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

  1. Podcast10 February 2017 – Education, Positive Psychology, Psychology, Wellbeing, Workplace Change

    Taking positive psychology to a group level

    Research psychologist Lindsay Oades explains how positive psychology is moving to a systems level to promote more skillful interaction within organisations.

  2. 6 February 2017 – Big Data, Critical Thinking, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Reasoning, SWARM

    Making big sense of big data: The quest to improve human reasoning

    US intelligence is investing millions of dollars in a global research effort to boost analytical thinking by unlocking the reason in crowds

  3. 3 February 2017 – Books, Literature, Reading

    10 great books you should read in 2017

    Looking for something new to read? Let the University of Melbourne's experts guide you through some classics you might not have discovered yet.

  4. 27 January 2017 – Equality, Gender, Masculinity, Testosterone

    Unpicking the myth of Testosterone Rex

    Testosterone is what makes men different to women, right? Not so, says Cordelia Fine in her latest book, which uses science to break down gender myths.

  5. 23 January 2017 – Flinders St, Homeless, Hostile Architecture, Summary Offences Act

    Homeless: Why making it a crime won’t fix the problem

    Homeless people are already at the mercy of the law, so a ban on sleeping rough in city centres will do nothing to help the situation.

  6. 20 December 2016 – Authors, Children, Parenting, Wellbeing

    It takes two to write and laugh

    Sisters Lisa Gibbs and Bernadette Hellard have found fun and success in writing children's books that aim to build the resilience of younger readers.

  7. Podcast16 December 2016 – Criminology, Human rights, Law, State crime

    Investigating state crime

    On the Up Close podcast, criminologist Penny Green on what it means when nation-states shift from protector from crime to perpetrator.

  8. 10 December 2016 – International, Protest, Students, White Australia

    The medical student who helped change Australia

    Melbourne graduate Ismail bin Abdul Rahman forged a path for overseas students in Australia – and sparked a debate that helped end the White Australia Policy.

  9. 30 November 2016 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Indigenous History, Photography

    Aboriginal voices in the afterlife of photographs

    A project to connect Aboriginal faces in 19th Century photographs to their contemporary descendants aims to inject Aboriginal voices into Australian history.

  10. 1 November 2016 – Ancient History, Architecture, Greece, History, Melbourne

    Finding the Hidden Hellenism in Melbourne

    From the Hoddle Grid to the State Library of Victoria, tour Melbourne through a Greek lens and discover how Hellenic culture has shaped the city.