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Today's date is Monday, September 24, 2018
Events for the public
 May 2018
Wednesday 16
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Savonarola and Botticelli: the visionary prophet and the penitent painter Website | More Information
A public lecture by Arvi Wattel, School of Design, The University of Western Australia.

After the French invasion in 1494, the Florentine people revolted against its de facto rulers and exiled the Medici family from Florence. Subsequently, the followers of the Dominican preacher Girolamo Savonarola (called piagnoni: weepers) instituted a theocratic government, taking fierce control over the city, while Savonarola was preaching the end of times and called for a large ‘bonfire of the vanities’ to ‘cleanse’ the city. Savonarola’s disgust of splendour is famous, but what exactly was the impact of his sermons and this theocratic government on the arts? How did artists respond to his attacks on their art and his calls for reform?

This lecture is part of a lecture series: A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence.

The Institute of Advanced Studies is pleased to present a series of lectures to be held in conjunction with the exhibition, A Window on Italy – The Corsini Collection: Masterpieces from Florence, which is being held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 24 February – 18 June 2018.

The exhibition is organised by the Galleria Corsini, Florence, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tãmaki, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and MondoMostre, Rome.
Thursday 17
8:00 - COURSE - Managing Seismic Risks in Underground Mines Short Course : This course is designed to introduce mine geotechnical engineers to basic mine seismology concepts and their application in mining. Website | More Information
Hard rock mines in deep and high-stress environments often require the use of seismic systems to enable operators to manage seismic risk posed to the workforce, the mining investment and the environment. Seismic data is also used in assessing the rock mass response to mining activities where source parameters are used in the interpretation of rock mass failure mechanisms, the calibration of numerical modelling, and the interpretation of failure mechanics of the rock mass. This course is designed to introduce mine geotechnical engineers to basic mine seismology concepts and their application in mining. Geotechnical engineers who work on medium to high risk seismic mines would benefit most from this course. Course topics include: • Intact rock strength • Spatial seismic analysis • Seismic response • Seismic re-entry • Seismic hazard assessment

16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar : When, why and by whom was the controversial ‘ship motif’ painted at walganha (Walga Rock)? More Information
For nearly 100 years people have wondered who painted a European ship with two masts, a row of gun ports and an apparent funnel at walganha, the most profusely decorated, ceremonially and mythologically significant, pictogram site known in southern Western Australia. Is the ship meant to be VOC Batavia or Zuytdorp, or is it the SS Xantho; they wrecked near Geraldton in 1629, 1712 and 1872, respectively. Does the stylised four-line pattern beneath the ship’s hull represent ‘waves’ or mimic Arabic or Asian ‘writing’? Is the motif simply graffiti, made in the 1890s during the Murchison gold rush? Was the artist a blonde, blue-eyed (part-Dutch?) girl who was killed and buried nearby for desecrating a men’s site? Did Sammy Malan/Hasssan, a ‘Malaysian’ ex-pearl diver, paint the ship after he settled at Walga Soak in about 1917? These questions will be considered in the light of several mutually-corroborative newspaper articles overlooked by previous commentators. They indicate that the ship was probably painted by an Aboriginal man before 1890; when pastoralism was being introduced into the Cue region. While difficult to ‘prove’, definitively, this scenario makes historic sense and has implications for post-colonial cultural collapse in this under-studied region.

17:30 - VISITING SPEAKER - 2018 Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture : 2018 Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture with speaker Cr Tony Briffa Website | More Information
The Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture is an annual collaboration between the Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia and the University of Western Australia to honour the work and achievements of the late Ms Isabelle Lake, a young trans rights activist, former employee of the Commission, and a University of Western Australia student.

These lectures aim to honour Ms Lake’s work and draw attention to the issues faced by transsexual, transgender, intersex and gender diverse people. The 2018 lecture takes place on IDAHOBIT (International day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexism and transphobia) and will be given by Cr Tony Briffa, who will speak about her life experiences as an intersex person. After the lecture, Cr Briffa is looking forward to interacting with the audience with a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be served from 5:30pm before the lecture starts at 6pm.

