A message from the Dean of Arts

Welcome to the second edition of Articulation for 2016.

Those of you who have been able to visit our Parkville campus recently will have observed the emergence of the redeveloped Arts West as a striking feature of the campus scene. The building and its dramatic fa├žade are nearing practical completion and will become the new home of our Bachelor of Arts. We are excited to see how this new structure and its innovative interior spaces complement the traditional stonework of the Old Arts building. The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies will move into Arts West, helping create a vibrant Arts precinct.

A centrepiece of the Arts West building will be the Ground Floor Gallery exhibition of material from the Donald Thomson Collection. This important collection of indigenous cultural materials is being developed in conjunction with Museum Victoria. I encourage all our Alumni and friends to visit the exhibition following its opening in late August.  Plans are also underway for improvements to the Babel and John Medley buildings, ensuring a consistently high standard of premises for the whole Faculty.

Establishing new links and relationships with the wider community and extending our contribution to high quality public discourse is vital to the health and future development of the Faculty. An important example of this is the Pathways to Politics Program for Women through the Melbourne School of Government. Commencing this month, and made possible by a Trawalla Foundation donation, this extracurricular program intends to address the gender gap in politics in Australia and elsewhere.

The Faculty is also pleased by the support shown so far for the various Shakespeare 400 activities being held across the year – a series of lectures, exhibitions, performances and screenings to celebrate William Shakespeare. Over the coming weeks, we will offer ‘The Glory that was Greece’, a six week short course on Greek Art and Architecture, and a VCE Winter School giving students superb opportunities to prepare for History, Revolutions, Australian History and Literature exams.

The Great Books series for 2016 is continuing with an impressive winter array: The United States Constitution (28 June), Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams (26 July), Milton’s Paradise Lost (23 August) and Homer’s Odyssey (27 September).  We hope to welcome you to one or more of these events.

Finally, I wanted to extend my congratulations to all Alumni and friends who attended our recent Alumni Awards. We were delighted to present the following Arts Alumni Awards to graduates of the University in recognition of their significant contributions to society:

  • Jason Ball and Lucy Thomas who both received the Rising Star Award for Young Alumni
  • Emeritus Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe who was awarded the Contribution to the Faculty and University Award
  • Dr Lily Yulianti  who received the Leadership Award
  • Professor Gary Foley who received the Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Mark Considine

Dean of Arts