Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)

Upcoming events

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • Leather Room, University House, Professors Walk, University of Melbourne

    "Sociable Sam: Mark Twain Among Friends" 

    Thursday 26th October, at 5:30 p.m. for 6:00 p.m 

    Leather Room at University House, Professors Walk, University of Melbourne 


    Judith Yaross Lee, Ph.D.

    Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies

    Ohio University

    Prof. Judith Yaross Lee is an award-winning teacher and scholar who serves Ohio University as Professor of Rhetoric & Public Culture in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. An interdisciplinary Americanist, she studies popular rhetorics at the intersection of media, social, and intellectual history. Her work reflects a transnational view of American culture as a site of ideological contention born of contrast with other places, especially in Europe; she relies on rigorous archival and bibliographic research to build contexts for formal, genetic, and rhetorical criticism. 

    Internationally recognized as an authority on American literary humor from Mark Twain to the present, Lee also has expertise in historical and contemporary rhetorics of popular science and technology, including electronic media, as well as in graphic, radio, and performance humor. Always she examines individual examples in the context of larger cultural concerns. Her newest book, Twain’s Brand: Humor in Contemporary American Culture (2012), shows how recent American humor in many media—from contemporary fiction, stand-up comedy, and television satire to comic strips, graphic novels, and animated cartoons–offers insights into the post-industrial culture created by the information economy. Mark Twain invented the earliest global comic brand for this economy, and contemporary humorists quite literally trade on major hallmarks of his brand: the performed self, the so-called “infantile citizen,” satire of American empire, and humor as a post-industrial commodity. 

    During October and November, Prof Lee will be visiting Australia and Tasmania following in the footsteps of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Henry Morton Stanley, the African explorer who helped Clemens organize his tour through Australasia.  While her primary goal is research, Judith is keen to meet people en route. 

    Judith's husband, Prof Joseph Slade, who will join Judith on this adventure, is himself a distinguished an Americanist and Fulbright alumnus. We anticipate that Prof Slade and/or Prof Lee will speak at our upcoming Fulbright Alumni Conference on November 18th. 

    Please RSVP to Elizabeth Brooke  <>  ASAP, because space is limited in the intimate Leather Room.

    Note: There is no charge for attending these events, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor's Office. The Alumni Association is pleased to cover the costs of the restaurant dinner for special guests and current Fulbright Scholars. All other guests are asked to pay for their own dinners, please, if they choose to stay on after the meeting in the Leather Room.

    • 17 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • University House at The Woodward, University of Melbourne

    The Victorian Chapter of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association will once again be hosting their annual Salon event, kindly sponsored by University of Melbourne, November 17th from 6pm. We are excited to announce that this year the Salon will be the opening event to our inaugural Alumni Conference, to be held November 18th at the Woodward Conference Centre, University of Melbourne. This year's Salon theme is Challenges for Liveability in Australia's cities: Have we reached a tipping point?. Think tanks such as the Economist Intelligence Unit routinely rank Australia’s major cities as amongst the world’s most liveable, but how well are we faring, really? This Salon will tackle this question with two leading experts in healthy liveable communities: Professor Billie Giles-Corti and Dr Iain Butterworth. For full details visit our conference opening page.

    This event is open to the public so anyone who wishes to can attend, but registrants to the Conference will be given priority access to tickets for the Salon.

    Planning on attending the main conference on November 18? Make sure to register now - spaces are limited!

    • 18 Nov 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Woodward Conference Centre, University of Melbourne, VIC
    AFAA is excited to announce its inaugural conference, to be held Saturday 18th November in Melbourne.  Our vision for the conference is that it provides an opportunity for Fulbright alumni and Friends of the Fulbright program to come together in a national event that provides stimulating dialogue around pressing issues.  The theme of the conference this year is Fulbright Alumni: Leadership in a new era.  We have entered a challenging new era, in which old ways of seeing and acting no longer seem to apply. More than ever, leadership is needed on a number of fronts. The question is: how can we help strengthen environmental, economic, cultural and social sustainability for this new global age by providing leadership to form a new agenda?

    The Conference will open November 17 with a Salon event - this is a public event but priority registrations will be given to conference attendees. If you wish to attend the Salon please register for the opening function separately here.

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