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Events for the public
 May 2018
Wednesday 23
17:15 - FREE LECTURE - Peace or Peril in Pyongyang: Dr Dino Patti Djalal on his Recent Visit to North Korea : Free Public Discussion Website | More Information
In this exclusive event, the Perth USAsia Centre will host Indonesia’s former Deputy Foreign Minister Dr Dino Patti Djalal, who in April 2018 led a delegation of Indo-Pacific scholars and academics to North Korea. Dr Dino Patti Djalal initiated the visit to through his think-tank, the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), to meet with representatives of the North Korean Government to discuss contemporary issues facing the region. Professor Gordon Flake, CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, will interview Dr Djalal about his visit. The two experts will place this visit into the context of the significant diplomatic and de-escalation developments on the Korean Peninsula. In April, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held an unprecedented inter-Korean summit to discuss denuclearisation and the opportunities for a Peninsula peace regime. This summit followed a March President Xi-Kim meeting and precedes the upcoming and unprecedented President Trump-Kim summit. Join us at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) Auditorium, Fairway, Perth WA for this timely conversation with two experts who have on-the-ground experience in North Korea as the world anticipates the outcome of the forthcoming meeting between U.S. President Trump and Kim Jong-un.

17:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Converge | Piano Showcase 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.

Come and hear music from Bach to Dizzy Gillespie in the UWA Conservatorium piano (and piano accordion!) student showcase!

Entry is free - no bookings required

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Duties to One's Own Population and Combatants in War: is there an "Internal" Humanitarian Law? Website | More Information
A public lecture by Frédéric Mégret, Associate Professor of Law and Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law, McGill University and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

International humanitarian law is traditionally about the "other" side in the war, whether combatants or non-combatants. Just war theorists however have hinted at the idea that there is an "internal jus in bello" that applies in the relationship of the sovereign to its own population in war.

In this lecture, Professor Mégret will explore that possibility in existing international humanitarian law. To what extent are some rules in armed conflict actually about protecting one’s own population (eg: not recruiting child soldiers; not placing military assets next to civilian installations)? What if the state has duties towards its own combatants? The recent judgment of the International Criminal Court convicting Ntaganda for sexual slavery against one’s own troops points to this emerging dimension. It implicates some crucial debates about the relationship of international humanitarian law to international human rights law, and emphasizes some of the challenges involved: is there a risk, for example, of being too protective of the lives of one’s soldiers at the expense of non-combatants on the other side?

This public lecture is presented by the Australian Red Cross, the UWA Law School and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.
Thursday 24
12:00 - Open to staff, students, and the public! - Plant Sale! with Friends of the Grounds : JOIN US! herbs, succulents, and more - plants typically $3 to $5 each Website | More Information
UWA Friends of the Grounds are holding a May Plant Sale on Thursday 24 May 2018 (and Friday 25 May 2018 if remaining stock)

Find herbs, succulents, and more - plants typically $3 to $5 each. Great finds! Open to staff, students, and the public.

Please bring a carry bag or cardboard box to cart your new plant friends home - thank you :)

16:00 - EVENT - Archaeology Seminar : Ten Hundred Words of Archaeology: UWA archaeologists explain their research More Information
Using only the most commonly used English words this seminar will treat you to the state of PhD research in archaeology from UWA. The remainder of this abstract is written using only the ten hundred words people use the most often, which is also known as Up Goer Five. We look at old things from the past and what people did with them and why. We have not finished looking at those old things at this place with many books and people reading them. The talks are by both students and teachers and will be about their work and then how writing this talk was hard. Each talk will be short and will be about: 1) Putting rock art together with other old things by seeing where it is to know if from long ago or not so long ago -Lucia Martinez Clayton. 2) The study of a shop owner's life a long time ago when the city north of the big city was still a small town – Melissa Hetherington. 3) How long did people from the past in the north west wear small hard white things from the sea to make themselves look beautiful? - Fiona Hook. 4) Did people who lived near the beach north of here always eat sea food – Carly Monks. 5) When water does not run: understanding life on the streets of the big town up the river – Sven Ouzman, Rebecca Foote, Natasha Busher, Liam Phillips

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - How to Treat Persons: two anchors of moral judgement Website | More Information
A public lecture by Robert Audi, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame (Indiana, US) and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

If we do what we morally ought to do, does that suffice for being a moral person? It would not for Aristotle, since doing what we ought to do does not entail acting from virtue. It would not for Kant, since we can do what we ought to do for morally inappropriate reasons. The question is harder for utilitarianism, but for many utilitarians, even regularly maximizing utility does not entail being a moral person. For common-sense intuitionism, too, doing the right deeds does not suffice for being a moral person.

