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Congratulations, Darcy Holender!

Darcey Holender received an Undergraduate Research Award from the College of Liberal Arts to support her project on Question Time in New Zealand.  New Zealand’s Parliament uses a mixed-member proportional electoral system that allows voters to cast two ballots, one for their electorate and the other for a political party.  Of Parliament's 120 seats, 64 are allocated to general electorates, seven to Māori electorates, and the remainder are distributed to political parties based on the proportion of votes they received.  Darcey is examining whether a relationship exists between the kinds of questions that Members of Parliament ask during Question Time and the types of seats that they hold.

Fall 2015 Plan II Senior Thesis Symposium: Conor Danaher

On November 15, Clark Scholar Conor Danaher presented his research at the Fall 2015 Plan II Senior Thesis Symposium held in the College of Liberal Arts Building.  Every fall and spring, seniors in the Plan II Honors Program present their original thesis research in a series of oral presentations.  Conor presented his project, "Privilege & Procedure: Analyzing Business Group Lobbying in the Australian Senate," at a panel entitled Business, Government, and Society.  Dr. Rhonda Evans, Conor’s thesis supervisor, served as the panel’s moderator.  Conor’s thesis project grew out of research that he conducted last year as a Clark Scholar.

Welcome, Dr. John Uhr!

The Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies welcomes Dr. John Uhr to the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Uhr is a Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University, where he also directs a Centre for the Study of Australian Politics.  He received a B.A. in Modern History from the University of Queensland and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Dr. Uhr’s research focuses on Australian politics as well as political and governmental ethics, public leadership, and democratic theory and practice.

Dr. Uhr will be in Austin from October 1 through November 22.  He is using his visit to explore the C. Hartley Grattan (1902–1980) collection of Australiana and Pacificana materials at the Harry Ransom Center.  Grattan was an American economic analyst, historian, and critic, who was considered one of the leading American authorities on 20th century Australian history.  On October 8, Dr. Uhr delivered a lecture on recent developments in Australian politics to Dr. Evans’ undergraduate class on Australian Politics. He will deliver the Long Chair Lecture at the University of Texas at Austin in Batts 5.108 at 4:00 pm on October 15. Dr. Uhr will speak on Improving the Study of Leadership.   

Congratulations, Maureen Clark!

The Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies would like to congratulate Maureen Clark, who received The Mr. and Mrs. Marvin K. Collie Endowed Presidential Scholarship for her outstanding thesis work and research regarding American and Australian legal systems. The Mr. and Mrs. Marvin K. Collie Endowed Presidential Scholarship was established on August 4, 1978 for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Marvin K. Collie, Jr. of Houston, Texas, a 1941 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Mrs. Nancy M. Collie of Houston, Texas. This scholarship benefits outstanding undergraduate students in the Humanities Department.

Call for Papers - ANZSANA 2016

The Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA) has issued a call for papers for its 2016 conference! The deadline to submit papers is DEADLINE for submission of paper and panel proposals is 10 NOVEMBER 2015. Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than 1 DECEMBER 2015. Paper proposals (as well as proposals for any other format) must include the author’s name and institutional affiliation, a curriculum vitae (CV), the title, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Panel proposals must include similar information for each of the proposed papers and authors.

More information about submitting papers can be found here.

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