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Today's date is Sunday, August 09, 2020
Academic Events
 June 2019
Sunday 16
16:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Walk of Shame : The Virtuoso Clarinet and Bass Clarinet More Information
Clarinettist Ashley Smith is a laureate of several of the Australian classical music industry’s most prestigious prizes, including the 2015 APRA Performance of the Year, the Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship, an ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Award and a Churchill Fellowship.

He has performed throughout Australia, the USA and Asia including performances with Bang on a Can, the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Centre, Chamber Music Northwest, the Kennedy Centre, the Beijing Modern Music Festival as well as a soloist with several major Australian and Asian orchestras.

Ahead of his United States tour, Ashley presents a one-man recital of dizzying virtuosity. The solo works by Italian avant-garde composer Franco Donatoni are presented alongside Entr’acte by Chris Tonkin (a bass clarinet solo composed for Ashley) and David Lang’s Press Release.

Free entry – no bookings required
Monday 17
9:30 - EVENT - Unit Design Workshop for New Units and Unit Coordinators (17 June) Website | More Information
Facilitated by an experienced Learning Designer, this one-day workshop is a great practical opportunity for both new Unit Coordinators at UWA to experience the unit design process, or Unit Coordinators who are developing approved new units for their majors to be delivered from 2020.
Tuesday 18
17:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - UWA Music presents: Museum of Sound Series : Sound all Around: Introducing Sound Studies More Information
Do you remember the sound of dial-up internet? What about the whistle of an old kettle or a wine cork popping? Sounds, noise and music are fundamental to our lives.

Join us to explore our sonic past and present and learn how our lives are shaped by sound and listening.

Presented in collaboration with the City of Perth Library.

Sound all Around: Introducing Sound Studies Presented by Dr Sarah Collins

From the invention of the stethoscope to hear the secret sounds of the body, to the contemporary world of ipod and loudspeaker, this talk will trace a history of listening that will make you hear anew the sounds that shape our lives every day.

Sarah Collins works in music history at the UWA Conservatorium of Music. Her research concerns how perceptions of music and sound have shaped ideas about emotions, rationality, national identity and political participation in the past, and what these can tell us about our own soundscapes today.

Free entry - bookings essential

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Missing Magnificence: tracing Catherine de Medici’s hidden cultural legacy : Celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Italian Studies at UWA Website | More Information
A public talk by Professor Susan Broomhall, History, UWA.

2019 is also the 500th anniversary of the birth of Catherine de Medici. As queen consort, regent and queen mother, Catherine dominated sixteenth-century French political life. Embracing her Medici heritage, her cultural projects, from palaces and artworks, to ceramics and exotica, were widely reported (and critiqued) in her lifetime. But where can we see it today? This lecture explores Catherine's extensive cultural patronage and its legacy in Europe today, often hiding in plain sight.

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.
Wednesday 19
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Global Rembrandt Website | More Information
A public lecture by Arvi Wattel, School of Design (History of Art), UWA.

A recurring image of Rembrandt is that of the solitary painter, retreating ever further into the privacy of his studio over the course of his career. Yet, the opposite could be said as well: Rembrandt was thoroughly connected to the social world of his time through patronage and his role as a teacher. There is one aspect of his social world, however, that remains under-emphasised – the artist’s engagement with global cultures. In the seventeenth century, Amsterdam - the city in which Rembrandt lived and worked - became increasingly more global: products from all over the world were available in shops and the population of the city changed significantly. This lecture explores Rembrandt's response to the ever-changing world around him.

Rembrandt’s death took place 350 years ago this year, in 1669. Museums across the globe, from Amsterdam to the Arabian Gulf, are staging exhibitions to commemorate his artistic legacy, and a life that was far from a masterpiece.

Sometimes dismissed contemptuously in his own time, the supreme genius of Rembrandt is now universally acknowledged. The Institute of Advanced Studies at The University of Western Australia is pleased to present a series of lectures offering insights into the artist’s life, his work and its reception.
Thursday 20
10:00 - WORKSHOP - EEU Workshop - Writing Better Learning Outcomes Website | More Information
Do you want to learn how to write Learning Outcomes (LOs) that reflect the knowledge, skills and attitudes your students should have on completion of your unit? Do you want to enhance your existing unit LOs?

In this practical workshop, you will examine the core elements of effective LOs and a checklist for the evaluation of your unit’s LOs.

13:00 - WORKSHOP - EEU Workshop - Writing Better Learning Outcomes Website | More Information
Do you want to learn how to write Learning Outcomes (LOs) that reflect the knowledge, skills and attitudes your students should have on completion of your unit? Do you want to enhance your existing unit LOs?

