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 June 2017
Tuesday 06
17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - UWA School of Music presents: Free Lecture Recital : Illuminating Significative Utterance in Performance More Information
Free Lecture Recital

Presented in association with the Harp Society of WA

Jacinta Dennett: Illuminating Significative Utterance in Performance

In this presentation that relates to her PhD research, Jacinta Dennett will advocate the sonic and expressive qualities of the modern concert harp through the performance and recordings of selected solo repertoire for the instrument. Helen Gifford’s Fable (1967) for harp solo will provide the lens through which a deeper enquiry into performance is sought. The research process will involve a study of Helen Gifford’s oeuvre, its critical reception authenticated by performance reviews, published and archival documents, radio broadcasts and transcriptions of interviews, and interviews between the performer and the composer herself. Using Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom (1894), in particular his theory of ‘moral imagination,’ this path of investigation will lay hold of music performance as the focus for developing an epistemology after the model of a fable, where discovery is self-initiated rather than delivered. What insights (inner sight or wisdom), does a study of Helen Gifford’s Fable (1967) reveal?

Jacinta Dennett is Harp Tutor at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music

18:00 - EVENT - Return to Moscow : Tony Kevin, a former Australian career diplomat (1968-1998), will discuss his latest book Return to Moscow (UWA Publishing 2017). Website | More Information
Forty-eight years ago, a young and apprehensive Tony Kevin set off on his first diplomatic posting to Moscow at the height of the Cold War. In the Russian winter of 2016 he returns alone, a private citizen aged 73.

Tony Kevin had a successful and challenging diplomatic career, ending with ambassadorships to Poland (1991-94) and Cambodia (1994-97). In Return to Moscow he applies his attention to Vladimir Putin’s Russia, a government and nation routinely demonised and disdained in Western capitals. Why does President Putin arouse such a high level of Western antagonism? Is the West throwing away the lessons of recent history in recklessly drifting into a perilous and unnecessary new Cold War confrontation against Russia?

Tony Kevin invites readers to see this great nation anew: to explore with him the complex roots of Russian national identity and values, drawing on its traumatic recent seventy-year Soviet Communist past and its momentous thousand-year history as a great Orthodox Christian nation that has both loved and feared ‘the West,’ and which the West has loved and feared back in equal measure.

Tony Kevin is a former Australian career diplomat (1968-1998) who held diplomatic postings and ambassadorships in Moscow, UN New York, Poland and Cambodia. Since retiring from foreign service, he has been an active advocate for change in areas such as Australian asylum-seeker policy, border protection, and climate change.

He has written several books inspired by his career and life experiences, including A Certain Maritime Incident (Scribe 2004) which won the ACT Book of the Year Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Multicultural Writing in 2005; Walking the Camino (Scribe 2007), winner of the ACT Book of the Year Award 2008; Crunch Time (Scribe 2009), and Reluctant Rescuers (self-published 2012). In 2012 Tony Kevin was awarded an Emeritus Fellowship at Australian National University, Canberra, for his four books.
Wednesday 07
13:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - 2017 Postgraduate Showcase: Frontiers in Agriculture : Come and hear UWA's top postgraduate students present their research in agriculture and related areas Website | More Information
Come and hear UWA's top postgraduate students present their research in agriculture and related areas.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dawn Freshwater will give the opening address.

Afternoon tea is provided and the event will be followed by drinks and nibbles in the Bayliss Foyer.

Registration required at www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register

16:00 - STAFF EVENT - Easy, Effective, Exciting: Virtual Reality in Teaching and Learning : Presentation followed by a demonstration and networking Website | More Information
The release of a series of new consumer-grade virtual reality devices in 2016 opened up exciting new worlds of experiential and multimedia learning and teaching. Using these devices, students are free to move beyond the confines of the two-dimensional page and screen by walking through digital reconstructions of human blood vessels or holding in their hands fragile artefacts otherwise kept under lock and key. Teachers, meanwhile, have access to a powerful suite of simple but effective tools with which they can create virtual experiences of their own in a matter of minutes and hours by contrast to the days and weeks of years past.

