Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)

Upcoming events

    • 20 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053

    2018 Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA) Salon

    Finding a voice in a post-truth world: valuing a critical perspective

    Feet beneath the table 1956, Charles Blackman

    © Charles Blackman/Copyright Agency, 2018, image kindly provided by the National Gallery of Victoria

    We live at a time when declining trust in institutions of governance coincides with an increasingly rapid and constant communication.  This dynamic has facilitated the spread of false claims and prejudice. Expertise is discredited in public debate as popular wisdom usurps reasoned evidence-based argument.

    With their focus on the human condition and the fostering of creativity, humanities and social science disciplines are arguably more important than ever. Yet they struggle to retain their place of significance in the face of ever-increasing assaults on their integrity. Genuinely critical scholarship is snubbed while prominent public figures proclaim that ‘truth isn’t truth’ or they promote intervention via philanthropy in the curriculum of public universities.

    This panel explores the meaning of these truth-challenged times and the value of the humanities in understanding the adaptation to change, in preserving the cultures and communities we cherish, and where necessary, in revealing and resisting the more damaging and divisive effects of new cultural forces on democracy.

    This event is hosted by the Victoria Chapter and we thank the University of Melbourne for their generous sponsorship. The event starts at 6:00pm with cocktail reception from 6:00 - 6:40pm and formal proceedings starting at 6:45pm.

    This is an annual public event and is widely popular (nearly always a sell out!) - reserve your ticket now! The event is free due to the generous support of the University of Melbourne and includes a cocktail reception.

    The event is being led by Prof Diane Kirkby and Dr Alice Garner. We are delighted that at this year's Salon, US Consul General Michael Kleine will officially launch Prof Diane Kirkby and Dr Alice Garner's new book, "Academic Ambassadors, Pacific Allies: Australia, America and the Fulbright Program".

    Speakers include:

    • US Consul General to Victoria, Michael F. Kleine
    •  Diane Kirkby, Fulbright alum, Professor of Law and Humanities at the University of Technology Sydney, and Research Professor (Emeritus) in History at La Trobe University
    • Prof Dennis Altman (La Trobe University and Fulbright alumnus)
    •  Phillipa McGuinness (author and publisher)

    For speaker biographies visit the full event details here.

    • 26 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (UTC+08:00)
    • Acqua Viva on Swan, Broadway Jetty, Nedlands, WA

    The WA Chapter of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association has great pleasure in inviting you to the 2018 WA Fulbright Annual Dinner, coinciding the Fulbright's 70th Anniversary in Australia. Join us for an evening that includes a book launch, keynote speech on endangered Aboriginal song, professional networking with leading thinkers, and a beautiful meal on the picturesque Swan river.

    Tickets are $75 for AFAA members, $85 non-members - book on our eventbrite page.


    • Delicious 3-course meal (pre-bookings essential)
    • Meal costs: $75 AFAA (Australian Fulbright Alumni Association) members; $85 non-members (including guests and partners)
    • Drinks not included (please bring cash for bar and table purchases)
    • Dress: semi-formal

    Book launch: Academic Ambassadors: Pacific Allies by Alice Garner & Diane Kirkby (an examination of the Fulbright program in Australia). Pre-order your 50% discounted copy with your tickets (limited number available).

    Keynote speaker A/Professor Clint Bracknell: Clint Bracknell is a Wirlomin Noongar ethnomusicologist of rapidly growing significance, and recipient of an ARC Indigenous Discovery Project on "Mobilising song archives to nourish an endangered Aboriginal language." Reasearching an area of vital importance to Western Australia's history and culture, Clint is taking up a new appointment at Edith Cowan University (Kurongkurl Katijin and WAAPA).

Past events

29 Aug 2018 Victoria Quarterly Gathering: Telling the story of the Fulbright program: From 'war junk' to 'the greatest action taken'
03 Jun 2018 Join Alumnus Professor Carole Fink: West Germany and Israel: Nine Tumultuous Years 1965-1974
27 May 2018 Join Alumnus Professor Carole Fink: Jewish Diplomacy and the Politics of War and Peace, 1914-1919
24 May 2018 TEDxFulbright Canberra hosted by Australian-American Fulbright Commission
22 May 2018 Victoria Chapter Quarterly Social Gathering
20 May 2018 Join Alumnus Danae Killian: Recital and launch of CD Ernest Bloch: Viola and Piano
13 May 2018 Join Alumnus Professor Carole Fink: Two remarkable Rebels
29 Apr 2018 NSW New Fulbright Scholar Welcome event - fish and chips at Balmoral
23 Mar 2018 Fulbright Alumnus, Dr Donna Coleman, performing ith the Melbourne Sinfonia
22 Mar 2018 Victoria New Fulbright Scholar Welcome
22 Mar 2018 Australian Fulbright Alumni Association 2018 Annual General Meeting
09 Mar 2018 Fulbright Alumnus, Dr Donna Coleman, free solo piano concert
02 Dec 2017 Tasmania Thanksgiving Celebration
23 Nov 2017 Happy Thanksgiving!
18 Nov 2017 Australian Fulbright Alumni Association Inaugural Conference
17 Nov 2017 Annual Victorian Salon
26 Oct 2017 Victorian Chapter Gathering - Sociable Sam: Mark Twain Among Friends
12 Oct 2017 Annual WA Gala Dinner
12 Sep 2017 Victorian Chapter Gathering - A Recipe for Disaster: how climate change affects nutrition globally, and what we can do about it
09 Jul 2017 Tasmanian winter breakfast
02 Jul 2017 Fish & Chips in Balmoral
15 Jun 2017 Victorian Chapter Quarterly Social Gathering
09 May 2017 Encore – Dean's Lecture Series: Interdisciplinary Soundings - Featuring Fulbright Alumnus Dr. Zachary Dunbar
09 Mar 2017 Australian Fulbright Alumni Association 2017 Annual General Meeting
24 Nov 2016 Informal Counter Tea to congratulate Anya Reading Tasmania Fulbright Scholar 2016
17 Nov 2016 2016 Victoria Chapter Australian Fulbright Alumni Association Salon
27 Oct 2016 WA Chapter of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association Annual Dinner
01 Apr 2016 Australian Fulbright Alumni Association Annual General Meeting
19 Nov 2015 Victoria State Chapter Salon Event
20 Dec 2014 Queensland Chapter Christmas Party

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