon) survey the surface plume from the Sepik River was only about 2 m thick and it moved offshore ~10 km at 1 m s–1 before being turned to the NW by the underlying currents.

The waters down to several hundred metres in the Sepik study area were comprised of stacks of many mixed layers, with enhanced loads of suspended sediment at the bases of most of them. These subsurface sediment plumes became depleted with increasing distance offshore. Although the tides in the region are small, the moored instruments showed semi-diurnal internal tidal currents to have amplitudes up to 0.15 m s–1 and to be associated with vertical oscillations of perhaps 40-50m.

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