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Filed under Event & Venue, News, UoN ~ by Press on  16 Jul 2019
Focus on mothers in prison for New Professors Talk.

Almost 43,000 people are behind bars at any one time in Australia, with women making up about eight per cent of those in prison.

Globally, women are the new growth industry for prisons, having increased in numbers by 70 per cent in Australia during the last 10 years.

Most women in prison are mothers and incarceration has a profound impact on their children.

Professor Elizabeth Sullivan will host a public lecture at the University of Newcastle to explore health inequality, incarceration and mothering for women in prison from a public health perspective.

The free lecture will be held at the Newcastle Conservatorium on Thursday 18 July at 5.30pm as part of the New Professors Talk public lectures.

Registration is available via Eventbrite.

For more information on the lecture go to https://www.newcastle.edu.au/community-and-alumni/community-engagement/events-and-public-lectures/new-professors-talk/mothers-behind-bars-the-silent-epidemic

Celebrating the creativity and resilience of women and students

The artistic talents of local women and students will be on show when the Hidden Treasures public exhibition opens at Singleton’s Sacred Spaces this week.

Hidden Treasures is the third exhibition showcasing the creative achievements of emerging artists in the Reclaiming My Place program.

Reclaiming My Place is an eight-week arts program, developed by the University of Newcastle’s Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, in partnership with community-based services and learning partners to explore opportunities for engagement in lifelong learning.

The centre is committed to supporting women who have experienced the trauma of gendered violence.

The program aims to provide a space where women can build confidence and discuss the possibility of study, often at a time when they are rebuilding their lives and those of their children.

The program was rolled out in 2018 in partnership with women’s homelessness service NOVA for Women and Children and The Canopy’s Child and Family Services.

In this third circle the centre collaborated with local women, Singleton Family Support Services, and community learning partners including TAFE NSW, Singleton Neighbourhood Centre, Partners in Recovery, the Family Referral Service, Singleton Youth Venue and Singleton Library.

This year Reclaiming My Place was extended to deliver two art sessions for students participating in Children’s University Newcastle from Singleton Heights and King Street public schools, with the workshops held in community spaces.

The collaboration between Reclaiming My Place and Children’s University Newcastle provides students with additional opportunities to build hours as part of their Learning Passport program and engage in arts-based learning outside of the school curriculum.

The students will also attend the launch of the exhibition and will discuss their inspiration and selected medium.

Learning Community Partnerships Officer Felicity Cocuzzoli said all the exhibitors were incredibly proud of the work they had created.

“It’s wonderful to see how, in a short time, they have begun to consider themselves artists,” she said.

Hidden Treasures will be held Tuesday 16 July from 2pm at Sacred Spaces, 30 Queen Street, Singleton. All community members are welcome.

Visitors are requested to not take photographs to safeguard the women attending.

Conference focuses on equity in science programs  

A conference that aims to improve equity in science degrees will be held in Newcastle this Thursday 18 July and Friday 19 July.

It’s the first time the annual Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) Teaching and Learning Leaders Conference has been held outside a capital city.

This year’s presenters include the University of Newcastle’s Professor Penny Jane Burke, Associate Professor Kathleen Butler, Ms Yasmina Nasstasia and Dr Liam Phelan.

It also includes Dr Jane Kennedy, from the University of Wollongong; Dr Michael Michael Donovan, from Macquarie University; and Professor Manjula Sharma, from the University of Sydney.

The presenters will tackle questions such as:

– What do science degrees look like through the lens of equity?

– What are the emerging issues?

– How can students be better supported to succeed? 

The conference will be held at the University of Newcastle’s NeW Space building, on the corner of Hunter and Auckland streets, Newcastle and is by invitation only.

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