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Today's date is Monday, December 16, 2019
Events for the public
 October 2019
Wednesday 02
9:00 - CONFERENCE - UWA Music presents: Research | Footprints (creating pathways to the future) : Australian Society of Music Education XXII National Conference More Information
The Conservatorium is proud to support the 2019 ASME National Conference, with keynote speakers including Professor Margaret Barrett, Dr Anita Collins, Dr Clinton Bracknell and Dr Joan Pope.

16:30 - PUBLIC TALK - An African-American feminist visits Perth in 1960: who she met, what she saw, what she said, and what she wore Website | More Information
Keynote Address by Emerita Professor Ann Curthoys, chaired by Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, Professor Jane Lydon

In December 1960, Eslanda Robeson visited Perth with her famous husband, singer and actor Paul Robeson. She gave several press and radio interviews, and spoke to university students, a Peace Council reception, and to the Union of Australian women, including Aboriginal women. In these talks, she consistently emphasised the role of women in international struggles for racial equality and peace. Newspaper interviews often emphasised her appearance, contrasting her tiny physique with Paul's huge powerful figure, and portraying her as sparkling and dynamic. Although no-one in Australia knew it at the time, she was recovering from extensive radiotherapy for several cancers, and died from breast cancer in New York five years later. In the book Ann Curthoys is writing on the Robesons' visit to Australia in 1960, the Perth visit is the subject of the last chapter, bringing together issues of women’s rights; Aboriginal rights; health, illness and celebrity; and the meaning of peace in the Cold War.

Ann Curthoys is a historian who writes about Australian history in a transnational and imperial frame and about questions of history, theory, and writing. In addition to many essays and co-edited essay collections on topics ranging from women's historical writing to the 'Cold War, her books include For and Against Feminism' (1988); 'Freedom Ride: A Freedomrider Remembers' (2002); (with John Docker) 'Is History Fiction?' (2005); (with Ann Genovese and Alexander Reilly), 'Rights and Redemption: History, Law, and Indigenous People' (2008), and (with Ann McGrath), 'How to Write History that People Want to Read' (2009). Her latest book is (with Jessie Mitchell), 'Taking Liberty: Indigenous Rights and Settler Self-Government in the Australian Colonies, 1830 - 1890' (2018). She is an emeritus professor at ANU, and an honorary professor at The University of Western Australia and the University of Sydney.

This public event is part of the annual Australian Women's History Network symposium 'The Female Frame: Biopolitics and Wellbeing in Australian and Global Perspective’, being held at The University of Western Australia on 2nd October 2019. It is supported by the UWA School of Humanities, the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, the UWA Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

17:45 - EVENT - MBA and Graduate Certificate Information Evening : Meet and hear about MBA courses from our MBA Director, current students and recent alumni. Website | More Information
Join WA’s highest-ranking Business School for an opportunity to take your career to the next level through a UWA MBA or pathway Graduate Certificate.

UWA is a member of the Group of Eight and has an outstanding reputation: we're ranked 1st in Western Australia and among the top 100 universities worldwide (QS World Rankings, 2019).

At this Information Evening you’ll meet and hear directly from our MBA Directors, as well as our current students and recent alumni making impact in business.

We'll cover everything you need to know about the UWA MBA program, such as various study options, alternative pathways, special masterclasses, personalised career mentoring, and our international study tours. Join us for drinks and nibbles, hear about the new MBA Intensive program, and decide which path is right for you.

*Event program*

5:45pm - Registrations in Business School foyer 6:00pm - Presentations by MBA Directors and Q&A panel of current students and alumni 7:00pm - Networking, nibbles and drinks
Thursday 03
16:45 - PUBLIC TALK - Community Forum and Q&A : This is your chance to hear from a number of specialists who will present an overview of the advances being made in respiratory health Website | More Information
The Institute for Respiratory Health and The National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases will host a series of short talks from both our internationally renowned and emerging researchers on the latest discoveries and future directions in respiratory related diseases. Refreshments in the Perkins foyer from 4.45pm, followed by the talks and Q&A session from 5.30pm. There will be laboratory tours from 6.30pm – numbers for the tours are strictly limited.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Pandemics and their Control in the Modern World Website | More Information
A public lecture by Sir Roy Anderson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Imperial College London and Director, London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research.

