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Explore and analyse all aspects of the human condition. Delve into stories about our culture and society.

  1. 13 July 2018 – Battle of Kursk, Battle of Prokhorovka, Europe, Russia, World War 2

    The Battle of Kursk: 75 years on

    It is 75 years since the huge Kursk tank battle when, as a University of Melbourne expert writes, Russia's larger means of destruction turned back the Wehrmacht

  2. 29 June 2018 – Media, Race, Racism, Sociology, Sports

    Race, sport and media: Questioning the status quo

    University of Melbourne sociologist Professor Karen Farquharson researches race, ethnicity and racism in media and sport - and its impact in modern Australia.

  3. 22 June 2018 – LGBTI, Protest Movements, Radicalism, Social Change, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

    40 years: The protests that began Mardi Gras

    Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was born of a police attack on protestors. A University of Melbourne expert recalls the night and the importance of radicals

  4. 12 June 2018 – Australian Frontier Wars, Australian History, Australian Indigenous History, Overland Letter

    Criss-cross history hidden in a letter

    An 1839 letter is a tale of adventure packed into 4 pages using overlapping criss-cross handwriting, but it is a deeper record of Australian frontier conflict

  5. 6 June 2018 – Critical Thinking, Crowdsourcing, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Intelligence Agencies

    Crowdsourcing security intelligence

    Inspired by how bees make collective decisions, University of Melbourne researchers are exploring how crowdsourcing techniques may help intelligence analysis

  6. 3 June 2018 – Australian History, Manufacturing, Melbourne, Retailing, Shopping

    When department stores were more than just stores

    A University of Melbourne archives exhibition looks back at the legacy of Melbourne department store, Foy & Gibson, on Australian retailing and manufacturing.

  7. 29 May 2018 – Australian History, Australian Indigenous History, Endangered Languages, Indigenous, Languages

    Bringing back languages from scraps of paper

    The Bates Online project, led by the University of Melbourne, has digitised Daisy Bates' unique papers which recorded many endangered Aboriginal languages.

  8. 21 May 2018 – Aboriginal, Australian Indigenous History, Indigenous, Literature, Poetry

    Life on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert

    University of Melbourne poet and author Kevin Brophy reflects on a year living on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, in the small town of Mulan.

  9. 20 May 2018 – Democracy, Indonesia, Jakarta, Politics, Reforms

    20 years after Soeharto: Is Indonesia’s ‘era reformasi’ over?

    Indonesia's President Soeharto’s 32-year rule ended 20 years ago, but a University of Melbourne expert says recent changes raise questions about the future.