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Today's date is Friday, March 31, 2017
Events for the public
 April 2017
Saturday 01
8:30 - EVENT - Royal WA Historical Society Secondhand Book Sale More Information
The Royal WA Historical Society is holding its annual Secondhand Book Sale in the car park on Broadway and Clark streets on Saturday 1 April & Sunday 2 April 2017 8:30am – 5:30pm. Funds raised will go towards the preservation of our Library and Museum collections and general running of the Society.
Tuesday 04
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Offshore Safety in the Wake of the Macondo Disaster: business as usual or sea change? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Jacqueline L. Weaver, the A.A. White Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center and Terence Daintith, Professorial Fellow, University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Easter Sunday will mark the seventh anniversary of the incident in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico when eleven workers on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform died and almost five million barrels of oil poured into the Gulf from the Macondo well for 87 days. Yet the worst environmental disaster in US history failed to trigger any changes by the US Congress in safety or environmental laws offshore. Drilling activity in the Gulf’s deep waters rebounded in a short time. It is time to ask: is drilling in the Gulf safer now than it was before the disaster?

Professors Weaver and Daintith will reflect on this and other questions and there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions on international and domestic issues about the regulation of offshore petroleum in a Questions and Answers session.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - 'The everyday stuff of life': Jane Austen and the law Website | More Information
A public lecture by Associate Professor Kieran Dolin, English and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia.

Jane Austen's novels are celebrated for their irony and wit and their sharply observant account of the social life of gentry families in Regency England. Underlying the vivid immediacy of her fictional world is an awareness of prevailing social structures. Legal concepts and rules were important influences in shaping the ordinary understandings of life in her class. As Toronto lawyer Enid Hildebrand put it in 1982, 'Estates, settlements, trusts, wills were the everyday stuff of life to Jane Austen.' This lecture will explore some of the ways in which law figures in Austen’s novels and in her family.

About this Series - New Perspectives on Jane Austen

On the two-hundredth anniversary of her death, this UWA Institute of Advanced Studies - Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture Series presents new perspectives on the life and work of Jane Austen. Drawing upon the latest literary and historical research, UWA researchers tackle key themes in Austen's work and the wider social and cultural contexts in which she created her now world-famous novels.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - 'The everyday stuff of life’: Jane Austen and the law : A Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies/Institute of Advanced Studies Public Lecture Website | More Information
Jane Austen’s novels are celebrated for their irony and wit and their sharply observant account of the social life of gentry families in Regency England. Underlying the vivid immediacy of her fictional world is an awareness of prevailing social structures. Legal concepts and rules were important influences in shaping the ordinary understandings of life in her class. As Toronto lawyer Enid Hildebrand put it in 1982, ‘Estates, settlements, trusts, wills were the everyday stuff of life to Jane Austen.’ This lecture will explore some of the ways in which law figures in Austen’s novels and in her family.

Kieran Dolin teaches nineteenth-century English literature at The University of Western Australia. He is the author of A Critical Introduction to Law and Literature (2007).

About this Series - New Perspectives on Jane Austen: On the two-hundredth anniversary of her death, this UWA Institute of Advanced Studies - Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture Series presents new perspectives on the life and work of Jane Austen. Drawing upon the latest literary and historical research, UWA researchers tackle key themes in Austen's work and the wider social and cultural contexts in which she created her now world-famous novels.

This is a free event, but RSVPs are required:
Wednesday 05
17:15 - EVENT - Meet the Alumni of the Centre for Social Impact UWA : Satisfy your curiosity about social impact and meet postgraduate alumni Website | More Information
Hear from Professor Paul Flatau, Director of the Centre for Social Impact UWA and alumni of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

In short, engaging presentations, selected alumni will share stories about their social impact journeys since completing their studies. Our storytellers include Tony Hagan, Executive Manager for Philanthropy at Visability, and Rebecca Bowman, Social Impact Consultant at _SocialStarters.

