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Events for the public
 October 2017
Monday 23
9:00 - EXHIBITION - Exhibition on Life of Baha'u'llah : Special Exhibition on the Life of Bahá’u’lláh at the Undercroft, Winthrop Hall More Information
“The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens”

On the 200th year of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, this special exhibition presents the life of Bahá’u’lláh, the history of the Bahá’í faith and provides an introduction to community building initiatives undertaken by the Baha’i Community that are transforming societies around the world. In October 2017 Bahá’ís in Australia and throughout the world are celebrating the bicentennial of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth with local and national events.

Bahá’u’lláh called for a united global society, founded on the principles of justice and unity, arising from the conviction that all humankind are equal members of one human family. This is encapsulated by His statement: “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens”.

This event is organised by the UWA Bahá’í Society.

Opening Times: Sunday 22nd October 10 am - 5 pm Monday 23rd October 9 am - 4 pm Tuesday 24th October 9 am - 1 pm

Free Entry
Tuesday 24
9:00 - EVENT - Exhibition on the Life of Baha'u'llah : Special Exhibition on the Life of Bahá’u’lláh at the Undercroft, Winthrop Hall More Information
“The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens”

On the 200th year of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, this special exhibition presents the life of Bahá’u’lláh, the history of the Bahá’í faith and provides an introduction to community building initiatives undertaken by the Baha’i Community that are transforming societies around the world. In October 2017 Bahá’ís in Australia and throughout the world are celebrating the bicentennial of Bahá’u’lláh’s birth with local and national events.

Bahá’u’lláh called for a united global society, founded on the principles of justice and unity, arising from the conviction that all humankind are equal members of one human family. This is encapsulated by His statement: “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens”.

This event is organised by the UWA Bahá’í Society.

Opening Times: Sunday 22nd October 10 am - 5 pm Monday 23rd October 9 am - 4 pm Tuesday 24th October 9 am - 1 pm

Free Entry

11:00 - STAFF EVENT - Teaching in 140 characters or less: A ‘How-To’ Approach to Micro-Learning with Social Media : PRESENTATION / WORKSHOP Website | More Information
This workshop will explore how micro-learning can change the way you educate your students. Micro-learning is an innovated method of teaching through ‘bite-size chunks’ of accessible content that actively engages students by encouraging them to use their mobile devices in support of their learning, rather than as a distraction.

After discussing current research on micro-learning in higher education, we will showcase some practical ways to integrate micro-learning techniques into your teaching by incorporating the use of social media. You will also learn how to create appropriate ‘bite-size’ digital content for effectively engaging students on social media platforms, and then try your hand at crafting your own live micro-lecture on Twitter!

Note: Bring your own mobile device (smart phone, ipad etc) along to this workshop or borrow one of ours. You may also wish to create a Twitter profile in preparation for this workshop as well, if you don't already have one.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link listed below.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations Seminar Series 2017 : Can China Democratize? More Information
These are dark days for advocates of democracy in China. Crackdowns against freedoms of speech, assembly, and thought have intensified under President Xi Jinping, while Western governments are increasingly muted in their response. President Xi’s speech to the 19th Party Congress last week has only deepened these concerns. This makes it even more important to discuss openly the subject of whether and how China could democratize, and the changes necessary for minimalist democracy to emerge. This presentation will examine these issues from a comparative perspective, including the experience of democratic transitions elsewhere in Asia.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Delve into your Experience of Time Website | More Information
A public lecture by Alex Holcombe, Co-director of the Centre for Time, University of Sydney and Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Time cannot be seen or touched, yet we do experience it. Do our brains contain an internal clock whose ticks mark the passing of seconds, minutes, and weeks? Why does time sometimes seem to crawl, and other times fly? Results from experimental psychology and neuroscience will be used to address these questions. We will then zoom in on the shortest timescale, of moment-by-moment experience. Every millisecond, different aspects of the world such as colour and motion, are being processed by distinct parts of the brain, but our experience of these aspects is unified and assigned to a single timeline. Or is it? Some animated displays will be presented, the experience of which undermine our assumptions of how consciousness evolves over time.
Wednesday 25
17:30 - STUDENT EVENT - The Big Idea UWA Final | Live Pitch Event : UWA final of the national social enterprise competition The Big Idea Website | More Information
The Big Idea is a social enterprise competition where university students around Australia work on their big idea for improving the lives of people experiencing disadvantage.

