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 February 2018
Monday 19
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Maintaining a Healthy Heart: the Benefits of Exercise for Women Website | More Information
Although cardiovascular disease develops 7 to 10 years later in women than in men, it is still the major cause of death in women. Exercise and physical activity are a highly effective means of decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke and dementia. These talks, presented by the School of Human Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science) and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA, will address questions related to the most appropriate types of exercise to impact on cardiovascular health and symptoms in women across the lifespan.

Cardiovascular Disease in Women: the Benefits of Exercise - a talk by Professor Maria T.E. Hopman, Professor of Physiology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen.

The risk of heart disease in women is often underestimated due to the misperception that females are ‘protected’ against cardiovascular disease. The under-recognition of heart disease and differences in clinical presentation in women lead to less aggressive treatment strategies and a lower representation of women in clinical trials. Understanding the role of risk factors and the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease in women will contribute to in a better prevention of cardiovascular events.

Exercise for the Management of the Menopause - a talk by Professor Helen Jones, Cardiovascular Exercise Physiologist, Liverpool John Moores University.

The menopause is a significant life event that is characterised by a reduction in the hormone oestrogen. The impact of this oestrogen reduction on health and everyday life is huge. The menopausal transition, which lasts 1-5 yrs, is associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease risk. Nevertheless, the primary symptom of the menopause is hot flushes which affects everyday life of the women considerably. This talk will outline how improving fitness with exercising training has a positive impact on improving menopausal symptoms, blood vessel and skeletal muscle health, all of which contribute to reducing cardiovascular disease risk, even if the exercise training begins during the menopausal transition. Finally, the talk will make recommendations for females exercising during the menopausal transition.
Tuesday 20
17:45 - PUBLIC TALK - Christine Milne and Fiona Stanley discuss 'An Activist Life' Website | More Information
Join two outstanding female leaders as they share the motivations, challenges and achievements of their life in activism.

Christine Milne was the leader of the Australian Greens from 2013 to 2015. She is now the Global Greens Ambassador. Her political biography, 'An Activist Life', is the story of a high-school English teacher from northwest Tasmania who became a fiery environmental warrior, pitted against some of the most powerful business and political forces in the country.

Professor Fiona Stanley AC, FAA, FASSA is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute, Director, ANDI (Australian National Development Index) at the University of Melbourne and a spokesperson for the Climate Council, Doctors for the Environment Australia and 350.org, on the health effects of climate change. For her research on behalf of Australia's children and Aboriginal social justice, Fiona was named Australian of the Year in 2003.

The conversation will be facilitated by environmental historian, Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor, who recently co-edited 'Never Again: reflections on environmental responsibility after Roe 8' (with Peter Newman and Philip Jennings).

Following the conversation, there will be an opportunity to purchase Christine Milne's book and ask her to sign your copy.

This event is presented by: UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, Boffins Bookshop and the Greens WA.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Personality, Values, Culture, Evolution – why are we similar and yet so different? : Public lecture by Ronald Fischer, Center for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington Website | More Information
Humans are complex social beings. Curious observers through the ages have noted the dramatic differences in human behaviour around the world. How similar or different are our personalities? To understand human behaviour, an integrated perspective is required – one which considers both what we regularly do (our personality traits) and what motivates us (our values). Traits and values have been studied separately in psychology and related disciplines, yet, what we do (our traits) must somehow be related to what we hold dearly (our values). Furthermore, how can we make sense of both the proposed similarities and differences in personality and values that have been reported by travellers, philosophers and more recently in large survey studies?

In this talk, Professor Fischer, Co-Director of the Center for Applied Cross-Cultural Research at Victoria University of Wellington and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow, will use an evolutionary perspective to address these challenging questions. He will present an integration of personality and human values into a functional framework that highlights how both psychological processes are driven by mechanisms in our brains and related to our genes. Equipped with these insights, he will then tackle why we sometimes encounter different personalities and values in some parts of the world, but also debunks the myth of large cultural differences in personality. Deep down, we are all similar and an evolutionary perspective can tell us when, where and why we may behave and value things differently. He will present a gene-culture coevolution model of personality and values that shows how genes, economics, social conditions, and climate jointly shape personality. Finally, he will provide some examples that can help people to reflect on who they are and what makes us all so fascinatingly similar, and yet different.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Exercise and your Heart: Risks and Benefits Website | More Information
It is generally understood that exercise and physical activity are important lifestyle factors that maintain the health of your heart and arteries and decrease the risk of the most prevalent and debilitating diseases in the Western World, namely heart disease, stroke and dementia. But distinct “doses” and types of exercise impact the benefits derived - and there may even be a risk in overdoing it.

