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ANU students celebrate Swiss culture

Post date: 2 November 2012

Nine of the University’s students studying the official languages of Switzerland have been recognised at the annual Swiss Prize ceremony.

The prize, which is jointly offered by the Swiss Embassy and the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, recognises students who excel at Italian, German and French.

The theme of the prize this year was ‘Migration’. Students entered essays, written in one of the Swiss languages, and there were nine prizes awarded. Students received $1,800 in prize money.

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Freilich Annual Lecture in Bigotry and Intolerance 2012: available online

Post date: 30 October 2012

Annual Lecture in Bigotry and Intolerance 2012

Constitutionalising racial non-discrimination: Why the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution recommended a racial non-discrimination provision in the Australian Constitution.

Delivering the the Herbert and Valmae Freilich Foundation Annual Lecture on Bigotry and Intolerance, Professor Megan Davis  discusses why the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders recommended a racial non-discrimination clause in the Australian Constitution.

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Keywords Lecture video: Gillian Russell on Romanticism

Post date: 29 October 2012

Professor Gillian Russell delivered the School of Cultural Inquiry's first Keywords public lecture for 2012, Romanticism, on Monday 14 May.

Now you can catch her lecture, introduced by Dr Ned Curthoys, Keywords' convenor, on the ANU Channel at YouTube.

In the lecture, Professor Gillian Russell reflects on the history and current configuration of the category of 'Romanticism' in literary studies. She explores Romanticism's foundational status within English literature in the academy with reference to some recent debates, Romanticism's role in the Occupy movement, and in Michael Winterbottom's The Trip, considering what these might indicate about the current state of Romanticism/English literature and its possible future.

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Music auditions and Visual and Design Arts undergraduate admission interviews

Post date: 26 October 2012

If you are applying to study an undergraduate degree at the ANU School of Music or ANU School of Art in 2013 you can book your audition or interview now.


Entry to the Bachelor of Music is via Year 12 results (ATAR). If you wish to study the Performance stream of the Bachelor of Music in 2013 you must apply for an audition.

Art - Visual, Design, Digital

Undergraduate applicants who wish to study the Bachelor of Visual Arts or Bachelor of Design Arts in 2016 apply for an interview.

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HC Coombs Fellowship applications close 31 October 2012

Post date: 25 October 2012

Applications for the 2013 H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship close shortly on 31 October.

The H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship was established in 1965 at the instigation of Dr H.C. Coombs, ANU Pro-Chancellor at the time, to encourage creative work in the arts in Australia. Fellowships were filled by invitation rather than by public advertisement, and fellows selected by the Vice-Chancellor in consultation with an advisory committee. It was hoped other Australian Universities would follow the ANU example and establish similar schemes for the encouragement of creative artists. The fellowship has supported Australian artists such as Judith Wright, John Perceval, Arthur Boyd, Fiona Hall and Robyn Davidson.

Full details and guidelines for the The H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship.

Enquiries: Suzanne Knight or (02) 6125 3901.

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Gammage wins another award: Victorian Premier’s prize

Post date: 23 October 2012

Professor Bill Gammage has won Australia’s largest literary award, the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature.

The prize is part of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, which were presented by Victorian Premier and Arts Minister, Ted Baillieu, at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne on 16 October.

Professor Gammage, from the Humanities Research Centre in the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, also took home the Premier’s Non-Fiction Prize – which includes $25,000 prize money – for his book The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia.

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Chopin Conference 2012 - Call for papers

Post date: 22 October 2012

The Australian National University invites you to take part in the Chopin Conference held as part of the International Piano Competition and Conference at the ANU School of Music from April 4 – 14, 2013. An integral part of the ten-day event, the Chopin Conference will be held on April 6 and 7 at the ANU School of Music.

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RUSS3002/6002 also offered as a spring session intensive course

Post date: 22 October 2012

RUSS3002/6002 Reading Russian for Academic Purposes I is an online reading course regularly offered in the School of Language Studies in first semester and followed in second semester RUSS3003/6003 Reading Russian for Academic Purposes II.  It is an introductory course and no prior knowledge of Russian is required.

In 2012, it is also being offered as a spring session intensive course from 29 October to 30 November, taking 5 weeks instead of the usual 13, and is followed by a written examination. It is a 6 unit course and can be taken for credit towards a BA degree. The course would normally be expected to take up to 100 hours of study, depending on the student’s ability and previous knowledge of Russian or another language. The student will learn the Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet, and will start to acquire an understanding of basic grammatical structures and a basic vocabulary.

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Valerie Kirk's Fellowship for Canberra Centenary Tapestry

Post date: 12 October 2012

Textile artist Valerie Kirk, Head of Textiles in the ANU School of Art has been awarded the 2013 ACT Creative Arts Fellowship for a community tapestry project to commemorate the Centenary of Canberra.  The $45,000 Fellowship will give Valerie the opportunity to connect with the Canberra community through her tapestry work.

This project involves the nation in creating tapestry to celebrate its capital through two components. The first component, Valerie's, will be a major 1.4 by 2.7 metre community tapestry designed bt Annie Trevillian, produced by members of the community in Canberram, and permanently displayed in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Valerie says, “I’m delighted to have won this award. It feels like such a great acknowledgement of my work. It’s also an opportunity to focus on the production of new work.”

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Greenaway's adult take on The Little Mermaid

Post date: 17 September 2012

An adult interpretation of the classic fairy-tale The Little Mermaid from British director Peter Greenaway opens tonight.

Mr Greenaway, director of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and The Pillow Book, has collaborated with Istvan Horkay and Irma de Vries to produce a series of Seven Nursery Tales made for multi-screen environments.

The artists have taken seven familiar stories with their themes of love, lust, temptation, revenge, fetishism, hate, envy and punishment which are centred on the desirable virgin, and brought them into the adult world.

The Little Mermaid installation will be screened across five synchronised projectors on a 15-metre wide screen.  The event details are here.

Mr Greenaway will be opening the exhibition from Amsterdam via Skype video. The Little Mermaid is presented by Manning Clark House and the ANU School of Art.

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