This presentation will argue that our conduct goes beyond our deeds—even beyond those as motivated in a certain way—and that a suitable predominance of morally right conduct in life apparently does suffice for being a moral person. Showing this requires accounts of conduct, its governing norms, and how a theory of conduct embodies moral standards.
Friday 25
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Free Lunchtime Concert | UWA Clarinets 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.

Featuring flute, clarinet and oboe in ensemble and solo performances - this concert will take you on a musical journey through works by Corelli, Prokofiev, Poulenc and more!

Entry is free - no bookings required

18:00 - PERFORMANCE - Don't Stop The Music | How Music Came to Challis : Celebration Concert Website | More Information
Don't Stop the Music is a documentary series highlighting the transformative effects of teaching music in primary school.

Classic FM's Russell Torrance helps chart the journey of students of Challis Community Primary School who are part of a new school music program. With their imaginations ignited they show us what they've learnt, supported by a collective of exceptional performers, including the UWA Symphony Orchestra and members of the UWA Symphonic Chorus.

The concert also features special guest performances by superstars James Morrison and Guy Sebastian who are mentors for the students.

Tickets $20
Monday 28
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich - World Percussion Fiesta Website | More Information
The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduate UWA Students. Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

In the World Percussion Carnival, renowned Perth percussionist Paul Tanner will lead 3 ensembles in a lively performance of traditional Zimbabwean, Zulu and West African music!

Come and hear part of the wealth of musical talent on campus!

Tickets available at the door (cash only): $10 Standard / $5 Concessions (Seniors/Children/Students/Friends of Music)
Tuesday 29
8:45 - FREE LECTURE - Regional Responses to the Trump Trade Shock : Free Lecture Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre will be hosting Ms Christine Holgate, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Australia Post, Professor Taeho Bark, President of the Global Commerce Institute of Lee&Ko and Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University and Ambassador Frank Lavin, CEO Export Now, Former US Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; and Former US Ambassador to Singapore for a public discussion on recent trends and shifts in the regional trade system. The Indo-Pacific regional trade architecture is undergoing turbulent shifts prompted by an assertive Trump Administration trade policy which is affecting major trading partners and allies. Western Australia currently conducts 78% of its trade with countries in the region. Shifts in the regional trade system will have significant implications to Western Australia’s economic engagement with countries in the region. At this public event, Ms Christine Holgate will deliver a keynote address followed by a panel discussion with our visiting international trade experts, Professor Taeho Bark and Ambassador Frank Lavin. They will explore possible policy responses to changes in the regional trading system and strategies to ensure the continued economic security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. To enhance your understanding of recent shifts in the international trade system and its implications for Australia, please join us for an informative discussion by our visiting trade and business experts.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich - Percussion Carnival Website | More Information
The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduate UWA Students. Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

The Percussion Fiesta will feature over 80 students, performing pieces from film and TV, Pop and Rock favourites as well as more traditional African melodies in the culmination of their semester's work!

Come and hear part of the wealth of musical talent on campus!

Tickets available at the door (cash only): $10 Standard /$5 Concessions (Seniors/Children/Students/Friends of Music)
Wednesday 30
17:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Converge | The Irwin Street Collective: Mozart Double Piano Concerto 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.

In our final Converge of Semester 1, talented honours students Maria Ceccarelli and Adrian Soares join Cecilia Sun, Shaun Lee-Chen and the UWA Chamber Orchestra for a free performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for two fortepianos.

This not to be missed free concert will also feature Mozart's 'Paris Symphony' before renowned soprano and UWA Conservatorium faculty member Sara Macliver joins the orchestra to perfrom Exultate Jubilate.