Students participating in The Big Idea develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise or social business with a mission to change the lives of disadvantaged Australians. It is a national competition delivered by The Big Issue and this year, UWA is one of the 13 university partners.

At this event, five teams of undergraduate UWA students will pitch to an expert judging panel. The winner of this event will go through to compete at the national finals.

Everyone is invited to come along to support the teams, their commitment to addressing disadvantage in Australia, and their big ideas! As an attendee, you'll also get to vote on the Audience Choice Winner!

If a UWA team reaches the national grand final, they will travel to Melbourne to compete. Last year, the winning team from UWA successfully competed in the national semi-finals to make the grand final, where they delivered their pitch to a live judging panel of university and industry experts. They attended an awards evening hosted by The Big Issue and also participated in a professional immersion day at PwC in Melbourne.

Venue: Murdoch Lecture Theatre, UWA Arrive at 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start and there will be a short interval during the event.

The event will be opened by Professor Kent Anderson, UWA Deputy Vice Chancellor (Community Engagement). The judging panel includes: Professor Paul Flatau (Centre for Social Impact UWA), Dr Jo Hawkins (UWA Innovation Quarter), Kylie Hansen (Impact Seed), and Andrew Joske (The Big Issue).

The Big Idea is brought to UWA by Centre for Social Impact UWA, The McCusker Centre for Citizenship, UWA IQ and Bloom.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - So Far, So Good? Social Farming and Wellbeing: insights from Ireland Website | More Information
A public lecture by Deirdre O’Connor, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Social Farming offers people who avail of a range of social/health services (including mental health, physical/intellectual disability, elder care, among others), or who experience social marginalisation, the opportunity to engage in the farming and related social activities of their communities.This opportunity is offered through the medium of ordinary farms and families acting in partnership with service providers and the people who avail of these supports. It provides such groups of people with an opportunity for inclusion, increased self-esteem and improved health and well-being. Social farming also creates an opportunity to further connect farmers with their local communities through opening up their farms as part of the social support system of their locality.

While the practice of using horticultural or agriculture-related therapies to support vulnerable people in Ireland has a long history, traditionally, these services were offered within an institutional setting. The idea of linking a family farm with social, health or care services, in order to provide service users with a social farming experience, is a relatively new concept in Ireland. At the same time, there is growing recognition of, and interest in, this family-farm based model in Ireland, informed and inspired by successful practices, policies and institutional supports which are emerging across Europe and further afield.

This lecture will explore recent developments in social farming in Ireland in a comparative context and consider how the lessons learned and insights gained might usefully transfer to other settings.
Thursday 26
12:00 - ALUMNI EVENT - The Friends of Grounds of UWA Plant Sale : Thursday 26th October, 12 midday until 2pm in the Taxonomic Garden. Website | More Information
The Friends of Grounds of UWA Plant Sale is on Thursday 26th October, from 12 midday until 2pm in the Taxonomic Garden. Any remaining plants will be sold on Friday 27th October from 12-2pm. We have a large selection of succulents as well as exotics, natives and herbs. Most plants will be $3-$5, with most herbs less. It is cash only and bring your own bag/box if possible. All proceeds will be spent on the grounds of UWA.

