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August 2008 Issue
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Impact of social sciences explored in lecture series

A new public lecture series at the University of Adelaide aims to highlight the relevance of social sciences to our world.

The Distinguished Social Sciences Public Lecture Series gives members of the public the opportunity to hear from some of Adelaide's - and the world's - experts in their field.

Presented by Professor Ann Brooks, Head of the School of Social Sciences, and Professor Graeme Hugo, the free public lecture series is held at 6.00pm on Wednesdays in Napier Lecture Theatre 102, North Terrace Campus.

"The aim of these lectures is to give the public an understanding of the range of disciplines covered by the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and how these areas of study impact on people's daily lives and the world around them," Professor Brooks said.

The August lecture will feature Professor Chilla Bulbeck (Discipline of Gender, Work and Social Inquiry, University of Adelaide), who will take a look at a potentially controversial issue that affects many Australians: Family Responsibilities in the Age of Individualism: Whose 'Right' to 'Choose'? (13 August).

Migration is another topic that has a huge impact not only on individuals but also on society as a whole. Two lectures in the series will deal with this issue, starting with Theories of Global Mobility (10 September) by Professor Stephen Castles (Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies, Department of International Development, University of Oxford); and The New Paradigm of International Migration in Australia (17 September) by Professor Graeme Hugo (Professorial Research Fellow, Director of GISCA, Geographical & Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide).

The growing importance of China to the western world will be addressed in The Rise of China and Chinese Studies in the West (22 October) by Professor Mobo Gao (Professor of Chinese Studies, Director of the Confucius Institute, Centre for Asian Studies, University of Adelaide).

For the full program of public lectures in this series for 2008 and 2009, visit:

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