Join Dr Michael Ovens at the UWA Futures Observatory for a presentation on the potential and practical use of virtual reality in education to enhance student learning, followed by a demonstration and networking event featuring many of the latest virtual reality devices including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Daydream. This event is funded by the West Australian Network for Dissemination (WAND), with additional support from the UWA Centre for Education Futures and the UWA School of Humanities.

Register for this event via the Eventbrite link below.

18:00 - ALUMNI EVENT - School of Design - Annual Dean's Lecture : On Beauty and Justice in Architecture Website | More Information
"This lecture will discuss the important convergence of beauty and justice, ethics and poetics in architecture, both in practice and in education. This reflection is urgent in view of our complex political environment and the prevailing obsession with digital tools and formal novelty for its own sake." - Dr Alberto Pérez-Gómez

The Annual Dean's Lecture will be introduced by Foundation Board Member Janet Holmes à Court AC, and is presented in collaboration with The University of Western Australia.

Alberto holds the position of Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture. Founding Director of the post-professional M.Arch. and PhD, History and Theory of Architecture Option, School of Architecture, McGill University, Montréal, Canada.
Thursday 08
16:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - CMSS Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) and Public Lecture Website | More Information
Please join us for Annual Iftar (Breaking of the Fast) Event to celebrate Ramadan 2017.

The Centre for Muslim States and Societies, UWA, holds this event annually to promote inter-religious harmony and increase understanding of Islam in a globalised world.

Professor Abdullah Saeed, The University of Melbourne, will speak on A Contextualist Approach to Interpreting Qur'an in order to highlight the significance of reformist thought in Islam. He will demonstrate how such a reading is rooted in the Islamic tradition by giving examples of precedents that might be connected to this approach. He will also respond to the criticism that a contextualist reading of the Qur'an is relativistic by arguing that there are many ways in which possible relativistic tendencies can be curtailed in such a reading.

Abdullah Saeed is currently the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a member of the UNESCO Commission of Australia of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Australia. He was awarded Order of Australia (AM) in 2013. Among his publications are: Reading the Qur'an in the Twenty-First Century (2014); Islam and Human Rights (edited, 2012), Islamic Political Thought and Governance (edited, 2011); The Qur'an: An Introduction (2008); Interpreting the Qur'an: Towards a Contemporary Approach (2006), Islamic Banking and Interest (1999); Islam in Australia (2003); Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam (co-authored, 2004).

Free but RSVP required via url or email to [email protected]
Friday 09
15:00 - EVENT - Blakers Mathematics Competition is now open : Closes Fri 4 Aug 2017 4:00pm Undergraduate Mathematics Competition More Information
EVENT: Blakers Mathematics Competition

The 2017 Blakers Mathematics Competition is now open.

Eligible candidates are all undergraduates in first, second and third years at a WA university.

Entries must be received by Friday, 4 August 2017. They may be mailed or given to Dr Greg Gamble, School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, 6009.

PDF-scanned entries may be sent to [email protected]

Please mark your entry Blakers Mathematics Competition 2017, and include your name, address, email address, university, and number of years you have been attending any tertiary institution.

More details about how to enter can be found at

Monday 12
15:00 - SEMINAR - Let There Be Light: The Observational Quest for the First Galaxies : A seminar by Prof. Richard Ellis (European Southern Observatory/University College London) as part of the de Laeter colloquium series (joint ICRAR/CASS event) Website | More Information
The first billion years after the Big Bang represent the final observational frontier in assembling a coherent picture of cosmic history. During this period early stars and galaxies formed and the Universe became bathed in ultraviolet light. Hydrogen in the intergalactic medium also transitioned from a neutral gas to one that was fully ionized. How and when did this `cosmic reionisation’ occur and were star-forming galaxies the primary agents? Recent measurements by the Planck satellite suggest reionisation occurred later than originally envisaged and this raises the exciting prospect that we may be able to directly observe the first galaxies. Deep exposures with Hubble provides evidence that star-forming galaxies were present during the relevant period. Spectroscopy is now required to address these important questions. I will review the rapid progress being made with current facilities, and the prospects with the James Webb Space Telescope and the ELT.

