Lightning Talks is Real Speak

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.

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Nathan’s getting hit with turbulence and Lightning (Talks)! 

Are you ready for a whirlwind? Next week Nathan library will host the third event in our Lightning Talks series.

If you’re seen one already, you know how captivating they are. If you haven’t, we implore you: come along.

Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or speaker’s forums where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

For this series we have an exciting lineup of speakers exploring the theme Turbulent Times and Populism.

Listen to Dr Duncan McDonnell discuss the rise of right-wing populism internationally and compare Australia’s One Nation with the more successful right-wing populists in Western Europe.

We’ll then have Associate Professor Jacqui Ewart speak about journalism in our turbulent times; how the news is harming Muslims and what is being done to address it.

Associate Professor Georgina Murray will then speak about networks of power.

Finally, the Griffith Review Managing Editor Mr John Tague brings his extensive experience working in journalism (in Australia and internationally) to the talks, providing real-world insight. The most recent edition of the Griffith Review is devoted to the Perils of Populism and it examines the rise of populism (past and present) across the world.

Our speakers have 10 minutes each to talk about these topics, using ‘real speak’ to share their passion and knowledge.

If that’s not enough to get you keen to attend, the Griffith Review has donated a Lucky Door prize. So come along, open your mind, join in the exploration of a topic that is pertinent in our current political culture, and maybe even leave with a prize!

Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

Tuesday 5 September, 12 – 1 pm

Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University

Register your interest on our Griffith University Library Facebook events page for Lightning Talks.

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!

Lightning Talks to strike the Gold Coast

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Are you ready, Gold Coast? Griffith University Library Lightning Talks will strike your campus library on Monday 20 March 2017.

Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or speaker’s forums where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

At the inaugural Griffith University Library Lightning Talks last year, Professor Lesley Chenoweth and other researchers, shared their journeys into higher education and their research passions. Over 40 Griffith University students and staff attended the event which was held at the Logan campus library.

This trimester, the Lightning Talks theme is: If music be the food of love, play on. Our line-up of speakers will look at music through different disciplinary lenses – how it impacts not only human relations, but also our health and well-being.

We have speakers from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, School of Human Services and Social Work and the Queensland Conservatorium’s Popular Music program.

Come and hear Associate Professor Sarah Baker talk about volunteers in DIY institutions of popular music heritage.

And don’t miss Dr Lauren Istvandity’s discussion about her research into memories that are triggered by music. She’ll detail how this interaction can be practically applied in to improve wellbeing and quality of life for those living in aged care.

We also have Dr Naomi Sunderland speaking at this year’s Lightning Talks at the Gold Coast. She will talk about music and social justice.

And if you are interested in popular music record production, you will want to catch Lecturer in Popular Music, Brendan Anthony’s talk. He will deliver a short spiel on designing the recording process to promote the manifestation of musical outputs that generate an emotional response from the listener.

No booking is required. Just bring your lunch to the Gold Coast campus library and listen to a sizzling Griffith University Library Lightning Talks.

Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

Monday 20 March, 12 – 1 pm.

Library (G11), Shard Undercroft, Gold Coast campus, Griffith University. (It’s outside the library!)

Note: this event will be filmed.

Lightning Talks: smashing myths at Logan

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The first in our series of Lightning Talks at Logan campus library went off with a bang!

Over 40 people gathered in the Lounge area to hear three accomplished speakers share their journeys into higher education and their research passions.

Professor Lesley Chenoweth spoke candidly about being first-in-family to attend university. She also passionately discussed Logan Together; a project whose vision is ‘to offer every child in Logan, whatever their circumstances, every opportunity to grow and reach their potential’.

Dr Abdi Hersi followed with a very enlightening talk about Muslims and the Islamic faith. He put to bed some myths surrounding their integration into Australian society.

Did you know, for instance, that Muslim Australians come from all over the world? According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, Muslim Australians are not a homogenous group.

They come from a variety of countries; from Lebanon and Turkey to Bangladesh and Fiji. And interestingly, over a third are Australian-born (that’s around 100,000 people).

The final speaker, Dr Adele Pavlidis, questioned why so many people, women in particular, drop out of playing sport in adulthood. Only three or four audience members indicated that they still currently played a sport!

She spoke about the role of sports in community building and challenged our thinking about the norms of gender segregation in Australian sport. By the end of her talk, she had many of the audience members itching to get back on the court or sports field.

The Lightning Talks at Logan broke down some ivory towers and allowed very important research to be communicated to a broader audience.

Dr Pavlidis said it was ‘so great to be able to share some of my research with a broader audience and see it resonate – you just don’t get the same kind of feedback from journal reviewers!’.

And it wasn’t just the academics who benefited from the event. ‘I did enjoy the talks yesterday, something’s I could relate to fully,’ said one of the students. Another student said the Lightning Talks were inspirational and they were looking forward to the next round.

Will there be a next round? We’ll keep you posted.