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    January 21, 2015 The Faculty of Arts: A crash-course in contemporary Australia #wmbb2015

    The arts are often misconstrued as wishy-washy and meaningless compared to the hard sciences or business. This week at the University, students in the Humanities and Law stream of the Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program found out it’s anything but. One of the feature events was a visit to the the Downing Centre […]

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    January 13, 2015 Want to be a regular contributor?

    All right, guys, we need your help. We’re looking for regular contributors: people who can reliably submit, three or four times a month, stories on whatever takes your fancy, in whatever format you like: text, video, images or music. We’re especially in the market for a sports reporter; although the brains of the A•STAR team […]

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    January 12, 2015 Adam Goodes talk at Corroboree Fest

    This year Sydney’s Corroboree featured a talk with Adam Goodes, hosted in the foyer of the Art Gallery of New South Wales (which you can listen to right here). Frankly, I’ve never seen a room of people so hysterical. Every woman in the room was giggling (and a fair few of the blokes too), and […]

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    November 25, 2014 Young Aboriginal artists drumming to a different beat

    When Yothu Yindi sang about a “Treaty” in 1991, its popularity seemed to change the landscape of contemporary Australian music. The significance wasn’t just about its sound, it was about its message; music fans young and old – and notably of all colours – were singing about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues that mattered. […]

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    November 12, 2014 Tavi Gevinson makes the F-word less dirty

    Even a couple of years ago, putting forward an opinion about feminism seemed provocative, making many people cringe. Though the topic is definitely no less heated now, Tavi Gevinson is gently pushing it back onto the agenda via her online magazine, Rookie, and people are listening. Lady Gaga described her as “the future of journalism”, […]

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    November 5, 2014 Noel Pearson gave one hell of a eulogy at Gough Whitlam’s farewell

    So, so good. English students will no doubt be studying it for years to come. Hard to pity them, really. “Thirty-eight years later, we are like John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin’s Jewish insurgents ranting against the despotic rule of Rome, defiantly demanding: ‘And what did the Romans ever do for us anyway?’ “Apart […]

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    “This is not a feminist critique of society. This is a critique on how gender expectations affect the human experience”

    You’re probably wondering who I am. I’m a Year 12 student studying the influences of language on gender in my Extension English class. I never really considered the different aspects of gender until studying the topic, and, honestly, my perspective of the world has had a dramatic change. It’s no secret that the strange pressure-cooker […]