17:15 - FREE LECTURE - Public Panel Discussion - Sustainable Oceans and Security: Global Perspectives on the Indian Ocean Rim : Public Panel Discussion Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre, the UWA Oceans Institute and the School of Biological Sciences invite you to join us for a panel discussion on the sustainability of the Indian Ocean and the future prosperity and peace of the Indian Ocean Rim nations. The Indian Ocean contains biodiversity and resources crucial to sustaining the people of the Indian Ocean Rim with its rapidly growing populations. It includes three of the globe's major trading choke points; the Strait of Hormuz, the Strait of Malacca, and Bab el-Mandab.

This public panel is a lead-up event to the 2017 In The Zone conference "The Blue Zone". In the Zone will explore the sustainability of the Indian Ocean with respect to issues of food security, environmental management, resource sustainability and maritime security.
Tuesday 13
13:00 - PRESENTATION - Talking Allowed: Culture Jamming the Perth Modern School Relocation Proposal : This presentation examines a new way for law and visualization to intersect Website | More Information
Culture Jamming is defined as a movement that mixes politics with graffiti, and satire with paint. Said by some to scramble “... the signal, injects the unexpected, and spurs audiences to think critically and challenge the status quo”, this presentation examines a new way for law and visualization to intersect. We will showcase some of the many artistic works produced by artists and children to protest the recent proposal to relocate Perth Modern School to an inner-city high-rise, as well as jamming sites which promote racial equality, and ask the question: Is this controversial way of visually expressing public resistance and opinion effective in ifluencing legislation? Should it be?

19:00 - TALK - Friends of the UWA Library Speaker : “Missionaries, Adventurers, Laborer’s and Intellectuals”: Italians in WA before mass migration More Information
About the talk

Australia has received large numbers of migrants from the two great diasporas of modern times: Italians and Chinese. The latest census shows that the most widely spoken languages in Australia, after English, are Chinese and Italian. However while we are all aware of the mass migrations that have happened in recent decades, it is not so widely known that through the colonial period, up to the Second World War, Australia was a multicultural and multilingual place. This talk will describe the presence of Italians in Western Australia from the earliest times. The first recorded presences are an exhilaratingly mixed bag of “missionaries, adventurers and intellectuals”, to be followed by the labourers, who fished, grew and panned for gold. At Federation, one in three Italians in Australia lived in the West. The talk will conclude with a salute to a distinguished Italian, born in the 19th century, who in 1929 offered the first course in Italian in an Australian university: Francesco Vanzetti.

About the Speaker

John Kinder teaches Italian in this University and is Chair of European Languages and Studies. After researching recent Italian migration to Australia and New Zealand, and then the linguistic history of Italy itself, he has now turned his attention to the presence of Italians in Australia during the colonial period and the early twentieth century. This enquiry is based on a study of the letters Italians in Australia wrote to each other, letters that are found in public and private archives. In 2016 John Kinder was elected a Corresponding Member of the Accademia della Crusca, the prestigious language academy founded in Florence in 1583, the first Italianist in the southern hemisphere to receive this honour.

Saturday 17
10:00 - EVENT - UT Presents: 'The Wind in the Willows' : A charming, classic tale of adventure and discovery, in a brand-new one-man adaptation Website | More Information
This is a charming, classic tale of adventure and discovery, in a brand-new one-man adaptation - starring Shaka Cook (Jasper Jones). Kenneth Grahame’s rollicking tale of four woodland creatures is one of the true enduring classics of children’s literature and writer/director team Maxine Mellor and Kat Henry have given it a fresh coat of paint. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and the incorrigible Mr. Toad on their journeys, trials and misadventures around the river, the Wild Woods and beyond. Featuring a magical set with plenty of surprises throughout, and playful costuming and props.

The Wind in the Willows will take badgers (small and large) on a heartfelt and humorous adventure that explores humanity, time and the value of friendship. For children aged 4 - 12 and anyone who enjoys messing about in boats.

