Personal control is widely recognised as a fundamental psychological resource and a powerful influence on wellbeing throughout life. A sense of control in one’s daily life and social environment is particularly important during life transitions.
When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them that I’m a philosopher, their expression often evinces a mix of embarrassment and amusement.
Dr Christopher Sainsbury is an accomplished composer and a highly experienced music educator. His work and commissions range from Australian community choirs and youth orchestras to professional performers such as Erik Bosgraaf and Izhar Elias (two of the Netherlands’ leading avant-garde performers), the Spanish guitar virtuoso Jose Maria Gallardo del Rey, and locally the Australian Chamber Orchestra. As an Australian composer from an Indigenous background, he directs the Australian Indigenous Composer Initiative. Relating to this heritage he fosters a sense of regional identity in his work – the articulation of regionalism in music composition. Before his appointment at ANU he was the Head of Arts, Music, Screen Studies and Theatre at Sydney’s Eora College, an Aboriginal vocational education college based in Redfern. Here he reflects on a day in his role as Lecturer at the ANU School of Music.
After more than three decades at ANU, Photographer Stuart Hay has vivid memories of the towering figures who have marched across the campus.
Melinda Walker and Adam Agius met on campus after a gig. They have been rockin’ out together ever since.
The issue of gender equality is at the forefront of current debate and there is wide public and policy interest, as Emily Hazlewood reports.
Last year’s postal survey evoked the theme of a ‘fair go’, as Australian National Dictionary editor Dr Amanda Laugesen, BA (Hons) ’97, PhD ’01 explains.
Professor Mick Dodson is retiring after almost two decades as Director of the National Centre of Indigenous Studies at ANU. Throughout his career, he has been a prominent advocate for land rights and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. He spoke with Ross Peake.
‘Canberra knows best’ simply doesn’t cut it in the national security arena. Anthony Bergin says we need a new federalism that recognises and integrates the role of Australia’s states and territories.
Dr Robert Wellington, Lecturer in Art History and Art Theory, was chosen to deliver the 2017 Last Lecture. The event is not a University award decided by a committee – students decide whom they would like to hear speaking at a 'red velvet' event in October, as a symbolic end to the academic year. Here is an edited extract of Dr Wellington’s lecture.
Elizabeth Lee LLB ’03, B Asian Studies ’03 reflects on the responsibilities of her role as lawyer-turned-politician.
Professor Ann McGrath AM says Captain Cook was not always popular with the Australian public.
The Australian National University’s big new initiative in the 21st century cyber domain has a surprising resonance with the nation’s military history of a century ago.
Captivating objects from the nation’s history are the focus of an innovative project, as Paris Lord reports.
ANU researchers have uncovered a possible new tool to help better understand the mechanisms of pest invasions, and even predict them. Rosemary Schmedding reports.
The Gyuto monks of Tibet perform amazing sounds in their harmonic chants – they produce several notes at the same time. Evana Ho reports.
A major research project aims to improve Australian food production by better understanding the complex life of wild bees. James Grubel reports.
Why does ANU have a research station and staff in the middle of the Australian desert, and what does it have to do with nuclear weapons? Tabitha Carvan travelled to the Northern Territory to discover that if you want to hear something very loud – nuclear explosion loud – you have to go somewhere very, very quiet.
Liz Coats has devoted decades to researching the interaction of paint colours and how people perceive them. Simon Jenkins reports.
An expedition involving ANU has helped to solve the mysteries of Zealandia, an underwater continent to the east of Australia, and of the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ which is a hotspot for volcanoes and earthquakes. Will Wright reports.