Join in at any time and enjoy light refreshments and networking.
Thursday 06
16:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - The Arab world: between Collapse and Transformation Website | More Information
Seminar/Public Talk by Professor Shafeeq Ghabra, Kuwait University

Since the rebellions of 2011 and more so since 2012, the Arab order is actually in a state of disorder, sitting atop a time bomb made up of youth, who constitute the overwhelming majority. Today’s youth, in stable and in non-stable states, want more freedom, dignity, jobs, and security — in short, more fulfilling lives. The state’s desire for unaccountability and security cannot satisfy their aspirations and in fact pushes them in the opposite direction. If the present trends dominated by unaccountable and non-responsive security-oriented regimes continues, the next wave of Arab revolutions will be more radical in its thinking and methods.

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Shafeeq Ghabra is a Professor of Political Science at Kuwait University. He is currently Visiting Scholar at the Arab Centre, Doha, Qatar. From 1996 to 1999 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Social Sciences at Kuwait University. Dr Ghabra has been a Visiting Professor at The College of William and Mary and a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University’s Institute of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Denver. His most recent books include: Kuwait and the Dynamics of State and Society (2011) and Unsafe Life: The Generation of Dreams and Disappointments (2012). Professor Ghabra is visiting the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, as part of the International Speakers Program supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Entry free, but registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cmss-seminar-series-religion-state-and-society-2017-tickets-32521886839

16:45 - FREE LECTURE - Pop-up Event: Trump vs Deep State vs Russia : Panel event discussion the controversy surrounding President Trump and his alleged connections to Russia Website | More Information
AIIA WA, together with the Perth USAsia Centre, have the pleasure to invite you to a pop-up panel event to discuss the controversy surrounding President Trump and his alleged connections to Russia. Our panel of experts on US politics, the intelligence community, and Russia will discuss the Trump administration's alleged connections with the Kremlin as well as President Trump's hostility towards the US intelligence community. They will explore how these may impact US national security and foreign policy, as well as possible implications for Australia. The panel will elaborate on the daily news and scandals associated with the Trump administration and the President's contradictory responses.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Chinese Literature and World Literature: Views from the South : This China in Conversation teases out from an Australian and Chinese perspective the issues surrounding interpreting and reading world literature. Website | More Information
Join in a literature themed China in Conversation - a free public event with refreshments. World literature was long defined in the English speaking world as an established canon of European masterpieces, but an emerging global perspective has challenged this European focus. Now it is better understood as literature that has travelled, and been translated, from its original source. This China in Conversation teases out from an Australian and Chinese perspective the issues surrounding interpreting and reading world literature: from the classics of Chinese literature to J.M.Coetzee’s works that travel from South Africa to Australia and translate to Chinese readers; from the controversial novels of author Yu Hua to Nobel Prize recipient Mo Yan. Join in the conversation and discuss what is lost and gained in globalised literature.
Sunday 09
16:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents - Main Stage : Music on the Terrace: Ludwig, Amadeus & Joe Website | More Information
The exceptional ability of young emerging artists and their passion for music will always create an extraordinary experience for concertgoers. In 2016 four outstanding orchestral and choral concerts will feature Western Australia’s finest young musicians.

Following the incredible success of our 2015 and 2016 collaborations, the UWA School of Music team up again with Mark Coughlan and the Government House Foundation to present a concert of classical favourites, plus a brand new commission by composer Joe Chindamo, featuring the amazing Shaun Lee-Chen (violin). Mozart: Serenade No. 12 for Winds Chindamo: PALIMPSEST (WORLD PREMIERE) Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