16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series 2017 : X-ray tomographic imaging for multidisciplinary research More Information
Abstract Imagine a technique that requires minimal or no sample preparation and allows you to explore the internal structure of your sample down to the micrometre scale without the need for a single cut. This can be achieved using X-ray microscopy (XRM), which, as for medical CAT scanners, uses the penetrative power of X-rays to “non-destructively” image through materials. The data generated by an XRM is converted to a digital format that can be investigated in almost limitless ways. The technique is highly flexible, with wide ranging applications in biological, geological and materials science. The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) at UWA has two X-ray imaging systems and this seminar will cover the basics of the XRM technique, its applicability to the study of a broad range of samples, and a number of gratuitously pretty videos of objects imaged by XRM.
Friday 27
14:30 - SEMINAR - ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 1, 2017 : The Flesh Eaters: Anthropology and the Pygmies of Central Africa More Information
The pygmies of Africa were long believed by Europeans to be imaginary, no more real than the dwarfs of Lilliput. Now and then reports by Portuguese and French sailors told of dwarfs with long monkey-like tails sighted along the West African coastline, but few believed them. In 1699 final proof of the mythical nature of these descriptions seemed provided when Edward Tyson described the dissection of a “pygmy” and showed that it was ape rather than human. It was only in the late 1860s that the pygmies were moved formally from the imaginary to the real. Explorers in the great forests of central Africa encountered them, photographed them and even brought some back to display in Europe and America. This paper concerns the people “discovered” by those explorers and the story of how their descendants have found themselves living amongst tribes of anthropologists for more than a century. I follow the social construction and then deconstruction of African pygmyness; I highlight the horrible impacts of academic ethnocide and argue that we need to reconsider anthropological practice.

17:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA School of Music Presents Fridays@Five : The Double Bass: James Ledger & Andrew Sinclair (WASO) 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!

This week West Australian Symphony Orchestra Double Bassist, Andrew Sinclair, joins forces with renowned composer James Ledger to workshop and perform 'Chant' written especially for Andrew for solo double bass.

Free entry - all welcome!
Sunday 29
11:00 - EVENT - Spring Fair : Spring Fair at St George's College Website | More Information
Once again St George’s College will be holding the free community event Spring Fair on October 29th from 11am-4pm. The fair promises to be a lively day with packed activities and something for everyone to enjoy. Wine tastings, musical entertainment, kids' activities, market stalls. The Fair will be held on the College grounds.
Tuesday 31
17:15 - PRESENTATION - Public Presentation: INSV Tarini: Circumnavigating The Globe Website | More Information
It is our pleasure to invite you to a public lecture and evening reception with INSV Tarini, in partnership with India's Consulate General in Perth. INSV Tarini is the second sailboat of the Indian Navy and is currently home to the first all-women crew from India to attempt a circumnavigation of the globe. This all-women crew are travelling more than 21,600 nautical miles on a vessel measuring 17 metres long and 5 metres wide. The crew are trained to withstand everything from equipment breakdown to extreme temperatures and emergencies. Fremantle, Western Australia is the first stop on this historical voyage that started in Goa in early September 2017 and we are delighted to host the crew for a public presentation and welcome reception. India's Consul-General to Perth, Mr Amit Kumar Mishra, will deliver opening remarks and will introduce the crew from INSV Tarini to deliver a public presentation. They will explore their journey so far through the Indian Ocean and the cultural and scientific significance of their circumnavigation, particularly regarding the collection of metereological, ocean and wave data. Following the presentation, please join us on our balcony for an evening reception to meet the crew. Drinks and light refreshments will be served. We look forward to welcoming you. Warm regards, The Perth USAsia Centre

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Luther’s Reformation at 500: Myth, Memory, and the Making of History : This is an Institute of Advanced Studies and Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies series of lectures. Website | More Information
It’s not at all certain that Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to a church door in Wittenberg in October of 1517. Nevertheless, this moment continues to be commemorated as marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, an enormously complex series of religious, political, social, and cultural transformations that fractured the Christian church and divided Europe. This lecture will consider 1) the significance of Luther’s Theses in the larger historical and theological context of the period, 2) how Luther was imagined and remembered by his contemporaries, and 3) how the shadow of Luther continues to obscure our historical understanding of the sixteenth-century religious reformations five hundred years later.