*RSVPs to https://www.trybooking.com/371061 for catering purposes please*

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Fish Must Breathe! Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Daniel Pauly, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

One of the expected responses of marine fishes to ocean warming is decrease in body size, as supported by evidence from empirical data and theoretical modelling. The theoretical underpinning for fish shrinking is that the oxygen supply to large fish size cannot be met by their gills, whose surface area cannot keep up with the oxygen demand by their three-dimensional bodies. Although this logic has been recently challenged, it will be shown, in the context of Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT) that gills, because they must retain the properties of open surfaces, cannot avoid being limiting for fish growth. Also, besides explaining (1) the growth patterns of fish, a wide range of biological features of fish and other water-breathing organisms can be understood only when gill area limitation is used as an explanation, including (2) the decline of food conversion efficiency with size; (3) the size at which they reproduce; (4) the phenomenon known as ‘abortive maturation’; (5) why the fish of a given species are larger at the cold end of their distribution ranges; (6) why fish move into deeper/colder waters when they grow bigger; (7) why the growth and food conversion efficiency of farmed fish declines when oxygen supply is reduced; (8) why fish perform temperature-driven seasonal migrations (9) why global warming induces poleward migrations; (10) why the flesh of tuna that have fought for a long time at the end of a fishing line becomes inedible; (11) why the otoliths of fish and the statoliths of invertebrates form clear daily rings in larvae and juveniles, but in adults; (12) many other phenomena that are never ben elucidated before, or even perceived as requiring an explanation. The GOLT thus appears to have the potential of a powerful theory capable of acceleration progress in marine biology and limnology and the corresponding applied discipline, ie, fishery science and aquaculture.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich! Ukulele Sensation Website | More Information
Since 2012 the Conservatorium of Music has offered a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduates studying at UWA.

From humble beginnings in 2014, there are now 6 Ukulele ensembles running each week on campus and in the Enrich! Ukulele sensation, the amazing Luke Dux brings these groups together to showcase their semester's work!

Tickets $10 Standard / $5 Concessions (available at the door - cash only)

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Main Stage | Collaboration Website | More Information
The exceptional ability of young emerging artists and their passion for music will always create an extraordinary experience for concertgoers.

In this concert, the UWA Wind Orchestra directed by Paul de Cinque perform some exciting repertoire for winds, before the UWA Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms' monumental Symphony No. 4, conducted by Head of the UWA Conservatorium Professor Alan Lourens.

Come along and be inspired by the cream of Western Australia's young musicians.

Tickets $18-25 | School students attend for Free (email concerts@uwa.edu.au to RSVP)
Friday 18
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar : Bamboo or Banksia? Exploring plants, spaces and design for the Chinese garden in Perth More Information
Classical scholar gardens of Suzhou date back to the Wu Kingdom (6BCE). Their designs had developed and matured by the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644). Nine of these gardens are listed as UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Sights which signify their importance and value. Many Chinese gardens have been built in recent years across the world, mimicking the design of the classical scholar gardens of Suzhou. A Chinese garden in Perth will make a significant contribution to local cultural life, enhance the multicultural society of Australia and educate visitors about Chinese arts and design. This paper demonstrates an avant-garde approach to making this a cultural and eco-rehabilitation project.

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Free Lunchtime Concert | UWA Guitar Studio Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

This week, quartets from the UWA Conservatorium Guitar Studio will perform movements from Phillip Houghton’s Opals, and an arrangement of a Philip Glass string quartet (rarely heard on guitars). This free concert will also feature solo performances of works by JS Bach, Leo Brouwer and Giulio Regondi.

Let the sensuous sound of classical guitars take you from the mundane to the sublime.

