Korea — A Divided Nation

BY BEN HABIB. On Monday 7th May 2012, I delivered a guest lecture entilted Korea: A Fractured Nation to second and third year students studying the subject Contemporary Politics of the Asia-Pacific Region (POL2/3CPA) at La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus. The content of this lecture, along with other lectures in this subject, will form the basis for an international conflict negotiation simulation workshop structured around a hypothetical security crisis on the Korean peninsula.

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LTU-WSSC Year 10 Workshop: Migration and Refugees Reference Page

On Friday 11th May 2012, year 10 students from Wodonga Senior Secondary College will be participating in excursions related to their studies on refugees to the Bonegilla Migrant Experience and workshops at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus. This page has been established as a resource for WSSC students to prepare for and debrief after their excursions on May 11th.

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Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communist Party: Presentation to Victory Lutheran College VCE History Class

BY BEN HABIB. On Thursday March 1st, 2012, braving torrential rain, Victory Lutheran College VCE history students, led by their teacher Logan Hayward came to La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus for a workshop presented by myself on Mao Zedong and the Communist Party. The workshop was a supplement to the students’ VCE History studies on the Chinese revolution.

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No-Bullshit Career Advice for School Leavers

BY BEN HABIB. Every January, school leavers get down to the pointy end of choosing what they want to do with their lives. A lot of people—parents and relatives, friends, school career counsellors, the media—are likely to give you some truly horrible advice. While usually well-meaning, the people around you will have all kinds of self-interested reasons for giving you their two cents worth. Ultimately however, it’s you that has to make the choice and you that has to live with it. With that in mind, I’d like to share some of my life experiences as a student, as a university lecturer and everything that I was in between, in the hope that my journey might make someone else’s choice just a little bit easier.

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Event Review: Border History Teachers Network dinner forum – Keynote address by Dr Bruce Pennay

BY LISA TUCK & MARTIN DICKENS. The Border History Teachers’ Network successfully hosted its’ third Dinner Forum on Friday 11th November 2011. The keynote address entitled Taking in Strangers: The Reception of Post-War Immigrants was delivered by Dr Bruce Pennay from Charles Sturt University. Dr Pennay concludes that Bonegilla deserves recognition as a location of national and international significance.

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Wodonga Senior Secondary College and Latrobe University: Social Movements Day

WSSC teachers Simon Webb and Simmi Kaur teamed up with Ben Habib from La Trobe University to present ‘Social Movements Day’ at the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga campus. The WSSC students’ multimedia presentations on twentieth century social movements were screened in the main lecture theatre, followed by a university-style tutorial class where WSSC students participated in a series of activities in small groups led by undergraduate LTU students from the Bachelor of Arts program. The activities were based on the themes of life at university, different types of thinking skills, and reflection on twentieth century social movements.

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Video Review: ‘Lester Brown – The Planet’s Scarcest Resource is Time’

In a recent class activity, members of the second/third year undergraduate subject International Politics of Climate Change: Triumph or Tragedy at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus engaged with a video presentation delivered by emminent American environmentalist Lester Brown. The following excerpts are a summary of the class discussion on what Lester Brown has to say in the video clip.

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University of the Third Age, Albury-Wodonga

SOPHIE BUCKLE & BEN HABIB. On Friday 12th August 2011, Sophie Buckle and Ben Habib visited the Albury-Wodonga chapter of the University of the Third Age. During their visit, Ben Habib delivered a presentation to U3A members on politics in the Middle East, while Sophie Buckle conducted an interview with U3A Albury-Wodonga committee members Don Cocks and Lyle Wright, exploring the activities of and the philosophy behind U3A.

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History Study Companion: The Chinese Revolution

BY BEN HABIB. Welcome to Our Voice: Politics Albury-Wodonga’s audio study companion series on the Chinese Revolution, a compliment to Units 3 & 4 of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) year 12 History curriculum. The series spans the period from 1836 to the present day, introducing the important events, key players, influential ideas and central themes surrounding the Chinese revolution, along with analysis of the historical background that led to the revolution as well as its legacy today.

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Revolutions in the Middle East — Presentation by Dr Luca Anceschi

Watchers of international affairs cannot help but be mesmerised by the rebellions that have unfolded across the Middle East in 2011. In this instalment of the podcast, we are fortunate to be joined by Dr Luca Anceschi from La Trobe University in Melbourne. On Monday 11th April, Luca made a presentation at the LTU Albury-Wodonga campus entitled Revolutions in the Middle East, for second and third year Bachelor of Arts students taking the subject International Relations of the Middle East.

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