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Student Edition

Tuesday 30 April

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The rundown - information you need at a glance

Student activism in Kambri  

You may be aware of a protest currently taking place in Kambri. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority, and we want to assure our community that measures are in place to maintain safety on our campus. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and ANU Security have been in communication with a spokesperson for the protesters, in particular about safety for our community, and will continue discussions in the coming days. 

Additionally, the University is providing 24-hour security resources in the Kambri precinct. If any students are feeling distressed, our Student Safety and Wellbeing team are available to provide wellbeing support Monday - Friday between 9am - 4pm

ANU has a long tradition of fostering respectful debate and student political engagement. Our university policies guarantee academic freedom and free speech, allowing all students and staff to express their views in accordance with Australian law. We do not condone any speech that is discriminatory or violates Australian law or our code of conduct. Necessary disciplinary action may be taken if our codes are breached.

ANU has been actively encouraging all members of the University to be respectful when expressing views on the current conflict.

The University offers a wide range of support for any member of the ANU community affected by the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Please reach out if you need support

If you have any questions or concerns, please email On.Campus@anu.edu.au.

Yao Zhuang Photo: David Fanner 

Affordability meets sustainability: Jel Studio's op shop Innovation   

The impact of the fast fashion industry can be felt on the land, sea, and behind the seams, but that isn't slowing down Chunyao (Yao) Zhuang's efforts to create change. 

With an ethically conscious head on her shoulders and a long love affair for second-hand clothing, Zhuang was surprised to discover that a space for slow fashion didn’t already exist on the ANU campus. 

Jel Studio is a is cheap, affordable and sustainable op shop located in the heart of Kambri on ANU campus. While Jel Studio is only set to be open for three months, Zhuang is eager to extend her studio beyond this timeframe. 

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Dr Junwen Chen and Dr Olivia Evans. Photo: Tangyao Zhang

Indigenous psychology 101: teaching for reconciliation

Trained psychologists encounter people from a range of backgrounds — often in challenging or sensitive circumstances. But this reality has not always been reflected in the way institutions are teaching the next generation of practitioners and researchers. Dr Junwen Chen and Dr Olivia Evans, have created Culture and Psychology, an undergraduate course that addresses the colonial baggage that comes with practicing psychology in Australia.  

Within the class, students learn about cross-cultural and Indigenous issues in psychology, including in the context of working with First Nations Australians. 

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What's on

Assembly art exhibition 

Assembly is an exhibition of eight Hong Kong born artists from different generations of the diaspora. The collection explores the act of making sense of layers and fragments, of memories and stories, told or untold amid the current wave of migration.

Featured events include a panel discussion with curator Dr Olivier Krischer and artists John Young and Nikki Lam this Saturday 4 May, including a curator floor talk by Dr Krischer on Tuesday 7 May.   

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The Last Days of Ye Mingchen seminar 

Thursday 2 May, 4-5.30pm 

In the mid-nineteenth century Ye Minchen was one of the senior Chinese officials in the empire. In January 1858, when the British and French stormed Guangzhou, he was captured and shortly thereafter sent to Calcutta. This seminar examination of surviving materials to trace Ye’s life after his capture and the circumstances of his death, about which there has been some dispute. This event is hosted by the Australian Centre on China in the World

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COVID-19 and gender gaps in paid and unpaid work 

Tuesday 14 May, 3-4.30pm 

Join a seminar by Janeen Baxter, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, at the School of Demography. The presentation will examine the impact of the pandemic on gender inequality in Australia, using data from an ongoing household panel study to assess changes in men's and women's time spent on paid and unpaid work.

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The Question of Truth Lecture  

Thursday 2 May, 5.30-7pm 

The ANU Indonesia Institute invites you to a thought-provoking lecture from one of Indonesia's most prominent contemporary writers, Leila Salikha Chudori as she reflects on the political nature of history writing in Indonesia under authoritarianism. Leila will explore how Indonesia’s youngest generations have found ‘truth’ through historical fiction. 

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Microscope drawings workshop

Saturday 4 May, 11am-2pm  

Explore the visual language of plants at different scales through observation of form, pattern, colour and shape in a free drawing workshop. This drop-in workshop is open to all. Microscopes, paper and drawing materials will be available for you to use. This event is funded by ArtsACT and hosted by the ANU School of Art & Design.   

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Harnessing transdisciplinary approaches to agrifood challenges

Tuesday 21 May,9am-12pm 

If you're a researcher or HDR candidate interested in applying transdisciplinary skills to tackle challenges in the agrifood sector, join the ANU Afrifood Innovation Institute for a free, three-hour interactive workshop.Explore how your expertise can contribute to transdisciplinary approaches and learn how to identify research opportunities in the agrifood sector. 

Registrations close on Friday 17 May. 

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Exchange applications for semester 1, 2025 are now open 

Want to internationalise your ANU degree? You can apply now for a semester of study overseas at one of our 200+ partner universities in over 40+ countries.  

Visit the ANU Global Programs website for more information. If you have any further questions, please attend a drop-in session and speak to the ANU Global Programs team. 

Applications will close on Friday 31 May. 

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Nominate a trailblazing woman for the ANU building renaming project

We are excited to announce that nominations are now open for the building renaming project. Currently, only five out of 150 buildings across campus are named after female leaders. Our community has the opportunity to help change this by nominating inspiring women who have made exceptional contributions to the university. 

Nominations close in June. For more information, including criteria and how to nominate, visit the ANU Building Renaming Project. Selected names will be celebrated, starting later this year and continuing into 2025.

Student Giveaway

Meet the Author Student Giveaway - Shankari Chandran

Shankari Chandran will be in conversation with Karen Viggers on her new novel Safe Haven.

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of two copies of Safe Haven and have the opportunity to have your copy signed on the night.

The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 10 May.

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Meet the Author Student Giveaway - Nick Dyrenfurth and Frank Bongiorno

Frank Bongiorno will be in conversation with Jennifer Rayner on their new book A little history of the Labour Party

Enter this giveaway for a chance to win one of two copies of A little history of the Labour Party and have the opportunity to have your copy signed on the night.

The competition closes at noon AEDT on Friday 10 May.

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The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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