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Today's date is Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Events for the public
 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
Saturday 04
15:00 - EVENT - Act for Inclusion at UWA : Free with amazing entertainment from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, original music from the UWA School of Music, food trucks and plenty of room to spread your picnic blanket. Website | More Information
Free with amazing entertainment from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, original music from the UWA School of Music, food trucks and plenty of room to spread your picnic blanket. Join us Saturday 4 November for a celebration and a show of community commitment to inclusion.

From 3pm: Everyone welcome | 4pm: Festivities begin | UWA Oak Lawn
Wednesday 08
12:30 - VISITING SPEAKER - What causes asthma? Genes, infections, and therapeutic choices Website | More Information
12.30pm – lunch 1.00pm – 2.00pm – presentation

William Cookson is Professor of Genomic Medicine at Imperial College London and Head of Respiratory Sciences for the College. He is Head of the Asmarley Centre for Genomic Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute. He won a Joint Welcome Senior Investigator Award with Professor Miriam Moffatt in 2011 and was elected to the College of NIHR Senior Investigators in 2013.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - How Can an Archaeologist Contribute to Biodiversity Conservation? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor R. Lee Lyman, Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri, Columbia and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

All animals die, and many are eaten by predators. If the predators include humans, owls, or carnivores (e.g., Dingoes), skeletal remains of the prey may be deposited in a shelter used by the predator, such as a cave, and preserved for thousands of years. Such an ‘archive’ is an important source of information on past faunas, typically used to reconstruct past environments or investigate the subsistence practices of prehistoric peoples. But the data provided by palaeozoological remains can be used for so much more.

Palaeozoological data represent the results of long-term biological, ecological and evolutionary processes, including many natural ‘experiments’. Numerous questions of importance to conservation biologists can be answered using palaeozoological data: Is a species exotic/non-native, or is it native to an area? Is a species invasive or is it re-colonizing an area it previously occupied? Is the presence, absence, or abundance of a species the result of anthropogenic, or natural, causes? What might be the effects of translocation/assisted migration efforts focused on supplementing a depleted local population? Is one stock more appropriate than another for providing individuals that are to be reintroduced to a particular area? Will a planned modern development project disrupt a seasonal migration route used by animals for millennia? Palaeozoological data for mammals in western North America exemplify answers to all of these questions, and demonstrate the value to biodiversity conservation of information from archaeological (and palaeontological) investigations.
Thursday 09
12:00 - EVENT - Spring Plant Sale! : Join us at the UWA Friends of the Grounds Spring Plant Sale Website | More Information
The UWA Friends of the Grounds are holding a Spring Plant Sale next week and you're invited!

Stock up on Christmas presents, improve your Mum's herb garden or add a succulent to your study space while supporting Friends of the Grounds. All plants are $3!

Friday 10
18:00 - EXHIBITION OPENING - FAM 17 Exhibition Opening : Fine Arts major and Fine Arts Honours Graduating Exhibition Website | More Information
Fine Arts Major and Fine Arts Honours Graduating exhibition. Come along and view the work of our fabulous graduating Fine Arts students!
Saturday 11
19:00 - EVENT - Why Wine? - a discussion with UWA Graduate Key Players and their Influence on the WA Wine Industry : Wine Appreciation a presentation by UWA Graduates and their influence on the WA Wine Industry Website | More Information
UWA's graduates have had a major influence on Western Australia's wine industry, from recommending areas for expansion to developing the vineyards and making and marketing the wine. As a result WA is recognised as the premium wine state in Australia with a huge international reputation.

In this, the second of Convocation's Conversations for 2017, WA's premier wine writer Ray Jordan will discuss with key players in this industry their roles, their background, the wines and the importance of their education and training at UWA.

We will also get the chance to sample some of their wonderful wines.
Tuesday 14
12:00 - PRESENTATION - World Diabetes Day Presentation 14 Nov 2017 : Looking into the Lions Eye: Insights into Diabetic Eye Disease More Information
Lions Eye Institute World Diabetes Day Presentation - Diabetes in WA: The Local Story | If you would like to attend this presentation please RSVP by visiting Eventbrite or the Lions Eye Institute Facebook page

17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Legume improvement for sustainable food production and human health : A public lecture by Professor Henry Nguyen, University of Missouri Website | More Information
In this public lecture, Professor Nguyen will highlight the importance of grain legumes in sustainable agriculture and human health. Recent advances in the development of genomic resources and breeding for improve stress tolerance, adaptation to different climatic conditions, yield and nutritional quality in legume crops will also be discussed.

RSVP online at ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register

17:15 - FREE LECTURE - Perth USAsia Centre - Public Presentation with Professor Simon Jackman : Trump 365 - The Inaugural Presidential Assessment Website | More Information
We invite you to join us for our last public event for 2017 featuring Professor Simon Jackman, CEO of the United States Studies Centre (USSC) in Sydney who will analyse the first year of the divisive presidency of Donald J. Trump. When President Trump first took office, illegal immigration, the labor market and healthcare were key objectives of his administration. Since taking office President Trump has signed 49 Executive Orders. The last American President to sign this many executive orders through to 13 October in his first year of office was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. A number of questions remain: Despite signing a plethora of executive orders, how effective has the 45th President actually been? How far can he push the Republican Party? Does he still have significant support from those who voted for him in the primaries and the election? Join us to hear Professor Simon Jackman answer these and other questions. Please register your attendance and we look forward to seeing you then. Perth USAsia Centre

19:00 - TALK - Friends of the UWA Library Speaker : The 'Works of the Old Men of Arabia' More Information
About the talk

For over a century aerial archaeology has been in the vanguard of archaeological discovery and recording. Thanks to a unique twenty year programme of aerial reconnaissance in Jordan combined with the growing availability of high-resolution satellite imagery we can now thickly ‘populate’ with often novel archaeological sites one of the most inhospitable landscapes in the world – interior ‘Arabia’ from Syria to Yemen and in particular the volcanic lavafields.