All tickets $35 tickets.perthconcerthall.com.au
Monday 10
9:00 - CONFERENCE - Hamlet and Emotions: Then and Now : An ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Conference Website | More Information
Ian McEwan’s recent novel Nutshell (2016), in which Hamlet is an unborn foetus, is only the latest in a line of appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays stretching back to 1600. Hamlet itself stretches beyond the seventeenth century, drawing on sources that date back to twelfth-century Denmark, and referring within itself to relics of older drama that Shakespeare may have seen as a boy in Stratford. Hamlet looks both backwards and forwards in time. The play also covers a remarkable range of emotional states, including anger, love, hatred, grief, melancholy and despair. Indeed, Hamlet stages a plethora of emotional practices: a funeral and a marriage, a vindictive ghost in purgatory, a young woman whose mental equilibrium has been dislodged by the murder of her father by her own erstwhile lover, an inscrutable monarch under suspicion of murder, a couple of mordantly cheerful gravediggers, and a young prince back from university and grieving for his deceased father. This symposium invites new readings of the play, focusing on its emotional life in the widest sense.

This is a free event, but registration is required. See http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/hamlet-and-emotions-then-and-now/

17:15 - FREE LECTURE - Public Lecture by Hon. Robert French AC : U.S. Influence on the Australian Legal System Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre together with the UWA Law School invite you to join us for a public lecture by the former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Hon. Robert French AC. Justice French will address the significant influence the political and legal architecture of the United States has had on the Australian legal system. Introducing Justice French will be Perth USAsia Centre Director, former Foreign Affairs and Defence Minister Professor Stephen Smith. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.
Tuesday 11
13:00 - EVENT - The Arts, the Law, and Freedom of Expression (with one eye on that cartoon) : Talking Allowed Series Website | More Information
In 2016, Bill Leak’s controversial cartoon generated widespread debate about free speech and racism in Australia. Following Leak’s death on March 10, and in light of proposed amendments to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, those debates have resurfaced and intensified.

Jani McCutcheon from the UWA School of Law will speak to a number of ethical and legal issues that underpin the complex relationship between the arts, the law, and freedom of expression.

‘Talking Allowed’ is a new series of presentations offered by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

On the second Tuesday of every month, a UWA academic will give a short presentation on a topic of current relevance to the arts and culture before inviting the audience to participate in discussion and debate.

‘Talking Allowed’ is designed to be thought-provoking, challenging, stimulating and engaging. Come along and join the dialogue on matters that are of great importance to our society.
Thursday 13
15:00 - SEMINAR - The Origin of Stellar Masses : A seminar by Prof. Mark Krumholz (ANU) as part of the de Laeter colloquium series (joint ICRAR/CASS event) Website | More Information
The mass distribution of newborn stars, known as the initial mass function (IMF), has a distinct peak at a mass slightly less than that of the Sun. This characteristic stellar mass appears to be nearly invariant across a huge range of star-forming environments within and beyond our Galaxy, and seems to have changed little over most of cosmic time. Explaining its origin and universality is one of the oldest problems in theoretical astrophysics, but a fully successful theory eludes us even today. In this talk, I review theoretical attempts to explain the characteristic mass of stars, and discuss recent progress suggesting that we may be within reach of a solution.
Sunday 23
10:00 - EVENT - UWA School of Music Presents - WA Day of Percussion Website | More Information
Featuring performances and open workshops by local specialists and international guest artists in drumset, orchestral percussion, solo percussion, marimba technique, conga skills, percussion and electronics, and more.

Suitable for percussionists and percussion lovers of all ages and skill levels.

Tickets: Presale $25 Door $30 try booking.com/OPGC
Wednesday 26
19:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents - Voice! Salon Series : A Gilbert & Sullivan Celebration Website | More Information
Our Salon Series returns in 2017 as Head of Vocal Studies Andrew Foote leads talented young vocal students in a series of 3 intimate, salon style vocal concerts.

Tickets: Standard $20 Concessions $18 Friends of Music $15 try booking.com/OWZF
Friday 28
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents - Free Lunchtime Concert : UWA Voice Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday in our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the finest musical talent locally, nationally and within the School.

This weeks concert will feature talented students from the UWA Voice program accompanied by pianist Caroline Badnall.

17:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presets - Fridays@5 : The Schoenberg Project Website | More Information
Now in its third season, Fridays@Five is the ideal way to kick-start your weekend! Each session offers a unique musical experience to delight all music lovers, from young artist led concerts to informal musical drinks on the famous grassy knoll, behind the scenes workshops to lectures and masterclasses. Join us each week for a delightful musical surprise!

Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 19 (or Six Little Piano Pieces) is a set of pieces for solo piano written by the Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg. In the exciting collaboration between UWA Piano and the UWA New Music Ensemble, composer James Ledger will work with UWA Composition students as they rearrange these works for small ensemble. Presented alongside the original piano works and these new arrangement will be composer Brett Dean's arrangements (scored for a 12 piece ensemble) which were completed when he was a student!

Entry is free, no bookings required.

 May 2017
Tuesday 02
8:00 - CONFERENCE - Science on The Swan 2017: One Health : Science on the Swan, WA's annual premier health and medical research conference Website | More Information
One Health seeks root cause understanding and effective solutions to emergent infectious and acquired diseases through, fundamental stem cell and regenerative medical science, public health and environmental remedies, working synergistically to advance the health of all species and the varied places in which they live. The conference and associated workshops provide an opportunity to interact with global research leaders in this important 21st century field. The program includes internationally recognised speakers and many of Australia’s top One Health researchers working in partnership with industry to deliver effective health outcomes for our planet. Please go to http://scienceontheswan.com.au/ for registration.

8:00 - CONFERENCE - Science on The Swan 2017: One Health : Science on the Swan, WA’s annual premier health and medical research conference Website | More Information
One Health seeks root cause understanding and effective solutions to emergent infectious and acquired diseases through, fundamental stem cell and regenerative medical science, public health and environmental remedies, working synergistically to advance the health of all species and the varied places in which they live. The conference and associated workshops provide an opportunity to interact with global research leaders in this important 21st century field. The program includes internationally recognised speakers and many of Australia’s top One Health researchers working in partnership with industry to deliver effective health outcomes for our planet. Please go to http://scienceontheswan.com.au/ for registration.
Tuesday 16
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Bite-Sized Austen: New interpretations in doctoral research Website | More Information
Parody and Prejudice: Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey' and the Literary Gothic Tradition by Colin Yeo, Doctoral student, English and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia.

The late eighteenth century saw a proliferation of popular women writers of Gothic fiction. In the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, it is worthwhile meditating on 'Northanger Abbey', a parody of Gothic fiction that is arguably one of Austen's 'lesser known' works. Austen's contribution to the Gothic as a textual mode that is self-aware cannot be understated.

This presentation aims to reflect on Austen's parody of established tropes and conventions of the Gothic. It also aims to situate 'Northanger Abbey' within its historical context as an important part of the Female Gothic tradition that emerged in the late eighteenth century.

The Tale of the Two Janes by Dr Peta Beasley, English and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia.

Born less than six months apart, both christened Jane, both from the same class, pseudo-gentry, both share a deep friendship and intimacy with their sister, both remain unmarried, both are in Bath at the same time and both novelists. However, to one, Jane Austen, literary history has been kind, the other, Jane Porter, unfortunately now virtually unknown. Ironic, given Jane Porter knew great success during her lifetime, dubbed by twentieth-century critic Robert Tate Irvine, as “the Margaret Mitchell of 1803,” while Jane Austen knew only slow-growing success during her lifetime. Although Porter, and her sister Anna Maria, admired Austen’s work enormously, it is unclear if Austen had reciprocal admiration for Porter’s work. But, there are two interesting intersections, both Porter and Austen had a professional scepticism (jealousy?) for the work of Sir Walter Scott, and both met, and were invited by the Royal Librarian, James Stanier Clark, to dedicate one of their novels to His Highness, the Prince of Wales. This presentation will tell the tale of the how the two Janes responded to the request.

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