Entry is free - no bookings required
Thursday 31
9:30 - STAFF EVENT - Unit Design Workshop - 31 May 2018 Website | More Information
Facilitated by an experienced Learning Designer, this one-day workshop is a great practical opportunity for new and current teaching staff at UWA to experience the unit design process.

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

We recommend that the Unit Coordinator and at least one other teaching staff member participates per unit to gain maximum benefit.

Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided on the day.

To register for this workshop, click on the Eventbrite link below.

16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar : Gulf Spirit Boards: a pre-contact social narrative More Information
Traditional material culture of Papuan Gulf peoples was abundant and rich. It should come as no surprise that it became the object of continual acquisition by European visitors, especially London Missionary Society missionaries and government officials. Today, customary ritual practices have effectively ceased. The associated, elaborate ceremonial objects now fill the collections of museums around the world, and retained memories are mostly all that now remains of the traditional ceremonial life. My current research concerns spirit boards, one class of Gulf ceremonial objects, that are sourced from the Australian Museum and National Museum of Australia, as well as from illustrated works. Contextual information from libraries and archives forms another source of data. The project centres on the analysis of decorative elements that once served as kinship group ‘identifiers’. This information will be used to determine the geographic distribution of and differences among Gulf social systems. This will, in turn, help establish the social dynamics of the Gulf communities who were a key element of the Motu hiri trade system that began 500 years ago. Community engagement is another and perhaps more important objective. This is because it leads to a reconnecting of contemporary Papuan communities with their past, for which material culture and documentation now mostly resides in overseas institutions. The seminar presentation will focus on the background to the project, development of analytical processes, the initial results and next steps in advancing the research program.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Antarctica Homeward Bound Voyage 2018 Website | More Information
A public lecture by Veronique Florec, Research Associate, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, The University of Western Australia.

Plastic pollution in the ocean has become one of the most challenging environmental issues of our time. In 30 years, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish! Thousands of marine animals and seabirds are being killed every year, either due to entanglement or from ingestion of plastic waste. To tackle a problem of this magnitude, we require a global solution. But in some circles where some of the most important decisions that affect our planet are made, women are either absent or only present in small numbers. Globally, women hold less than 15% of leadership positions in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) despite research showing that gender-balanced teams are more effective.

Homeward Bound wants to change this and, over a period of 10 years, it’s planning to build a global network of 1,000 women in STEMM and equipping them with leadership skills so that they can heighten their influence in policy circles. A global initiative, Homeward Bound is an intensive 12-month leadership program for women in STEMM that culminates in an expedition to Antarctica. The program aims to enhance the impact of women in science in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes the future of our planet.

As part of the program, we conducted research on plastic pollution in the ocean and are now looking to bring about change in this area. So what happens when you put 80 women — all passionate about science, gender equity and the state of our planet — on board a ship for 22 days in Antarctica? In a visually beautiful presentation, Veronique will share her experience of participating in the program, the lessons learned throughout the year, her research on plastic pollution in the ocean, and the amazing visit to the white continent.

About this Series: All at Sea - Restoration and Recovery.

Our Oceans and coasts provide us with food, energy, livelihoods, cultural and recreational opportunities, yet they are coming under increasing pressure. This UWA Institute of Advanced Studies - Oceans Institute Lecture Series explores the wonders of our seas, the challenges they face and how research at UWA- in a diverse range of fields including marine science, ocean engineering, health, humanities and social sciences- are contributing to sustainability.

 June 2018
Friday 01
11:00 - SEMINAR - Asian Studies Seminar : Family language policies: A case study of Japanese immigrant families in Perth More Information
From interviews of Japanese speakers in Perth, this study explores language use in the day-to-day domestic environment. The project employs the concept of the family language policy and examines the families’ language policies, what factors contribute to their policies, and how and why they adhere to or change the policies. Families do not usually state their language policies explicitly, but whether intentionally or unintentionally, people make decisions on their language use in each speech community and those decisions become the community’s language policies.

