From the Dean

Dear Ms MacFarlane

I was delighted to meet many of you at our recent Dean’s Reception, which was one of the biggest since we started this event 4 years ago. We are extremely grateful for the support of our alumni and friends, and I always enjoy updating you on the work of the faculty and introducing you to some of our outstanding students and staff. Thank you to those of you who were able to come and, of course, for your ongoing support of the faculty.

FASS has a proud tradition of outstanding teaching and I wanted to let you know that two of our colleagues – Dr. Ruth Barcan (Gender and Cultural Studies) and Dr. Olaf Werder (Media & Communications) – have each been awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching for 2014. This highly prestigious prize is a wonderful testament to the quality of teaching going on in the faculty. We are delighted that Ruth and Olaf have been recognized for their remarkable achievements in the classroom. Great teaching is always at the heart of a great liberal arts faculty.
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New Economic Majors
To equip Australia to better respond to challenges in agriculture, resources, energy and commodity pricing, the University of Sydney's disciplines of Agriculture Economics and Resource Economics (ARE) will join the School of Economics in 2015.

Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Professor David Guest, Associate Dean from the Faculty of Agriculture, talk about the changes in this video.
Staff specialist chosen for Australian Curriculum Review
Professor Barry Spurr has been selected as a specialist in literature for the Australian Curriculum Review as the country moves towards a controversial national curriculum. Find out more.
Sydney Film Festival: International Documentaries
After a successful collaboration with Sydney Film Festival (SFF) last year, our Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to build on our continuing sponsorship of this key cultural event in 2014 by becoming presenting partner of the International Documentary Series. Find out more.
'Rebalancing' human rights? They don't belong to the left or the right
The debate over the need for "rebalancing" of the Australian Human Rights Commission raises fascinating questions about the nature of human rights as a public ideal. Find out more.
Best and Brightest Showcase in Government and International Relations
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences held the fifth Best and Brightest Showcase at Parliament House recently, celebrating the most outstanding Honours Theses in Government and International Relations. Find out more.
Sydney Film Festival: University of Sydney Drinks Reception & Micro-Talks
Film is one of the great artistic mediums of our time, and our people - our researchers, students, alumni and staff - are not only creating cinema, but thinking, writing and teaching about film in all its variations. We are delighted to invite you, in partnership with the Sydney Film Festival, to this event and drinks reception on 14 June. Find out more.
Sydney Writers' Festival: It's thinking season
We are passionate about electrifying debate on today’s biggest issues. That’s why the University of Sydney is proud to bring exciting thinkers and writers to the public stage in a continued collaboration with the Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2014. Find out more.
2014 Insights Lecture Series
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to invite you to the engaging Insights 2014: Lecture Series delivered by our newly appointed Professors.

The next lecture is on Thursday 5 June from 5.30pm with Professor Jennifer Milam, Rococo Aesthetics: Women, Lapdogs and Sexual Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Art. Find out more.

For full details of the other Insight lectures throughout the year please visit our website.
University to shine bright at Vivid
Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas that illuminates the city's iconic architecture. For the first time, the University will participate by transforming the campus into an interactive canvas of cultural student art and performances.

Vivid Path to the Future
is an eight day celebration that will feature a spectacular illumination of our Quadrangle ‘painted’ by Indigenous and local artists, performances and Sydney Ideas talks at the Seymour Centre, as well as lighting installations, live entertainment and workshops that will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture on our campus. Find out more.
More events
23 May | Canberra Alumni Drinks
27 May | Arts & Social Sciences Postgraduate Information Evening
28 May
| Over the Moors, take me to the Moors
29 May | Legal & Social Chill: Influences on Collective Non-Reporting
30 May | Sydney Ideas: I'm Not Racist, But....
02 Jun
| Sydney Ideas & Seymour Centre: I’m Not Creative, But...
04 Jun
| Sancta Sophia London Alumni and Friends reception
04 Jun
| Year 10 Information Evening
05 Jun | Insights: Rococo Aesthetics
05 Jun
| Media@Sydney: Global Activism in Food Politics
05 Jun
| Book launch: ‘Global Activism in Food Politics: Power Shift’
10 Jun
| Sydney Ideas: The Rediscovery of Rome
10 Jun | Sydney Ideas: The Dauphin and his Doubles
10 Jun | Sydney Ideas: Is There a Singapore Alternative?
13 Jun | Media justice and food justice: a tale of two struggles
14 Jun | Sydney Film Festival: Drinks Reception & Micro-Talks
18 Jun
| Constitutional Reform in Emerging Countries
30 Jun
| UK Alumni Summer Reception