"A huge holiday hit" - Absolute Theatre "Fun, playful, full of life" - Aussie Theatre "an excellent outing for the school holidays" - The Blurb
Sunday 18
10:00 - EVENT - Feeding the Future event : Students, staff and community are invited to see some of UWA's pioneering work and find out about careers of the future. Website | More Information
Our world-leading researchers tackle global, regional and local issues. One example is advancing research to feed the world. Despite the significant progress made over the last two decades, more than one billion people around the world still go hungry every day. UWA will host Feeding the Future to showcase how our research translates into economic, social and environmental impact. Attendees can engage in talks, interactive displays and live demonstrations to see how UWA research tackles real world issues.
Tuesday 20
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - 'Sense and Sensibility' and Jane Austen's lexicon of emotions Website | More Information
A public lecture by Robert White, English and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia

Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' reflects different attitudes to reason and emotion running through the century preceding its publication in 1811. The eighteenth century is sometimes called 'the age of reason' and 'the enlightenment' because of a philosophical emphasis on 'sense', 'common sense', prudence and rational thought — all qualities which define Elinor Dashwood in the novel. However, a simultaneous cultural and literary movement led to the same century being labeled 'the age of sensibility', because of an emphasis on feelings, expressive emotions and sympathy – all of which characterize Marianne Dashwood. Austen clearly signals through her title that she is exploring through fiction the paradoxes in the two apparently opposite modes, thought and feeling, reason and emotion. One question that can be raised to focus this issue is whether her title poses a question – Sense OR Sensibility? – or a more inclusive statement to suggest a possible amalgamation of qualities – Sense AND Sensibility.

About this Series - New Perspectives on Jane Austen On the two-hundredth anniversary of her death, this UWA Institute of Advanced Studies - Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Lecture Series presents new perspectives on the life and work of Jane Austen. Drawing upon the latest literary and historical research, UWA researchers tackle key themes in Austen's work and the wider social and cultural contexts in which she created her now world-famous novels.
Wednesday 21
9:30 - Masterclass - Earthquakes - How predictable are they? : A masterclass with Margaret Boettcher, Associate Professor of Geophysics, University of New Hampshire. Website | More Information
While earthquake predictability is poorly understood, some faults have more regular seismicity than others. Earthquakes on oceanic transform faults exhibit many of the most systematic and predictable behaviors known in seismology and therefore provide a window into earthquake forecasting on potentially damaging faults. On short time scales (hours to days) earthquakes on these faults display extremely high levels of foreshock activity. On intermediate time scales (years) oceanic transform faults show the clearest evidence of quasi-periodic seismic cycle behavior in the instrumental record. And on long temporal and spatial scales (decades & 100s of km) the size and frequency distributions of oceanic transform fault earthquakes can be predicted from scaling relations dependent only on transform fault lengths and slip rates.

In 2008 the periodicity of oceanic transform fault earthquakes was put to the test when an array of ocean bottom seismometers were positioned on Gofar Transform Fault, located just south of the equator on the East Pacific Rise. The next expected earthquake on this fault occurred right on time and the seismometers recorded an incredible dataset including the magnitude 6.0 earthquake, thousands of foreshocks, and the aftershock sequence.

In this Masterclass participants will discuss maximum expected magnitudes, fault zone complexity, time-dependent earthquake forecasts, and examples of successful and unsuccessful recent earthquake forecasts and more. Join us to learn about some of Earth’s most predictable earthquakes- those on oceanic transform faults!

Margaret Boettcher is an Associate Professor of Geophysics at the University of New Hampshire. Her research aims to constrain the physical properties of fault zones using records of earthquake ground motion, laboratory friction experiments, and numerical models. She is particularly interested in contributing to the worldwide effort to address seismic hazard issues of societal importance. Her contributions have largely focused on understanding earthquakes in two very different, yet relatively simple, environments: mid-ocean ridge transform faults and deep gold mines.

Margaret Boettcher is a UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow.

9:30 - STAFF EVENT - WAND Small Grants Scheme Celebration and Dissemination Event Website | More Information
The West Australian Network for Dissemination (WAND) warmly invites you to a dissemination event to celebrate the completion of projects funded by the 2016 WAND Small Grants Scheme.


9:15am: Coffee on arrival

9:30am to 11:00am: Presentations by Curtin, ECU, Murdoch, Notre Dame and UWA recipients

11:00am to 11:30am: Brunch and networking

REGISTRATION: Please register your interest in attending the event by emailing Natalie Davis [email protected]
Thursday 22
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Mining-Induced Seismicity: the importance of tiny (and not so tiny) earthquakes Website | More Information
A public lecture by Margaret Boettcher, Associate Professor of Geophysics, University of New Hampshire.

