Hello and welcome to the June 2018 edition of ARTiculation
I begin this edition of ARTiculation with warm congratulations to those students and alumni recognised at the 2018 Faculty of Arts Awards. Presented at a ceremony held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, these awards celebrate the achievements of our students and highlight the important work of esteemed members of our community who have gone on to do great work after completing their studies. Alumni presented with awards this year include Ms Linh Do (BA 2012) and Ms Jenna Davey-Burns (BA 2006, DipML 2006, M.Int.Pol. 2011) who received Rising Star Awards for Young Alumni; Dr Nadera Hayat Burhani (MPPM 2015) who received the Leadership Award for outstanding leadership in business, community or government; Professor Emeritus Patricia Grimshaw (PhD 1987) who was recognised for her significant and sustained contribution to the Faculty and University; and Ms Stephanie Alexander AO (BA 1966) who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and contribution to the community in the fields of dietary health, food security and education. Congratulations to all Arts Awards recipients.
In this edition of ARTiculation, we feature an interview with journalist, broadcaster and author Associate Professor Andrew Dodd who has recently joined the Faculty as Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. In this interview, Andrew reflects on his background and this new role, and discusses his plans for the Centre's direction. Andrew also considers the future of journalism and the Guardian Civic Journalism Trust. I'm sure you will find the interview interesting and make some time to watch the Centre's latest public lecture From the Catholic Church to President Trump - Investigative Reporting vs. the Excesses of Power delivered by Walter Robinson, Editor-at-Large of the Boston Globe.
It has been lovely to see so many of our alumni attend the Writers on Writers series, a fantastic University initiative in partnership with State Library Victoria and Black Inc. where leading writers reflect on other Australian writers who have inspired and fascinated them. We recently launched the third book in the series and engaged Melbourne alumnus Christos Tsiolkas in conversation about his year of 'discovery and rediscovery' reading Patrick White. Those who missed the event and would like to read about it, can do so on the University’s Pursuit website. We also have an exclusive book series offer available until Sunday, 17 June to University of Melbourne alumni which may be of interest. The next publication in the Writers on Writers series, Ceridwen Dovey on JM Coetzee will be launched at State Library Victoria on 4 October, followed by Nam Le on David Malouf in May 2019 and Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard in October 2019.
You may remember reading in the March edition of ARTiculation, a story about Professor Tim Parkin, our new Chair of Classics and one of six Professorial Chairs enabled by the generosity of our donors. As Chairs, these academics will make significant contributions to their disciplines, enriching their specialist fields for years to come. Throughout the year, each Chair also delivers a Dean's Lecture, providing our students and the community with access to outstanding scholars and reaffirming the Faculty's commitment to excellence in teaching and research. I hope you can join us at one or all of the three upcoming lectures in the Dean's Lecture Series.
We also look forward with anticipation to Raimond Gaita's Wednesday Lectures (running weekly from 20 June to 18 July), commencing with Rai's own lecture on 'Identity and Abuse', and followed by Mark Baker, Helen Razer, Tony Birch and Shakira Hussein. For further information and to register your attendance visit The Wednesday Lectures 2018.
Finally, my sincerest thanks to all Alumni who attended the recent Melbourne Humanities Foundation dinner held in the Arts West Atrium. This is a significant fundraising event that relies heavily on the support of our donors and friends to make it such a memorable and successful evening.
I hope you enjoy this edition of ARTiculation.
Professor Denise Varney