Kirk Essary is a postdoctoral research fellow for the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions at UWA. He is an intellectual and religious historian of the sixteenth century, and his first book is Erasmus and Calvin on the Foolishness of God: Reason and Emotion in the Christian Philosophy (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

About this Series

On the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, this UWA Institute of Advanced Studies – Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture Series reconsiders the legacy of Martin Luther, who in 1517 published Ninety-Five Theses criticising the Church’s sale of indulgences. From diverse historical perspectives, UWA researchers tackle key issues regarding Luther’s life, his thought, and his significance for the momentous changes that Europe underwent during his lifetime.


 November 2017
Wednesday 01
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Dissidence and Discrimination: LGBTIQA+ research and experience Website | More Information
New insights into LGBTIQA+ sex work, “gay wedding cake” disputes, and non-binary identities.

The UWA LGBTIQA+ Working Group and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies are pleased to present a panel offering new research and experiential insights into some of the key issues within the LGBTIQA+ community.

Refreshments will be provided after proceedings, courtesy of the UWA LGBTIQA+ Working Group.

Our Panellists:

Liam Elphick, Lecturer, UWA Law School. Liam Elphick will look at religious exemptions to LGBTIQA+ anti-discrimination law protections. The right to be treated equally and religious freedom have long clashed in anti-discrimination laws, particularly in regards to the LGBTIQA+ community. This has been borne out by various “gay wedding cake” disputes overseas, where bakery owners have been sued for refusing to bake same-sex wedding cakes on religious grounds. Liam argues that, contrary to public discourse in recent times, religious exemptions in Australia should not be expanded in the event that the marriage equality postal vote returns a “yes” result.

Misty Farquhar, PhD researcher, Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education. Misty Farquhar argues that human rights discourse centres around freedom and equality, but these ideas only become truly valuable when paired with social recognition. While there has recently been increased recognition of same-gender attracted people, those who do not fit into a socially normative binary definition of sexuality and/or gender have not reached the same level of recognition. Misty’s presentation will explore what it means to be non-monosexual/non-binary, and proposes strategies to increase social recognition.

Paul J. Maginn, Programme Co-ordinator, Urban and Regional Planning (Masters) at UWA. Paul Maginn will explore concepts of “cosmo-sexuality” and “sextarianism,” arguing that cities (and regional areas) constitute spaces where diverse sexualities coexist—but not necessarily equally and openly. This inequity and opaqueness are a function of “sextarianism,” that is, the individual and institutional ideas, beliefs, policies and practices that discriminate against, stigmatise and criminalise sexual minority groups and spaces. Paul will highlight the socio-spatial (in)visibility and marginalisation of LGBTIQA+ sex work(ers).

Lena Van Hale, sex worker and peer educator at Magenta, the WA sex worker support service. Lena Van Hale will explore how, as a trans sex worker and a highly fetishized identity, navigating common misconceptions about sexuality and gender becomes simultaneously a full time job and a major barrier to one. Lena’s presentation uses lived experience to show how systemic discrimination impacts on the lives of sex workers and trans-feminine people, by showcasing mechanisms for navigating stigma and offering strategies for allies.

UWA is the first and only Australian university to achieve elite Platinum Status at the 2017 Australian LGBTI Inclusion and Diversity Awards. The University proudly flies the rainbow flag, supports marriage equality, and sponsors PrideFest.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Not the Messiah : (He’s a Very Naughty Boy) Website | More Information
It’s the Messiah – but not as you know it!

Based on the hugely popular musical satire Monty Python’s Life of Brian, this comic oratorio (written by Eric Idle & John DuPrez) and described as 'baroque ‘n’ roll' will feature the UWA Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Chorus of UWA, soloists and bagpipes!

A pastiche of musical styles, encompassing Welsh hymns, country and western, doo-wop, hip hop, Broadway and Greek chorus, this hilarious production is sure to delight!

