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WAIT Reunion Program

Friday 31 July 2015

Sunday 2 August 2015

 

Friday 31 July - WAIT REUNION DINNER


old photo of a couple at a dinner table

Event details

Join fellow WAIT alumni and staff for a dinner including special guest speaker Lisa Scaffidi, The Rt Hon. The Lord Mayor of the City of Perth and WAIT alumna, entertainment and surprises at the Hyatt Regency, Perth.

Time: 7 pm - midnight

Dress code: cocktail attire

SAVE $20 per person with the early bird rate of $80 per person!

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Sunday 2 August - WELCOME RECEPTION


WAIT Lecture

Reconnect with WAIT alumni and former staff over morning tea at the Welcome Reception.

Location: Council Chambers, Level 3, Building 100, Curtin University (please note changed location)

Time: 10 am - 10.45 am

 
 

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Sunday 2 August - LECTURE SERIES


The Lecture Series features thought-provoking and engaging speakers who are leaders in business, health, arts/technology and science.

Energising enterprise in a transforming economy

Steve Irons
EVENT DETAILS
Time: 11 am - 11.45 am
Speaker: Steve Irons MP
Venue: Bankwest Theatre, Building 200A, Curtin University
 

ABOUT THE LECTURE

96 percent of Australia’s businesses are small businesses, employing over 4.5 million people and producing over $330 billion of our nation’s economic output per year.

As a former small business owner for more than 30 years and a Member of the Federal Parliament for eight years, Steve Irons has a unique insight into the challenges that small businesses face, particularly when trying to navigate the ever elusive minefields of bureaucracy, and how the Government can work with small business to reduce this burden and transform Australia’s economy.

Steve Irons will discuss how cutting red and green tape, reviewing impediments to business growth and domestic and international investment, and incentivising small business are just some of the ways this can and will be achieved.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Steve Irons MP
Since being elected to the Federal Parliament in 2007, Steve has been delivering his plan to implement crime prevention technologies and unique environmental programs across his electoral division of Swan, develop community infrastructure and local road upgrades and stand up for residents and businesses that require Federal representation.

Living in Swan for more than 20 years has given Steve the knowledge and understanding he needs to effectively represent and improve the community, support residents and ensure their voice is heard.

Changing the world of health

Mike Daube
EVENT DETAILS
Time: 12 pm - 12.45 pm
Speaker: Professor Mike Daube AO
Venue: Bankwest Theatre, Building 200A, Curtin University
 

ABOUT THE LECTURE

Professor Mike Daube has been a public health advocate for more than forty years, on issues such as tobacco, alcohol and obesity. He chaired the Australian Government’s expert advisory committee that recommended tobacco plain packaging and was actively involved in advocating for its implementation. He will speak about the challenges of working in public health, taking on (and being targeted by) massive commercial interests, and his experience in working for change in the public interest.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor Mike Daube AO
Professor Mike Daube is Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University, where he is Director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. Before this he was Director General of Health for Western Australia and Chair of the National Public Health Partnership. His many national and international awards include Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and the American Cancer Society’s Luther Terry Distinguished Career Award.

 

Building time machines in the desert to figure out where people came from

Steven Tingay
EVENT DETAILS
Time: 1 pm - 1.45 pm
Speaker: Professor Steven Tingay
Venue: Bankwest Theatre, Building 200A, Curtin University
 

ABOUT THE LECTURE

Everything people see around them in the Universe originated at the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago. From this primordial state, the stars and galaxies that formed after the Big Bang produced the carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, potassium etc etc that builds the flesh and bones of human beings and ultimately supports their consciousness. All the iron ore and gold dug out of the ground in Western Australia was also produced in stars. But how did this process get underway? How did the first stars and galaxies form?

Professor Tingay’s team has built a radio telescope in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia to look back in time 13 billion years, to tune in to the formation of the first stars and galaxies during the billion years after the Big Bang, and answer these questions. This telescope, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is the precursor to the billion dollar Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Professor Tingay will describe the science and technology of the MWA and SKA and explore these big questions of existence.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor Steven Tingay
Professor Steven Tingay is a Western Australian Premier's Research Fellow, Director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy, Director of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, and Director of the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) project. Steven has authored or co-authored over 160 papers in international refereed journals and has attracted over $80m of research funding.

 

Cyborgs, humanoids and drones: the future of bodies and machines

Stelarc
EVENT DETAILS
Time: 2 pm - 2.45 pm
Speaker: Stelarc
Venue: Bankwest Theatre, Building 200A, Curtin University
 

ABOUT THE LECTURE

Stelarc is an artist who performs with prosthetics and robotics. His projects include a Third Hand, a 6-legged Exoskeleton, an Extended Arm with 11degrees-of-freedom, and a Prosthetic Head, which is an embodied conversational agent. He is presently surgically constructing and stem-cell growing an ear on his arm which will be internet enabled. Join Stelarc for this one-of-a-kind presentation as he unfolds the future of bodies and machines.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Stelarc
Stelarc is presently Distinguished Research Fellow and Director of the Alternate Anatomies Lab, School of Design and Art (SODA) at Curtin University, Perth. In 2015 he received the Australia Council’s award of Outstanding Achievement in Emerging and Experimental Art, and in 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Prize. In 2002 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Monash University and was Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh in 1996.

