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Exhibition: ‘ _____ ‘

A group of artists consider the nature of blankness as a signifier of creative potential (in the sense of capturing the dilemma of approaching a blank piece of paper, digital file, gallery space or canvas with the intention of creating something). As such, the exhibition will ask questions such as: “What is a blank space?”; “Can there be a blank space?”; “What are the power dynamics associated with framing or designating a blank space?”; and “What are the aesthetic potentials of blankness?” ...

Amy Balkin: Public Smog

Amy Balkin is an American artist whose practice investigates the geopolitical and legal structures that define and claim the land and sky. Interested in the evolving issues around climate change politics, Balkin’s processoriented work includes the purchasing of land and the atmosphere, the creation of websites, photographs and videos, and the presentation of public talks. As part of the Art+ClimateChange festival, and in conjunction with the exhibition Nature / Revelation, the Potter will pre...

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David Buckland: Discounting the Future

An exhibition showcasing a decade of climate artworks by David Buckland. David Buckland is a designer, artist and filmmaker whose lens‐based works have been exhibited in numerous galleries in London, Paris and New York and collected by the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, the Metropolitan Museum, New York and the Getty Collection, Los Angeles, and the Michael Wilson Collection amongst others. In 2001 he created and now directs the Cape Farewell project ...

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Public Smog

Amy Balkin is an American artist whose practice investigates the geopolitical and legal structures that define and claim the land and sky. Interested in the evolving issues around climate change politics, Balkin’s processoriented work includes the purchasing of land and the atmosphere, the creation of websites, photographs and videos, and the presentation of public talks. As part of the Art+climatechange festival, and in conjunction with the exhibition 'Nature / revelation', the Potter will ...

Nature/Revelation

Climate change and its devastating impact on the earth’s many ecosystems is arguably today’s most critical global issue. Nature/Revelation celebrates the unique capacity art has to cut through prevailing rhetoric to stimulate individuals both intellectually and emotionally in the face of current environmental issues. Focusing on contemporary notions of nature and the sublime, the exhibition affirms that the world we live in offers moments of revelation, and that nature can provoke a range o...

Luminous World: Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection

Luminous World brings together a selection of contemporary paintings, objects and photographs from the Wesfarmers Collection in a conversation life on earth is bound to events playing out in the celestial realm, to the influence on the contemporary imagination of the universe of artificial light in which we live today, artists in this exhibition about light. From an enduring fascination with the way in which artists including Susan Norrie, Rosemary Laing, Howard Taylor, Dale Frank, Paddy Be...

Weird melancholy: The Australian gothic

The University’s collection of early landscape painting shows that our most celebrated artists were not free of anxieties about the natural environment and the ghosts that haunt it, indeed many could not escape them. Weird melancholy brings together works from the nineteenth century to the contemporary era. The exhibition reveals how artists are attempting to confront the ‘weirdness’ of their home and in doing so engaged tropes of the colonial gothic tradition. IMAGE: Arthur Boyd Australia S...

Brook Andrew. Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts

The world dramatically changed after the outbreak of WWI: Australia was not excluded. Described as the war to end all wars it would be a mere two decades before Europe was once again plagued by a major conflict. Australia has played its role in both of these wars and many other conflicts since. Wars leave a lasting impression on those who participate, on those left behind and on future generations who look to them for remembrance, lessons and identity. However, often parts of the narrative b...

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Monday, 4 May 2015

Mental Health and Social Policy Priorities

Common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression are amongst the leading causes of disability in Australia and internationally. The onset of these disorders generally occurs during adolescence and early adulthood, and can have significant s...

Overview of Internal Quality Assurance & Learning Outcomes Assessment in Japan

This seminar discusses the future of the evidencebased educational improvement in Japan through the review of accomplishments and challenges at Ritsumeikan University. On an international basis, there has been a growth in the student learning ou...

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Free Lunch Hour Concerts: Kristian Chong plays Chopin, Hyde and Schubert

A series of free lunch hour concerts held on Mondays from 1.10pm – 2.00pm at Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville. Kristian Chong Piano Frédéric CHOPIN Nocturne in Bb minor Op.9 No.1 Miriam HYDE Rhapsody for Left Hand (written for Kristian C...

The Worldwide Tendency to High Participation Higher Education Systems (HPS): Evidence, interpretations, implications

The worldwide tendency toward universal education at an advanced level has profound long term implications. It lifts the common level of social literacy, and workplace credentials and potential productivity. It also changes the politics of access ...

