History Alumni newsletter February 2017
The latest newsletter features profiles of our new Hansen appointments, and stories about History research, events, and achievements of the past year.
A message from Professor Kate Darian-Smith, Head of the History Program
It is a pleasure to update History graduates on just a selection of the very many activities that took place in the program during 2016. This year has seen a move to the new Arts West building, where state-of-the-art facilities are already contributing to innovations in History teaching. History staff, research fellows and graduate students face continues to generate a plethora of research publications, win competitive grants, and engage with the community through public lectures, conferences and lectures. In a world that is rapidly changing, understanding the past and studying History remains crucial and important in facing future challenges.
The game-changing news for the discipline of History in 2015 was an extraordinary donation of $8 million to the Faculty of Arts by Jane Hansen. Jane is a prominent and energetic patron of and advocate for the arts and humanities. She is also, to our delight, a passionate student of History.
Hansen's extraordinary vision and generous donation - the largest ever made to a History Program in Australia - has enabled the establishment of the Hansen Trust to support initiatives in the Faculty. The first priority of the Trust is to enhance innovation and excellence in the teaching of history at The University of Melbourne.