For a complete listing, visit the University's event calendar.
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Inside the Faculty
Professor blazes trail with political science honour
Professor Pippa Norris is the 2014 winner of the Karl Deutsch Award, a prestigious prize awarded once every three years by the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Professor Norris has described the award as "a tremendous and unexpected honour." Find out more.
Our ideas lead the way
Our Ideas Lead the Way is an annual publication that showcases research activities of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences staff and alumni. This flagship video introduces more recent research activities in the faculty, including Glenda Sluga - Laureate Fellow and Professor from the Department of History, John Romalis – Professor from the School of Economics and Nancy Lee from the Department of Gender and Studies, PhD candidate.
Our people in the news
  • Dr Colm Harmon from the School of Economics spoke about higher education reform proposals in The Australian
  • Dr David Brophy from the Department of History discussed Chinese terrorist threats in The Australian Financial Review
  • The Scientific American published an edited extract from Professor Iain McCalman's book, The Reef: A Passionate History. Professor McCalman is from the Department of History
  • Stewart Jackson from the Department of Government and International Relations was quoted in a Yahoo!7 news story about the Independent Commission Against Corruption
  • Dr Monika Bednarek from the Department of Linguistics was quoted in article about swearing on TV
  • Dr John Lee from the Department of Government and International Relations opinion piece by about the territorial dispute over the South China Sea was published in The Australian
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In focus: Annie Corlett
Dean's reception
Student activity: Global voices exchange
Quidditch World Cup
Your favourite teacher
Building on our passion, by giving
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In focus: Annie Corlett
Annie Corlett (BEc) has had an impressive career – and while some may know her as business woman extraordinaire – we hold her in very high esteem as President of the Alumni Council of the University of Sydney, for her dedication and commitment to our students, staff and alumni. Find out more.
Dean's reception
On Thursday, 10 April 2014, the Dean, Professor Duncan Ivison, hosted a Reception for Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the MacLaurin Hall of the University of Sydney's Main Quadrangle. Find out more.
Student activity: Global voices exchange
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences would like to congratulate BA Honours student, Nicola Bauman on being selected for the Global Voices delegation to the OECD Forum in Paris during May.
Nicola will be part of a six person youth delegation to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Forum from 4 - 10 May in Paris, France. Find out more.
Quidditch World Cup
Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) student, Alexander Enrico filed this report on the University of Sydney Team's recent performance at the 7th annual International Quidditch Association (IQA) World Cup. Find out more.
Your favourite teacher
SAM invites you to nominate your favourite lecturer, teacher or supervisor from your University days and send in a short description of what made that teacher so special, and their impact on you. Find out more.
Building on our passion, by giving
The University of Sydney is home to Australia’s oldest and most comprehensive liberal arts Faculty. It’s justly proud of a tradition of achievement in interpreting and transmitting archaeology, English, classical and modern languages, history, philosophy and many other subjects, for future generations of scholars, students and citizens. Find out more.
Until 20 June: Lego Acropolis
Come and see this Lego masterpiece become it becomes ruins.

Until 31 August: Fugitive Forms and Grand Designs
A collection of Justice Roddy Meagher, capturing some of the diversity and richness of the forms and functions of drawing from the 16th to early 19th century.

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