 

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Sunday 2 August - BOOK CAFÉ AND PRESENTATIONS


Enjoy presentations from esteemed authors and illustrators, or simply relax, have a cuppa in our popup Book Café and purchase something special from Beaufort Street Books.

 

Rosemary Sayer: More to the Story - conversations with refugees

Rosemary
EVENT DETAILS
Time: 11 am - 11.45 am
Author: Rosemary Sayer
Venue: Council Chambers, Level 3, Building 100, Curtin University
 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

Rosemary Sayer’s unease with ‘the negative, often politicised debate dehumanising refugees and asylum seekers’ in Australia led her to seek beyond media reports, political speeches and statistics, convinced there was more to the story.

Her interviews, conducted over several years, with former refugees and asylum seekers from Burma, Afghanistan and South Sudan have uncovered powerful, moving stories of persecution, violence and starvation; families separated for a time, or forever; the desperation of thousands in refugee camps, awaiting relocation under humanitarian programs; the perilous journeys by boat of those for whom waiting would have meant death; life in mandatory detention; and the challenges of starting over in Australia. None of them chose to be refugees; all of them chose survival.

Written with empathy and humility, her forthcoming book More to the Story combines history, commentary and personal memoir with the voices of ordinary Australians who came to this country as refugees and asylum seekers. It is an inspiring account of human resilience that every Australian should read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosemary Sayer
Rosemary Sayer is a former journalist, a business communications consultant and the biographer of Sir Gordon Wu, chairman of Hopewell Holdings, Hong Kong (The Man who Turned the Lights On) and Trevor Eastwood, former chairman and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited (The CEO, the Chairman and the Board). She teaches professional writing at Curtin University and is a board member of not-for-profit organisations supporting refugees (Edmund Rice Centre) and the arts (writingWA) in Western Australia.

 

Tracy Vo: An extraordinary story of escaping Vietnam to create a happier life in Australia

Tracy
EVENT DETAILS
Time: 12 pm - 12.45 pm
Author: Tracy Vo
Venue: Council Chambers, Level 3, Building 100, Curtin University
 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

In 1978, following a dramatic escape from war torn Vietnam, Tracy Vo's parents and ten relatives boarded a leaky boat not knowing what their future held or whether they would live. They were declared refugees. Now, almost 40 years later, their decision to flee Vietnam has been rewarded by a happy and successful life in Australia, the country they are now proud to call home. Join Tracy in a heartfelt discussion of her family’s history, her work in the media, and her opinions on growing up in Australia with another culture.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tracy Vo
Tracy is a reporter/presenter with Channel Nine and has a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University. With an abundance of national and international experience in both radio and television, she has covered some of the biggest stories including the death of Nelson Mandela, Schapelle Corby's release, and the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Tracy recently became a published author, telling her family's story in Small Bamboo, released in 2014.

 

James Foley: Child's play - writing and illustrating for kids

James
EVENT DETAILS
Time: 1 pm - 1.45 pm
Author: James Foley
Venue: Council Chambers, Level 3, Building 100, Curtin University
 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

James Foley makes books for courageous kids. He started when he was still a kid; at age 12 he won third prize in a statewide Make Your Own Storybook competition. Fast forward to age 29, and James' debut book The Last Viking was nominated for six awards including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood Book of the Year. Join James as he recounts his journey from being a kid with a dream to being a taller, hairier kid living that dream.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Foley
James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator. His books include In The Lion (Walker Books, 2012), The Amity Kids Adventures (2013), The Last Viking (Fremantle Press, 2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014). James is a Books in Homes ambassador and the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Australia West.

 

Professor Anna Haebich: A boy’s short life and his family’s search for justice

Anna
EVENT DETAILS
Time: 2 pm - 2.45 pm
Author: Professor Anna Haebich
Venue: Council Chambers, Level 3, Building 100, Curtin University
 

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION

There are two stories to be told. First, the story of the young man taken from his Aboriginal family in Alice Springs as a baby and raised by a loving family in Perth who were told he was abandoned. Then his brutal murder on his nineteenth birthday by a group of white youths, ‘because he was black.’ The next story is of his adoptive parents’ passionate fight for justice for their son. One outcome was the book Broken Circles that reveals the dark heart of racism behind the tragic history of the Stolen Generation; a book spanning over two hundred years filled with stories of the trauma Aboriginal families faced and of their survival.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Professor Anna Haebich
Anna Haebich is a multi-award winning Australian author and historian, who is especially recognised for her research and work with Aboriginal communities and in particular the Noongar people. As a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University, her career combines university teaching, research, curatorship, creative writing and visual arts.

 

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Sunday 2 August - SUNDOWNER


Sundowner

Event details

To finish off the weekend with a bang, join us for canapés and refreshments in the John Curtin Gallery. This will be your final opportunity to network with WAIT alumni and former staff, as well as VIPs and guest speakers from the WAIT Reunion.

Time: 3 pm - 4 pm

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