How does ‘race' have an impact on our lives? What is a ‘racial autobiography'? And what are the hidden obstacles that Indigenous students have to overcome as they undertake their studies?
These are just some of the questions that challenged the staff members from UWA Albany and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management who recently took part in a pilot program aimed at increasing cultural awareness on campus.
The Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr visited our University recently to celebrate the awarding of one of the largest grants ever made to an ARC Centre of Excellence in the area of humanities.
As a former politician and as a student of psychology, I continue to be surprised by the dearth of interplay between leading edge developments in the social sciences and decision-making in government, despite the vast potential payoffs in forging links between theory and practice.
Visitors to the South West will be familiar with big expanses of dead and dying trees and shrubs.
Most of us probably put this down to lack of rain or perhaps bushfire but it is actually a soil-borne pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi (Phytophthora dieback) which affects 40 per cent of the native plant species in the South West of Western Australia.
The current "debate" about whether the climate is changing seems to be a uniquely Australian phenomenon.
"There IS no debate about the fundamentals in Europe," said Professor Stephan Lewandowsky. "They are just getting on with reducing their carbon emissions. Debate is completely unnecessary in light of the overwhelming scientific evidence."
Our School of Indigenous Studies celebrated 21 highly successful years last week - a milestone that could not have been reached without the dedication and intellectual zeal of the School's former and present staff and students.