A Message from
the Dean of Arts

Hello and welcome to the September 2018 edition of ARTiculation

Welcome to the latest edition of ARTiculation. This edition features several stories that illustrate the diverse work of the Faculty and our alumni across research and engagement.

One of the most inspiring for me, is the profile of Alumnus Nelson Kur Deng, a graduate of both the Master of Social Policy and Master of Criminology. Deng speaks of leveraging business networks to provide much-needed work experience, internships and mentoring for young people within the South Sudanese community. Reflecting on this initiative, he outlines the importance of this work in providing valuable skills, experience and connections for those seeking work. He also seeks to redress the detrimental impact of often negative portrayals of African-Australians in the media. Deng's story is incredibly motivating, and I hope his networking program continues to enjoy success.

Cross-cultural learning of a different kind is illustrated in a lovely reflective story by current Master of Cultural Materials Conservation student, Lily Bennion. Lily travelled to Waringarri Aboriginal Art Centre in the Kimberley for an internship, after which she took the ‘On Country’ subject established jointly by the Grimwade Centre and Warmun Art Centre.

Two very different pieces of research from senior Arts Faculty academics also feature in this edition of ARTiculation. Some of you may have met our Hansen Chair of History, Professor Mark Edele at his recent Dean's lecture, Why and how the Soviet Union won the Second World War in Europe. Here in ARTiculation, Mark reflects on the 75th anniversary of the decisive armoured battle at Kursk in 1943 and provides an insight into the importance of economic and material resources in war.

Our next Dean's lecture will be delivered by Professor Alexis Wright, the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature, on October 29. I was delighted to be able to introduce Alexis' recent lecture at the Melbourne Writers Festival, where she captivated the audience with her oration on the power and purpose of literature.

Finally, Dr Anthony White of the School of Culture and Communication shows us ten reasons, in the form of ten great works of art, to visit the selection of works from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The edition also includes details of our Alumni Council and the election process. I hope you will take an active part in the election.

Again, I hope you enjoy this edition of ARTiculation.

Professor Denise Varney
Dean of Arts