Art From a Changing Climate

Between 2003 and 2005 filmmaker David Hinton travelled 2,500 nautical miles on three expeditions aboard the schooner Nooderlicht filming artists, scientists and educators exploring the pristine environment of the High Arctic as part of the Cape Fa...

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Graduate Study Expo

Graduate study is an investment in your future. Join us at our Graduate Study Expo and find out how a graduate degree from Australia’s number one university will give you the chance to pursue your passion and develop your career. Find out about m...

Climate is Culture - the Cape Farewell project

David Buckland will narrate 14 years of Cape Farewell's ambition to place climate centre stage. Using the notion of expedition as a model to interrogate the future, Buckland will showcase some of the art produced by over 320 artists who have risen...

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Naked Ambition and The Future of Work: Optimism, Opportunities and Meritocracy

This Creating Future Leaders Series seminar features Erica Davis and Fiona Triaca, cofounders of Naked Ambition, who draw on almost 20 years of global experience in banking and finance. Erica and Fiona will discuss the exciting opportunities pres...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Policy Options to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

There are various policy options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions including: a carbon or emissions tax; an emissions trading scheme; regulations; and subsidies. Professor John Freebairn will discuss and assess each option and their operation t...

Hallmark of US Higher Education: Liberal Arts and Experiential Education

In an era where families and students seek quality education that will lead to employability in light of economic challenges, the role of a liberal arts degree is even more relevant. In this talk, Dr Fanta Aw will discuss US higher education's emp...

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The Qualified Self: Social media and the cataloguing of everyday life

Many of the ways we use social media today have longstanding precedents in historical media like diaries, journals, and scrapbooks. What we think of as the ‘social media revolution’ is part of a much longer story about the use of media for connect...

Memory Concern in the Age of [Too Much] Information: Wellness or Malady?

This talk explores, through the eyes of a memory clinician and researcher, the nature of memory concerns in health and disease, and the factors that might influence them. Expressed concerns about memory function by ostensibly well people are now c...

Battlefield Archaeology: The ANZAC Centenary Lectures

A major archaeological survey of the Gallipoli battlefields, now on display at the Shrine, reveals the brutal realities of daily life in the trenches for both the allied and Turkish sides. This discussion explores what the survey reveals about t...

The Art of the Anthropocene

Imagine art, not just for art’s sake, but art that walks in the world; recording and archiving the human experience for present and future generations to learn and grow from. The anthropocene is an informal geologic chronological term that serves ...

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Strangers at Home: The Give and Take of Life in the Borderlands of Judah

The near30dunam site of Tel Zayit lies in the strategic Beth Guvrin Valley, roughly halfway between Lachish to the south and Tell esSafi (Gath of the Philistines) to the north. Although this area generally belonged to the lowlands district of anci...

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VCA Dance: Dystopia

An underclass remains bound to the planet’s surface where their labour is exploited by the privileged. This work explores the ‘surrealness’ of that reality, power dichotomy, the stripping of humanity, and the grinding mechanical cycle, resulting ...

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Crouching Mycologist, Hidden fungi: truffle-like fungi

Join us for a cup of tea or coffee, and some fascinating talks in the Leigh Scott Room on the first floor of the Baillieu Library during the exhibition From Botanical Illustrations to Research: Watercolours from the University of Melbourne Herbar...

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Moving Beyond Docile Agency?

This lecture focuses on female leadership in traditional Islamic educational institutions in Indonesia, particularly in the context of postdisaster and postconflict Aceh recovery. Female agency and engagement is considered through the varying and ...

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Biomedical Engineering seminar: Differential changes in synaptic inputs to ON & OFF retinal ganglion cells during retinal degeneration

The results of clinical testing of the electrical retinal implants are encouragingly successful in restoring some kind of useful vision in blind patients with inherited retinal disorders like Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). However many challenges rema...

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Bridging the Evidence-Practice Chasm: Learnings and Experiences from the PRIME Project in India

At least 10% of the world’s population is affected by one of a wide range of mental disorders; as many as 700 million people had a mental disorder in 2010. The 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study showed that mental disorders account for 7.4% of th...

Free Lunch Hour Concerts: Igor Machlak and Olga Kharitonova

A series of free lunch hour concerts held on Mondays from 1.10pm – 2.00pm at Melba Hall, Royal Parade, Parkville. Igor Machlak and Olga Kharitonova Piano Duo W.A. MOZART Sonata in C, K545, arr GRIEG Maurice RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole Camille...

Freebairn Lecture in Public Policy: Economic Policy for the 21st Century

Current discussion of economic policy in Australia is backward looking, dominated by the policy issues of the late 20th century, and in particular the microeconomic reform agenda of the 1980s and 1990s. By contrast, policy problems and opportuniti...

