Rock Art: the battle to save our nation’s heritage

Van Gogh versus rock art. Both priceless. But one sits behind glass in a temperature controlled museum heavily guarded. The other is left out in the open, subject to vandals, insects and inclement weather.

It’s not practical to collect and store Australia’s rock art in museums, so Professor Paul Taçon of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research is doing the next best thing. He is dedicating his career to travelling Australia, finding and documenting rock art. The aim is simple: gather more information about Australia’s heritage, showcase these brilliant specimens properly and save the works for generations to come.

There are more than 100,000 rock art site believed to be scattered across Australia, with the possibility of even more undiscovered treasures. Professor Taçon has spent the last three decades travelling extensively to these sites in remote areas of Australia to unravel the stories of our past and save them for our future.

Want to know more? Friends of the Library are hosting an event at the Gold Coast campus,  where you can hear Professor Taçon discuss his experiences and challenges in his battle to safeguard Australian rock art.

When
5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 9 November

Where
The Red Zone (G40)
Gold Coast Campus

Cost
General Admission: $15
Students: $10
Griffith Staff: $10
Friends of the Library members: FREE

Book here

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price.


Masters and Slaves: watch a literary showdown!

What are you doing this Thursday night? Studying studiously, late-night shopping, chilling in bed?

While all the aforementioned are great options – let us suggest an even better one: come along to our annual Masters and Slaves event.

Who doesn’t love a good duel? Whether it’s between Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, or our School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences students and literary greats…

In this must see event, our students will duel with their literary heroes in a live theatre battle for supremacy. Their performances will centre around one main question: who are the great literary masters and who are the slaves?

Hosted by Friends of the Library, Masters and Slaves is a crowd favourite; after all, who doesn’t love take-down critiques, satirical rants, author dedications and painful homages?

When
5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 24 August

Where
Drama Theatre
The Link (G07)
Gold Coast Campus

Cost
General Admission: $15
Students: $10
Griffith Staff: $10
Friends of the Library members: FREE

Book here

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price.


Griffith Flicks and chill

Photo of a pug in bed

Okay, okay, so we know the best part of Netflix is that you get to lay under your warm doona in your comfortable bed.

But hey, it’s always good to shake up your routine a bit. So why not try Griffith Flicks instead?

We’ve already told you about The Learning Space, which has heaps of activities open to the public. Including Griffith Flicks – films and animations created by our very own Griffith University students.  

Griffith Flicks is held on the last Thursday of every month, and it just so happens that’s next week!

It might be just the excuse you need to emerge from your doona cocoon and enter the outside (besides when you go to uni and work, of course). Also, it’s free, so that never hurts!

The Learning Space have thoughtfully scheduled this event to coincide with late-night shopping. So scope out the shops, hit up the food court for some eats, and come enjoy Griffith Flicks.

This month Griffith Flicks will be screening Edgy Cinema, short films that explore themes of incest, chauvinism, power, and tragedy.

The Learning Space is limited to a 40 person capacity so be early to secure your seat!  

  • Date: Thursday 27 July
  • Time: 6:30pm – 7:40pm
  • Location: The Learning Space, Westfield Garden City, Upper Mount Gravatt
  • More information

Check out The Learning Space

Did you know Griffith is also at Westfield Garden City? Well, maybe we don’t have a campus there, but we do have a Learning Space.

The Learning Space is a community partnership between Westfield Garden City and Griffith University. It provides relevant, interesting and useful activities for the community, such as:

Community Events

Check out the community events being held at the Learning Space – you’ll find new workshops are always being added! Currently, you can find out about groundbreaking scientific research, or join in the excitement of National Science Week with a series of activities.

School Holiday Activities

Have a younger sibling, child, niece or nephew? The days of boring school holidays are over, with the Learning Space’s range of free activities on offer during the school breaks. Book them in for one of the sessions, and catch up on all the shopping (ahem, errands) you’ve been meaning to do.