Entry is free - no bookings required
Wednesday 23
17:15 - FREE LECTURE - Peace or Peril in Pyongyang: Dr Dino Patti Djalal on his Recent Visit to North Korea : Free Public Discussion Website | More Information
In this exclusive event, the Perth USAsia Centre will host Indonesia’s former Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Dino Patti Djalal, who in April 2018 led a delegation of Indo-Pacific scholars and academics to North Korea. Dr Dino Patti Djalal initiated the visit to through his think-tank, the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), to meet with representatives of the North Korean Government to discuss contemporary issues facing the region. Professor Gordon Flake, CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, will interview Dr Djalal about his visit. The two experts will place this visit into the context of the significant diplomatic and de-escalation developments on the Korean Peninsula. In April, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held an unprecedented inter-Korean summit to discuss denuclearisation and the opportunities for a Peninsula peace regime. This summit followed a March President Xi-Kim meeting and precedes the upcoming and unprecedented President Trump-Kim summit. Join us at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) Auditorium, Fairway, Perth WA for this timely conversation with two experts who have on-the-ground experience in North Korea as the world anticipates the outcome of the forthcoming meeting between U.S. President Trump and Kim Jong-un.

17:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Converge | Piano Showcase Website | More Information
Join us each week for a delightful musical surprise! From young artist-led concerts to informal musical drinks on the famous grassy knoll, behind-the-scenes workshops, lectures and masterclasses, these free weekly musical experiences will delight all music lovers.

Come and hear music from Bach to Dizzy Gillespie in the UWA Conservatorium piano (and piano accordion!) student showcase!

Entry is free - no bookings required

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Duties to One's Own Population and Combatants in War: is there an "Internal" Humanitarian Law? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Frédéric Mégret, Associate Professor of Law and Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law, McGill University and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

International humanitarian law is traditionally about the "other" side in the war, whether combatants or non-combatants. Just war theorists however have hinted at the idea that there is an "internal jus in bello" that applies in the relationship of the sovereign to its own population in war.

In this lecture, Professor Mégret will explore that possibility in existing international humanitarian law. To what extent are some rules in armed conflict actually about protecting one’s own population (eg: not recruiting child soldiers; not placing military assets next to civilian installations)? What if the state has duties towards its own combatants? The recent judgment of the International Criminal Court convicting Ntaganda for sexual slavery against one’s own troops points to this emerging dimension. It implicates some crucial debates about the relationship of international humanitarian law to international human rights law, and emphasizes some of the challenges involved: is there a risk, for example, of being too protective of the lives of one’s soldiers at the expense of non-combatants on the other side?

This public lecture is presented by the Australian Red Cross, the UWA Law School and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.
Thursday 24
12:00 - Open to staff, students, and the public! - Plant Sale! with Friends of the Grounds : JOIN US! herbs, succulents, and more - plants typically $3 to $5 each Website | More Information
UWA Friends of the Grounds are holding a May Plant Sale on Thursday 24 May 2018 (and Friday 25 May 2018 if remaining stock)

Find herbs, succulents, and more - plants typically $3 to $5 each. Great finds! Open to staff, students, and the public.

Please bring a carry bag or cardboard box to cart your new plant friends home - thank you :)

16:00 - EVENT - Archaeology Seminar : Ten Hundred Words of Archaeology: UWA archaeologists explain their research More Information
Using only the most commonly used English words this seminar will treat you to the state of PhD research in archaeology from UWA. The remainder of this abstract is written using only the ten hundred words people use the most often, which is also known as Up Goer Five. We look at old things from the past and what people did with them and why. We have not finished looking at those old things at this place with many books and people reading them. The talks are by both students and teachers and will be about their work and then how writing this talk was hard. Each talk will be short and will be about: 1) Putting rock art together with other old things by seeing where it is to know if from long ago or not so long ago -Lucia Martinez Clayton. 2) The study of a shop owner's life a long time ago when the city north of the big city was still a small town – Melissa Hetherington. 3) How long did people from the past in the north west wear small hard white things from the sea to make themselves look beautiful? - Fiona Hook. 4) Did people who lived near the beach north of here always eat sea food – Carly Monks. 5) When water does not run: understanding life on the streets of the big town up the river – Sven Ouzman, Rebecca Foote, Natasha Busher, Liam Phillips

