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Homophobia: when sport is not a level playing field

January 30, 2014


With Australians’ love of all things sport, it’s an activity that can be a great leveller or agent for social change. But this is not always how things play out. Sexism, racism and bullying can occur in any number of sporting codes and change rooms. One area of discrimination that tends to receive less attention […]

Major gift to study challenges of modern parenting

December 4, 2013


La Trobe University has received a philanthropic gift of $3.2 million dollars over five years to fund an innovative new research program on the challenges of modern day parenting. The program was launched in November by Natasha Stott Despoja, Deputy Chair, beyondblue and Chair of the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children. The […]

MP3 players music to the ears of dementia carers

September 20, 2013


She sits by the window in a blue rubber chair They’ve wiped her lips, they’ve tied back her hair Here comes the thunder, here comes the rain Danny boy’s calling her She’s singing again … (Lyrics Classroom and Kitchens: Mark Seymour and Mushroom Records) It’s fairly widely known that people living with dementia can be helped by […]

Journalism students shine in election night coverage

September 9, 2013


It might have been ‘Tony Abbott’s night’ as Australia’s new Prime Minister elect – but it was also upstart’s … With their very own live four-hour Australian federal election broadcast, poll night was a great success for students in La Trobe University’s journalism program. Between 7 and 11 pm a team of dedicated students streamed […]

Archives to preserve 130 years of the Greek Diaspora

August 23, 2013


La Trobe University has begun the massive job of listing and assessing a valuable collection of Greek archives which captures the life, culture and history of the Greek Diaspora in Australasia, Oceania and South America over the last 100 years. The archives, donated by the Greek-Australia community over the years, are in 5,500 boxes containing more […]

VC’s Fellowships help explore ideas for science and society

April 16, 2013


Two of Australia’s most outstanding thinkers, writers and public commentators – political and social scientist Robert Manne and biochemist and science journalist Elizabeth Finkel – have been made Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows at La Trobe University. Vice-Chancellor John Dewar announced the part-time appointments in April. He said Dr Finkel’s role would further enhance La Trobe’s standing as […]

‘Life-changing’ Aboriginal studies in northern Victoria

January 22, 2013


An award-winning La Trobe University Aboriginal history and culture course in northern Victoria is doing more than advancing the knowledge of students. It’s also building an educational bridge for regional Aboriginal people who have not previously considered tertiary study.  The week-long intensive course is called ‘Encountering Aboriginal Victoria’. It is taught by La Trobe academics […]

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