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LIVESTREAM #UNSWFromHome Conversation Series

14 May - 4 June 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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UNSW Sydney invites you to join the newly appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Claire Annesley, as she hosts our newest digital conversation series - #UNSWFromHome.

Over four consecutive weeks, and to celebrate our #60yearsofdifference, Professor Annesley will engage with faculty experts to delve into key topics relevant to how society understands and deals with the impact of coronavirus.

From philosophy to history, education to relationships – we invite all of our UNSW alumni, students, staff, donors and friends to engage with us in this thought-provoking series.

Register to receive the livestream link.


14 May
Cultivating Happiness in Times of Crisis: What Can Philosophy Teach Us? with Professor Timothy O’Leary  register now

21 May
What Has History Taught Us About Pandemics? with Professor Alison Bashford register now

28 May
Growing Up Digitally – A Guide for Parents with Dr Amy Graham register now

4 June
Relationships – Emotional Proximity in Times of Social Distancing with Associate Professor Christy Newman register now


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Professor Claire Annesley


Claire Annesley is a Professor of Politics and, prior to joining UNSW as Dean, Arts & Social Sciences, she was Head of Politics and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Equalities and Diversity) at the University of Sussex (2015 – 2020. Before then Claire was based at the University of Manchester (2000-15) where she was Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Director of Research in the School of Social Sciences.

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Professor Timothy O'Leary

Main speaker

Timothy O'Leary is a philosopher who has worked and studied in Ireland, Paris, Hong Kong, and Australia. In his current position as Head of the School of Humanities & Languages at UNSW, he is particularly keen to promote the critical role of the humanities in our contemporary world of splintered politics, huge inequalities, and a growing environmental crisis. He is a UNSW co-Gender Champion, leading an initiative on engaging men in the gender equity conversation.

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Professor Alison Bashford

Key speaker

Alison Bashford is a Research Professor of History at UNSW Sydney. Previously she was Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge and Trustee of Royal Museums, Greenwich, including the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich UK. She is a leading authority on the history of quarantine and on Australia’s responses to infectious diseases. Her books include Contagion (2001); Imperial Hygiene (2004); Medicine at the Border (2006); and Quarantine: Local and Global Histories (2016).

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Dr Amy Graham

Key speaker

Amy Graham is an experienced mixed-methods researcher in education and has researched widely in the areas of children’s use of digital media and the use of technology in distance education, perfectionism, parental engagement, school readiness, and play in the school day. Across all her research, she strives to have a socially just focus, and believes that everyone must play a role in ensuring children reach their full potential. Since July, Amy has worked at the Gonski Institute for Education as a Research Fellow and enjoys seeing the research she does being translated into solutions for educators, policy architects and parents.

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Associate Professor Christy Newman

Key speaker

Christy Newman is Associate Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health, where she has been conducting social research on health, gender and sexuality since 2004. From 2020, she is also the inaugural Associate Dean (Enterprise, Impact and Engagement) for UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Christy's research interests span sexual and reproductive health, blood borne virus prevention and care, and sexual and gender diversity, exploring their ever-changing meanings and influences on the ways we configure relationships, families, and care practices today. She works in partnership with advocacy, policy and health professionals, particularly those who support LGBTQI+ people, and people affected by HIV and viral hepatitis.

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