About Press: in the media

"Press: in the media" has items on news and policy in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

They are drawn from newspapers, journals or other web sites. Some will be international, others sourced from within Australia.

The three most recent items will be posted on the home page, with a brief description and a link.

As items are supplanted by more recent news, they will be moved down the list and then shifted into an archive, where they will remain accessible.

We invite all CHASS Members and readers to suggest suitable items. Your contributions and suggestions will be acknowledged.

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27 September 2013
Humanities lobby group heads for Melbourne - Canberra Times Canberra Times
In order to capitalise on a recruitment drive and to better serve its 85 members - including universities, national academies of social sciences and humanities, research centres, art galleries and performance centres - it will move its two-person secretariat to RMIT next mon...
11 September 2013
A less gross national product - Notes from an archaeological dig - The Australian The Australian
Opinion piece: Steven Schwartz is executive director of the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. He is concerned about the future direction of research grants under the Coalition government.
6 September 2013
Coalition angers research community - The Australian The Australian
Former vice chancellor Steven Schwartz, now with the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, said it was easy to criticise research in areas such as philosophy. "Most people really don't understand it, and if you just look at the title, it might sound frivolous...
11 July 2013
Honing the mind and nurturing the soul: why the humanities are underrated - The Conversation
As a vice chancellor, I conducted many graduation ceremonies and welcomed scores of proud graduates to the fellowship of educated men and women. One regular feature of these ceremonies was a queue of students of "a certain age" waiting to receive their doctorates in histo...
10 July 2013
The halo of human flourishing - The Australian
AS a vice chancellor, I conducted many graduation ceremonies and welcomed scores of proud graduates to the "fellowship of educated men and women". One regular feature of these ceremonies was a queue of students of "a certain age" waiting to receive their doctorates in histor...
19 October 2011
Research achievements underrated - The Australian The Australian
THE need to have an understanding of how our universities perform is not in question. But the way in which we measure that performance remains unfinished business. The main flaw in the Excellence in Research for Australia framework is that it does not attempt to measure the ...
26 September 2011
Plan revived to catch drop-outs in humanities and social sciences - The Australian
LA Trobe University is on a journey back to the future in a bid to prevent students dropping out, reviving a mentoring scheme for first-year students it first set up in the 1960s. Under the plan, to be piloted next year in the faculty of humanities and social sciences, aca...
12 September 2011
Adelaide backs down on tutorial cuts - The Australian
THE University of Adelaide has bowed to student pressure and agreed to immediately restore cut tutorials in the humanities and social sciences. The about face also follows embarrassing revelations that senior staff saw the move as being driven by cost cutting, rather than ...
2 August 2010
Who will teach our research students - Campus Review
No one doubts the need to increase the number research students, but the crunch is: who’s going to teach them?
28 October 2009
Culture's challenge - The Australian
HE described himself as a "passionate audience member", promising to buy an Australian book, watch a local film and visit a gallery over the next month. For the Arts Minister, that might be considered all in a day's work. But Peter Garrett's pledge formed part of his addr...
28 October 2009
Meeting raises hopes of better policy - The Australian
RESEARCHERS and politicians meet in Canberra today to try to parlay the revived language debate into better policy. "The tangible outcome would be improved policy, better grounded in the research," said the University of Melbourne's Joe Lo Bianco, who will chair the round...
26 October 2009
Taking a long-term view of participation - Campus Review
Social policy aimed at early intervention is the key to educational success for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, writes Ross Homel. The educational journey to university study begins early. Children learn first from their parents and siblings to lay the foundation...
16 September 2009
ARC for less stress on track record - The Australian
THE Australian Research Council wants to ditch its over-reliance on track record in the peer review process and instead take a broader view of a researcher's capabilities in a bid to make teaching and early-career academics more competitive.
28 July 2009
Bullish creative industries and the bear market - Australian Policy Online
