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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