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Dear Ms MacFarlane

Happy New Year! My very best wishes to all of our alumni and friends, on behalf the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for 2014. This year promises to be a very exciting an important one for the Faculty. I want to update you on a number of new initiatives taking place in 2014.

First of all, I am delighted to inform you that we are deep into the process of planning for a major new building for the Faculty. Although there is much work still to be done, we are very excited about the prospect of being able to provide our students and staff with long needed new teaching and research facilities – designed and outfitted to support humanities and social sciences scholarship for the 21st century. You will be hearing more about this important project soon – so stay posted!
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Latest news
Humanities given $5.5 million-plus boost by generous donor
University of Sydney alumnus and renowned Australian arts patron Kenneth Reed has donated $500,000, and bequeathed $5 million and a collection of 'Old Master' Dutch paintings, to his alma mater. The funds will be given to the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the University Art Gallery. Find out more.
Future Leaders Scholarship Scheme
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is excited to announce a new scholarship, aimed at students with potential to contribute to society. The Future Leaders Scholarship Scheme is being introduced in time for the start of semester 1 2014. Find out more.
New Alumni Council Members elected
On behalf of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, we would like to thank all alumni who nominated or voted in the 2013 Alumni Council elections. Find out more.
MECO alumna Sarah Whyte wins Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism
Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) Alumna Sarah Whyte was awarded the 2013 Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism late last year for the series entitled "Made in Bangladesh: Unpicking the human price of global fashion", which she wrote with her colleague, South Asia correspondent Ben Doherty who shared in the award. Find out more.
Nominations open for Alumni Awards
The University's alumni community is filled with inspirational leaders, creative thinkers and outstanding achievers. This is your opportunity to recognise an Arts and Social Sciences alumus who is making a difference. Find out more.
Events
2014 Insights Lecture Series
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to launch the Insights 2014: Lecture Series with the first lecture on Thursday 13 March with Power and Propaganda in the Ancient World: A Central Asian Perspective by Alison Betts, Professor of Silk Road Studies. Find out more.
Save the date: Dean's Reception
You will shortly be receiving your invitation to The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences annual Dean’s Reception for Alumni and Friends: Our Ideas Lead The Way. We very much look forward to welcoming you and this year we will be showcasing some of the Faculty’s engaging academics and researchers.

When: Thursday 10 April 2013 6:00pm–8:00pm
Where: MacLaurin Hall, the University of Sydney
More events
15 Feb | Coffee lectures: The Great Poets with Professor Barry Spurr
18 Feb | Sydney Ideas: The Enigma of 'Responsible' Corporations
20 Feb | 7th Annual Michael Hintze Lecture in International Security
20 Feb | Sydney Ideas: Geoff Mulgan
25 Feb | Exploring the Anthropo-scenery
26 Feb | Encountering the Anthropocene
27 Feb | Sydney Ideas: In Conversation with Lionel Shriver
01 Mar | Coffee lectures: The Great Poets with Professor Barry Spurr
06 Mar | Sydney Ideas: In conversation with Chinese poet Yang Lian
06 Mar | Sydney Ideas: World War One- Choice or Accident?
07 Mar | The Sydney Writers Festival: The Signature of All Things
07 Mar | The Sydney Writers Festival: Alexander McCall Smith
13 Mar | Insights: Power and Propaganda in the Ancient World
13 Mar | 2014 Julius Stone Address: Do People Obey the Law?

For a complete listing, visit the University's event calendar.
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Inside the Faculty
New grant explores stories of mixed-race children born of World War II
The untold stories of thousands of mixed-race children fathered from allied troops posted in Australia during World War II is the focus of a first-of-its kind ARC project led by University of Sydney researchers. Headed by ARC Indigenous Research Fellow, Dr Victoria Grieves, the project will shed light on this under-acknowledged chapter of Australia's wartime history. Find out more.
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In focus: Alex Heath
Alex Heath’s passion for the world of economic policy was apparent very early on when she completed her BEc (Hons) at the University of Sydney, and it set her on course to apply for a cadetship with the Reserve Bank of Australia. She enjoyed her cadetship so much that once she finished her Honours she returned to the RBA, and went on to hold positions in a number of areas in the Financial Markets and Economic Groups. Find out more.
Student activity
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is well represented in this year's Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program. Of the 18 Australians on the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program, three have connections to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. Find out more.
New dual degrees
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have joined forces with Sciences Po in France to offer students new dual degree programs in 2014. Find out more.
Sydney Ideas
Upcoming highlights for Sydney Ideas include conversations with author of We Need to talk about Kevin, Lionel Shriver, Chinese poet Yang Lian, and historian of World War One, Professor Margaret Macmillan. Alumni can register for a free ticket to any ticketed events in the Sydney Ideas program. Find out more.
Upcoming exhibitions
Monday 17 March, 5pm: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook in conversation with curators John Clarke and Clare Veal
Followed by the official opening of the exhibition Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook: The Village and Elsewhere (17 March - 3 May).

1 March - 1 November: Points of Focus: Historic photographs from the Pacific
An exhibition featuring images taken by colonists, missionaries, scientists, traders and early tourists in the Pacific.

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