For those of you who weren’t among the sixty plus audience members at last week’s Lightning Talks in the Nathan Campus library – have no fear, we’ve got you covered!
So what are Lightning Talks?
Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London, where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.
Our academics and professional experts are invited to talk for 10 minutes to talk about their work in relation to a theme, and then the audience is invited to ask questions.
Why do we hold these talks?
We are hoping to make research and ideas more accessible, removing the stigma of ‘ivory towers’, breaking down hierarchical divisions. Lightning Talks are an extension of Griffith University’s commitment to inclusivity, and bringing disciplines together.
Our speakers for #LightningTalks3 were:
Associate Professor Georgina Murray who kicked off the talks with her discussion centring on socio-political changes occurring in the world, and the effects of neoliberal political ideology, particularly around employment. She highlighted some shocking statistics about the casualisation of the Australian labour force with some of the societal ramifications being drug addiction, financial insecurity around obtaining home loans, and a lack of sick leave. So do companies like Uber break up monopolies of power or do they further contribute to marginalisation and disenfranchisement in our turbulent times?
Dr Duncan McDonnell discussed the rise of right-wing populism internationally and compared Australia’s One Nation with the more successful right-wing populists in Western Europe. He highlighted that right-wing populism is not historically new; we just rename it to go with the current time period. And whilst Donald Trump does not conform to the populist leader ideal; it must be acknowledged how his controversial nature got him elected once, and he can be again! Across the Atlantic, populist parties in Europe do well because unlike their mainstream counterparts, they focus on grassroots community engagement.
Dr Susanna Chamberlain started with asking the question, ‘What the heck is populism?’ and then led us on a journey that linked anthropology and history to binaries around populism. Populism, it appears, is about the leader’s’ ability to identify as the ‘common person’ aka ‘we are just like you’ ideal; however, that idea is often a misnomer as one might suspect with Donald Trump’s empire building — funded by a ‘small’ loan of a million dollars from his father– that hardly mirrors the average ‘common person’s’ start in life.
Mr John Tague, Griffith Review Managing Editor, brought his experience and knowledge as an international journalist to discuss changes in journalistic reporting and political writing. Griffith Review, a compilation of long form essays, engages its audience and reinvigorates the idea that not everything can – or should – be conveyed in 140 character Tweets. Brexit, Trump and right-wing European leaders regularly take to the mediasphere, often invoking moral panic by circulating narratives about alleged racial tensions, scientific knowledges, and rise of ‘fake news’ in the post- truth politics era.
For the full story, listen here.
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
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:
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.
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.
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!
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:
Date: Monday 3 July
Time: 10am – 11am
Where: Nathan Campus Arrival Plaza
What: Morning tea
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.
- NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony
- Mindle Bygul Aboriginal Corporation NAIDOC Family Fun in the Park
- Caboolture Family Fun Day
- Sunshine Coast NAIDOC Family Fun Day
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
- 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
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
Do you know what this week is? Well, besides being the last week of classes for this trimester (which we’re sure you’re also awfully excited about), it’s Library and Information Week!
Library and Information Week is all about raising the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia, and showcasing the resources, facilities, events, and services we have to offer.
While we know our students appreciate our libraries (last year we even got given a cake – thank you Layla!), we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you just how wonderful we are.
We’re often hosting fun events, like Music in the Library, Star Weaving, or even a weekend-long hack-a-thon. In fact, our Human Library event is on this week, where you can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.
We have books, a lot of books. And computers so you can check your MyGriffith, access online databases, use software, and – let’s be honest – probably check your social media. You can even borrow a laptop.
We’ve got a myriad of facilities including quiet and social study zones, computer labs, toilets (yeah, they’re kind of a necessity), bookable group study rooms and videoconferencing rooms, and even an Xbox at Gold Coast library.
Did you know we even got Google to come and film our libraries? You can actually take a virtual tour of our libraries. If you haven’t checked it out, you should (it’s pretty cool).
And good news for you, our libraries will soon be open extended hours for study and exam weeks! Check out our opening hours here.
You’ll find friendly staff behind all our library desks. They are there to help you with any library questions you may have.