These talks, presented by the School of Human Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science) and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA, will address the relative risk and benefits of exercise across the lifespan.

Exercise and the heart: can you overdose? - a public talk by Professor Keith George, Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer (Faculty of Science) Liverpool John Moores University.

The cardiovascular benefits of exercise are well known to nearly all of the global population. Indeed some have called exercise the cardiovascular “polydrug”. If you could wrap exercise up into a pill you would makes billions of dollars and likely win a Nobel Prize. But - if exercise were a drug it would be required to go through multiple levels of trials related to safety and efficacy – there is no FDA process for exercise. Within this process we would ask questions like; (1) is there a linear dose-response curve between exercise volume and cardiovascular health benefit? (2) are there any negative side effects of exercise? and, (3) can you overdose on exercise? This talk will address current data in relation to cardiac dysfunction and damage associated with taking large acute doses of exercise.

Screening Athletes to Avoid Sudden Cardiac Death - a talk by Dr David Oxborough, Clinical Cardiac Physiologist and Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology, Liverpool John Moores University.

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in a young, seemingly healthy, athlete is a devastating event with current data suggesting that between 1: 40,000 and 1: 100,000 athletes will die from an inherited cardiac disorder. In response to these tragic events, pre-participation cardiac screening has now become mandatory for many sporting organisations across the globe with the aim of identifying those athletes at risk. The athlete’s heart responds to exercise through physiological adaptation, however this normal response often creates a diagnostic challenge when attempting to differentiate from inherited cardiac disease. This talk will present the current data on SCD in athletes, highlight the conditions that are responsible and demonstrate how decades of research into the athlete’s heart have helped to improve the sensitivity and specificity of cardiac pre-participation screening.
Thursday 22
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The criminalization of inter-racial sex and white male suicide in South Africa, 1950-1985 : A public lecture by Susanne M. Klausen, Professor of History, Carleton University, Ottawa Website | More Information
Upon winning power in 1948, the National Party (NP) immediately set out to end miscegenation in South Africa. The NP proclaimed that a central tenet of proper white sexuality was avoidance of sexual contact with people of different “races.” Many men ignored this injunction and the new government placed primary responsibility for miscegenation on them – white men who lacked “color consciousness.”

In 1950 the NP government passed the Immorality (Amendment) Act that criminalized extra-marital sex between whites and other races. The Act unleashed the police and courts to punish men who persisted in having sex with black women and the women with whom they were caught. Tens of thousands of people of all races were prosecuted for contravening the law and the vast majority were white men and their black so-called accomplices. Many served time in prison, though not in equal proportion. Lacking resources required to access legal counsel, more black women than white men went to jail. However, white men were subjected to another, unique type of punishment: intentional shaming by public exposure that accompanied arrest and subsequent trials. For many men, the emotional suffering induced by shaming was so intense they committed suicide, leaving behind families forced to carry their shame.

This public lecture by Professor Susanne M. Klausen, Professor of History at Carleton University in Ottawa and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow, will discuss a major lacuna in our understanding of the apartheid social order, namely the meaning and enforcement of compulsory heterosexuality for whites. This study examines the policing of white male heterosexuality and its importance to the apartheid project.
Friday 23
14:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Muslims in the West: Is there an Inherent Clash of Values? More Information
Muslims in the West: Is there an Inherent Clash of Values?

In this lecture Professor Weller will dissect “the clash of civilisation” thesis and will critically examine the assumptions of an inherent rift between the West and Islam.

ENTRY: Free but please RSVP via email to [email protected]

About the speaker

Professor Paul Weller has been at the University of Derby since 1990. His role at the University involves strategically and operationally leading and managing research in the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, which is the University’s largest and most research-engaged Faculty. He is also strategically responsible for commercial development in the Faculty, working together with the Faculty’s Innovation and Enterprise Manager. From 2010-2012 he was partially seconded to head up a national Arts and Humanities and Economic and Social Research Council “Religion and Society” Research Programme project on “Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales: Theory, Policy and Practice, 2000-2010“.

