Hello and welcome to those of you who have recently graduated and joined us as Arts Alumni.
I wanted to begin by introducing myself to you as the Dean of Arts. I am a Professor of Theatre Studies here in the Faculty of Arts and was Deputy Dean of the Faculty from 2016 to 2017 and co-director of the Australian Centre. I have accepted the Deanship while the search is underway for a successor to Professor Mark Considine. My research areas include modern Australian theatre, modern and contemporary drama and feminist criticism and performance. I have served as co-convenor of the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (2010 - 2015), Senior Reviews Editor for Theatre Research International, and am the Australian Drama Series Editor for Brill Scholarly Press, Amsterdam.
I look forward to the prospect of meeting and working with many of you in my capacity as Dean over the coming months.
It's been a time of new beginnings in the Faculty with two new Heads of School joining us in 2018. In January, Professor Jennifer Milam commenced as the new Head of the School of Culture and Communication. Previously at the University of Sydney, Jennifer is Professor of Art History and Eighteenth-Century Studies and a distinguished researcher, research leader and teacher.
Also joining the Faculty this year is Professor Karen Farquharson as Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences. Professor Farquharson is a sociologist with research interests in the areas of diversity, 'race' and ethnic relations, the media, and sport. She comes to us from Swinburne University where she was Associate Dean (Research & Development) and Head, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
I've also been delighted to welcome Associate Professor Kate MacNeill as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Kate joins the Faculty leadership team from the School of Culture and Communication where she continues to teach into the Master of Arts and Cultural Management program.
Finally, in December, the Faculty welcomed journalist, broadcaster and author Andrew Dodd in his new role as the Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. Associate Professor Dodd brings a wealth of practical experience and knowledge to the Centre, having worked across radio, television, print and online platforms for more than thirty years.
In this edition of ARTiculation, we profile Danielle Kidd, an alumna of the Master of Public Policy and Management who completed the Pathway to Politics program in 2017. Danielle has been preselected as a parliamentary candidate for the state division of Braddon in the upcoming Tasmanian election, and she reflects on her experiences with the Faculty of Arts and the ways in which her education has empowered her political career.
Also in this edition, our Inaugural Tatoulis Chair in Classics, Professor Tim Parkin, along with donors Elizabeth and James Tatoulis, discuss what giving means to them. The Tatoulis's discuss their philanthropic journey while Tim Parkin outlines the research made possible by their generous gift.
As the Faculty prepares for its inaugural study tour of private collections, museums and art events in the Arab world, Associate Professor Chris Marshall takes us on a personal audio tour of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi. I'd encourage you to listen to his exploration of some of the most fascinating pieces in this new and exciting global museum.
Finally, I'd encourage you all to read about the new Peter Steele Poetry Trust Fund established by the Faculty in association with Newman College and the Melbourne Humanities Foundation, and consider attending the upcoming Dean's Lecture.
Best wishes for a successful year ahead for all Alumni. I hope you enjoy this edition of ARTiculation.
Professor Denise Varney
Dean of Arts