Research Space

Are you a budding researcher? Then you should book the Research Space! Griffith students and staff are able to reserve it Thursdays from 10am to 1pm to set up survey stations, focus groups or other research activities and tap into Garden City’s 17 million visits per year.

Griffith Flicks

Ever wondered what our Griffith film students got up to? They sure are a talented bunch, so why not come along and watch some of their animations? Griffith Flicks is regularly held, and presents Griffith animation films to the public.

The Learning Space is located on Level 2 of Westfield Garden City, Upper Mt Gravatt.  So drop on by and say hi!


It’s NAIDOC Week!

Our Languages Matter

Aside from being the first week of Trimester 2, it’s also a very important week in the Indigenous calendar.

July 2 to July 9 is NAIDOC Week.

Every year, NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

However, celebrations are not limited to the Indigenous community – Australians from all walks of life are invited to celebrate, participate in a range of activities, and support their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community.

Each year, NAIDOC Week has a theme. The 2017 Theme, Our Languages Matter, aims to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity.

Griffith University is hosting events at the Nathan and Gold Coast Campuses, and there are also a bunch of events being held throughout the surrounding community:

Nathan

Date: Monday 3 July
Time: 10am – 11am
Where: Nathan Campus Arrival Plaza
What: Morning tea
RSVP here

Gold Coast

Date: Wednesday 5 July
Time: 10am – 2pm
Where: Grassed area outside Library
What: Activities that include boomerang painting, traditional basket weaving, Johnny cake making, food tasting, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island dance performances, and more.

Surrounding community

Sunshine Coast

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Ipswich

Beaudesert


National Reconciliation Week Events

National Reconciliation Week

This week is National Reconciliation Week (NRW). NRW runs from 27 May to 3 June, and celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.  

The dates that bookend the week are significant to Indigenous people, and milestones in the reconciliation journey.

27 May marks the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum, which saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples granted the same rights as other Australians under the Australian Constitution, including the ability to vote, own property, and receive the same pay.

3 June marks 25 years since the historic Mabo decision, a specific law case in which the High Court of Australia recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander native title rights to their land.

In acknowledgement of NRW, the GUMURRII Student Support Unit has organised Walk and Talk events at Nathan / Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses, which bring together staff and students, Indigenous and non-indigenous, for a walk followed by light refreshments in a spirit of reconciliation.

Mt Gravatt / Nathan

  • When: 10am Tuesday 30 May
  • Where: Meet in front of M23 Undercroft, Mt Gravatt campus and walk to Nathan campus
  • RSVP: here

Gold Coast

  • When: 10am Thursday 1 June
  • Where: Meet in front of G52 International Building, Gold Coast campus
  • RSVP: here

The Griffith Film School is also hosting a screening of the documentary The Fair Go, which tells the story of the 10 year campaign for constitutional change waged by the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

  • When: 3 – 4pm Friday 26 May
  • Where: S08 Griffith Film School Cinema, South Bank Campus
  • RSVP: here

Check out the Logan Eco Action Festival this Sunday

It’s the last day of teaching for this trimester! Surely you must be excited, right?

So, are you doing anything fun to celebrate, before you dive into study week and exams?

Why not go to a free festival at Griffith’s own Logan campus! The Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) is being held this Sunday. LEAF is a free community festival for all ages.

The event includes loads of free activities such as eco-workshops, kids rides and face painting, plant sale, yoga, upcycling, musical line-ups, eco exhibitors and delicious food trucks.

It’s even got Australia’s very own famous Blues and Roots musician Ash Grunwald hitting the main stage at 2pm. Chill out on the lawn with some sweet food and enjoy the laid back tunes.

Or if gardening (or beards, any hipsters here?) is more your thing, see Costa Georgiadis from ABC’s Gardening Australia on the main stage at 12pm.  

Relax, have a good time, and prepare yourself for the study and exams to come!

  • Where: Griffith University, Logan Campus
  • When: Sunday 28 May 2017
  • Time: 10am – 3pm

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