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05 December 2023

'A deeply thoughtful show': artist Louise Bourgeois at AGNSW

Dr Lea Vuong, a French scholar from the School of Languages and Culture, explores the 'deeply thoughtful and sensuous' blockbuster exhibition by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
29 November 2023

Thirty years of Indigenous history captured on film

The recent history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Sydney is chronicled in a new, free, photographic exhibition at the University of Sydney's Chau Chak Wing Museum.
24 November 2023

University of Sydney to host prestigious Congress of HASS 2023

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) will meet at the University of Sydney Camperdown campus in the final week of November, 2023, bringing together scholars from around Australia and the world.
23 November 2023

Two Sydney academics awarded public policy funding

The James Martin Institute (JMI) awarded its prestigious annual Policy Challenge Grants during a ceremony at the State Library of NSW on Wednesday evening.
22 November 2023

Should OpenAI's board have fired Sam Altman?

OpenAI's board is facing backlash for firing CEO Sam Altman - but it's good it had the power to, writes Dr Joanne Gray, Lecturer in Media and Communications. She argues big tech companies could benefit from more accountability.
20 November 2023

Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita is brought to astonishing life on stage

Dr Alexander Howard, Senior Lecturer in English, reviews a riotous new stage adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita, known for its supernatural satire.
16 November 2023

The power of stories to help or hinder progress

Humanity has always been driven by stories, and their power in a post-truth world will be the topic of exploration for the 2023 Cleveringa Address, to be held at the University of Sydney Business School on Monday 27 November.
08 November 2023

Sydney researchers lauded as national leaders

The Australian's 2024 Research Magazine ranks the University of Sydney and its researchers as number one nationally across a range of research fields.
08 November 2023

Workplace protections needed for menstruation and menopause

Consideration for menstruation and menopause needs to be included in our understanding of the right to work, according to new research from the University of Sydney Business School.
03 November 2023

Is Now and Then really a Beatles song?

Dr Jadey O'Regan and Dr Paul McDermott, both lecturers in Contemporary Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, reflect on the technology used in the new, and final, song by the Beatles and ponder its meaning and legacy.
03 November 2023

Sydney academics awarded prestigious ARC Grants

University of Sydney academics have been awarded more than $24 million in funding for 42 new research projects, spanning accessible playgrounds for children with vision impairments, attracting and retaining quality teachers in early education, and developing facilities to improve renewable technology.
31 October 2023

Chau Chak Wing Museum joins with Biennale of Sydney

The Chau Chak Wing Museum at the University of Sydney is one of six host locations of next year's Biennale of Sydney.
23 October 2023

Archaeologists, Barkindji custodians excavate dingo burial

A collaboration between a local Indigenous group and archaeologists has unearthed ancestral dingo remains, as Dr Amy Way and colleagues describe in The Conversation.
18 October 2023

SCA awards $40,000 art scholarships

Artists Marley Dawson and Danica I. J. Knežević have been awarded 2023 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarships from Sydney College of the Arts (SCA). The $30,000 Mid-Career/Established and $10,000 Emerging Scholarships were announced at the opening of the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship Finalist Exhibition at SCA Gallery.
18 October 2023

Dillon Kombumerri awarded honorary doctorate

The University of Sydney has awarded an honorary doctorate to distinguished alumnus Dillon Kombumerri in recognition of his contributions to built environmental professions and in shaping Australia's environments.
10 October 2023

Exhibition records colonial relationships with Pacific Islands

The stories of eight Pacific voyagers who visited Sydney in the 18th and 19th centuries are told via their descendants and compatriots in a new exhibition at the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
06 October 2023

Wiradjuri poet Jeanine Leane wins Australia's richest poetry prize

In celebration of Australian poetry the Discipline of English and the Master of Creative Writing present the 2023 David Harold Tribe Poetry Award. This year the award offers the richest poetry prize in Australia of $20,000 for an original unpublished poem on any theme, up to 100 lines in length.
21 September 2023

Museum's teaching program wins international prize

The University of Sydney's Chau Chak Wing Museum has won the 2023 University Museums and Collections Prize for its object-based learning (OBL) program.
12 September 2023

Visiting scholar rediscovers 'long lost' collection of historical butterflies and moths

A visiting scholar has revealed hundreds of type specimens, long considered lost, in the entomological collection at the University of Sydney's Chau Chak Wing Museum.
06 September 2023

Research to provide universal museum access for the blind

Museum objects are safeguarded behind barriers making them inaccessible to blind and low vision children and adults. Research led by the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning is proposing the design and evaluation of 'touch models' that result in museum experiences that engage everyone.