In this practical workshop, you will examine the core elements of effective LOs and a checklist for the evaluation of your unit’s LOs.

16:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium : Penalizing control volatility in nonlinear optimal control More Information
Abstract: Change is necessary in any dynamic environment, but there is always a cost incurred when implementing change; one of the most obvious is wear and tear on the physical components in a system. In the optimal control field, the cost of change is almost always ignored, and this can lead to “optimal” control strategies that are volatile and impractical to implement. This talk will introduce a class of non-smooth optimal control problems in which the cost of change is incorporated via an objective term that penalizes the total variation of the control signal. We describe a discretization method, based on nonlinear programming and a novel transformation scheme, for converting this class of problems into a sequence of smooth approximate problems, each of which can be solved efficiently. Convergence results for this discretization scheme are discussed. The talk will conclude with examples in fisheries and crane control.

18:00 - FREE LECTURE - Sea Change: Managing our coastal ecosystems under a rapid changing climate Website | More Information
Join us for this Anthropocene Sea Change Seminar Series featuring Dr Mattew Fraser from the UWA Oceans Institute and School of Biological Sciences.

Marine benthic species such as seagrass meadows, and coral and macroalgal reefs form the foundation of some of the most threatened ecosystems globally. These habitat-forming species support ecosystems that are facing unprecedented change, and the continued resilience of these species requires adaptive, pro-active management strategies. However, current management and monitoring programs largely rely on indicators that do not provide sufficient warning of stress prior to habitat loss. There is thus a critical need to develop science-based solutions that provide quick, cost-effective methods to monitor and respond rapidly to changes in the health of marine benthic organisms prior to habitat loss. This talk will summarize some of the major threats facing the diverse and valuable marine habitats in Western Australia, before discussing the new approaches that will help future proof our marine ecosystems to such threats.

Matthew is a marine scientist specializing in benthic ecology, whose primary research focusses on developing innovative solutions to improve the conservation and management of our coastal ecosystems. Matthew is currently investigating the development of molecular markers that enable fast, sub-lethal measurements of stress in marine habitat forming organisms such as seagrasses, corals and macroalgae. He addresses these research areas with a range of different methodologies that include molecular ecology and physiology in both controlled tank systems and in large scale field experiments. Matthew is also broadly interested in microbial ecology and biogeochemistry, to help better understand interactions between marine primary producers and their surrounding environments and the importance of such interactions in a management context. Matthew completed his PhD in 2017 at UWA, and later that year was the inaugural recipient of the Robson and Robertson Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Friday 21
10:00 - EVENT - EEU Workshop - Designing Assessments Website | More Information
The assessment policy isn’t just a hoop to jump through – it’s a powerful tool to help you assess well. Do you find designing [interesting, policy compliant] assessments a bit of a drag? With the help of some [simple] principles of learning design, we’ll show you how to make building assessments [easy], [straightforward] – and maybe even fun!

13:00 - WORKSHOP - EEU Workshop - Designing Assessments Website | More Information
The assessment policy isn’t just a hoop to jump through – it’s a powerful tool to help you assess well. Do you find designing [interesting, policy compliant] assessments a bit of a drag? With the help of some [simple] principles of learning design, we’ll show you how to make building assessments [easy], [straightforward] – and maybe even fun!
Tuesday 25
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Russian Media Landscape, 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall Website | More Information
A public lecture with journalist Yevgenia Albats.

Join us for a special public lecture by Russian journalist Yevgenia Albats, editor-in-chief of the Russian political weekly 'The New Times', who will discuss the changing landscape of the Russian media over last 30 years.

According to the Freedom House Report on Civil Liberties in Russia in 2019:

"Although the constitution provides for freedom of speech, vague laws on extremism grant the authorities great discretion to crack down on any speech, organization, or activity that lacks official support. The government controls, directly or through state-owned companies and friendly business magnates, all of the national television networks and many radio and print outlets, as well as most of the media advertising market. A handful of independent outlets still operate, most of them online and some headquartered abroad. Attacks, arrests, and threats against journalists are common." (2019, Freedom in the World 2019 | Russia Country Report: https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2019/russia )

A recent article in 'The Washington Post' notes "... 'The New Times' holds a special place in the very narrow world of Russian news media that do real journalism and not propaganda. The New Times looks critically at the Kremlin and its web of power... ".

2018, 8 November. An independent magazine is under threat in Russia. The Washington Post.

Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author and radio host. Since 2007 she has been the Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of 'The New Times', a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly. It went digital-only in June 2017, when its distribution and sales were severed by the Russian authorities. Since 2004, Albats has hosted 'Absolute Albats', a talk-show on Echo Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the 'Chicago Tribune' in 1990, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993.
Thursday 27
8:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA Korean Studies : Professional Training Workshop More Information
Professional development certificate provided by the School of Social Sciences, the University of Western Australia.

Features presentations by leading academics from UWA, UNSW, Monash University and ANU, as well as presenters from NSW DoE, WA and ACT school.

Registration and participation is FREE.

Refreshments, lunch and workshop dinner set at the University Club included in the registration.

Why sign up?

A two-day workshop designed to provide you with a solid overview of Korean society, culture, history, politics, popular culture and Australia-Korea relations. All presentation materials have been designed to address the ‘Asia priority’ curriculum, and will be free for you to take and use in your own teaching practice in classroom.

Q&A session on funding and further curriculum development opportunities.

Workshop dinner hosted at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, featuring Korean cuisine and a traditional music performance by Jocelyn Clark and Choi Jinsook.

Register through the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfD_kY51EUDdiY7O2xrIvaYT18laKCLu8eje1x06Bk3Gc19Jg/viewform

Click on the following link to view the detailed program and speakers: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oL0wSax9tJ0qm9yn07sHjJSXI4UC7tH_/view

For information regarding the venues and parking, please click on the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tAp8XvZ31MHcQa2aaXyrLBkFRhaa71Cx/view

Times are different on both days, please click the above detailed program link for the time details.
Sunday 30
9:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA Music presents: ClariSax Feast 2019 Website | More Information
The Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Western Australia (CAASWA) in association with the UWA Conservatorium of Music and delighted to present ClariSax Feast 2019.

Presenters this year include Sydney based clarinettist, saxophonist and music educator Mark Walton (look at your music books at home and see how many of them he wrote!) and brilliant Perth based saxophonist Erin Royer. Come and hear them share their knowledge in a range of workshops throughout the day and hear them play in our concert at 1.30pm.

At this year's event we will also be featuring a special workshop called 'featuring the instrument,' where our guest artists will demonstrate a range of clarinets and saxophones by Buffet and Yamaha. If you are thinking of purchasing a new instrument this is a perfect opportunity to find out what you need to know and what to look for when making a decision.

Clarinet and Saxophone players of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Registrations are now open: https://form.jotform.co/CLARISAXWA/clarisaxfeast-2017-reg

$65 adult, $35 student or concession

 July 2019
Wednesday 03
0:00 - EVENT - UWA Music presents: Marimbafest Australia Festival and Competition Website | More Information
Proudly supported by UWA Music, Marimbafest is an exciting new four-day International Marimba festival and competition run by UWA Graduate Adam Tan. Marimbafest will feature more than 20 hours of masterclasses, mentored performance opportunities, concerts and a three-stage solo Marimba competition.

International and Australian Faculty members include Dr Lynn Vartan (USA), Dr Wei-Chen Lin (Taiwan/USA), Kana Omori (Japan), Robert Oetomo (Australia) and festival director Adam Tan (Australia).

There are 3 festival concerts open to the public (free entry - no bookings required) as well as a range of workshops and masterclasses (single entry passes $30).

The Marimbafest Shop will be open on all Marimbafest days (Thursday 4th July - Sunday 7th July). Retailers include Buffalo Marimba & Drums (Taiwan), Optimum Percussion (NSW), Just Percussion (QLD), Edition Svitzer (Denmark), Mode Marimba (USA), CORAY Percussion (Hong Kong).

Industry demos will also be presented in between sessions by Therese Ng (Marimbafest Australia), Wendy Cheng (Buffalo Marimba & Drums, Taiwan), John Glowka (Mode Marimba, USA) and Gip Chan (GipPercussion, Hong Kong).

Further information and session times available at: www.marimbafest.com

13:00 - SEMINAR - Deconstructing, replicating and engineering instructive niches for stem cell differentiation : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series More Information
Abstract: Most cells in our bodies are embedded in a complex matrix of extracellular molecules. These tissue-specific and dynamic microenvironments are essential for the functioning of the cells. But exactly what these microenvironments, or so-called "cell niche", are doing to the cells? Can we capture the "design principles" of these complex matrices on engineered microsystems, and guide in vitro cultured cells to form and function as a tissue? Traditional two-dimensional cell culture systems have been used to investigate the roles of tissue microenviroments. But these experimental systems are often too simplistic to reflect the complexity of the natural microenvironment. On the other hand, native tissue microenvironments, such as those provided by decellularised organs, are too complex to be reverse-engineered into model systems that can be studied and applied. This talk summarises our lab's recent attempts to deconstruct tissue microenvironments into their biochemical and architectural components, and investigate the roles of each components in guiding adult stem cell differentiation. The objective of this seminar is to introduce an interdisciplinary audience to the nature and challenges of our research question, and to present some of the approaches we are using to tackle it. Discussion with the cell biologists, bioengineers, materials scientists after the talk will hopefully bring forth fresh and creative ideas on this project.
Thursday 04
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Peptide drugs by design (and a little help from nature) for autoimmune diseases, microbial infections and diabetes. More Information
Peptide drugs by design (and a little help from nature) for autoimmune diseases, microbial infections and diabetes.
Tuesday 09
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Right to Food: A reflection of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Right to Food Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Hilal Elver, Global Distinguished Fellow, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA Law School and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

