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 October 2018
Sunday 28
11:00 - FESTIVAL - Spring Fair : Spring Fair at St George's College Website | More Information
Spring Fair is back again for 2018. Enjoy the entertainment, sample produce from our vendors and sit back and soak in the atmosphere. Lots of activities to keep the kids happy and plenty of stalls to pick up gifts or something to snack.
Monday 29
9:30 - STAFF EVENT - Unit Design Workshop (29/10/2018) Website | More Information
Facilitated by experienced Learning Designers, this one-day workshop is a great practical opportunity for new and current teaching staff at UWA to experience the unit design process.

You and your colleagues can participate in a number of sequential collaborative tasks which will allow you to explore ideas for student-centred learning as well as map out and plan the face-to-face and online elements for the unit you want to specifically focus on for this workshop.

The workshop begins at 9:30am sharp and finishes at 4:30pm. There is an expectation that participants will be present for the full day. Please answer as many of the questions at the point of registration. This extremely valuable information will be used to coordinate the best team to assist you at this workshop and during follow-up opportunities.

Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided.

To get the most out of this workshop we highly recommend the following:

A Unit Coordinator for the unit must attend. Unit Coordinators are encouraged to invite as many of their unit team members as possible. Please ensure all participants register. Unit Coordinators must bring agreed unit learning outcomes and the current unit outline of the chosen unit. It is important to bring your own laptop or mobile device for online development.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Mobile Museum: botanical exchanges between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Australia Website | More Information
A public lecture by Mark Nesbitt, Curator and Senior Research Leader in economic botany at Kew Gardens.

The Museum of Economic Botany opened at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 1847. As a display of useful plants and their products, it met two very Victorian aims: to be a bridge between producers of raw materials around the world and manufacturers in Britain, and to educate the public. Throughout its existence (1847-1987), the Museum grew to fill four large buildings. Today although the collection has grown to 100,000 plant raw materials and objects, including 1700 from Australia, these are in a research store. The very existence of museums of economic botany is mostly forgotten. This talk will explore how their history can be used to shine a powerful light on colonial history, and how historic specimens can take on new functions relevant to the modern world. It will draw on findings from The Mobile Museum: Economic Botany in Circulation, a major research project that is mapping the circulation of specimens across international networks of exchange in the 19th and 20th centuries. Specimens arrived at Kew by way of a complex network of scientific and personal relationships with collectors such as Emile Clement and Ferdinand von Mueller, and with similar museums at Australian botanic gardens. A remarkable number of specimens received by Kew – over 50,000 – were sent on to other museums, resulting in complex journeys for many Australian objects. What is revealed is a rich history of colonial, scientific and personal endeavour over a formative period in the development of Australia.
Tuesday 30
8:00 - CONFERENCE - 2018 Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference : Conference Website | More Information
While the trend toward an increasingly integrated Indo-Pacific was initially viewed from the perspective of economics, trade and energy flows, it is increasingly apparent that the rise of the Indo-Pacific era also has major implications for national defence and regional security. The 2018 Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference will convene strategic thinkers from the military, industry, academic and government in Perth Australia, home to Australia’s largest naval base, a growing defence industry, and a vibrant civic and academic community. Defence West in the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation in partnership with the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia will convene the 2018 Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference. This event will examine the broader geo-strategic environment of the Indo-Pacific and the important role Australia will continue to play in the region via its expertise in defence capability and resources. We also hope to showcase regional opportunities to WA-based industries, as well as national and international stakeholders. This conference will promote the State’s defence capability to national and international defence stakeholders. The aim is to provide new and relevant information from high-level speakers to educate and inspire our local industry, and to assist them in becoming world class and globally competitive (export ready).

9:30 - STAFF EVENT - Unit Design Workshop (30/10/2018) Website | More Information
Facilitated by experienced Learning Designers, this one-day workshop is a great practical opportunity for new and current teaching staff at UWA to experience the unit design process.

You and your colleagues can participate in a number of sequential collaborative tasks which will allow you to explore ideas for student-centred learning as well as map out and plan the face-to-face and online elements for the unit you want to specifically focus on for this workshop.

The workshop begins at 9:30am sharp and finishes at 4:30pm. There is an expectation that participants will be present for the full day. Please answer as many of the questions at the point of registration. This extremely valuable information will be used to coordinate the best team to assist you at this workshop and during follow-up opportunities.

Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided.

