Harmony Day is held on 21 March each year to celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and promote a sense of belonging for everyone.
At Griffith, we not only celebrate Harmony Day on 21 March across all campuses, we celebrate the whole week!
If you’ve been into our libraries during Harmony Week in past years, you’ll know that we always have fun activities lined up to help celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. This year is no different!
As part of Harmony Week celebrations, our libraries will have a display featuring templates that you are invited to write your country’s favourite stars on to. This could be your favourite athlete, your favourite scientist, your favourite actor, or whoever else you may think of! Images will then be added to the templates to show who these stars are.
We’ll also be throwing a Human Library event at the Gold Coast campus library on Harmony Day where you can borrow a living and breathing book for a chat!
There will be further activities across all campuses throughout the week (19 March – 23 March) – check out the Harmony Week web page for a full list!
Griffith Library and ALLY Network join together!
Media has made scare tactics an artform with the marriage equality postal survey – from both sides! Griffith Library and the ALLY Network present: Moral panic, media mayhem, and safety for our LGBTIQA+ youth: how far have we really come?
We have seen an increase in mainstream media representations of gender fluidity and sexual diversity. Television such as the return of Will & Grace; a gay couple portrayed as a ‘heteronormative’ lifestyle in Modern Family; as well as transgender actress Laverne Cox on the cover of Time magazine. Add to this, Caitlin Jenner sharing the journey of her transition, we can’t help but think times are changing.
But how far have we really come?
Our panel will discuss subjects such as moral panic, bullying, Safe Schools, and cultural change.
- Benjamin Law, Australian author and journalist behind Gaysia and The Family Law.
- Heather Faulkner, Program Director, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and the genius behind A Matter of Time documentary project.
- Sue Swinburne, Lecturer, Film and Screen Media, Griffith University and a passionate advocate for transgender young people.
- Lauren Maslan, Lecturer, Griffith University, and transgender game designer and 3D artist.
Tuesday 17 October 2017 | noon – 1:00pm
QCA Lecture Theatre (S05), Room 2.04, South Bank campus
Registration is essential and will close on Monday 16 October 2017
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