This public talk will address the potential for a future Influenza A pandemic and issues related to control of the recent Ebola and SARS epidemics. It will also address the question of how we develop control strategies and mitigation policy in advance of new infectious disease outbreaks? The talk will be presented in a non-technical format.

Sir Roy Anderson is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, Imperial College London and Director of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research.

Sir Roy served as Director of the Wellcome Centre for Parasite Infections (1989 - 1993 at Imperial College London) and Director of the Wellcome Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (1993 - 2000 at the University of Oxford). He is the author of over 450 scientific articles and has sat on numerous government and international agency committees advising on public health and disease control including the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS.

He has also served as Chair of the Science Advisory Board of the Natural History Museum London, and as a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline.

He is currently Chair of Oriole Global Health Ltd, Chair of the International Advisory Board of PTTGC Thailand, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Hakluyt and Company Ltd. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Oxford Nanoimaging and serves on the Board of the London Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Sir Roy was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998, and a Foreign Associate Member of the National Academy of Medicine at the US National Academy of Sciences in 1999. He was knighted in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sir Roy’s visit is supported by the the Forrest Research Foundation, UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, Curtin University, and the Department of Health Western Australia.
Friday 04
19:00 - DISTINGUISHED VISITOR - UWA Music presents: WA Opera Distinguished Artist Series | Stuart Maunder More Information
UWA and WAO present a series of lecture recitals, talks and masterclasses with internationally recognised directors and artists from WAO's 2019 season, to delight audiences with a unique insight into the world of opera.

Macbeth director Stuart Maunder speaks this week on 'The language between music and literature'.

Free entry, bookings essential. RSVP to concerts@uwa.edu.au
Monday 07
12:07 - EVENT - Lions Eye Institute Research Week : Eye health and research lectures for the community, McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, 6 Verdun St Nedlands, 10am – 4pm, Tuesday 22nd October. More Information
Tuesday 08
8:15 - CONFERENCE - 2019 In The Zone Conference: Critical Minerals: Securing Indo-Pacific Technology Futures : Launched in November 2009, In The Zone is Western Australia's premier forum on questions of regional significance Website | More Information
Western Australia is the gateway to the Indo-Pacific. As the nation’s regional capital, Perth watches the future unfold from a fascinating vantage point. This presents our economy and society with profound opportunities for cultural enrichment and increased prosperity. In fast-moving times, it is difficult for leaders to keep the pulse of circumstances, to reach beyond the headlines and consider the deeper forces driving events. Over the years, In the Zone has provided business and policymakers with the opportunity to lift their gaze to the demands of the twenty-first century. In partnership with The University of Western Australia, In The Zone 2019 - Critical Minerals: Securing Indo-Pacific Technology Futures will attract more than 350 delegates from government and business across the Indo-Pacific region to examine: * The importance of critical materials for modern telecommunication, science, defence and digital networks * The economic, environmental and security challenges facing existing critical materials industries * The imperative of developing more secure and sustainable critical materials value chains * The potential for Western Australia to collaborate with Indo-Pacific partners to support the technological foundations of the region's prosperity. Ticket includes: morning and afternoon tea, lunch and networking reception (5-6pm).

11:44 - EVENT - Agriculture 4.0 (The Future of Agriculture) : AGRI 4.0 2020 More Information

17:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Music presents: Research | Callaway Centre Seminar Series : Ashley Smith More Information
A free weekly seminar series, with presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

This week, Chair of Woodwinds Ashley Smith presents his current analytical research on contemporary clarinet repertoire.

Further information at music.uwa.edu.au
Thursday 10
17:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Religious freedom and the LGBTIQA+ community Website | More Information
The 2017 marriage equality survey stirred up the discussion around the rights of LGBTIQA+ people and religious freedoms, leading to the Ruddock review and the draft package of religious freedom bills currently doing the rounds.

The proposed Religious Discrimination Bill is being framed as simultaneously both deeply necessary, and making only conservative changes to existing legislation. But what does the bill actually contain? What does it mean for LGBTIQA+ and religious communities? What about the impact on the people who belong to both?

Join discrimination law expert Liam Elphick for a mini-lecture unpacking the bill and how it relates to existing protections, followed by a panel discussion with LGBTIQA+ people and their allies from faith communities as they discuss what the bill would mean for them and their experiences living in the intersection of their identities.