To get the most out of this workshop we highly recommend the following:

A Unit Coordinator for the unit must attend. Unit Coordinators are encouraged to invite as many of their unit team members as possible. Please ensure all participants register. Unit Coordinators must bring agreed unit learning outcomes and the current unit outline of the chosen unit. It is important to bring your own laptop or mobile device for online development.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Political Science and International Relations Seminar Series : Is He Still Like the Great Helmsman? Xi Jinping compared to Mao Zedong, a year after the 19th Party Congress More Information
Xi Jinping’s first term as the leader of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has witnessed a centralisation of power unprecedented in the post-Mao political life. His constitutional amendments, persecution of political rivals and growing personality cult are just some features of Xi’s highly authoritarian rule. This presentation endeavours to answer the question: to what extent is Xi the new Mao? It systematically compares the leadership styles of Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong, on the basis of their titles, powers, personality cults and goals – benchmarks intended to be representative of leadership within the unique Chinese system. It has become apparent that despite significant similarities between the two leaders such as quasi-identical motivations for their political actions, there remain fundamental and stylistic differences between the two that render it inaccurate to call Xi the new Mao. While Xi and Mao are the same in many ways, what has changed is the economic, political and social context within which they exist, both inside and outside the People’s Republic.

18:00 - SCREENING - Gurrumul - film screening and panel Q&A Website | More Information
A film screening followed by a panel Q&A with Professor Carmen Lawrence (UWA School of Psychological Science), Professor Dawn Bessarab (UWA Medical School), Professor Patricia Dudgeon (UWA School of Indigenous Studies), and Dr Nicholas Bannan (UWA Conservatorium of Music)

Paul Williams’ must-see documentary about the late, great musician does justice to a life lived between two worlds … a rich, dense, stirring and soulful ode to Australia’s most important voice. (Luke Buckmaster, The Guardian)

Gurrumul portrays internationally acclaimed Australian musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. An Indigenous man descending from the Gumal and Gumatj clans, he was born in Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island, off the coast of Arnhem Land. He was blind from birth, and died prematurely at the age of 46 in 2017. The film not only showcases Gurrumul’s ethereal music, but raises more fundamental questions. What does it mean to be an Indigenous Australian in the modern world? What does it mean to be an Indigenous artist in a society obsessed with fame and fortune? What role can art play in bridging cultural divides? What is the importance of music for cultural and spiritual identity, cross-cultural communication, and psychological well-being?

This event is a collaboration between the UWA School of Psychological Science and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Panellists:

Professor Carmen Lawrence is a psychologist whose research focuses on the forces that drive significant social change as well as exploring our reactions to change. She is Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Change in the UWA School of Psychological Science. In her career in politics, she was WA Minister for Education and Aboriginal Affairs and the first woman Premier and Treasurer of a State government. In federal politics, she was elected as the Member for Fremantle and appointed Minister for Health and Human Services and Minister assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women.

Professor Dawn Bessarab is an Aboriginal woman of Bardi (West Kimberley) and Yjindjarbandi (Pilbara) descent and an experienced researcher and social worker. She is engaged in qualitative research looking at interventions and collaborative approaches to addressing the health issues affecting Aboriginal people across the State. She is interested in the application of Indigenous research methodologies and the translation of research into policy and practice.

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley area in Western Australia. She is a psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, as well as a Commissioner of the Australian National Mental Health Commission, deputy chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association, chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership in Mental Health group, and co-chair of the ministerial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group. Her area of research includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.

Dr Nicholas Bannan studied music at Cambridge University, where he specialised in vocal studies and composition. He has contributed to the development of the field of evolutionary musicology, which explores the nature and origins of the capacity for music in our species. Nicholas is passionate about music education, especially new pedagogical approaches and advocacy for music in schools. He also explores the potential of singing as a means of social communication in dementia sufferers. He has authored articles in leading music and psychology journals on the phenomenon of singing and its role in human cultures.

 November 2018
Thursday 01
18:00 - CONCERT - Sufi Qawwali Night Website | More Information
USTAD FAREED AYYAZ AND USTAD ABU MOHAMMAD AND BROTHERS

Sufi Qawwali Night

Brought to you by the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, UWA, in collaboration with SelamFest

DATE: 1 November 2018

TIME: 6pm to 10pm

TICKETS: $40 to $60 via: https://www.ticketswa.com/event/sufi-qawwali-night

ABOUT:

Known for Sufi performances, the award-winning group from Pakistan is keeping the family tradition of mystic singing of more than 700 years. Ustaad Fariduddin Ayaz Al Hussaini belongs to the best known ‘gharana’ (family) of musicians, Qawwal Bachchon Ka Gharana of Delhi. The family tradition was started by Samaat bin Ibrahim, the principal student of Amir Khusrau, most renowned Indian musicians of all times.

