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Rome’s Augustus and the allure of the strongman
The Roman emperor Augustus is often held up as a model statesman, but a University of Melbourne expert warns admirers should be careful what they wish for.
Helping us to see when we don’t want to look
Australia’s colonial art is a window to the past that can help us understand the fraught and violent history of settlement says a University of Melbourne expert
Echoes of revolution
The protests in France are a distant echo of 1789 and are a critical challenge for President Emmanuel Macron, argues a University of Melbourne historian.
Putting museum power on the map
The 'soft power' of museums can now be mapped, assessed, and properly appreciated after University of Melbourne researchers created a unique online mapping tool
What’s your attitude to immigrants and refugees? It may depend on where you live
Living in a diverse area means you are more likely to be open to refugees; unless you identify with the Liberal party, Melbourne University research finds.
The online overhaul of courtship
Technology is changing our love lives and has been for a while now; but a University of Melbourne expert says despite accusations it's shallow, romance is alive
Putting the real in fantasy superheroes
The late great Stan Lee’s superheroes are grounded in emotional reality and an optimism that we can still save the world, says a University of Melbourne expert
Why the Netherlands is more split on ‘Black Pete’ than ever
Despite the national Dutch broadcaster announcing changes to Black Pete (Zwarte Piet), it remains a divisive issue there says a University of Melbourne expert.
A year on from ‘YES’: What still needs to change on campus?
A year on from Australia voting 'yes' for same sex marriage, a University of Melbourne expert says education and health settings still need to be more inclusive