Posts for July 2015

Earth Sciences3D Modelling

Recently several staff members within the Earth Science department participated in a workshop demonstrating how photography can enhance the students visual learning experience and add to teaching methods. This initiative, run by UTAS in collaboration with various universities, will provide […]

Earth SciencesCoastal Fieldwork

In August last year, Dr. Hannah Power and a team of researchers, undergraduate and RHD students from UON, the University of Sydney, and the University of Queensland, went to Pacific Palms (near Forster) and Gerroa (near Nowra) to conduct coastal […]

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaLoved it

Looking at this experience with an objective perspective, I think there are many great outcomes for the students involved and the people we connect with. Whether its learning to adapted to new and confronting situation and being able to work […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    You're welcome, Chris; I'm glad if the project has made you reflect on and perceive some things differently. It sounds like it has! Best wishes to you for your future travels and life adventures, whatever they might be.


Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaBe the change

  The above song lyrics were a driving force for me throughout the trip and a pre cursor to my predicted feelings upon returning home. Being back in the face of Western reality, I was reminded of the saying, “Be […]

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaWhere to from here?

Taking part in this culturally-rich, three week project in Cambodia has been a truly wonderful experience! Indeed, I was presented with opportunities of authentic cultural immersion, such as attending the sixth day of funeral for a person I did not […]

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaUnexpected Initiatives

In previous blog posts I spoke about the problematic nature of short term volunteering and the importance of developing goals and establishing outcomes for ongoing sustainability. I also spoke about the near eradication of traditional Cambodian arts and myself and […]

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaSiem Reap vs Phnom Penh

I have just gotten back to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap and I keep comparing the two and seeing if I like one better. To be completely honest I would say I like Phnom Penh better. Siem Reap was very […]

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaThe Giving Game: why give?

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on The Giving Game and effective altruism, looking in particular at an article by Ware (2015), ‘Cosmopolitism, National Interest, Selfishness and Australian Aid.’ In reflection at the time, I wrote “I have […]

Earth SciencesBroken Hill field trip 2015

In the beginning of July, 12 students went on the GEOS3330 Metamorphic and Field Geology excursion to Broken Hill. This field trip provides students with the skills required for structural geology and metamorphic analysis by examining the complex terrains seen […]

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Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaThe price of education

  Literacy is a fundamental human right as well as a foundation for life-long learning and continued human capital development for inclusive and sustainable development Lemaistre 2013). During the Pol Pot Regime of 1975-1979 the aim was to become an […]

Music, theatre, and life in Cambodiahome again

The room was filled with people. Important people. Businessmen, young entrepreneurs, government officials… all to see us. Hard to believe!? After 3 weeks in Cambodia, we had the opportunity to showcase some of what we had been doing with our […]

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaCo-authoring a media article for The Conversation

While in Siem Reap, I received a particularly exciting invitation from Dr Catherine Grant: working my ‘arts and sustainability’ blog post into a short media article and pitching it to ‘The Conversation.’ The pitch was accepted! After setting up an […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    It was a pleasure to work with you on this, Matt. Glad you enjoyed the process, and thanks again for writing in your earlier blog post about the interesting concept of "new stories" through the arts!


Music, theatre, and life in Cambodiadetention center

“My hands are tied,” the policeman says. “I’ve got to follow orders, or I will lose my job, and be in poverty myself.” A modest fire burns on the pavement, and a family’s possessions go up in smoke. Simon Springer, […]

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaNetworking Workshop Outcomes

In previous blog posts, I spoke of the problematic nature of short term volunteering and the necessity of capacity building through establishing sustainable outcomes. Furthermore I discussed the difficulties in establishing arts based networks in Siem Reap and the proposal […]

Music, theatre, and life in CambodiaThe Giving Game:

The Giving Game is an exercise in which 6 Create and Performing Arts students come together discuss how they can effectively split up $1000 to 4 different Non Government Organizations (NGOs) which were, Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), Empowering Youth Cambodia […]

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  1. Catherine Grant

    Thanks for this post on the Giving Game, Chris. Our final debate was surprising, rich, well-informed, and thought-provoking (for me too). I'm glad if it got us all thinking some more about the concept of "effective altruism", as Peter Singer calls it. Thanks for your involvement!

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