The War on Waste on ABC continues to captivate viewers. Why? Because it’s happening in our own backyard.
If you haven’t seen the TV series yet, don’t fret—Griffith’s doing one better. We’re having Lightning Talks on the topic.
Lightning Talks are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice on a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.
Our library is excited to host the next series of Lightning Talks during Sustainability Week.
Did you know that in Australia, air pollution causes about 3,000 premature deaths a year, a figure that’s three times the national toll road (Dean & Green, 2017)? This seems overwhelming, but fortunately for us we have some world class researchers that are tackling these sorts of key sustainability issues here at Griffith.
Come listen to them battle it out on the podium about the war with eWaste, plastic bags and pollution.
12 – 1 pm, Thursday 6 September 2018
The Library foyer (N53, level 1), Nathan campus
- Assoc Prof Frederic Leusch, Griffith School of Environment
- Assoc Prof Matthew Burke, Cities Research Centre
- Dr Kathy Knox, Social Marketing @ Griffith
- Dr Eleni Kalantidou, Queensland College of Art
- Clare Poppi, Queensland College of Art
Register your interest on our Griffith University Library Facebook events page.
Are you not a fan of Mondays? The fun of the weekend’s over and it’s back to the grind of study and classes.
Well, the next few Mondays at Griffith aren’t your typical Monday. No need to lament the weekend passed. Cure your Mondayitis and attend Music in the Library!
Take a break from study and visit your friendly Griffith library to listen to the sweet tunes of our very own talented Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University music students.
Popular music performers Sophia Coop, Gerard Rees, Patrick Williams and Eil Marchini will be performing at the Gold Coast campus library, and classical performers from the Anemoi Wind Quintet and the Darana Quartet at the Nathan campus library, over the next few weeks.
Gold Coast Library – Monday 16 July
- Location: Gold Coast Library
- Time: 1 pm
Sophia Koop (Solo/Keys/Vocals), 1.00 pm -1.30 pm
Gerard Rees (Solo/Keys – instrumental), 1.30 pm – 2 pm
Nathan Library – Monday 23 July
- Location: Nathan Library
- Time: 1 pm
Anemoi Wind Quintet, 1 – 2 pm
Gold Coast Library – Monday 30 July
- Location: Gold Coast Library
- Time: 1 pm
Patrik Williams (solo/guitar/ukelele/vocals), 1.00 pm -1.30 pm
Eil Marchini (Solo/guitar/vocals), 1.30 pm – 2 pm
Nathan Library – Monday 20 August
- Location: Nathan Library
- Time: 1 pm
Darana Quartet, 1 – 2 pm
Hats off, it’s an early knock off!
Nathan library will be closing at 5 pm today (Friday), and be closed all weekend for maintenance works. Nathan library will open 7 am on Monday for normal hours (we know, you missed our smiling faces!)
Gold Coast library will also be closing early tonight, at 7 pm, and the 24/7 study lounge in G11 will be closed between 7 pm Friday and 9 am Saturday. Gold Coast library will be open as usual for the rest of the weekend, so come and enjoy the air con!
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.
It’s time for another Music in the Library performance from the super talented students over at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).
Today we’ve got not one, not two, not three, but five classical guitar musicians joining us at the Nathan campus library. Come along at 1pm and hear some tunes live in your library. After all, science says music helps you study!
The Music in the Library series is an exciting innovation that aims to enliven the campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience.
Got a lecture and can’t make it? Don’t worry we’ve got more library performances on the way.
You’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music across Trimester 2 as students from the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU) will visit each campus to showcase their talents.
Nathan campus library hosted our very first Human Library event on Wednesday 24 May 2017. We hoped to provide a space to enable social and cultural connection between people, while recognising our differences.
We recognise that no ‘book’ ever has a single story, and our identities are complex. We do not want to ‘interpret’ our books: we want our ‘human books’ to ‘speak for themselves’, and to tell their own stories.
Staff and students came to borrow a ‘human book’ and went away feeling empowered through conversation, with the desire to continue to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.
One of our books said: ‘I got to meet interesting people who also had interesting stories. I got to dispel a few myths and provide a few insights. My favourite part was interacting with my Readers – their questions were genuine, honest and engaging’.
Our Human Library event is over for this trimester, but we want you to continue to share your stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!
Check out some of our book’s stories on Instagram
We are hosting a Human Library at the Nathan campus library at 12 pm on Wednesday 24 May 2017. You can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.
About the Human Library
Human Libraries are all around the world! They are much more than an ‘event’ – they are about providing a space to enable social and cultural connection between people while recognising our differences.
We want people to share their stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!
The Human Books will be available in a safe conversational space in the library. Difficult questions are expected, appreciated and hopefully answered by the book on loan.
Our collection of Human Books
The Griffith University Human Library collection is quite diverse. Check out our selection of Human Books:
- Muslim Woman
- Muslim Man/POW/PTSD
- Gay male
- Women in IT (WIT)
- Veteran and Assistance Dog
Reserve a Human Book
Bookings are now open. Get in quick so you don’t miss out! Reserve your Human Books today.
You are responsible for all the Human Books you borrow. Be sure to follow the Human Library borrowing rules:
- All of our books are in mint condition. We expect them to be returned in the same condition.
- Do not tear out pages or write notes in our books.
- Loans are personal and may not be handed over to other readers.
- Your book is a reference for information on a given topic. So you need to ask about the things that you want to know.
- Be respectful.
Time: 12pm – 1.15pm
Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017
Location: Library (N53), Nathan Campus, Griffith University