Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne
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How much more remarkable could the US presidential election become? A global pandemic, a president stricken with the disease, American cities ablaze in protest, the death of a Supreme Court justice and the fierce battle to replace her, the most risible presidential debate in American history, economic depression and a culture in crisis.
Facing an election like no other, we have brought together a group of leading US politics experts to debate the central issues of the campaign as they unfold. In dynamic conversation with the University of Melbourne’s Tim Lynch, guests will offer a window into the key pressure points of American politics and what they could mean for Australia and the world.
All sessions will be held 12.30pm-1.15pm on Zoom. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link and reminder by email one hour before each session.
Thursday, 15 October: Associate Professor Andrea Carson (La Trobe University) joins Tim Lynch to discuss the impact of the media and the COVID-19 pandemic on the election.
Thursday, 22 October: Professor Roger A. Fairfax Jr. (The George Washington University, Washington DC) joins Tim Lynch to discuss the criminal justice reform, race, and policing issues at play during the 2020 campaign.
Thursday, 29 October: Associate Professor Tom Daly (Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne) joins Tim Lynch to unpack the possible global consequences of the impending vote.
Thursday, 5 November: Guest panellists return to discuss the outcome of the election.
Traditional models of educating school children in Australia have seen significant changes in recent years. Buoyed by growing inner-urban residential populations and land scarcity, several cities around the country have adopted a campus model with a long history in Europe, Asia and America: vertical schools. And while a shift to digital learning has been underway for some years, COVID-19 has escalated the use of online methods to deliver teaching and learning in ways previously unimagined.
What does all this mean for a country that can anticipate an additional two million students in the next two decades? Derek Scott (CEO and Principal, Haileybury) and Richard Leonard (Director, Hayball, whose projects include South Melbourne Primary School and Richmond High School) will discuss with Associate Professor Clare Newton what the future of learning might look like for our children.