Lightning Talks struck gold


Lightning Talks, along with some stormy weather, struck the Gold Coast campus in late March.

More than 60 people gathered under the Shard to listen to four academics give a 10-minute spiel on the theme of If music be the food of love, play on!

The event kicked off with a few musical numbers by some amazingly talented Conservatorium students. First up to the podium was Lecturer in Popular Music, Brendan Anthony. He spoke about the vibe and the art of capturing musicians’ passion during the recording process.

Dr Lauren Istvandity then introduced us to her research on the conceptual framework of ‘the lifetime soundtrack’ which begins in early childhood.

This struck a chord with many audience members. One student said Lauren’s talk made her reminisce on the songs that had made up her life so far.

Dr Naomi Sunderland followed with a moving talk about music in transformative learning and she invited us to become ‘allies of social justice’.

The stormy weather prevented our fourth and final speaker from attending the event, but luckily Dr Adele Pavlidis was able to step in at the last minute. She educated us about youth and the changing culture around alcohol consumption.

Was the Gold Coast event a success? Well, we asked several audience members what they thought and the response was overwhelmingly positive. A Humanities Lecturer said ‘I LOVED this. It was so good to hear what (largely invisible) researchers get up to.

‘It provides a really interesting junction between the private/public activities of the university.’Rumour has it the next round of Lightning Talks will be held at the Nathan campus library. We’ll try to find out more details and get back to you. Stay tuned!

Rumour has it the next round of Lightning Talks will be held at the Nathan campus library. We’ll try to find out more details and get back to you. Stay tuned!