May
16
5:00 pm17:00

Book Launch - "The Networker"

A new book about the life of Armidale identity, mentor and philanthropist, the late Dr Ned Iceton, will be launched jointly by Mary Porter, chairperson of the foundation Ned established to continue his work, and Rob Taber.
This is a free event.

May
15
5:30 pm17:30

Tristan Bancks In Conversation

Plus the launch of a new edition of Max Fatchen’s classic poetry collection for kids, A Pocketful of Rhymes, illustrated by local artist Kathy Creamer, and published by Christmas Press.
Refreshments provided, this is a free event.

May
5
1:00 pm13:00

NON VIOLENCE FILM FESTIVAL 1-5 MAY 2017 PROGRAM, PEACE STUDIES - UNE

SWING KIDS, 1993 (110 mins) 

It’s 1939 and Nazi Germany has declared war on freedom, demanding conformity from its youth. But a group calling themselves ‘Swing Kids’ rebel with the ‘swing’ music from America and dare to stand up against the powerful forces around them. Each member of the group is forced to face some tough choices about right, wrong, and survival. Featuring Christian Bale and Barbara Hershey, SWING KIDS, is an inspirational and powerful story about finding the courage to fight for what you believe in. 

All films are FREE and begin at 1 pm. This is a School of Humanities initiative. With a focus on youth, this year’s festival is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss important issues facing the world today.

May
4
1:00 pm13:00

NON VIOLENCE FILM FESTIVAL 1-5 MAY 2017 PROGRAM, PEACE STUDIES - UNE

GIVE TREES A CHANCE, 1980 (47 minutes) 

This 1980 documentary tells the story of the first eco-blockade in the world - the Terania Creek forest protest in Australia in 1979. A historic event, it brought rainforest preservation into public consciousness and led to the formation of the Nightcap National Park. Narrated by Jack Thompson. This screening is followed by a discussion led by Dr Vanessa Bible, a lead researcher into non-violent activism and the Terania Creek blockade. 

All films are FREE and begin at 1 pm. This is a School of Humanities initiative. With a focus on youth, this year’s festival is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss important issues facing the world today.

May
3
1:00 pm13:00

NON VIOLENCE FILM FESTIVAL 1-5 MAY 2017 PROGRAM, PEACE STUDIES - UNE

 

 VJ BURMA, 2009 (85 minutes) 

Using smuggled footage, this multiple award winning documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks. The acclaimed filmmaker, Anders Ostergaard, brings us close to Burma’s video journalists who insisted on keeping up the flow of news from the closed country despite risking torture and life in jail. ‘Joshua’, 27, is one of these young video journalists. 

 All films are FREE and begin at 1 pm. This is a School of Humanities initiative. With a focus on youth, this year’s festival is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss important issues facing the world today.

May
2
1:00 pm13:00

NON VIOLENCE FILM FESTIVAL 1-5 MAY 2017 PROGRAM, PEACE STUDIES - UNE

 

 THE WORM IS TURNING, 2015 (103 minutes) 

This is the story of how corporate agribusiness is taking over the world’s food production revealed through historical archival footage, and shows how this system is destroying people’s health, economies and the ecology of the world. 

Filmed on location in India, USA, Thailand, Indonesia and Australia THE WORM IS TURNING shows, through amazing examples of ecological farming, that in fact small ecological farms are more productive, they can feed more people better, and at the same time restore the environment. Young farmers are leading the way in many of these initiatives. 

 All films are FREE and begin at 1 pm. This is a School of Humanities initiative. With a focus on youth, this year’s festival is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss important issues facing the world today.

May
1
1:00 pm13:00

NON VIOLENCE FILM FESTIVAL 1-5 MAY 2017 PROGRAM, PEACE STUDIES - UNE

All films are FREE and begin at 1 pm. This is a School of Humanities initiative. With a focus on youth, this year’s festival is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and discuss important issues facing the world today.

 

 

 WE ARE THE GIANT, 2014 (88 minutes) 

WE ARE THE GIANT is the inspirational story of ordinary people’s struggle for freedom. Filmed largely in secret and sometimes at great risk, Emmy award-winning director, Greg Barker, delivers remarkable access as he documents six people from very different walks of life as they grapple with the agonizing dilemma at the heart of all struggles for justice and freedom. They must decide whether to take up arms and fight, or to advocate change through peace and non-violence. This film contains violent scenes. 

Apr
21
4:00 pm16:00

Author Event with Michelle Morgan

Join us in celebrating the launch of Flying Through Clouds by Michelle Morgan.
This new offering from Michelle is a well researched coming-of-age novel. Rich in historical detail with a compelling mix of humour and drama, and a resilient and likable main character. This book will appeal to young adults and adults alike.

Apr
7
5:30 pm17:30

Book Chat

Come and hear reviews of new and upcoming releases and some titles that you may have missed.