19:00 - PERFORMANCE - Chinese New Year 2018 : Celebrate Chinese New Year with a special performance from Inner Mongolia Website | More Information
A troupe of 22 exceptional performers from Inner Mongolia Arts University will showcase authentic Chinese Mongolian tradition and folklore in a performance inspired by the vast grasslands and rich culture of their homelands.

This is a rare opportunity to experience in person the famous Mongolian Long Song, Morin Khuur (Horse-headed fiddle), Khoomei (throat singing) and other spectacular music and dance unique to Chinese Mongolian culture. This event for the whole family is brought to you by the Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia and Penrhos College.

Tickets $12 Adult $5 Student/Concession Book your tickets here: www.penrhos.wa.edu.au/community/book-tickets
Monday 26
18:15 - BOOK LAUNCH - Book Launch: Our Time has Come by Alyssa Ayres : Free Event Website | More Information
Please join AIIA WA and the Perth USAsia Centre with Alyssa Ayres to launch her new book Our Time has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World. In Our Time Has Come, Alyssa Ayres considers the role India will play internationally, the obstacles it continues to face, and the implications of its rise for the United States and other nations. “We are witnessing a country chart its course to power, and explicitly seeking not to displace others but to be recognized among the club of world powers, one in which it believes its membership is long overdue.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a special discounted price of $30.00 from 6.15pm – 6.30pm and between 7.30pm – 7.45pm. Tickets to this event are free but registration is essential.
Tuesday 27
10:00 - FREE LECTURE - The United States and Australia: A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Website | More Information
As the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, stated last year in his landmark speech in India, the US and its key partners will strive to build mutually beneficial partnerships to safeguard a peaceful and stable Indo-Pacific in the coming years. This event will bring together foreign policy thought leaders from the United States, Australia, India and Japan to explore the future of the Indo-Pacific and what it means to have a free and open Indo-Pacific region. This event is a part of the Australia-US-Indo-Pacific Strategy Conference and is brought to you by the Perth USAsia Centre and the US Embassy in Canberra.Moderated by Professor Gordon Flake, CEO, Perth USAsia Centre.Please note, registrations will open at 9.30am.

 March 2018
Thursday 01
8:30 - CONFERENCE - Australia-Japan-U.S. Relations and the Indo-Pacific Symposium : Free Day Conference Website | More Information
This public symposium seeks to provide a strategic forum for policymakers, scholars, and business leaders in the region to grapple with the emergence of the “Indo-Pacific” as a regional construct. The economic rise of ASEAN, China, and India will change the existing global political and economic order. This symposium constitutes an effort to examine policy options for addressing the regional security and diplomatic problems which will emerge from these significant changes in the international system. Please note: Registrations will open at 8.00am.
Friday 02
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Free Lunchtime Concert | Adam Pinto (piano) Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

Having just launched a new CD ‘Transformation’ of works by late UWA Faculty member Roger Smalley, talented pianist and Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Adam Pinto performs a free Lunchtime Concert of works for solo piano.

Entry is free - no bookings required.

15:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Preparing for Beyond the Cradle : Public talk with Dr Sarah Jane Pell Website | More Information
Pell presents her artistic role in Performing Astronautics across the three phases of spaceflight as: the Architect (building new forms of Absolute Space), the Astronaut (embodying all of Representational Space), and the Avatar (live(d) art of Spaces of Representation). By framing her experimental and emerging practice as nodes of transfer and transformation, she explores movement in the relative qualities of space and spatiality over spaceflight time. By aligning her work to the gravity-shift arc of spaceflight, the artist hopes to prepare an embodied toolkit for audiences to experience new phenomena including the moment of earthly release, the orbital perspective or overview effect, and space-earth adaptation and residual bodily memory as described by many astronauts. For this, she suggests we design for a body of water.