Mrs Betty Parkinson will host the evening, with Head of Voice Andrew Foote and student soloists reprising some of the best-loved roles from the film.

With songs including 'What Have the Romans Ever Done For Us?', 'Hail to the Shoe' (a homage to Handel's Hallelujah Chorus), and the hilariously risqué 'Amourdeus' you'll be laughing in the aisles from start to finish!

Join us for a night of irreverent fun and sensational music!

Tickets $18-25
Thursday 02
14:00 - WORKSHOP - Archaeology Workshop Series 2017 : Two Topics in Palaeozoology: Resurrecting (?) MNI [minimum number of individuals] in Favour Over NISP [Number of Identified Specimens], and the Holocene Palaeozoology of Bighorn Sheep More Information
Workshop abstract Palaeozoology (the study of animal remains recovered from archaeological and palaeontological sites) includes a variety of analytical techniques and addresses a variety of research topics. One body of techniques concerns quantification of animal remains, and the two commonly used quantitative units are the number of identified specimens (NISP) and the minimum number of individuals (MNI). In North America, NISP gained favour in the 1980s and 1990s, but four attempts have subsequently been made to demonstrate with empirical data that MNI provides a more accurate measure of taxonomic abundances than NISP. Critical evaluation of each of these attempts at resurrecting MNI shows they fail either for statistical reasons or because of poor statistical design. That palaeozoological material can be used to answer questions concerning the general physiological status of an ancient population of animals is demonstrated with a collection of Holocene-age North American bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) remains.
Friday 03
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar Series, Seminar 1 2017 : Ecological guardianship and ecotourism in Yubeng Village More Information
Ecotourism has raised new and unexpected challenges for conservation and environmental preservation in China. This presentation gives an overview of my doctoral research project, which will use a case-study of a Tibetan community in Yubeng Village in north-west Yunnan Province, to understand how they experience ecotourism. Specifically, this study will seek to understand how nature-based ecotourism is having an impact on residents’ behaviour and attitudes towards nature and conservation. The project will research the extent to which local cultural practices are consistent with nature-based tourism and examine how ecotourism has influenced residents’ response to and evaluation of matters such as biodiversity conservation and resource management. In this presentation I aim to introduce the history of ecotourism in China; examine the benefits and limitations of ecotourism; discuss how ecotourism in China contributes to the shaping of ethnic and national identity; evaluate how and if ecotourism promotes ecological stewardship and the what this means for those involved in the provision of ecotourism; provide a brief synopsis of previous studies undertaken in Yubeng village; and finally, explain the methodology and why this project will be significant.

14:00 - SCREENING - Participate in hearing research : Are you interested in having your hearing tested? More Information
The Ear Science Centre is conducting research on a new type of hearing screening test. We are interested in research participants with and without a hearing loss. The testing will take approximately 60 to 90 minutes, and include a comprehensive hearing test. Our testing normally takes on Fridays, at A-Block at the QE-II Medical Centre. An information sheet is available for further details by return email or by phoning 6457 0530. Ethics approval for this study has been granted by the UWA Human Research Ethics Committee.

14:45 - CANCELLED - FREE LECTURE - Public Event: His Excellency Dr Mari Alkatiri GCIH, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste: Future of Timor-Leste in the 21st Century : It is our pleasure to invite you to a keynote address delivered by Timor-Leste's newly appointed Prime Minister, His Excellency Dr Mari Alkatiri GCIH, to explore his vision for the future of Timor-Leste in the 21st century. Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.


Situated less than an hour away from Australia's northern shores, Timor-Leste is Southeast Asia's youngest democracy and has a burgeoning youth population who are looking beyond Timor-Leste to engage with the world around them, including Australia. Dr Alkatiri will explore his vision for the future of Timor-Leste in the context of the 21st century and how Australia can play a role in Timor-Leste's future prosperity and its engagement with the Indo-Pacific region in the coming years. We look forward to welcoming you then, Perth USAsia Centre

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