Come and hear reviews of new and upcoming releases and some titles that you may have missed.

Mar
18
10:30 am10:30

John Heffernan Book Launch

HOTAKA is the first book in the second Through My Eyes series from Allen & Unwin that examines natural disasters - a starkly realistic novel about the Japanese tsunami of March, 2011. It explores the impact of the disaster on one teenage boy, the introspective Hotaka, and to a lesser degree on his two best friends, feisty Sakura and tech-head Osamu. In doing this, the book also examines the huge social impact of the disaster on Hotaka's once beautiful little town of Omori-wan, utterly destroyed by the wave.  This is an uplifting book about hope and resilience in the face of loss, grief and tragedy, about the need people have for each other in times of adversity. On one level it is a simple human story of a boy facing the truth. Yet it is also a melding of many individual stories. In its broadest sense, HOTAKA is a tribute to the people of the Tohoku region for their amazing strength and capacity to help each other rise from the ashes and rebuild their lives. "I travelled to Japan to research HOTAKA, talking to a range of teenage students, as well as teachers and principals. This deepened my grasp of the huge personal and social impact of the 2011 Tohoku disaster, and helped me understand some of the complexities of Japanese culture." HOTAKA is suitable for readers from Upper Primary to Middle High School.

HOTAKA is the first book in the second Through My Eyes series from Allen & Unwin that examines natural disasters - a starkly realistic novel about the Japanese tsunami of March, 2011. It explores the impact of the disaster on one teenage boy, the introspective Hotaka, and to a lesser degree on his two best friends, feisty Sakura and tech-head Osamu. In doing this, the book also examines the huge social impact of the disaster on Hotaka's once beautiful little town of Omori-wan, utterly destroyed by the wave. 

This is an uplifting book about hope and resilience in the face of loss, grief and tragedy, about the need people have for each other in times of adversity. On one level it is a simple human story of a boy facing the truth. Yet it is also a melding of many individual stories. In its broadest sense, HOTAKA is a tribute to the people of the Tohoku region for their amazing strength and capacity to help each other rise from the ashes and rebuild their lives.

"I travelled to Japan to research HOTAKA, talking to a range of teenage students, as well as teachers and principals. This deepened my grasp of the huge personal and social impact of the 2011 Tohoku disaster, and helped me understand some of the complexities of Japanese culture."

HOTAKA is suitable for readers from Upper Primary to Middle High School.

Come and join us to hear more of this great book from John

Mar
13
12:00 pm12:00

Fighting Terrorism in Iraq Lecture on Monday 13th March

Everyone is welcome to attend the ‘Fighting Terrorism in Iraq’ lecture to be delivered by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq Dr Hussein Al-Ameri who is visiting UNE.

Everyone is welcome to attend the ‘Fighting Terrorism in Iraq’ lecture to be delivered by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq Dr Hussein Al-Ameri who is visiting UNE.

The lecture will be held on Monday 13th March commencing at 12.00pm (midday) and will be held in the Natural Resources Building W055 in the large lecture theatre EM1. A discussion will follow with an open forum.

Any enquiries please call Francesca Stahlut on 6773 5049 or email fstahlu2@une.edu.au

Mar
5
9:30 am09:30

All About Women Satellite - UNE

In its fifth year, All About Women is one of Sydney Opera House’s flagship festivals and occurs as a prelude to International Women’s Day on March 8. The satellite sessions at the University of New England on Sunday, 5 March 2017 will focus on ideas that matter to women today.

The Zonta Club of Armidale Inc is bringing the satellite broadcast to you locally, and proceeds from your registration fee will support Zonta International projects which benefit the health, education and safety of women and girls.

Sessions (Registration from 9.30 am)

10.30    Women and Media-Geena Davis

Sharing her insight into Hollywood and the global film industry, Geena will discuss how far we still need to travel before girls can see the variety of women they want to become in the films they watch, the shows they stream and the media they absorb every day.

11.35    Why are you not a feminist? Backstage Q&A with Jessa Crispin, exploring the ideas in her latest book.

12.00    Nasty Women Panel- Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Van Badham and Lindy West, exploring the labels that are deployed to try to put women in their place. But what happens when women stop being afraid, and ‘nasty woman’ becomes a badge of honour?

Cost:  $20 registration (Please bring your ticket to the event.)  Purchase tickets. Tea and coffee will be available for a gold coin donation.  Please consider bringing your own cup. 

RSVP: Saturday, 4 March 2017

Venue:  Belshaw Theatre, Business School
University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351

Mar
3
5:30 pm17:30

Friday Book Chat

Come and join us for our Friday Book Chat. Roy will be discussing new and upcoming releases and books that he has read lately. 

We will then all join in for discussions on what we have been reading lately.

A great way to get recommendations for your book club or for yourself. The best way to discover great books that you may have missed.

This will be held on the first Friday of every month.

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

–Haruki Murakami