Australian Fulbright Alumni Association (AFAA)

Upcoming events

    • 22 Aug 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • TAFE QUEENSLAND Collaboration Space South Bank Campus Building C, C Level 1 Block Ernest Street, South Brisbane
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    Come join fellow alumni and friends in Brisbane for a fun and interactive seminar session featuring Farrukh Metteen, presenting on nanotechnology: Micro-nanoscale devices get the job done.

    This is a public event and all are welcome. We are hosted by Anitza Geneve in the TAFE Queensland Collaboration Space.  We will be in Zones 2 and 6. 

    Need help finding or navigating the TAFE Queensland South Bank campus? A campus map can be downloaded here: https://tafeqld.edu.au/assets/oneweb/PDF/campus-maps/greater-brisbane/southbankcampusmap.pdf

    After the formal session closes we will adjourn, for those interested, to a nearby pub or restaurant to keep socializing and grab food (individual cheques).

    About the session: Micro-nanoscale devices get the job done

    How small is small? A roadroller can help build a road. A colossal crane can make a bridge. What can a piece of silicon half the width of a human hair do for us? How do we even build such devices and once we do what good are they to us? This interactive presentation will bring an overview of this area for a diverse audience. Examples from research into the many practical areas of application for this technology will be presented especially those related to the exciting area of biomedical applications.

    About the speaker: Farrukh Mateen

    Farrukh holds a Ph.D. in Mech. Engg. from Boston University (USA) where he developed a nanowire based biosensor which spawned the startup Femtodx in Silicon Valley. Previously as a Fulbright scholar from Pakistan he completed a masters in Mech. Engg. from Purdue University (USA). He has over seven years of working with micro-nano fabrication at leading research centers and clean rooms at Purdue, BU, Harvard and UCLA. Presently he works as a micro fabrication scientist at a Brisbane biotech startup aimed at commercializing wearable biosensors called WearOptimo. In his free time Farrukh enjoys exploring Queensland, reading, music and volunteering. 


    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Alan Bray Room, University Club, University of Tasmania, Hobart
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    Please join us for a lunchtime seminar by Fulbright Alumnus Maggy Tomkins, Clinical Nurse Consultant (The Albion Centre, Sydney) and Adjunct Faculty (University of Hartford): When the law is a health hazard.

    The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association thought it was time for a local gathering of Hobart Fulbright Alumni. But we welcome all to join us as friends of Fulbright. The more the merrier. After the seminar, for those interested we will move to the University Club dining room for lunch (individual cheques). No RSVP required to join us for the seminar, but please RSVP on the event page here (https://fulbrightalumni.org.au/event-3473328) or by email (vm.adams@utas.edu.au) if you wish to join for lunch. We need rough head count to ensure we have the correct sized table booked.

    When the law is a health hazard:

    Most countries, attempt to control behaviours which are deemed to be immoral and unhealthy – such as sex work and use of some drugs – by legislation. It is debatable whether law enforcement reduces rates of “undesirable” behaviours. What has been shown in many settings is that decriminalisation and/or using a harm reduction approach to illegal behaviours leads to better health outcomes than legislative control.

    The presentation will discuss public health approaches to sex work and injection drug use, including needle exchange programs, decriminalisation of sex work and legalisation of drug use, and the impact on the health of key populations.

    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Leather Room, University House, Professors' Walk, University of Melbourne

    This is a save the date for the Victorian quarterly gathering in the Leather Room. As always, we will start in the Leather Room and then head to the Bistro for dinner (for those interested, individual checks).  The event will start at 5:30 and we will host a lively discussion.

    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • West End, QLD

    September is casual get-together month for Brisbane based alumni

    Come join Fulbright friends for an informal gathering in West End.  Watch this space for address and a PayPal link for small contribution so we can purchase nibbles ahead of time. BYO drinks.


    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford St, Newtown

    FRAYED LIVES: THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS

    Presented by the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association and the Sydney Asylum Seeker Centre

    Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

    1 Bedford St, Newtown.

    Thursday 7th November, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Purpose

    This special event brings together people with lived experience, representatives from the Asylum Seeker Centre, performers and Fulbright scholars to discuss the global refugee crisis and identify opportunities to strengthen local action.

    Frayed Lives

    • The refugee crisis has reached epic proportions.
    • 68.5 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, environmental crises and/or human rights violations.
    • Refugee status is rarely temporary.
    • Only a tiny fraction of the world’s refugees has access to resettlement options.
    • We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

    Civic society has been redefined through the refugee crisis.

    ‘Frayed Lives’ doesn’t just apply to people seeking asylum and refugees – but to all members of civic society. Our collective fate as a civilisation is linked to the way that our institutions care for -- or punish -- asylum seekers. The systemic barriers placed in front of asylum seekers not only cause their lives to fray but weaken the social fabric of the wider civic society.

