Chrysalis Conversations

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Chrysalis Conversations are a series of Q&A panel discussions about the most crucial contemporary issues. They are a collaboration with UQ faculties and industry for domestic high school students and IES students to explore their study options at UQ and career options upon graduation.

The first series of Chrysalis Conversations is in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The theme of discussion is "Creating Change in a Globalised World"

Date Friday 22nd of April, 2016
Time 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Venue Abel Smith Lecture Theatre (Building 23),St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland
Conversations on Crime, Ethics,Classics,Ancient History, Communications, International Politics and Refugees
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Dean Professor Tim Dunne

Professor Tim is a researcher, educator and academic leader. He was recently appointed as Professor of International Relations and Research Director at UQ’s Asia Pacific Centre for Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Professor Tim is recognised internationally for his work on human rights protection and foreign policy-making in a changing world order. He has written and co-edited ten books, including Human Rights in World Politics (1999), Worlds in Collision (2002) and International Relations Theories (2007)

In addition to traditional academic publications, Tim is a regular contributor to high profile websites and newspapers. As part of his duties in the Asia Pacific Centre for R2P, Tim has written several policy briefings and been involved in high-level discussions with governments and think tanks. Tim’s strong commitment to teaching and learning is exemplified by his engagement in the professional training of diplomats and senior armed forces in Europe, Africa and Australia.

Bruce Woolley

Bruce Woolley has been an award-winning journalist for 33 years on three continents (Europe, North America and Australia).

He started his career as a cadet with the ABC in Brisbane working for radio and television news and current affairs. He was host of a daily television program from the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, broadcast to an estimated worldwide audience of 350 million people. Bruce was appointed Foreign Correspondent for the ABC in London in 1984 where he covered the turbulent miners' strike and IRA bombings on the British mainland and in Northern Ireland.

In 1987, he moved to Toronto to work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a radio, television and digital producer and project manager. In his two decades in Canada, Bruce created a new flagship news and current affairs program called 'The World This Weekend' which won a New York Festival Award as "World's Best News Magazine of 1997". A 30-minute radio documentary called 'Voices of War' won another gold medal in New York and was selected as the best-of-the-festival Grand Award Winner in 1993. Bruce returned to Australia in 2007 to take up a job with the ABC and was appointed lecturer at UQ in 2013.

Dr Nicholas Carah

Nicholas is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication within the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland.

Awarded his PhD at UQ in 2008, Nicholas explored the relationship between young people, branding and popular music. He followed the way corporations engage with music culture to create valuable brands.

Nicholas’ current research examines the relationships between media technologies like smartphones, media platforms like Instagram and our everyday lives. In recent years he has particularly examined the role the smartphone and social media play in facilitating and promoting alcohol consumption, the creation of brand value on social media, the use of social media in health communication and communication for social change, critical approaches to branding and culture, and critical approaches to participation and interactive media.

He is the author of the books Pop Brands: branding, popular music and young people, Media and Society and the forthcoming Brand Machines, Sensory Media and Calculative Culture.

Suzanna Fay-Ramirez

Suzanna is a lecturer in Criminology at the University Of Queensland School Of Social Science and an affiliate with the UQ Institute for Social Science Research.

Suzanna received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Washington where she concentrated on comparative perspectives of crime, immigration and neighbourhood action. Her recent work centres around three themes that are related to multiple aspects of crime and the justice system. The first theme examines the comparative context of crime and considers how different people perceive crime and criminals particularly in the neighbourhood context. The second considers how perceptions of gun regulation by police, dealers, and the community influence debate and enforcement of Australia's gun laws and consider these consequences across time and space. The third, considers the perceptions of child maltreatment and abuse and its consequences for reporting, monitoring, and court outcomes for children and families.

Alastair Blanchard

Alastair is the Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at The University of Queensland and a lover of the ancient world.

Born in Queensland and studied at UQ, his UQ degree took him onto postgraduate studies at Cambridge where he continued to work in the UK and on to the US before returning to Australia.

Alastair is an internationally recognised leader in the field of classical tradition, and a series editor for the ‘Classics after Antiquity’ monograph series published by Cambridge University Press. His work examines the legacy of the ancient world in contemporary society. He has written on topics such as the reason for our fascination with stories about Greek heroes and the impact of ideas about the Greek body on contemporary ideas of beauty.

Alastair’s research interests include Greek cultural history, Greek rhetoric and law, epigraphy, ancient sexuality, and the role that the Classical past plays in the history of ideas.

Noel Morada

Noel is Director (Regional) and Program Leader for the Regional Diplomacy and Capacity Building Research Program at UQ’s Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (AP R2P). The AP R2P the only regional centre of its kind specifically dedicated to advancing the responsibility to protect principle through research and policy dialogue.

Former Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, Noel was then commissioned in 2005 by the Canadian Embassy in Manila to undertake research on responses to R2P in Southeast Asia. His work, from which an R2P Roadmap in the region was published, has since served as a guide to the work of the AP R2P Centre at UQ. He has developed a template for R2P plan of action in directing the Philippines programme of the Centre and has conducted lectures and seminars on R2P for government officials, civil society groups, and academia in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. He is an advocate of a bottom-up approach in building awareness and constituency around R2P in the region.

Apart from his research and advocacy on R2P, he is also involved in regional security research and dialogue specifically dealing with terrorism, maritime security, and non-traditional security issues in Southeast Asia. He has also done research and publication on ASEAN external relations, the ASEAN Regional Forum and cooperative security in the Asia Pacific, as well as human security and human development in the region.