Dr. Sarah Jane Pell’s practice intersects performing arts, interactivity design, and underwater diving – with parallel interests in human spaceflight and habitat technologies. Interested placing the body in real and imagined spaces for encountering “new frontier worlds”, Pell plays with elements of speculative fiction, live-lab style stunt and daring to explore the visceral and bodily fascination in high-risk exploration. An Undersea Simulation Astronaut to Project Moonwalk EU, Astronaut Candidate Project PoSSUM US, and Mars Desert Research Station MDRS Crew 188, she is carving out new opportunities for the artist-astronaut. Her Edith Cowan University PhD proposing ‘Aquabatics as new works of live art’ received Best PhD Art & Science, MIT LABS. She has logged over 500 commercial dives in zero visibility imagining an artist-in-space experience, with spin-off projects connecting to NASA, JAXA, ESA and the EU Commission. She has joined residencies and workshops including events hosted by SymbioticA: the art & science laboratory, the Arts Catalyst, Live Art Surgery, UK, International Space University, Singularity University and European Space Agency Topical Team Arts & Science (CoChair 2011-2014). Her work is exhibited, performed and published widely. Notable venues include Ars Electronica, Robotronica, CHI, MOMA, BEAP, NRLA, ISEA, NGV, PICA, PIAF, AIAF, MIAF, TNAM, & ESTEC. Dr. Pell is a TED Fellow, Gifted Citizen, and an Australia Council Fellow.

www.sarahjanepell.com www.artistastronaut.com
Tuesday 06
8:00 - WORKSHOP - Static Liquefaction Workshop : This two-day workshop aims to provide demonstrations of the static liquefaction failure mechanism (and triggering process) as it relates to tailings, and the tools used to assess the potential for this behaviour. Website | More Information
This two-day workshop aims to provide demonstrations of the static liquefaction failure mechanism (and triggering process) as it relates to tailings, and the tools used to assess the potential for this behaviour. This will be achieved through explanation on the use and interpretation of the cone penetration test (CPT); the key tool to assessing the strength and liquefaction susceptibility, and carrying out a static liquefaction laboratory test as a live demonstration during the workshop. Theoretical discussions will be alternated with examples from various tailings failure case histories, to highlight the relevance of the concepts and the meaning of the results. Mining and tailings consultants, operators of tailings storage facilities, and regulators will find this workshop of interest.

Workshop contents include: • Fundamentals and theory of cone penetration testing (CPT) • Interpretation of the CPT results • Static liquefaction, fundamentals and examples • Demonstration of the static liquefaction mechanism • Procedures and considerations for tailings laboratory testing • Explanation and discussion of a number of static liquefaction case histories
Wednesday 07
17:30 - Open Rehearsal - UWA Music presents: Converge | The Irwin Street Collective : Jamie Hey (cello) Website | More Information
Join us each week for a delightful musical surprise!

From young artist-led concerts to informal musical drinks on the famous grassy knoll, behind-the scenes workshops, lectures and masterclasses, these free weekly musical experiences will delight all music lovers.

This week join visiting artist Jamie Hey (cello) and UWA faculty Shaun Lee- Chen (violin), Cecilia Sun (fortepiano) and Emeritus Professor Paul Wright (viola) for a unique behind the scenes look into the rehearsal process as you observe these renowned musicians preparing for their upcoming performance.

Jamie Hey is Australia’s pre-eminent period cellist and a passionate researcher of the history, development and repertoire of the cello in 17th century Italy. He has been a member of the celebrated Australian Brandenburg Orchestra since 1995 and has been their principal cellist since 2002. He is a 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Entry is free - no bookings required.
Friday 09
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Free Lunchtime Concert | Piñata Percussion : Loops and Rebounds Preview Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

Week 2 - Piñata Percussion

Piñata Percussion is the resident percussion ensemble at UWA. Each year, Piñata’s concert season is opened with a program of new and existing works for percussion ensemble by Australian composers, allowing engagement with the nation’s leading creative minds in percussion composition and performance.

In 2018, Piñata celebrates the music of David Pye, an influential figure in Australian new music since the 1980s, who will be artist-in-residence with the ensemble in February and March.

This program celebrates Pye's significant contributions to Australian music with two works: 2003 percussion masterpiece 'rebana loops' and the world premiere of 'octet 112358'.

The program also features a new work from UWA graduate Adam Tan workshopped and developed for Piñata.

Entry is free - no bookings required.