    Amazing Speakers, Audience Engagement & Light Dinner

    The program features Frayed Lives convenor, Dr Mara Adelman; keynote speakers from Asylum Seeker Centre; speakers from the ASRC Advocacy Bureau and Power Program; and Fulbright alumni with specialist expertise. A performance will be provided by Fulbright Alumni in collaboration with artists connected to the ASRC.

    Audience members will be invited to respond to talks in round table discussions and answer the question, “What can I do?”  The presenters have created provocative questions and various options for how we can move to greater understanding and action on this global crisis.  Light dinner will be served. To cover the costs of dinner this is a ticketed event with a small fee ($35 waged, $20 concession).

    About the curator: Dr Mara Adelman

    This event will be led by Dr Mara Adelman, Emeritus Associate Professor of Communication from Seattle University.

    Dr Adelman received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and then joined Northwestern University.  She joined Seattle University, Department of Communication in 1994.  She is author of Beyond Language: Cross-cultural communication for ESL (co-authored with Deena Levine; Prentice Hall, 1987, 1997), and an award-winning ethnographic study of the second largest home for persons with AIDS, The Fragile Community (co-authored with Lawrence R. Frey; Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997).  Her research and scholarship focuses on cross-cultural communication and adaptation, restorative solitude, interpersonal and organizational social interaction.

    In 2012, Mara was a Fulbright Specialist at the Department of Communication at the University of Mekelle in northern Ethiopia. The University of Mekelle is home to 23,000 students. For six weeks, Dr Adelman worked with faculty and students in presenting workshops and seminars, consulting, and collaborating on community outreach activities.

    Mara recently delivered Frayed Lives to a full house in her home city of Napa, California.

    • 14 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Woodward Conference Centre, 10th floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053


    FRAYED LIVES: THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS

    This event is supported by the generous sponsorship of the University of Melbourne. 

    Refreshments and canapes will be served from 6:00pm - 7:00pm. The formal salon will begin at 7:00pm.

    Frayed Lives

    • The refugee crisis has reached epic proportions.
    • 68.5 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, environmental crises and/or human rights violations.
    • Refugee status is rarely temporary.
    • Only a tiny fraction of the world’s refugees has access to resettlement options.
    • We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.

    Civic society has been redefined through the refugee crisis.

    ‘Frayed Lives’ doesn’t just apply to people seeking asylum and refugees – but to all members of civic society. Our collective fate as a civilisation is linked to the way that our institutions care for -- or punish -- asylum seekers. The systemic barriers placed in front of asylum seekers not only cause their lives to fray but weaken the social fabric of the wider civic society.

    Amazing Speakers & Audience Engagement

    Audience members will be invited to respond to talks in round table discussions and answer the question, “What can I do?”  The presenters have created provocative questions and various options for how we can move to greater understanding and action on this global crisis.

    About the curator: Dr Mara Adelman

    This event will be led by Dr Mara Adelman, Emeritus Associate Professor of Communication from Seattle University.

    Dr Adelman received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and then joined Northwestern University.  She joined Seattle University, Department of Communication in 1994.  She is author of Beyond Language: Cross-cultural communication for ESL (co-authored with Deena Levine; Prentice Hall, 1987, 1997), and an award-winning ethnographic study of the second largest home for persons with AIDS, The Fragile Community (co-authored with Lawrence R. Frey; Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997).  Her research and scholarship focuses on cross-cultural communication and adaptation, restorative solitude, interpersonal and organizational social interaction.

    In 2012, Mara was a Fulbright Specialist at the Department of Communication at the University of Mekelle in northern Ethiopia. The University of Mekelle is home to 23,000 students. For six weeks, Dr Adelman worked with faculty and students in presenting workshops and seminars, consulting, and collaborating on community outreach activities.

    Mara recently delivered Frayed Lives to a full house in her home city of Napa, California.

Past events

04 Jul 2019 July 4th Queensland alumni celebration
03 Jul 2019 Free public lecture on 3rd July by Prof William Schoenberg, visiting Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Science and Technology
28 Jun 2019 A Natural History of Beer - A Questacon, Fulbright Commission, AFAA supported event
27 Jun 2019 June Quarterly Victorian Gathering - Welcome to 2019 Victorian Fulbright Scholars
25 Jun 2019 University of Tasmania Hosts A Fulbright Public Lecture presented by Brian Silliman, Fulbright Distinguished Chair 2019
13 Jun 2019 Join Sydney Fulbright Alumni at a public forum hosted by The United States Study Centre, University of Sydney
14 Apr 2019 Dr Donna Coleman - The Brockman-Coleman Duo Final Australia Concert
07 Apr 2019 Dr Donna Coleman - The Brockman-Coleman Duo in Concert
04 Apr 2019 Informal Queensland gathering - planning for the future
20 Mar 2019 Victorian Chapter Gathering: an evening with Trevor Hancock
01 Mar 2019 2019 Annual General Meeting
01 Mar 2019 Salon on the Future of the Australian-American Relationship
26 Nov 2018 2018 WA Fulbright Annual Dinner
20 Nov 2018 2018 Australian Fulbright Alumni Association Salon
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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