About the speaker

David Kennedy, BA (Manc), D.Phil. (Oxon), FSA, FAHA, FRGS: Emeritus Professor University of Western Australia and Associate Member of the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

My principal research focuses on the Roman Near East where I have conducted fieldwork since 1976 ranging from survey in the Southern Hauran (Jordan) and the hinterland of Jarash to excavation at Zeugma (Turkey). Of particular interest are the Roman army and military installations, landscape archaeology and Aerial Archaeology. The last of these has stimulated research on other periods from the Neolithic through the Umayyad to the Ottoman and British, on the archaeology of Saudi Arabia and on 19th century western exploration ‘east of Jordan’.

Founder in 1978 of the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME), co-director of the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan (AAJ) project since 1997 and Affiliate and Co-Founder of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project since 2015.

Recent publications include Gerasa and the Decapolis (2007), Settlement and Soldiers in the Roman Near East (2013) and an eBook, Kites in ‘Arabia’ (with R. Banks and P. Houghton) (2014). In progress are books on the Hinterland of Roman Philadelphia, the Umayyad Palace at Muwaqqar and Travel and Travellers East of Jordan in the 19th Century. Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation
Tuesday 21
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Human Brain Surviving Without Oxygen Website | More Information
A public lecture by Philip Ainslie, Canada Research Chair in Cerebrovascular Physiology and Co-Director, Centre for Heart, Lung & Vascular Health, The University of British Columbia and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Relative to its size, the brain is the most oxygen-dependent organ in the body, but many pathophysiological and environmental processes may either cause or result in an interruption to its oxygen supply. Arguably the most unique data in humans comes from free-divers and mountaineers, extreme athletes in whom the lowest oxygen tensions and greatest extremes of carbon dioxide have been recorded (from respiratory alkalosis in the mountaineer to acidosis in the free-diver). In this talk, with a focus on integration and punitive mechanism(s) of action, data will be highlighted to examine to what extent the brain likely contributes toward these athletes’ extraordinary abilities to survive in such harsh environments characterized by physiological extremes of hypoxemia, alkalosis, and acidosis helping define the human brain’s remarkable limits of tolerance. The consequences of extreme free diving and mountaineering from a physiological and clinical perspective will also be outlined.
Tuesday 28
17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Precision medicine, it’s promising but complex : 2017 Wesfarmers' Harry Perkins Oration Website | More Information
You are invited to the 2017 Wesfarmers’ Harry Perkins Oration. The 2017 Orator is Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of Medicine at Monash University.

Professor Mitchell trained as a physician scientist specialising in clinical haematology. She received her medical training from Melbourne University and consultant training in Haematology at the Alfred Hospital. Her advanced clinical training in Haematology included a Ph.D. characterizing the natural anticoagulants protein C and protein S. Her post-doctoral studies were undertaken in the field of intracellular signalling in Prof. Phil Majerus' laboratory at Washington University Medical School, St Louis USA.

On her return to Australia in 1991, Professor Mitchell became an independent investigator at the Department of Medicine, Box Hill Hospital. In 1999 she was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and in 2006 was appointed Head of School of Biomedical Sciences.

The research group led by Professor Mitchell is currently pursuing the identification and characterisation of novel proteins that regulate cell growth and differentiation.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Visas, Visits and Refusals: working in the borderzones of resilience, distress and wellbeing Website | More Information
A public talk by Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow and Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies.

At times of great human suffering we see extraordinary courage and compassion. Receiving communities across Europe, such as Calais and Lesbos, have led with creativity, practical action, and costly generosity. Individuals and local groups have led where larger institutions and some governments have been slow, reluctant and mired in outdated thinking and ineffective solutions.

At the same time we have witnessed a rise in xenophobia and structural violence against refugees. This is something that Europe has witnessed before, in the aftermath of the Second World War, and we have much to learn from history. The last time Europe faced such numbers of refugees, it failed. In the face of this failure, in December 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the 56 members of the United Nations. These very articles however, are now in peril.

In this talk, Alison Phipps will make a poetic and critical reflection on the borderzones and visa regimes operating across several large academic and artistic projects. She will argue that when homes, livelihoods, dignity and lives are destroyed, those of us with privilege and mandates should offer solidarity, practical action and learn from those with direct experience, rather than relying on second hand assumptions.

This presentation will also consider what it means to bear witness. Professor Phipps will discuss the uncomfortable, provoking and transformative dimensions of being physically immersed in experiences of refusal and separation and how it changes those who are witnesses, often profoundly.

Professor Phipps is a visiting Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Australian Sociological Association Conference being held at UWA from 27 -30 November.
Thursday 30
12:00 - Forum - Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum Website | More Information
Staff, students and all other interested parties are invited to attend the 2017 Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum which showcases the education-related research being conducted by Higher Degree by Research students at WA universities.

The Forum will be held at the UWA Graduate School of Education on the afternoon of Thursday 30 November 2017. This is a free event to be followed by refreshments.

Please register via Eventbrite (link can be found on forum webpage).

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