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - How to Treat Persons: two anchors of moral judgement Website | More Information
A public lecture by Robert Audi, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame (Indiana, US) and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

If we do what we morally ought to do, does that suffice for being a moral person? It would not for Aristotle, since doing what we ought to do does not entail acting from virtue. It would not for Kant, since we can do what we ought to do for morally inappropriate reasons. The question is harder for utilitarianism, but for many utilitarians, even regularly maximizing utility does not entail being a moral person. For common-sense intuitionism, too, doing the right deeds does not suffice for being a moral person.

This presentation will argue that our conduct goes beyond our deeds—even beyond those as motivated in a certain way—and that a suitable predominance of morally right conduct in life apparently does suffice for being a moral person. Showing this requires accounts of conduct, its governing norms, and how a theory of conduct embodies moral standards.
Friday 25
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Free Lunchtime Concert | UWA Clarinets Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

Featuring flute, clarinet and oboe in ensemble and solo performances - this concert will take you on a musical journey through works by Corelli, Prokofiev, Poulenc and more!

Entry is free - no bookings required

18:00 - PERFORMANCE - Don't Stop The Music | How Music Came to Challis : Celebration Concert Website | More Information
Don't Stop the Music is a documentary series highlighting the transformative effects of teaching music in primary school.

Classic FM's Russell Torrance helps chart the journey of students of Challis Community Primary School who are part of a new school music program. With their imaginations ignited they show us what they've learnt, supported by a collective of exceptional performers, including the UWA Symphony Orchestra and members of the UWA Symphonic Chorus.

The concert also features special guest performances by superstars James Morrison and Guy Sebastian who are mentors for the students.

Tickets $20
Monday 28
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich - World Percussion Fiesta Website | More Information
The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduate UWA Students. Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

In the World Percussion Carnival, renowned Perth percussionist Paul Tanner will lead 3 ensembles in a lively performance of traditional Zimbabwean, Zulu and West African music!

Come and hear part of the wealth of musical talent on campus!

Tickets available at the door (cash only): $10 Standard / $5 Concessions (Seniors/Children/Students/Friends of Music)
Tuesday 29
8:45 - FREE LECTURE - Regional Responses to the Trump Trade Shock : Free Lecture Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre will be hosting Ms Christine Holgate, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia Post, Professor Taeho Bark, President of the Global Commerce Institute of Lee&Ko and Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University and Ambassador Frank Lavin, CEO Export Now, Former US Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; and Former US Ambassador to Singapore for a public discussion on recent trends and shifts in the regional trade system. The Indo-Pacific regional trade architecture is undergoing turbulent shifts prompted by an assertive Trump Administration trade policy which is affecting major trading partners and allies. Western Australia currently conducts 78% of its trade with countries in the region. Shifts in the regional trade system will have significant implications to Western Australia’s economic engagement with countries in the region. At this public event, Ms Christine Holgate will deliver a keynote address followed by a panel discussion with our visiting international trade experts, Professor Taeho Bark and Ambassador Frank Lavin. They will explore possible policy responses to changes in the regional trading system and strategies to ensure the continued economic security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. To enhance your understanding of recent shifts in the international trade system and its implications for Australia, please join us for an informative discussion by our visiting trade and business experts.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich - Percussion Carnival Website | More Information
The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduate UWA Students. Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

The Percussion Fiesta will feature over 80 students, performing pieces from film and TV, Pop and Rock favourites as well as more traditional African melodies in the culmination of their semester's work!

Come and hear part of the wealth of musical talent on campus!

Tickets available at the door (cash only): $10 Standard /$5 Concessions (Seniors/Children/Students/Friends of Music)

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