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 Ice-aged Aboriginal art uncovered in the Kimberley

Ice-aged Aboriginal art uncovered in the Kimberley

What may be the longest, most impressive and complex rock art sequence anywhere in the world has been found in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia. Evidence from recent excavations in the northwest Kimberley show that humans occupied the northern coastline as early as 36,000 years ago. The art of the region could potentially challenge Western Europe as the location for the p...

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 Mystery solved! Long-lost painting found

Mystery solved! Long-lost painting found

Macquarie University Art Gallery curators are excited to report that along-lost painting from local artist Wilmotte Williams has been found. The painting was last seen in public in the Ryde area in the mid-1960s. As the story goes, Williams originally bestowed the piece to a boy who was eyewitness to the artist capturing a local Ryde scene. Touched by the boy’s enthusiastic praise she cal...

ALUMNI FOCUS
 Phillip Salem: Social justice advocate and inspirational leader

Phillip Salem: Social justice advocate and inspirational leader

For National Managing Partner of Sparke Helmore Phillip Salem (BEcon/LLB '83), it was Macquarie that chose him, rather than the other way around. “I was determined to study law anywhere that would take me,” he says. “I had come from a migrant background and an under-resourced school and feel particularly indebted to Macquarie for giving me that opportunity.” Fearless challenge...

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 The war on words

The war on words

Ever wondered how you find yourself agreeing with outrageous political comments, even if deep down you know you feel differently? It all comes down to wordplay, and once you know the tricks, you can use them to your own advantage. When Bob Carr became foreign affairs minister in 2012, he compared Tony Abbott’s use of slogans such as ‘No more boats’ to a “trainee hypnotist trying to ...

UNIVERSITY NEWS
 Macquarie University Art Gallery launches its 2016 program

Macquarie University Art Gallery launches its 2016 program

Each year Macquarie University hosts a unique array of exhibitions that are renowned for pleasing both art critics and visitors. In 2016 the Macquarie University Art Gallery will be hosting sought-after exhibitions touring Australia as well as resident exhibitions. “Each exhibition not only captures an inspired premise, but also explores the unique possibilities that are only available wi...

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 Best film reveals shocking truth about human behaviour

Best film reveals shocking truth about human behaviour

Professor Kathryn Millard recently won Best Australian Feature Documentary at the Antenna Documentary Film Festival for her film Shock Room, which shines a light on the dark side of human behaviour. As she previously discussed in Sirius, the film challenges Stanley Milgram’s controversial ‘Obedience to Authority’ experiment: In the wake of the Holocaust, Milgram wanted to understand how w...