Griffith Flicks and chill

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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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Our libraries are now official Safe Places for LGBTI students

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Have you seen these bright and beautiful stickers popping up around the library?

Well, these stickers aren’t just pretty, they actually hold a lot of importance and identify all our Griffith Libraries as LGBTI Safe Places!

Our libraries have always been a safe place for everyone to explore any topic and not be judged. But through the LGBTI Safe Place initiative, Griffith Libraries have gone one step further.

The initiative is all about creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust by providing a safe place for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) students and staff to work and study.

We invite you to show your support, and learn a few things, by completing the Walking in Rainbow Shoes e-module in your learning@griffith.

The e-module provides information on the best way to create a prejudice-free environment.  It helps redirect inappropriate questions into a more understanding culture that identifies a person – not ‘people’ – and welcome them into a safe place to be themselves, free of judgement.

The LGBTI Safe Place Library Launch

On Thursday 15 September 2016, the Safe Place initiative will be launched by Pro Vice Chancellor for Information Services, Linda O’Brien, along with Pro Vice Chancellor for Engagement, Professor Martin Betts. 

So please join us from 1pm in the Nathan Library foyer to celebrate this fantastic achievement that demonstrates Griffith is a place where everyone belongs.

You must be registered to attend as numbers are limited. Register now!

Light refreshments and cake will be provided. 

When

1:00 PM –  1:45 PM, 15 September, 2016

Where

Level 1, Willett Centre (Bldg N53), 170 Kessels Road, Nathan

RSVP

By 5pm, Friday 9 September 2016

Want to connect with the University’s Ally Network? Check them out!


Libraries get live music

Have you walked into the library this semester and mistakenly think you’d left your headphones in, only to discover there was a live band in the foyer?

Well there’s more where that came from…

Upcoming Semester 2 Music in the Library performances

Queensland College of Art library, South Bank campus – 1pm, Monday 19 September 2016

Logan campus library – 1pm, Monday 10 October 2016

Mt Gravatt campus library – 1pm, Monday 17 October 2016

Semester 1 Music in the Library success

Across Semester 1, our Music in the Library series brought a range of musical performers to our libraries.

The exciting innovation helped enliven our campus library spaces and gave Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) students a chance to build valuable performance experience.

Each library was treated to different performers who offered a range of musical genres using a variety of instruments. But whether classical or modern each performance was equally rewarding for library users and the audience.

Thanks to its success there is more music on the way with another tour in Semester 2.

Thank you to all the performers and to the music lovers who came along to support the students.

In case you missed it, here’s a sound bite from our Semester 1 performers.