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series Semester One 2018 : GENDER FLUIDITY AT WORK: EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE NON-BINARY More Information
Using an experimental research design and a visual methodology, this study examines the extent of employment discrimination against non-binary job applicants whom identify and present as neither male, nor female. It employs social identity theory to investigate the way in which recruiters tend to categorize job applicants into discrete male or female social identities. The results of the study suggest that masculine men are rated significantly higher on employability than feminized men, feminine women, and masculinized women. Although there is a significant reduction in employability ratings between masculine men and feminized men, the same reduction is not found between feminine women and masculinized women. All women, regardless of their feminine or masculine characteristics, are rated equally low. The study has important implications for gender discrimination in employee selection decision-making.
Monday 12
17:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Public Lecture: The Hunger Project : Transformative Leadership to End Hunger: Applying Our Principles -- from Implementation to Impact Assessment to Investment Website | More Information
The Centre for Social Impact UWA is excited to host a public lecture with The Hunger Project. Join to hear their stories of impact from the organisation's global CEO Suzanne Frindt.

Suzanne Mayo Frindt is a leadership expert and President and CEO of The Global Hunger Project, a global non-profit organization working to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

Suzanne will speak to the importance of transformative leadership throughout The Hunger Project’s work: from the way in which The Hunger Project implements and measures its programs to the way it raises funds and shares its pioneering approaches with others. The Hunger Project is committed to creating a global transformation in the way the world works and invites all of us to engage as active citizens in this process.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Uluru Statement: Towards Truth and Justice Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous, Professor of Law, University of New South Wales and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

For over a decade, Australians have been debating whether and how to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within Australia’s constitutional system. One of the most important moments in that debate occurred in May 2017, when hundreds of First Nations delegates gathered at a First Nations Constitutional Convention in Uluru to deliver the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Through the Uluru Statement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples offered a clear and powerful vision of constitutional recognition, calling for voice, treaty and truth-telling.

Professor Megan Davis has been an influential figure in discussions over Indigenous constitutional recognition. As a member of the Federal Government’s Referendum Council, she played a pivotal role in the process that led to the Uluru Statement. In this lecture, Professor Davis will reflect on a decade of debates over constitutional recognition and examine the centrality of truth and justice to Indigenous aspirations for constitutional reform.

Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW. She is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Professor Davis is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, the UWA Law School and UWA School of Indigenous Studies.
Tuesday 13
16:00 - SEMINAR - CMSS Seminar on Religion and Politics in the Maldives More Information
The tiny Indian Ocean Muslim nation of the Maldives experienced a democratic transition in 2009. However, the country has been engulfed by a tumultuous politics. A dominant approach to understand its troubled politics is through the lens of religion. In this presentation, Azim Zahir will explain the larger transformations of Islam's relationship to politics in the country to explore its role – or the lack of it – in the country's political turmoil.

Azim Zahir is a final year PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia and works as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, UWA. He has a Masters degree from the University of Sydney. His current research is on secularism, Islam and democracy in the Maldives and looks at how the implications of the research bear on prevailing thinking on Muslim politics. His previous research includes radicalisation in the Maldives.

ENTRY: Free. Please RSVP to [email protected]

19:30 - TALK - Friends of the UWA Library : Josephine Wilson discusses her award-winning book Extinctions More Information
About the talk

The Friends of the UWA Library are delighted to begin the 2018 series of talks with award-winning author, Josephine Wilson. Josephine will talk about her critically acclaimed book Extinctions.

Winner of the prestigious 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award and Colin Roderick Award, nominated for the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, and before its publication, the winner of the inaugural 2015 Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, Extinctions has been praised for its humour, poignancy and, from the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award judges’ comments, “a compassionate and unapologetically intelligent novel”.

Extinctions is a novel about all kinds of extinction – natural, racial, national and personal – and what we can do to prevent them. Josephine will share her inspiration, perspiration and insights to her work.

UWA Publishing will have copies of her book available for sale.

About the speaker

Josephine began her career in the area of performance. She completed a Masters of Philosophy at Queensland University and a PhD at the University of Western Australia.

She is the co-author of the performance/theatre work The Geography of Haunted Places, and author of the novel Cusp. She has reviewed for Realtime, ArtLink Magazine and for The West Australian, and is a board member for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Josephine has taught as sessional staff at Murdoch, UWA and Curtin University.

7.00 pm for a 7.30 start

Members: Free, Guests: $5 donation

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