71 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) established the foundation for the right to food by declaring that

"everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family."

Article 11 of the International Covenant of the Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), ratified in 165 countries and going into force in 1966, then established binding obligations on States to respect, protect and fulfil the right to adequate food for all. In this talk, the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food, Hilal Elver, will emphasize the importance of a human rights based approach to food security, the elimination of hunger and malnutrition, and reflect on the current status of the right to food worldwide. She will then discuss political, environmental and economic challenges that block successful implementation of the right to food in this time of economic globalization and climate change. She will also reflect on her unique experiences during her tenure, and suggest policy options for a sustainable and equitable future for healthy people, as well as a healthy planet.

Since 2014, Professor Hilal Elver has served as the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, who is responsible for carrying out the right to food mandate as prescribed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Professor Elver is moreover an international law professor and a Global Distinguished Fellow at the UCLA Law School Resnick Food Law and Policy Center; and a research professor at the UC Santa Barbara, where she has been Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2002. Previously she was the UNEP Chair on Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta; and taught at the University of Ankara, Faculty of Law.

19:30 - TALK - UWA Publishing : Friends of the Library Website | More Information
Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation

University press publishing is an unusual beast these days and very different to its twentieth century model. But universities have changed, too.

Book publishing on a broader scale is a complex business. At a time when library books, public and private, are relegated to landfill, and information once locked away is available to everyone in a matter of seconds, what is the future for books and reading?

I’ll discuss UWA Publishing as part of a discussion with people who revere books and knowledge so strongly they are prepared to come out on a winter’s night to a library to hear someone talk about books.

Terri-ann White has been Director of UWA Publishing since 2006. She started her working life after tertiary studies as a bookseller, opening a highly curated bookshop, The Arcane Bookshop, at age 23 in Perth. (No books on sport, self-help, and no travel guides, but plenty of poetry, literary fiction and feminist theory.) Terri-ann has worked around books and ideas ever since.

Special Collections – special viewing for members The UWA Publishing Collection held in Special Collections contains a copy of titles published, (editions, hardback and paperback) by the UWA Press now known as UWA Publishing. Special Collections will be open on Tuesday 9th July 6.30 pm – 7.15pm for members to view a selection of publications from the UWA Publishing Collection.

Future Events 13th August Prof Peter Veth, Director Oceans Institute will discuss “The Atlantis of the North: unique records from ‘drowned landscapes’ off Northern Australia”.

“Translating a classic French novel: the problems posed by Emile Zola’s The Dream” by Dr Paul Gibbard, Lecturer European Languages and Studies is the topic for the 10th September talk.

October 8th is a special event, the presentation of the Clérambault 1710 edition from David Tunley to the Special Collections, with a performance of the work by the Conservatorium of Music Irwin Street Collective. The venue will be the Eileen Joyce Studio Conservatorium of Music.

Our final speaker for the year is Jill Benn, University Librarian and her presentation is “Library Place for Learning Space: Reflections in the Changing Nature of the Academic Library”. The Friends of the Library Christmas Party will be held on the same night as the 12th November talk.

RSVP: Kathryn Maingard – [email protected] or 08 6488 2356 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/uwa-publishing-by-professor-terri-ann-white-tickets-63464122900

Wednesday 10
10:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA Music presents: Discover! Percussion Website | More Information
Led by one of Perth's premier young percussionists Jackson Vickery, Discover! Percussion helps budding musicians aged 8-12 years leap into the wonderful world of percussion! This session will allow students to explore a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments and learn new and exciting beats and rhythms! This hands on session is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who have some prior musical experience i.e. those who have completed UWA JMS Programs or who have started percussion through their School! Discover! Percusison is presented as part of WinterARTS 2019.

Date & Time

Wednesday 10 July 2019, 10.00am - 11.30am (Ages 8-10)

Wednesday 10 July 2019, 12.30pm - 2.00pm (Ages 11-12)


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