Registration through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/religious-freedom-and-the-lgbtiqa-community-tickets-73906800229

18:00 - FREE LECTURE - The Tough Love Debate | Public Seminar : Can thoughtful schools achieve what suspensions and exclusions cannot? Website | More Information
Violence and bullying in schools is an understandable concern within many Australian communities. Teachers are being challenged with an increasing proportion of students who have experienced adversity and trauma whilst still needing to provide quality academic instruction to large classes.

The resultant increasing numbers of school suspensions and exclusions is not surprising; our society largely works on the premise that negative consequences will lead to changed behaviour. It is increasingly clear however, that the hopeful outcome of mentally healthy school communities is not being achieved and that other approaches are needed.

On Mental Health Day 2019, join us for a public seminar to hear from child trauma experts, Dr Howard Bath and Commissioner and Professor Helen Milroy, who will share their extensive experience in trauma-informed practice and the role that schools can play in supporting the mental health of children and young people.

Our speakers will discuss:

* Strategies that help prevent the cycle of adversity being faced by many children and young people

* The ‘why’ behind violence, bullying and the increasing mental health challenges being faced by children and young people, and

* Responses by schools and communities that are most likely to positively impact the whole school community.

During the seminar, Dr Karen Martin (School of Population and Global Health) will also launch the WA Department of Education funded ‘Thoughtful Schools Project’. This project incorporates the implementation and evaluation of the newly developed International Trauma- Informed Practice Principles which have been designed to guide schools to generate positive school environments that support mental wellbeing with academic success.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Centre Stage | Music Students Society (MSS) Takeover More Information
The UWA Music Students Society (MSS) takeover this concert for an evening of extraordinary new music by UWA composition students.

Free entry, no bookings required.
Friday 11
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Lunchtime Concert | UWA Voice More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from with the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

This week we invite our talented voice students to take the stage.

Free entry, no bookings required.
Saturday 12
9:30 - EVENT - The Insider's Guide to: Leonardo's Mona Lisa : What has made the Mona Lisa the most famous picture in the world? Website | More Information
Why is it that, of all the 6,000 paintings in the Louvre, it is the only one to be exhibited in a special box, set in concrete and protected by two sheets of bulletproof glass? Why do thousands of visitors throng to see it every day, ignoring the masterpieces which surround it? For nearly 500 years the painting – and the mysterious smile on the face of the sitter has been a source of mystery, speculation and reverence. In this lecture we will discuss not only the Mona Lisa and its history, but its mythology and the processes which combined to raise it to its current unrivalled level of fame. We will examine Leonardo’s innovative techniques; the problems concerning the identity of the sitter; what happened to the painting after it left Italy when Leonardo joined King Francois I’s court in France; the copies made after the painting; its celebration by 19th-century intellectuals; its theft and disappearance early in the 20th century; the surrealist’s response to the artwork; other avant-garde artists' and cartoonists' uses of it; its appropriation by the advertising industry and the never-ending flood of new and ‘conclusive’ theories about Mona Lisa’s smile.
Monday 14
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Cyber Security: why are we not safer? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor David Watts, Professor of Information Law and Policy, La Trobe University and 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Not long ago we were shocked when we discovered that our personal information had been hacked, stolen and misused. Now it has become a commonplace, routine event, hardly worth much of a conversation around the office coffee machine.

The cost of cyber security breaches to the Australian economy is estimated by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to be $1billion each year. But this estimate only covers direct costs. When both direct and indirect costs, including damage to individuals’ identity (identity theft) and reputation, the impact on the emotional and psychological well-being of those affected, loss of business and employment opportunities and the economic damage that accrues from the loss of intellectual property and other confidential information, the ACIC’s estimate rises to 1% of GDP. This is about $17billion annually. Australian expenditure on cyber security prevention and threat mitigation is estimated to reach about $4billion in the 2019 calendar year, producing a total cyber cost of around $21billion.

In comparison, the total cost of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is estimated to be about $23billion over the 2019/20 financial year. The cost of providing Medicare services across the 2018/19 financial year was about $24billion. The total Australian defence budget for 2019/20 sits at 1.93% of GDP – almost $39billion.

It is difficult to imagine any sector of the Australian economy where the costs to the community are so high and where so much money has been spent on prevention and remediation, apparently without much effect. Why are we not safer? This lecture will explore the answers to this question.

