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Cultural Events

Each year, University Collections present an active program of public events, engaging the broader community with a wide range of the arts and other cultural aspects of university life. Through this work we promote university values and enhance the university experience for students, staff and the interested public.

University Collections events are free, unless otherwise indicated.

2018 Cultural Program

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Upcoming events

Cultural Conversation: Companion Animals

Join us on Wednesday 31st October from 2.00pm-4.00pm for a Cultural Conversation: Companion Animals with Professor Wayne Hein, Head of School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and Dean of Roseworthy Campus and Dr Susan Hazel, Senior Lecturer. Please join us in Tutorial Room G05, Veterinary Science Building, for an informative and relaxing afternoon at the University’s beautiful Roseworthy Campus. Light refreshments will precede the event and people attending will have an opportunity to go on a tour of the School’s Companion Animal Health Centre after the Conversation.

For more information:
See event flier 
Call 8313 3086
For Roseworthy Camps Map 

To RSVP please visit Eventbrite 

There will be a complimentary bus to the event but please note there are limited seats available. Bookings essential. Ensure you select ‘general admission and bus seat’ when making your reservation on Eventbrite.

Event recordings

  • Cultural Oration - Finding the next wave: Innovation and its Discontents with Greg Mackie OAM, Chief Executive Officer, History Trust of South Australia.
    You can listen to a recording of the Cultural Oration given by Greg on Thursday 13 July 2017.

  • Cultural Oration - Plants & Civilisation: Past, Present and Future by Professor Bob Hill, Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences and Director, Environment Institute, the University of Adelaide.
    You can listen to a recording of the Scientific Oration given by Professor Hill on Thursday 10 August 2017.

  • Cultural Conversation - Windows into other worlds with Jennifer Osborn, Research Librarian, Barr Smith Library, the University of Adelaide; In Conversation with writers Rebekah Clarkson and Lynette Washington. 
    You can listen to a recording of the Cultural Conversation with Jennifer, Rebekah and Lynette on Thursday 7th September 2017. 

  • Cultural Oration - The Myth of Saving the Children: The Impacts of Twentieth Century Half-Caste Child Assimilation by Dr Jenni Caruso, Lecturer, History Department, The University of Adelaide.
    You can listen to a recording of the Cultural Oration given by Dr Caruso on Thursday 28 June 2018.

  • Scientific Oration - Light, Life and the Universe: A Chemistry Perspective with Professor Greg Metha, Professor of Chemistry, School of Physical Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, the University of Adelaide. 
    You can listen to a recording of the Scientific Oration given by Professor Metha on Thursday 23 August 2018.

  • Cultural Conversation - Rocks from Space : Acraman Asteroid Impact on the Earth’s Evolution with Dr Vic Gostin, Honorary Visiting Research Fellow Earth Sciences, the University of Adelaide.
    You can listen to a recording of the Cultural Conversation given by Dr Gostin on Wednesday 19th September 2018.

  • Cultural Illumination - Christobel Kelly: Aldinga - Closing Reflections by Professor Catherine Speck, Art History, School of Humanities, the University of Adelaide. You can read a transcript of Professor Speck's Reflections from Wednesday 26th September 2018.

Program features

  • Cultural Illuminations: small, focused exhibitions relating the essence of the University - learning, research, innovation - through the arts. This program creates pathways for local, national and international artists to connect with the university.
  • Cultural Conversations: informal forums for art and culture to meet science, technology and other academic research areas. The Conversations have been a major mechanism for linking diverse disciplines within the university as well as hosting national and international speakers.
  • Cultural and Scientific Orations: a platform for leading scholars to present a lecture on their area of research.
  • Cultural Celebrations: special events acknowledging significant occasions in the life of the university community.
  • Cultural Tours: guided tours by University Collections volunteers highlighting special features of the university - artworks, collections, buildings and other items of interest.
  • Cultural Musings: collaborations with industry partners through the presentation of panel discussions, tours, lectures or symposia addressing common concerns and interests.

If you are interested in contributing to our program, wish to be informed about events or would like to attend a cultural tour, please contact us via email.

Program & event archive

For past University Collections cultural programs and events, please see our event archive.

University Collections

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The University of Adelaide


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