The study identifies key factors that influence the family language policy. The strongest internal factor within the family is the belief on ‘elite bilingualism’ that one should speak two languages perfectly as a native speaker to be a bilingual (Heller, 2007). This belief can both encourage and discourage the bilingualism (or multilingualism) within the family. The strongest external influence on the family language policy is the status of English, that is, its dominance in the society and its social and economic mobility. Yet, the family language policy also shows fluidity and variations, and is related to individuals’ migrant identities. This study discusses how their migrant identities shape their beliefs, practices and management of the family language policy, and how language use influences their identities at the same time.

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Free Lunchtime | Concert Concordia Vocalis and Con-Cantorum 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.

In our final Lunchtime Concert for this semester, the Conservatorium's Vocal Ensembles present an all a cappella program.

Concordia Vocalis present selections from Banchieri’s Madrigal Comedy Festino, and Con-Cantorum (chamber choir) perform sublime reflective works by Gjielo (Ubi Caritas), Whitacre (Lux aurumque), Elgar (Lux aeterna arranged from Nimrod), and modern arrangements.

Entry is free - no bookings required

14:30 - SEMINAR - Anthropology and Sociology Seminar : Inside the choice machine: the public display of national testing data and its consequences More Information
That schools and social stratification are strongly linked is a ‘familiar’ sort of insight (Connell 2012). Connell also reminds us that the means by which inequality is produced and reproduced is historically contingent, arguing that, ‘a major shift is [currently] happening between old forms of inequality based on institutional segregation and new forms of inequality based on market mechanisms’ (p.681). In this presentation we want to move beyond assertions regarding new stratifications, to test the validity of a significant claim about market mechanisms further concentrating class divides through government techniques of choice and the “machinery” surrounding this. The focus is on Australian primary schools (a rather ignored arena when it comes to researching school choice), for which we pay particular attention paid to a government endorsed website called My School which makes public aggregated school test scores from the National Assessment Programme: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), which is justified on the grounds that parents need these sorts of data if they are to make informed decisions about which school to send their child to. Ultimately in this presentation we will use the national data available through My School to test hypotheses suggesting that the practice of making NAPLAN data publically available increases social class concentration of students with elite schools attracting students from advantaged families, and vice versa.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Enrich - Show Choir Jazz Spectacular Website | More Information
The Conservatorium of Music offers a number of stimulating and enjoyable broadening units for all undergraduate UWA Students. Enrich! brings together these students in vibrant and dynamic ensemble performances.

Under the direction of Tim How, the Show Choir, will be perform songs from Broadway favourites. Whilst the UWA Jazz Ensemble, led by Jess Herbert will perform staples of the Jazz repertoire. This fantastic concert is not to be missed!

Tickets available at the door (cash): $10 Standard / $5 Concessions (Seniors/Children/Students/Friends of Music)
Tuesday 05
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Triumphant Entries during the Italian Wars 1494-1559: celebrating alliances and displaying cultural prowess in the face of unsteady peace Website | More Information
A public lecture by Elizabeth Reid, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UWA.

Between 1494 and 1559 two major European powers, the French Valois and the Austro-Spanish Habsburg fought a series of wars in a competitive bid to expand their territory into the Italian Peninsula. This period was characterised by ever-shifting allegiances, conspiracies, battles, and peace treaties. Major military victories or new alliances forged, and sealed by marriage, often occasioned a kind of ‘victory-lap’ whereby the triumphant ruler or his bride-prize entered allied territory and were treated to carefully orchestrated festivities. Artists, composers, poets and performers utilised gendered allegories to honour the entering party and to communicate the rich cultural identity of the city itself. Entries were just one level at which the politics of peace played on culturally engrained ideas of masculine strength juxtaposed with feminine vulnerability. This talk will contextualise and discuss key entries in light of this gendered framework. It is supported by a new ARC research project that aims to reconsider the events and cultural output of the Italian Wars through the lens of gender.

This talk is part of the lecture series - Peace and War: Representations in European Art and Literature. The three lectures in this series, offered by UWA academics associated with the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, focus on representations of war and peace in European art and literature. Collectively, they will examine the contexts and reception of cultural and political practices of war and peace in the medieval and early modern era from the perspectives of emotions history, medievalism, and gender studies. In this way, the series stands to challenge conventional interpretations of European life in wartime from the sixteenth- to the nineteenth century.

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