Exhibition: Learning from Country

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15 May–31 July 2017

Fisher Library F03; Level 2, Exhibition Space, University of Sydney

Learning from Country from ‘The Papunya School Book of Country and History’ to ‘Australians All’

Learning from Country is an exhibition of original artwork and materials showcasing the journey behind a series of multi-award-winning books produced by Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle.

Published over the course of a decade by independent Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, these innovative books celebrate a way of learning that puts Country at the centre.

This exhibition showcases the journey behind the production of these books — a journey that began when Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle worked as consultants at the school at Papunya (Northern Territory), and were introduced to the Indigenous principle of Learning from Country that is at the core of the Papunya School Book of Country and History and the picture book memoir When I was Little, Like You, by Papunya Elder Mary Malbunka. In Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu the same principle is explored in a different Aboriginal country.

Later work that Nadia and Ken have done with students in Sydney shows that this way of learning is just as effective when the ‘country’ is the city and students’ families come from homelands scattered across the world. This was exemplified in Going Bush, in which art and writing by culturally diverse urban children is showcased.

In Playground, over a hundred Aboriginal Elders and young people from across the continent pass on their wisdom, while in Australians All Nadia and Ken present stories of young people growing up in our nation, from the Ice Age to the Apology.

While educationalists will be inspired by this exhibition to try out this holistic model for themselves, the display of text and original artwork (in draft and final form) will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered how words and images get onto the page of a picture book.

Finally, of course, Learning from Country will delight its core audience: the young Australians to whom these beautiful books belong.

Additional program:

Learning from Country – guided walks

Nadia Wheatley and ken Searle will guide you through the exhibition.

Tuesday 23 May; 5pm-6pm

Saturday 3 June; 3pm-4pm

Thursday 8 June; 5pm-6pm

Thursday 22 June; 5pm-6pm

Places are limited, so please RSVP to helen.loughlin@sydney.edu.au

 

Books showcased in this exhibition:

* Papunya School Book of Country and History, by staff and students Papunya School,

in association with Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle

* When I was Little, Like You, by Mary Malbunka

* Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu, by Diane Lucas and Ken Searle

* Going Bush, by Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle, in association with students from inner-Sydney schools

* Playground — Stories from Country and from Inside the Heart, compiled by Nadia Wheatley and illustrated by Ken Searle. Indigenous consultant Dr Jackie Huggins

* Australians All, Growing Up in Australia from the Ice Age to the Apology, by Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle

 

Sydney University Press invites you to a Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Celebrate Women’s History Month by joining Sydney University Press and the University of Sydney Library for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Tuesday 28 March in Fisher Library, downstairs on Level 2, from 10am to 4pm. Please RSVP via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/ww-17

We’ll be editing Wikipedia together to improve the representation of Australian women writers and researchers. No experience needed: there’ll be training sessions, cheat sheets, reference sources and roving Wiki experts on-hand – plus snacks!

Why?

Wikipedia has a diversity problem. Women make up just 12% of Wikipedia contributors and 16% of individuals profiled. But we can fix it! Every year during Women’s History Month, gatherings like this one happen all around the world. In Sydney, we’ll be focusing especially on Australian women writers, scientists and scholars.

When? Is it all day?

You can participate all day or join us for just an hour or two, but our short training sessions for new Wikipedians will run at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. BYO device or use a library PC (bookings essential). We will provide reference works, suggestions for subjects to work on, and Wiki editing assistance. Just bring yourself, and your suggestions if you have them!

If you can’t make it to Fisher but would like to take part, we’ll be live-tweeting the event and would love you to join in at home. We will also have experts on hand to answer questions remotely!

If you have any questions, please email sup.info@sydney.edu.au.

Back to the future with O-Week

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Where: Fisher Library (level 3) and at the SciTech Library Exhibition Space

When: 22 February – 12 March, 2017

Orientation Week at the University of Sydney started in 1946. Staff at Rare Books & Special Collections dug into their resources to investigate the evolution of O-Week at Sydney Uni:

There were clubs and societies, social issues and lots of politics, from the conscientious to the cool to the kooky. The message was clear – embrace all of life during your time at Uni.

Check out our full program during O-Week.

7 ways to discover your Library

  1. Keen for a quiet space or need to work in a group? We have 12 Library spaces with all kinds of different study spaces and facilities. Haven’t got time to visit them all? Take an armchair ride via our virtual tours.
  2. Go to a “Discover your Library session” for a quick overview of how you can get started using Library resources.
  3. Honi Soit is now your number one on-campus news source, along with the University’s Facebook page. You can start at the beginning with our Honi Soit Digital Archive.
  4. You’ll be ready for some downtime now, so why not refuel your energy levels with a nap in one of our sleep pods in Fisher or Health Sciences libraries?
  5. Join the Library community by following us on social media.
  6. Round off your day with a spot of 3D printing at the ThinkSpace. One of our friendly PLAs will show you the ropes – just show up.
  7. Its late but you still need more Library time? We’ve got you covered with our 24/7 spaces.

“Hey!” Keep an eye on your stuff

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You might see us discreetly placing “Hey” coasters on items left unattended in our Library spaces. We’re doing this because we had a few cases of stolen laptops and phones and to remind you that sometimes, people can be awful and take things that aren’t theirs.

The safety of our students and their property is our highest priority, so please keep your personal belongings with you at all times. In case you have found or lost an item, contact Library staff or security.

Brain and Mind: 400 years of mental health research

Prinzhorn, Hans (c1926). Bildnerei der Gefangenen : Studie zur bildnerischen Gestaltung Ungeübter. Berlin : A. Juncker.

The exhibition uses the University of Sydney’s Rare Books & Special Collections to take us from the beliefs of antiquity in the ability of the liver to cause depression to the most recent neuroimaging and neuropathological understandings of how the brain might bring about our thoughts and feelings.

When: 5 December 2016-30 April 2017

Where: Fisher Library F03, Exhibition Space Level 2

Mental illness is a scourge that has always affected humanity, however our understanding of its origins and even more how to treat it has lagged. The exhibition examines the history of sometimes desperate treatments used to help people with a mental illness and our often shameful behaviour towards this vulnerable group in our society. Understanding mental health requires a detailed knowledge of neuroscience anchored in a broader psycho-social framework. Without this the power of physical treatments and the effectiveness of psychological approaches will be diminished. The exhibition illustrates the battle of ideas that have given us this knowledge.

 

Exhibition Team

Head curator: Associate Professor Anthony Harris, Discipline of Psychiatry & the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Guest curators: Doctor Richard White, Honorary Associate, Psychiatry, Central Clinical School, Associate Professor Ivan Crozier, ARC Future Fellow, Department of History

Library curators: Emily Kang, Rare Books & Special Collections Liaison Librarian – East Asian Collection; Bernadette Carr, Academic Liaison Librarian – Medical Program; Arian Grant, Graduate Librarian, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Sciences