Contemplative Studies Centre at the University of Melbourne
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Melbourne’s favourite book club will return for its tenth year in 2023, with a new booklist and some exciting new features. The 10 Great Books series gives you a front row seat to learn about books that have shaped the way we see the world.
Each month from February to November, our expert presenters will explore a selected text to demonstrate how it reflects its environment and how it can help us examine our own. You’ll have the chance to connect directly with our presenters by asking questions and sharing your views as we dissect the legacies of these pivotal works.
This series is for lovers of reading and learning – no prior study in literature is required, just a desire to delve into old favourites and discover new ones. Guided by our host, the Reverend Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, you’ll benefit from a lifetime of expertise delivered directly to you via our online platform.
In 2023, we’re delighted to be working with our friends at State Library Victoria to bring you added value and exclusive content, including in-person activities for subscribers.
Join our vibrant community of passionate booklovers as we celebrate ten years of 10 Great Books.
Performing Creativity, Culture and Wellbeing
Hosted by the Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative (CAWRI) and the Creative Arts Music Therapy Research Unit (CAMTRU) of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne.
Facilitated by Professors Jane Davidson (Chair of CAWRI) and Felicity Baker (Associate Dean Research and Director of International Partnerships, CAMTRU), this event is underpinned by the growing need to value, understand, and develop evidence-informed arts routes to health and wellbeing for all. With a keynote contribution from Christopher Bailey, Arts and Health lead at the World Health Organisation, we shall tackle those persistent and difficult questions about how to develop, appraise/measure, and implement performing arts and cultural practice for health and wellbeing outcomes. Interest groups represented: Ageing Well; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities; Dementia and other Degenerative Diseases; Disability; Disaster Response and Recovery; First Nations; Mental Health; Performing artists; Social Justice; and Wellness Policy.
Academic speakers include Nisha Sajnani (New York University, USA), Joke Bradt (Drexel University, USA), Sabine Koch (SRH, University Heidelberg, Germany), Hod Orkibi (New York University, Steinhardt, USA), Rebecca Zarate (Lesley University, USA), Vicky Karkou (Edge Hill University, UK). From Australia: Michael Balfour (UNSW), Genevieve Dingle (University of Queensland), Brydie-Leigh Bartleet and Naomi Sunderland (Griffith University), Jeanine Leane, Tiriki Onus, Margaret Osborne, Emma Redding, Katrina Skewes McFerran, Grace Thompson, and Jenny Waycott (University of Melbourne), and William Forde Thompson (Bond/Macquarie). There will also be representatives from a range of stakeholder organisations, including Australia Council for the Arts, A New Approach, Creative Recovery Network and Vic Health, as well as institutions and individuals offering perspectives from lived experience, arts, culture, and care.
Thursday 16 February, 9AM - 7PM
Friday 17 February 9AM - 5PM
Registration opens from 8.45AM each day.
Keynote Speaker. Chris Bailey, Arts and Health Lead (World Health Organisation)
Plenary Discussions. Key ideas, next steps
Chaired Discussion Panels. Key academics and industry/community stakeholders will present prepared individual responses that address specific questions relating to how to develop, measure, and implement performing arts for health and wellbeing, followed by an open discussion.
- Ageing Well
- Artists’ Wellbeing
- Dementia and other Degenerative Diseases
- Disaster Response and Recovery
- First Nations
- Intercultural Arts Practices
- Mental Health
- Policy and implementation
- Social Justice