Guest Column

With Patrick McCaughey

June 11 / 62

Festival of Ideas Director Patrick McCaughey studied Fine Arts and English at the University of Melbourne and became The Age’s art critic in 1966. After working in New York on a Harkness Fellowship, he was appointed Professor of Visual Arts at Monash University in 1972 and went on to become Director of the National Gallery of Victoria in 1981. In 1988, he left Australia and was successively Director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Yale Center for British Art. In 2003 he published his Australian memoir, The Bright Shapes and the True Names, and in 2006 the Miegunyah Press published his Voyage and Landfall: The Art of Jan Senbergs. He lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.

With Donna Coleman

May 11 / 61

Dr Donna Coleman is a world-renowned concert pianist and recording artist who has mentored hundreds of Australian musicians since she first came to Australia from the US as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 1992. She is Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies for the Southbank campus of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and from 1995-2009 was Head of Keyboard in the School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts. Her recordings and performances of the music of Charles Ives and other American music have earned accolades from international music journals, including the Diapason d’Or for her Etcetera Records disc featuring the Concord Sonata, still considered to be one of the most difficult pieces of the piano repertory ever composed. 

With Shahram Akbarzadeh

May 11 / 60

Shahram Akbarzadeh is Professor of Asian Politics (Middle East and Central Asia) and Deputy Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Asia Institute.

With Trevor Burnard

April 11 / 59

Professor Trevor Burnard is Head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies in the Faculty of Arts. He is a historian specialising in the history of the Atlantic World. Professor Burnard will present a 2011 Dean’s Lecture titled Making Race; Making English Settlers: Lessons from the Colonies in the Mid-Eighteenth Century.

With Mark Cook

April 11 / 58

Chair of Medicine and Director of Neurosciences at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Professor Cook specialises in the treatment of epilepsy. He is recognised internationally for his expertise in epilepsy management, particularly imaging and surgical planning. After completing specialist training in Melbourne, he undertook an MD thesis while working as Brain Research Fellow at Queen Square, London. He returned to St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne to continue his interest in neuroimaging in epilepsy.

With Gabrielle Carter

March 11 / 57

After 20 years as a veterinarian and practice owner in general small animal practice, Gabrielle Carter successfully completed a three year residency program and Masters degree in Veterinary Behaviour at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. Recently she qualified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviourists, and currently works with owners who have pets with behaviour problems.  She consults on a wide range of problems, from storms phobias, aggression, compulsive disorders and separation anxiety in dogs, to urine spraying, house soiling and aggression in cats, as well as consulting on the occasional bird with feather picking, or the head-shy horse. She now offers these services through the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic. 

With Jeanette Hoorn

March 11 / 56

Professor Jeanette Hoorn is Head of Cinema and Cultural Studies and Director of Gender Studies in the Faculty of Arts.

With Professor Su Baker

March 11 / 55

Professor Su Baker is Director of the Victorian College of the Arts, having taken up the position last July after serving as Head of the School of Art at the VCA since 2000. She undertook graduate study at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and in 2004 was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts by Curtin University of Technology. As a practising artist, Professor Baker exhibits at the John Buckley Gallery and is highly regarded in creative arts research. Professor Baker is leading the challenging process of developing a new creative arts curriculum at the VCA. Here she gives us a report of how things are progressing so far.

With Christine Sinclair

February 11 / 54

Dr Christine Sinclair is Head of Drama Education at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. She is also Director of Publications at Drama Australia.

Guest Column with Peter Brooks

February 11 / 53

Peter Brooks, AM MD FRACP FAFRM FAFPHM, is Director of the Australian Health Workforce Institute at the University of Melbourne. Professor Brooks has recently joined the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences to direct the Australian Health Workforce Institute. This group is developing an evidence base for health workforce policy and involves researchers from the University, the University of Queensland, University of Adelaide and University of Auckland. Professor Brooks has held posts as Executive Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Queensland (1998- 2009)  Professor of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney (UNSW, 1991-1998) and Professor of Rheumatology University of Sydney (Royal North Shore Hospital, 1983-1991). He has published widely on musculoskeletal medicine, health workforce and epidemiology and burden of musculoskeletal diseases. In this editorial he raises issues which relate to the health workforce as we enter the second decade of the new millennium.

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