Mining-induced seismicity poses significant risks to local communities and to resource production. Yet, these earthquakes also provide the unique scientific opportunity to access active fault zones at depth. High-quality seismic data from mines provides valuable insight into how earthquakes start, rupture, and stop. Furthermore, tiny earthquakes in mines help to bridge the gap between our understanding of unconstrained natural earthquakes and well-constrained laboratory experiments, allowing us to address fundamental questions in earthquake science such as whether small earthquakes are driven by a different process than larger ones.

In this lecture Dr Boettcher will focus on observations of earthquakes in deep South African mines. As mining progresses deeper, other mines are closed and flooded, and wastewater from shale gas production continues to be generated, the rate and size of induced seismicity will likely continue to rise. Thus, it is essential to improve our understanding of human-induced earthquakes, particularly in regions of societal and economic importance. Join us to learn about seismicity in some of the deepest mines on Earth.

Margaret Boettcher is a UWA Robert and Maude Gledden Senior Visiting Fellow.
Saturday 24
11:00 - EVENT - Wine Show by the Bay : Wine Fair at the University Club of Western Australia Website | More Information
$20.00 entry includes a complimentary monogrammed tasting glass.

With over 40 tasting booths and in excess of 200 wines available to sample, the 2017 Wine Show by the Bay will have something for everyone. Bring your friends for a day filled with fabulous wines, informative masterclasses and delicious culinary demonstrations. At the end of your day you will be able to stock up on your favourite wines at the Club’s Cellar Door where selected wines showcased throughout the day will be available to buy at Club cellar door prices.

This event is open to the General Public.
Sunday 25
14:00 - SCREENING - Friends of the Grounds Annual Winter Film Afternoon : Biddulph Grange. Featuring Paul Copley (from Downton Abbey) as he walks us around these fascinating gardens, talking with the head gardeners. Website | More Information
A delicious afternoon tea will be served following the Film.

Cost: Friends $10, Guests $15 RSVP: online at https://bit.ly/2rXWmMU

About the film 'Buddulph Grange':

This extraordinary garden was started in 1842, the passion of its owner, James Bateman. Created in the rocky, swampy moorland of Staffordshire it contains some unusual ideas, themes and a wondrous dahlia walk. It is not a dedicated designers delight, but more a creation of a man collecting plants from around the world. Italy, Egypt, China and the Himalayas are represented in his Victorian interpretation. The oldest surviving golden larch (planted in the 1850s) in Britain has pride of place in the Chinese area. Bateman went beyond botany by attempting to reconcile geology and theology in a unique passageway.

Do come and join us as Paul Copley (from Downton Abbey) walks us around these fascinating gardens, talking with the head gardeners from BIDDULPH and Stourhead.
Tuesday 27
17:30 - LECTURE - Foreign affairs as a water-cooler conversation - the challenge awaiting us Website | More Information
The AIIA WA in partnership with the Centre for Muslim States and Societies is proud to host a Fellow's Lecture by well-known ABC presenter Geraldine Doogue titled Foreign Affairs as a water-cooler conversation – the challenge awaiting us.

Geraldine is a West Australian with a long and prestigious career in both public and commercial media. She can be heard every Saturday morning on ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra where a wide range of current international issues is discussed with experts from Australia and around the world. Geraldine received a United Nations Media Peace Prize as well as two Penguin Awards for excellence in broadcasting from the Television Society of Australia. In 2003, she was recognised as an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media. Geraldine tackles a wide range of subjects with rigour, optimism, humour and warmth.

In 2016 Geraldine was made a Fellow of the AIIA for her distinguished contribution to the field of international relations in Australia. She accepted our invitation to deliver her Fellow’s Lecture at the AIIA in WA in June, and will travel to Perth specially for this event. The lecture will be followed by a light supper and ticket sales will raise funds for the AIIA WA Bursary for Studies in Asia program which enables young West Australians to undertake educational experiences in Asia.

Because food is involved, bookings and prepayment are essential and tickets sales will end on the 22nd of June.

Date: Tuesday, 27th of June, 2017 Time: Early! The lecture will begin at 5:30 pm. A light supper will follow the lecture Place: The Jull Common Room, St Catherine's College, opposite the University of Western Australia. Parking is most easily found at the rear of the college on Park Road. Price: $40 for members, $45 for guests and non-members. Bookings are essential!

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