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NEWSLETTER NO. 32         FALL 2005
THE EDWARD A. CLARK CENTER FOR AUSTRALIAN
& NEW ZEALAND STUDIES
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

 

Clark Center Orients Fulbrighters on Australian Affairs
At the end of last June, 16 scholars and teachers from colleges and high schools around the United States came to Austin for a two-day Clark Center orientation program aimed at preparing them for their month-long Fulbright Seminar in Australia. On the program's final afternoon they flew directly from Austin, accompanied by Mark Darby, Director of the Australian-American  Fulbright Commission in Canberra, and his chief assistant, Joanne Monaghan. The seminar's purpose is to encourage the use of Australian material in American classrooms.

During the Fulbrighters' two days in Austin, UT faculty affiliated with the Center made eight presentations about Australia's geography and environment, history, literature, constitutional order, and current politics, including dilemmas that Australia confronts regarding its indigenous peoples and its immigration and drug control policies. The Center hosted a welcoming dinner at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a farewell barbeque, replete with swimming, on a hot June night. During their four weeks in Australia, the Fulbrighters traveled to Canberra, Alice Spring, Darwin, and Cairns, receiving in each locale presentations by researchers and national parks and museum staffs. They sent the Clark Center numerous messages extolling the value of its orientation program.


Center Assists CIEE Evaluations of its Australia Programs
At the invitation of the Council on International Education Exchange, which is a principal operator of exchange programs for American university students worldwide, Dr. Higley and a scholar from Smith College, Dr. Adrian Beaulieu, formed a team charged with conducting a week-long evaluation of the CIEE's programs in Sydney and Wollongong. Higley and Beaulieu met in Sydney in early August to first spend two days at Sydney and Macquarie Universities interviewing local program administrators, faculty who teach in the programs, American students enrolled in them, and to appraise accommodations and other facilities used by the students. They then moved on to Wollongong University where they spent three more days inspecting the CIEE's well-established program there and writing a detailed report of their Sydney and Wollongong observations to help CIEE's home office, in Portland, Maine, make decisions about continuing or modifying its Australia operations. Higley and Beaulieu came away greatly impressed by the extensiveness and high degree of professionalism with which the three Australian universities are engaged in international student exchanges. During October, Daniel Olds, CIEE's Asia Pacific program director, visited Dr. Higley and the staff of UT's Global Educational Opportunities office to discuss ways of enhancing the participation of UT students in the Australia exchange program.

 


Message from the Director
This Yacker's shortened length reflects my continuing immersion in chairing UT's Government Department, a job that has for five years drawn me away from Center activities too much. But this truncated Yacker may also reflect a wider malaise in Australian and New Zealand Studies in North America – just now, and not only in Austin, there doesn't seem to be a great deal happening. The good personal news is that I'll finish my chair duties in mid-2006 and I hope to start reinvigorating Clark Center activities. As regards a wider malaise, I'm not certain about this, but let me note a couple of unsettling tea leafs.

One is the decision by Grace Mueller Tompkins to leave the Australian and New Zealand Studies Center at Georgetown University this past October. As everyone in the North American effort knows, Grace has for years been one of its mainstays, not only working tirelessly with Dick Teare to build the Georgetown center, but playing a vital galvanizing role in ANZSANA. Grace has been a most gracious and vibrant colleague and friend of us all. It's dispiriting to contemplate the next years without her camaraderie and insights. I know that I speak for everyone in thanking Grace most deeply for all that she's contributed to our collective effort. We've treasured her in so many ways, and we wish her every success in future endeavors.

Another tea leaf is recent word from Prof. Wes Pue that the University of British Columbia has closed its Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies. The UBC Center hosted two memorably enjoyable and successful ANZSANA conferences during the past decade, and although Wes assures us that there continues to be much interest in antipodean matters at UBC, the Center’s closure is discouraging.

Coming on the heels of Robert Ross's sad death last May and Dick Teare's retirement, these and doubtless other developments argue for taking stock of the Australian and New Zealand Studies enterprise at ANZSANA's Montreal conference in early April. Happily, ANZSANA has two young and energetic leaders in Jason Pierce and Rhonda Evans Case, and I think all of us involved in Australian and New Zealand Studies should join them in making the Montreal conference a success equal to the Harvard conference last spring.
 

 

 

Call for ANZSANA Papers
The annual meeting of ANZSANA will take place in Montréal, Québec on April 6-9, 2006. A call for
papers has been issued and the deadline for submissions is February 1, 2006. Proposals should be sent to
Dr. Rhonda Case Evans, 850 Columbia Ave., Claremont,  CA  91711;
or email: rhonda.evanscase@claremontmckenna.edu
Details about the call for papers, accommodation, and a conference registration form can be found
on the Center’s website: www.utexas.edu/depts/cas/anzsana

 


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