In the present generation of this gharana, Ustaad Farid Ayaz and his brother Ustaad Abu Muhammad lead their group who has won several awards for their performances. They have performed in Australia, Canada, Europe, USA, UK, Pakistan, India and the Asia Pacific.

Trained in classical Indian music, they perform various genres of Indian classical music like Dhrupad, Khayal, Tarana, Thumri, and Dadra. They sing in Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Pushto, Hindi, Poorbi, Persian, Arabic and Turkish with Kalams (poetry) from poets like Maulana Jami, Jalaluddin Rumi, Sachal Sarmast, Bulleh Shah, Khawaja Ghulam Farid, Amir Khusrau, Kabir Daas, Wamiq Hyderabadi and others.

In 2017, the group performed at the Swan Festival of Lights and The University of Western Australia in Perth where they entrained their audiences with superhit qawaalis like Piya Ghar Aya, Damm Mast Qalandar andChaap Tilakk.

At this not to be missed event, you will enjoy authentic Sufi/Classical Music with the Masters.

Event supported by Octagon Theatre, TicketsWA, Pakistan Association of WA, CloseComfort, among others.
Friday 02
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar Series : Rasa and the process of finding fitness in managing type 2 diabetes among Javanese women More Information
Studies show that cultural beliefs and practices influence how individuals make sense of illness and manage chronic disease. By examining Javanese women’s experiences with type 2 diabetes, this study locates communication about health in the realm of identities, norms and values, relationships and social structures that constitute and constrain health experiences. Rasa provides resources for Javanese women to coconstruct their experience with diabetes and to develop ways of managing the disease and maintaining their well-being. Their narratives revealed that rasa is a form of inner-self training that serves as a guide in dealing with life disruptions, such as illness, in four different layers. These levels are in continuum, reflecting the women’s constant negotiation and search for insights related to their identity and roles in both family and society. In the process of searching for insights, Javanese women use rasa to: 1) make sense of whether or not an individual can still perform her daily activities, 2) control one’s ability to maintain and balance roles, 3) modulate desire or motivation, and 4) guide the process of finding fit in managing type 2 diabetes.

17:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Peacebuilding in the Middle East Website | More Information
PEACEBUILDING IN THE MIDDLE EAST

by Sheikh Mazen Ahram, Imam and Monitor of all Jerusalem Mosques and teacher at Majidul Aqsa

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies and Public Policy Institute, The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with SalamFest, are pleased to invite you to a special lecture by Sheikh Mazen Ahram, Imam and Monitor of all Jerusalem Mosques and teacher at Majidul Aqsa. The lecture will be followed by dinner.

DATE: Friday, 2 Nov 2018

TICKETS: Lecture: $10 | Dinner and Lecture: $65

BUY TICKETS: https://www.ticketswa.com/event/public-lec-ture-peacebuilding-middle-east

LECTURE TIME: 5pm to 6.30pm | DINNER TIME: 7.30 pm

LECTURE VENUE: Economics and Commerce Conference Room, Old Economics and Commerce Building, The University of Western Australia, RM 3.73

DINNER VENUE: Karrakatta Club, 4 Sherwood Court, Perth 6000 Dinner RSVP with dietary requirements required by Wed, 31 Oct 2018
Saturday 03
9:30 - SEMINAR - The Insider's Guide to: Renaissance Rome : Artists giving shape to papal ambitions in Renaissance Rome Website | More Information
After an Imperial age of splendor, Rome went through centuries of decline. While the Renaissance took off in Florence, the Eternal City was nothing more than a provincial backwater in the fifteenth century. Successive popes tried to turn the tide by heavily investing in ambitious monuments, but it was Julius II, nicknamed the ‘Warrior Pope’, who successfully restored some of Rome’s former grandeur. Pope Julius commissioned the architect Bramante to rebuild St. Peter’s; he called Michelangelo to Rome to construct his magnanimous tomb and to paint the Sistine Ceiling and asked Raphael to decorate his private chambers. This lecture will shed light on how these and other artists gave shape to papal ambitions in Renaissance Rome.
Tuesday 06
12:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar : The Current State of Archaeology and Heritage Studies in Ghana More Information
The Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana (DAHS) was established in 1951. It is now a member of the World Universities Network WUN). We have a Museum of Archaeology and the Leventis Digital Resource Centre to support our teaching and research. My talk will focus on the key undergraduate and graduate programmes of the Department and the various strategies we use in the training of more than one thousand undergraduate and 25 graduate students. I will also discuss our various field research projects over the past 15 years. While acknowledging the challenges faced by our department and for archaeological research in Ghana, the talk will showcase the opportunities for UWA archaeologists, anthropologists and heritage experts to partner with us.
Thursday 08
18:15 - PUBLIC TALK - Kerry O'Brien on 'A Memoir' Website | More Information
The Institute of Advanced Studies, City of Perth Library and Boffins Books are delighted to present Kerry O'Brien on his recent book 'A Memoir'.

