Oh, the humanities! Week-long expo to showcase UNE expertise

Published 11 September 2012

The School of Humanities at the University of New England will throw open its doors to the public next week during a week-long “Humanities Research Expo”. On offer will be lectures, presentations, and a “great debate” – all open to the public and free of charge.

On Tuesday, September 18, at 4pm in Arts Lecture Theatre A2, staff from the school will argue the topic “Why Our Discipline Is The Best” in a debate that promises to be “fun, fancy, and just a little fanatic”, according to Dr Bronwyn Hopwood, the organiser of the event and a lecturer in Roman History in the School of Humanities.

This will be followed by a free Political and International Studies public lecture delivered by Dr Tim Battin on ‘The Future of Social Democracy’ at 6pm in Arts Lecture Theatre A2.

At 6pm on Wednesday, September 19, in Arts Lecture Theatre A2, the annual Russel Ward Public Lecture will be delivered by Emerita Professor Jill Roe on ‘Revisiting the Frontier: from Miles Franklin’s Brindabella to South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula’’.

At 6pm on Thursday, September 20, Dr Paul Roche from the University of Sydney will give a talk on ‘Lucan’s Supernatural’ in the Aspects of Antiquity Lecture Series held in The Gallery at Earle Page College.

Finally, on Friday, September 21, at 9.30am in Arts Lecture Theatre A3, Dr Hopwood will present a talk in the School of Humanities Seminar Series: “What’s In A Name? Appian and the Nomenclature of Oktaouios Kaisar”.

Dr Hopwood said this was the first year the School of Humanities had run such an “all-in-one” expo, and that she hoped the format would be popular with the public as well as with students and staff.

“We normally have workshops every year, but we thought this would be a good opportunity to showcase some of our research as well as to provide those workshops.”

As well as this the public events, information sessions will run throughout the week on the School of Humanities’ research projects, honours, MA, MPhil and PhD programs, the skills required for thesis writing, conference presentations, applying for scholarships, grants, and awards, and for academic publishing in general. Current students will also give presentations of their ongoing research.

A full programme of events is available from Dr Bronwyn Hopwood: bhopwood@une.edu.au.