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  1. 31 August 2018 – Australia, Australian History, Melbourne, Not-for-profit, Social Welfare

    Australia’s friendly history

    University of Melbourne research looks into the history of Australia's friendly societies; which provided all sorts of support to Australians before welfare.

  2. 19 August 2018 – 1968 Protests, Australian Left, Australian Politics, Civil Rights, Radicalism

    How Soviet tanks shook up the Australian Left

    The 1968 Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia was a critical time for the Australian Left. A University of Melbourne archive provides a new window on the upheaval.

  3. 9 August 2018 – Art, Art History, Contemporary, Exhibitions, National Gallery of Victoria

    Why you should go to MOMA at NGV

    A University of Melbourne art historian lists ten of the best works in the MoMA at NGV exhibition, on display until October 2018.

  4. 31 July 2018 – 2018 Pakistan Election, Imran Khan, Indo-Pakistan Relations, Pakistan, Politics

    Can Prime Minister Khan really deliver a ‘new’ Pakistan?

    Imran Khan's new role as Pakistani PM presents numerous challenges, including dealing with vote rigging accusations, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 25 June 2018 – Art, History, Medieval, South East Asia, Trade

    How did a cockatoo reach 13th century Sicily?

    University of Melbourne research has discovered a cockatoo in a 13th century manuscript, revealing the flourishing medieval trade network to Australia's north.

  8. 22 June 2018 – LGBTIQA+, 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

  9. 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

  10. 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