Join us for this talk with Walkley award winning ABC journalist, Kerry O'Brien, who will reflect on the social and political upheavals he has witnessed and the personalities who have made history.

Kerry O'Brien is one of Australia's most respected journalists, with six Walkley awards including the Gold Walkley and the Walkley for Outstanding Leadership in journalism.

In a 50-year career, Kerry has worked for newspapers, television and wire service, and as a foreign correspondent. Thirty-three of those years have been at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where he cut his teeth on the trail-blazing current affairs programs This Day Tonight and Four Corners. He was the inaugural presenter of Lateline for six years, the editor and presenter of 7.30 for 15 years, and was the presenter of Four Corners.

Cost: $15
Friday 09
7:00 - EVENT - A Diamond in the Dust : Turning outback dust into a diamond empire Website | More Information
A tale of love and loss, hardship and heartache, but ultimately the inspiring story of how a young girl from Germany overcame tragedy to pioneer a diamond empire in one of the most unforgiving terrains on earth. Hear first-hand the powerful true story of how one woman turned outback dust into a diamond empire. Within minutes of landing in Kununurra, Frauke Bolten had made up her mind to get on a plane back home to Germany. It was 1981 and the dusty frontier town was no place for a woman. However, Frauke stayed, determined to help her husband carve out a new life farming. Tragedy struck just three years later when Friedrich took his life and she was left to raise their family alone. Price includes two-course breakfast and presentation by Frauke Bolten-Boshammer. UWA Extension and Boffins Books collaboration.

19:55 - CONCERT - CMSS Presents Pakistani Singer Nadeem Abbas at SWAN Festival of Lights Website | More Information
The performance by renowned Pakistanis singer, Nadeem Abbas on 2 November 2018 has been moved to the Swan Festival of Lights (instead of the Kurrajong Hall, UWA).

He will be performing as the guest of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies (UWA) at the SFOL Festival (Supreme Court Gardens, PERTH) on the same night (9 November 2018) at 7:55pm.

There is no entry fee and the SFOL will be celebrating Diwali in Australia’s truly multicultural spirit. Vegetarian food available for sale. More information here.

This change will give a wider WA community the chance to see Nadeem Abbas perform live.
Monday 12
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Loneliness: the silent global epidemic in an ageing world Website | More Information
A public lecture by Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA).

In our rapidly ageing world, loneliness is quickly becoming a public health crisis with significant consequences that will impact every Australian in one way or another. Improved life expectancy often brings with it the loss of family and friends, not to mention the loss of a purpose in community. Findings from the UK government commission on loneliness in 2017 showed for the first time the extent of this often-invisible yet growing social stain.

More than 9 million people in the UK often or always feel lonely, and some 200,000 older people in Britain had not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month. Loneliness does not discriminate by age, gender, community, background or wealth and most often has a negative impact on a person’s mental and physical health including increased risk of depression, anxiety and dementia, high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems.

Living in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization has not diminished rates of loneliness, for example, in the United States they have doubled since the 1980s. In Japan elder loneliness is a recognised phenomenon that has led a great number of older people—especially widows—to engage in petty theft so they can go to jail; economic difficulties being a factor, but more than anything, they do this to have someone with whom to talk and ultimately to avoid a ‘solitary death.’

Older people are not a homogeneous group but rather a growing diverse population with rich life experiences that shape the way they think and respond to loss and loneliness. This lecture will provide a glimpse into the way different countries are responding to the social situation of loneliness towards a healthier ageing population. As much as we would like to think that there is an easy answer, it goes far beyond offering someone a cup of tea.
Tuesday 13
11:00 - EXHIBITION - Our Living Planet – Biology as Art exhibition : 13 - 17 November in Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at UWA Website | More Information
An exhibition featuring artwork inspired by 'Our Living Planet'. The theme emphasises that our Earth is a beautiful, living planet and that through the ingenuity and creativity of those in the UWA scientific and cultural community, it shall remain a vital and healthy home for all living things. We are all working together to protect our living planet.