Professor Watts will argue that the root causes of our cyber failures are attributable to a series of perverse incentives that undermine our ability and willingness to address cyber security issues. He will argue that accountability mechanisms do exist and are ‘hiding in plain sight’ but have simply not been pursued through mechanisms such as public interest class actions. He will propose a recalibration of our policy responses to cyber security as a way to answer the question posed at the outset: why are we not safer?
Tuesday 15
17:00 - EVENT - Celebration of 50 Years of the Octagon Theatre : Personally experience being on the Octagon's stage as our presenters take you through the history of the Theatre and its 50 years in our community. Website | More Information
Our presenters will include Dr Joan Pope (also the evening's MC), Dr William (Bill) Dunstone and Rob Lines.

Starting at 5.00pm from the Bradley Studio (accessed from the car park entry at the rear) the presentation will commence at 5.30pm on the Octagon stage, followed by drinks and reminiscences through to 7:30pm.

Parking: Please use car park P1 (Recreation centre) or P3 (Reid library). Parking is not available in P28 (Octagon theatre).

Presented by The University of Western Australia Historical Society with the support of University Theatres.

17:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Music presents: Research | Callaway Centre Seminar Series : Honours Showcase 1 More Information
A free weekly seminar series, with presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

This week, Honours students showcase the progress and outcomes of their diverse music research over the year.

Further information at music.uwa.edu.au
Wednesday 16
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Margaret Cavendish’s Life of Newcastle (1667), a Wifely Intervention in the Making of History Website | More Information
A public lecture by Dr Diana Barnes, Lecturer in English Literary Studies, University of New England and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

By 1667 when Margaret Cavendish’s biography of her husband, Life of the Thrice Noble, High and Puissant Prince William Cavendish, Duke, Marquess, and Earl of Newcastle; Earl of Ogle; Viscount Mansfield; and Baron of Bolsover, of Ogle, Bothal and Hepple … was published, she was already an established print author with a staggering number of titles to her name. Those works ranged across a variety of genres and modes from poetry and prose fiction, to plays, oratory, letters and philosophy. Her reputation as a print author rested upon them, in particular the elaborate and defensive paratexts written mostly by herself and her husband (Newcastle) addressing the public debate about her authorship. A lot has been written about the desire for fame that drove Cavendish’s presentation of herself as a print author, royalist and wife. In this public lecture, Dr Barnes will discuss how Life of Newcastle makes a pointed intervention in the historical account of the English civil war being promoted in publications of the 1650s and 1660s.

Dr Diana Barnes is Lecturer in English Literary Studies at the University of New England. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland (2013-2017). From 2010 to 2013, she was a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery project, ‘Continuities and Changes in the History of European Women’s Letter Writing.’ Dr Barnes is the recipient of a wide range of international scholarships, including, most recently, the James M. Osborne Fellowship in English and History, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University (2014); S. Ernest Sprott Fellowship, University of Melbourne 2012-13); and an Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship (2009). Dr Barnes is the author of a well-received monograph, Epistolary Community in Print, 1580-1664 (Ashgate, 2013), and a range of book chapters and peer-reviewed articles related to her interests in gender, community, emotion in early modern English literature. She is currently working on two major book projects, ‘‘The Politics of Civility: Historicising Early Modern Genres of Community’ and ‘Gender and Stoicism in Early Modern Literature’.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Staying in touch across distance: 100 years of Italian-Australian migration Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Loretta Baldassar, Anthropology and Sociology, UWA.

Loretta Baldassar's research and teaching areas include migration, transnational families and Australian society. Loretta initiated migration studies in Anthropology when she became a staff member in 1995. Since then she has contributed to the development of this research and teaching into a core area of expertise at UWA through several initiatives. These include co-founding the Migration, Mobilities and Belonging MoB Network and the WA Migration Research Network (MRN), as well as the funding and appointment of a Cassamarca Lectureship in Italian migration studies, an ARC Linkage Postdoctoral Fellowship on Italian migration in WA and an EU Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship on Transnational Families. Loretta has supervised a steady stream of postgraduate research students working on migration related topics. She is currently working on two ARC Discovery projects: Ageing and New Media and Mobile Transitions.

This lecture is part of a year-long series that celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA

2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the teaching of Italian language and culture at The University of Western Australia.

In 1929, Francesco Vanzetti, an idiosyncratic and popular Venetian, offered the first courses in Italian. This was the first appointment of a lecturer in Italian in any Australian university.

This lecture series, supported by the Institute of Advanced Studies and by Italian Studies in the UWA School of Humanities, celebrates aspects of Italian language and culture, past and present.

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