The creative industries idea is better than even its original perpetrators might have imagined, judging from the original mapping documents. By throwing the heavy duty copyright industries into the same basket as public service broadcasting, the arts and a lot of not-for-pro...
28 July 2009
Cheaper books but what about our culture? - On Line Opinion
Increasingly the Productivity Commission is confronting hard issues where tried and true rules of micro economic reform are only the start of discussions about community costs and benefits. The issue of book prices is one of these.
27 July 2009
We must nurture the humanities - The Age
What is excellence in a university? For the past five years, dividing my time between Princeton University and the University of Melbourne, I've been confronted by differences in the educational cultures of the United States and Australia. The comparison isn't to Australia's...
28 June 2009
Age shall weary them - The Age
Universities face a demographic crisis, says Erica Cervini. Our academics are growing old and a new generation is not being cultivated to take their places. Kevin Rudd wants us to work until we're 67. But he won't have to worry about convincing academics to do that: many ...
15 June 2009
All talk, no action on arts promises - Sydney Morning Herald
Despite all the promises in the 2020 summit, it seems the arts have again been sidelined in our schools, writes Steve Dow.
18 March 2009
Australia's diplomatic deficit - Australian Policy Online
This report argues that Australia's diplomatic network is seriously overstretched and hollowed out and recommends a major, staged reinvestment to ensure Australia is in a position to prosecute its growing international interests properly. This is the report of a Blue Ribbon ...
17 March 2009
Science and Parliament - Chief Scientist for Australia
Regardless of the science or technical area in which you were trained, the portfolio of government you help to manage, or the constituency you represent, you have a unique role to play by talking across boundaries to forge good policy, deliver economic and soci...
11 March 2009
Fiction nurtures the soul - Sydney Morning Herald
A prominent federal politician recently boasted he hadn't read a fiction book since he left school. Now, while my personal tastes will lead me to the non-fiction shelf more often than novels, it was a bit disconcerting to hear a prominent public figure speak so derisively of...
21 February 2009
Talking to our neighbours - The Sydney Morning Herald
It's about time your columnist finds himself inside Kevin Rudd's tent, having strangely missed out on the 2020 Summit and other sessions of brainstorming. The occasion is this week's conference on the Australia-Indonesia relationship, involving about 160 of the usual suspect...
20 February 2009
Lost in translation - Inside Story
In January 2005, I attached myself as a volunteer to a team of over twenty Australian surgeons, paramedics, nurses and healthcare managers who had flown to Banda Aceh after the tsunami surged across Aceh's coastal zones, killing around 160,000 people. The Australian team had...
16 February 2009
Support for students to learn Asian languages. - Julia Gillard MP
Australian students learning an Asian language this new school year will be the first to benefit from increased support and funding for their studies. Following the commencement of the new National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) on 1 January 2009, gr...
11 February 2009
Social inclusion in a recession - ABC Radio National
Social inclusion was one of the Rudd government's clearly stated goals. Since then, the economic crisis has meant a rethink of many of the government's plans. You would imagine that any idealistic notion of bridging gaps might bite the dust when everyone is scrambling for su...
4 February 2009
Evidence-based policy-making - Productivity Commission
This essay deals with some key issues and challenges in pursuing an evidence-based approach to public policy. It was originally delivered as an ANU Public Lecture, presented by the Australia New Zealand School of Government, in Canberra on 4 February 2009. Earlier version...
7 January 2009
Humanities Indicators Prototype - American Academy for Arts and Sciences
Organized in collaboration with a consortium of national humanities organizations, the Humanities Indicators are the first effort to provide scholars, policymakers and the public with a comprehensive picture of the state of the humanities, from primary to higher education to...
30 April 2008
Postgrads need money infusion - The Australian
SCHOLARSHIPS for humanities and social science doctoral students should increase by at least one-quarter to make the degree more attractive, a peak body has urged. The Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences has collated 10 points where doctoral studies could be i...
13 February 2008
Fable of the cultural elite - The Australian
IN 1999, I attended an Australian Opera opening night. Not being exactly an opera aficionado, still less a habitue of opening nights, I was a little taken aback that God Save the Queen was played for the Queensland governor's entrance. It was less surprising that the best se...

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