Visitors to the exhibition between 13 and 17 November will be invited to vote for their favourite artworks from amongst the finalists displayed.

There are three prizes of $1000 AUD; the Vice-Chancellor's Prize, the Davies Prize and the Head of School Prize. The Head of School prize is selected by people's choice and the Head of School.

19:30 - EVENT - The story of King Eddies - and ‘considerable travail’ : Friends of the Library Website | More Information
A great step forward for the women and babies of W.A. was the founding, over a hundred years ago, of the King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women. The need for a dedicated maternity hospital for poor women and a specialist women’s hospital was vigorously supported by leading women activists including Edith Cowan. Between 1916 and 2016 ‘King Eddies’ would grow to become the sophisticated modern hospital it is today, and one the most important and loved institutions in Perth.

Husband and wife team Jennie and Bevan Carter, who have both made a notable contribution to documenting the lives of Western Australians, will discuss their recent book on the history of King Edward Memorial Hospital.

In their talk ‘Considerable travail’ - 100 years of WA’s premier women’s hospital, they will track the history and evolution of KEMH, explore the crucial importance of activist women in its establishment as a training hospital, briefly look at the role it played as part of the University of Western Australia’s Medical School, and conclude with an examination of the greater community involvement in its services from the late 20th century. On the way they will include some of the fascinating stories of those who shaped King Eddie’s into the institution it is today.

Partners in Historical Research and Publication services, Jennie and Bevan are the authors, individually and together, of several books on aspects of West Australian history including Settlement to City: a history of the Armidale district and its people and most recently King Eddie’s: a history of Western Australia’s premier women’s hospital 1916-2016 published by the KEMH Alumni.

Jennie, who has qualifications in history and archives management, became archives manager at the Battye Library of West Australian History in 1998, then Library Director from 2005 to 2007. She retired from the State Library in 2008. Bevan, with Science and Education degrees and qualifications in Computing, has taught at TAFE and high schools and was mayor of Bassendean from 1997 to 2001 and from 2003 to 2005 President of the WA Genealogical Society. In retirement his interest is in environmental, family and local history and he has published several works. RSVP: Kathryn Maingard – kathryn.maingard@uwa.edu.au or 08 6488 2356

Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation
Friday 16
8:30 - FREE LECTURE - WA - ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue: The Power of Proximity : Free Public Discussion Website | More Information
It is my pleasure to invite you to our upcoming event, WA - ASEAN Trade and Investment Dialogue on Friday, 16 November 2018. In partnership with the Government of Western Australia, this dialogue will feature senior government and business leaders from WA and the ASEAN region and aims to explore how WA and ASEAN can establish a lasting economic partnership. With ASEAN predicted to become the world's fourth-largest economic market by 2030, WA has many opportunities to engage with the ASEAN region through sectors such as mining, agriculture and innovative technology. Registration and Morning Tea 8.30am-9.00am, panel discussion 9.00am - 10.45am.
Saturday 17
9:30 - EVENT - Renovation of a Nation : The Manning Clark House Day of Ideas presented by Holmes à Court Gallery@ No.10 Website | More Information
Many Australians today know little about the history of their nation. This lack of knowledge contributes to discord and unsettled relationships within our country. It is time to address the past in order to create a better future, not only for our ourselves but for generations to come. The interest and urgency in this conversation is apparent. For instance, the date we celebrate Australia Day is being challenged and discussed, and there is a proposal for a Makarrata regarding the lack of an Australian treaty. It is time for discussion and debate about where we are at as a nation now and where we want to be.

Before we do anything else we need to re-stump the foundations that were put in place in 1788. Always unbelievably shaky, many of us feel they are now collapsing. Let’s raze the structure to the ground and start again from there.

We’ve been listening to Aboriginal elders speaking and they are saying that there must be TRUTH, JUSTICE and HEALING before there can be RECONCILIATION. This Day of Ideas will address our History and focus on the Uluru Statement from the Heart as a way to move forward, as a design for our renovation. The Day of Ideas will take place within the gallery's current exhibition 'Australiyaniality' which includes artwork made by a group of multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary artists who have been working together over the past eighteen months to produce the works.

Cost: $55 (includes lunch and refreshments)

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