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Racists like us: Reflecting on my own writing…

Lecturing about race and racism is one of the most challenging lectures I do. This is because I do not simply talk about these issues in theory, but discuss how they play out in our everyday lives: including how I … Continue reading

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How do we ‘future proof’ education?

There are two issues that relate to the future of universities that are on my mind at the moment that I think we, as academics and administrators, must address.   The first is the issue of educating students in a … Continue reading

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Seven tips for good teaching…

One of the disclaimers I always make when invited to speak about my teaching is that I am not someone who has been trained in pedagogical theory. Rather, my journey into teaching has been about figuring out what I loved … Continue reading

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‘Dear Prime Minister’: My open letter to Tony Abbott…

It would be hard to argue against the idea that the current political environment is toxic. We have reached a point that political point scoring outweighs what is in the national interest.   This kind of politics tends to split … Continue reading

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Beyond fear and loathing in the classroom: Participation, innovation and teaching like a pirate

Over the last few weeks I have delivered six keynote presentations looking at teaching in the contemporary university.   It all started when the amazing Michelle Williams organised an event at Vivid – an ideas, music and light festival that … Continue reading

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History: celebrations and displacement

Like every other nation, the history of Australia is complex. While there is much to celebrate about this nation that almost 22 million of us call home, there is also many things in our history that are quite appalling. I … Continue reading

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On public debate and Wikileaks…

I have always felt the one of a fundamental aspects of taking part in public debates has been to judge each issue on its merits. In this way, as a public commentator drawing on a long tradition of theoretical and … Continue reading

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Wikileaks, Julian Assange and free speech

It is not an exaggeration to say that the Wikleaks story has been the biggest one this year – bigger than any election or hung parliament. Wikileaks and Julian Assange have managed to split public opinion: is he irresponsible or … Continue reading

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