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New Music Demystified: Cellist Friedrich Gauwerky

Join visiting German cello virtuoso and one of the world’s leading new music specialists, Friedrich Gauwerky on stage at Melba Hall as he explains his passion for new music through works by composers including John CAGE and Giacinto SCELSI. MCM ...

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

What flies tell us about human neurodegenerative disease

Three of the last twenty Nobel Prizes in Medicine have been awarded for research done with the vinegar fly. This harmless little fly, long ago used to establish the basic principles of genetics that apply to humans, is now being used to achieve br...

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“On the Shoulders of Giants”: Shifting sands in the field of assessment

Presented by Professor Patrick Griffin. After a career spanning more than 40 years in the field of educational assessment, Professor Griffin will reflect on assessment changes over this time, how this is linked to teaching and how it is changing t...

Thought LAB-14: Baby, it's hot outside!

It’s the summer of 2050 and after three consecutive days hotter than 47C, including a new record temperature for Melbourne of 50C, predictions of even hotter temperatures have thrown citizens into chaos. Your country has turned to you to solve the...

The Asymmetry of Good and Evil: The Barry Taylor and David Lewis Philosophy Lecture

We do good to one another by bringing about welcome consequences and, in particular, by bringing about welcome consequences that are dispositiondependent. Thus we give one another respect by acting out of the beneficent disposition not to interfer...

Architecture and Structure - just a simple love affair

Contemporary conditions of building design require the integration of ideas, the logic of space, the structure and its skin. Structural design engineers are essential collaborators for developing an innovative and sustainable building design. The...

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

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Zap my Brain

Can stimulating my brain make me smarter? A faster thinker? Better at maths…or computer games? Would it improve my memory? Can it cure my depression? Is it safe? Find out at Zap My Brain See a demonstration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ...

Is childhood mild traumatic brain injury related to adult problems?

Childhood is a time of physical growth and exploration and also a time when mild traumatic brain injuries (also known as concussion or mild head injury) are common. While it used to be thought that mild traumatic brain injuries were relatively ben...

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Tiffin Talk: India – Open for Business

Like many developing economies, India faces an escalating demand for electricity, mostly from polluting power stations. The country faces grave challenges in environmental pollution. Australia has significant intellectual property in climate scien...

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Metadata in the Networked Society

This public forum aims to critically examine the concept of metadata and its potential advantages and disadvantages in fashioning the networked society. The forum will bring together a panel to define metadata, explore its uses and probe its limit...

Compulsory Mental Health Treatment in the Community: Are CTOs justified?

Community Treatment Orders [CTOs] enable mental health practitioners to enforce treatment for severe mental health problems outside of hospitals. They have existed in Victoria since 1986, but were only introduced in 2008 in Sweden after much contr...

Focus On Biomedicine

Are you interested in studying at Australia’s Number 1 University? Come to a Focus on Melbourne seminar for prospective students and families, and get the answers you need to choose the right course for you. Take a closer look at the options for p...

Friday, 15 May 2015

Signal Processing for CBR defence

CBR defence comprises collective measures against a chemical (C), biological (B) or radiological (R) attack. This talk will focus on statistical signal processing and data fusion algorithms for CBR defence. In particular, it will cover autonomous...

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Alumni Series: Art Rock and Beyond - Stuart Fischer, Guitar

Alumnus Stuart Fischer leads us on a journey through the highoctane world of notated repertoire for the electric guitar featuring works by Steve REICH, Tristan MURAIL, James TENNEY and others. Fischer is joined by the MCM guitar ensemble and staff...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Nature/Revelation

Climate change and its devastating impact on the earth’s many ecosystems is arguably today’s most critical global issue. Nature/Revelation celebrates the unique capacity art has to cut through prevailing rhetoric to stimulate individuals both inte...

Luminous World: Contemporary Art from the Wesfarmers Collection

Luminous World brings together a selection of contemporary paintings, objects and photographs from the Wesfarmers Collection in a conversation life on earth is bound to events playing out in the celestial realm, to the influence on the contemporar...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Weird melancholy: The Australian gothic

The University’s collection of early landscape painting shows that our most celebrated artists were not free of anxieties about the natural environment and the ghosts that haunt it, indeed many could not escape them. Weird melancholy brings togeth...

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Brook Andrew. Sanctuary: Tombs of the outcasts

The world dramatically changed after the outbreak of WWI: Australia was not excluded. Described as the war to end all wars it would be a mere two decades before Europe was once again plagued by a major conflict. Australia has played its role in bo...

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