Lightning Talks: smashing myths at Logan

Photo of Griffith University, Logan Campus sign.

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.

Lightning Talks strike Logan’s ivory tower


Talk about a sizzling event with dynamic speakers!  Griffith University Library Lightning Talks are being held at the Logan campus library on Tuesday 18 October.

So what are Lightning Talks? 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 example, women scientists recently brought their research to the Brisbane public on soapboxes in the hope of ‘demystifying science and, importantly, bringing it to the people’

They originated at university libraries in the United States. And nowadays a bunch of prestigious Universities like Stanford and Cornell host talks where academics or postdoctoral students give a very short presentation, lasting only a few minutes.

Our academics will have 10 minutes to talk about social justice and community building. They will talk in ‘real’ speak, bringing their passion for research to life. And it won’t just be academics voicing their opinions; they invite you to share yours as well.

Why are we holding these talks? Well, we are hoping to make academics and their research more accessible to you; removing the stigma of academic ‘ivory towers’ and breaking down hierarchical divisions.

Scholars often receive criticism for not being able to communicate about their academic interests outside of their realm and this can contribute to a disconnect between the academic and broader community.

Why Logan library? One of the strengths of the Logan campus is its deep commitment to equity. The Logan library is an inclusive space where students feel well-supported and part of a positive library community.

Lightning Talks are a natural extension of this commitment to inclusivity.

Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

Tuesday 18th October between 12 – 1pm

Library, Logan campus, Griffith University


  • Professor Lesley Chenoweth: PVC and Head of Logan Campus
  • Dr Adele Pavlidis: Griffith University PhD graduate and post-doctoral scholar in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research.
  • Dr Abdi Hersi: Griffith University PhD graduate, and Project Manager for the School of Humanities, Language and Social Science’s award-winning “Reporting Islam” project

Don’t miss being part of the conversation – come along to this exciting free event! Bring your classmates and your lunch.

Want to check out the libraries without leaving your home?

New this year and keen to check out all the nooks and cranny’s, finding the best sneaky study spots inside the library? Or maybe you’re a returning students who had a bit too much fun on the holidays and can’t quite remember where it was you were supposed to meet your mate. Did you know that you can tour each of the Griffith University’s libraries online?

Click your way through each campus library on the new 360 degree online tours.

The tours can be found on each library’s Places and Spaces page but we will do you one better and link you to each campus directly:

Take the time to click on each library, explore the zones, hey you might even recognise a blurred face or two!  Great thing about these new 360 tours is – they are also on Google Maps!

Remember, while each campus library may look different, we still offer the same great services at each:



Crime Prevention in Logan – FREE Event

Following on from the successful Crime on the Gold Coast event, Friends of the Library, Griffith University is hosting the sequel Crime Prevention in Logan: strategies for small business on 28 August.

A panel of leading criminologists and industry experts will reveal the facts about Crime in Logan and provide helpful expert tips to help deal with and prevent crime.

Presenters include:

  • Associate Professor Janet Ransley, Head of School, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
  • Senior Sergeant Mike Pearson, Officer in Charge, Logan Central Police Station
  • Dr Hennessey Hayes, Senior Lecturer, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
  • Mr Mark Lally, Regional Manager, Bendigo Bank

Following the presentation, tea/coffee will be served and guests seeking extra helpful advice will have the opportunity to talk to relevant community organisations located in the foyer. This event is free to attend but registrations are essential. Register here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Doors opens at 5:30pm, for a 6:00pm start.

Auditorium (L06), Griffith University Logan Campus
University Drive, Meadowbrook, Logan, QLD, 4131


Partnered with Logan Community Bank, Bendigo Bank.

INS PVC and University Librarian Linda O’Brien firing up the BBQ For Students’ Future Fund

Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 11.40.46 AMUniversity Librarian and INS PVC Linda O’Brien will be cooking up a storm on the barbeque during the Annual Appeal to raise money for the Griffith Students’ Future Fund.

The sausages are free, although a gold coin donation would be appreciated. All money raised will go towards the fund that gives students an opportunity to graduate from university after overcoming difficult personal circumstances.

  • Campus: Gold Coast
  • When: 12pm Wednesday 31 July
  • Where: Library (G10/G11) entry

If you can’t make it to the Gold Coast, you can still get a snag cooked by another senior Griffith staff member on one of the following dates:

  • Thursday 25 July – 12pm Logan Community Commons (Logan HOC)
  • Friday 26 July – 12:30pm Nathan Campus Heart (PVC SEET)
  • Monday 29 July – 12pm Mt Gravatt Undercroft (PVC AEL)
  • Monday 29 July – 12pm Gold Coast Library Entry (PVC Health)
  • Tuesday 30 July – 12pm Gold Coast Library Entry (PVC International)
  • Thursday – 1 August – 12pm Nathan Campus Heart (PVC Health)

Alternatively, you can make a tax deductible donation to the Students’ Future Fund via the Annual Appeal website.

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All five campuses are now back up and running!

  • Hooray! Power has been restored at the Logan campus!

You may have seen our previous post about the Mt Gravatt and Logan campuses being closed due to power outages caused by the weather over the weekend. Well, we are happy to report that the Mt Gravatt campus reopened yesterday, having finally regained power, and Logan will open today for the first time since the weekend.

All five campuses are now back up and running. You may go forth and study/network/collaborate/read/learn!

Mt Gravatt and Logan Campuses Closed Today

As you may already know, both Logan and Mt Gravatt campuses are closed due to power outages today.  Hopefully power will be restored by tomorrow, but we will keep you updated on that as information comes to hand.

Nathan, South Brisbane and Gold Coast Campuses are all open as normal.

For more information, visit the Library homepage or the Griffith News webpage.