Arts

From the Baillieu to Birmingham… and on to the Bodleian

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

The University of Melbourne’s cultural collections are a rich and rare treasury that has proved a source of fascination and inspiration for generations of students, staff and the wider community. Gabrielle Murphy reports.

Tell your dog you’re pregnant

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

Just as mums- and dads-to-be attend parenting classes, dogs also need help adapting to life with a new baby. By Nerissa Hannink.

Bathroom behaviour

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

University of Melbourne psychologist Nick Haslam is correct when he writes in his newest book that the “psychology of excretion may at first appear to be an unpromising topic for a book”, but even more so when he adds that it is, however, “crucially important and endlessly fascinating.” By Katherine Smith.

Letters from Gregory, circa 950AD

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

From mid-medieval France to modern day Melbourne, retired University of Melbourne classicist John Martyn has traced the life of a valuable “Unknown Gregorian Manuscript”. By Katherine Smith.

In praise of books

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

With the Cultural Treasures Festival coming up in July, Katherine Smith previews an exhibition exploring the books that have shaped western thought.

The book that started it all

Volume 8 Number 7 July 9 - August 13 2012

Last year a ‘noble fragment’ of the Gutenberg Bible – a page from the first book ever printed – was acquired for the University’s Rare Books Collection. Arguably no other book in history has had such influence or been so widely disseminated. Katherine Smith spoke with Rev Dr Dorothy Lee, Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Trinity College Theological School and Frank Woods Distinguished Lecturer in Biblical Studies, about the long history of the Bible.

Learning from a musical master

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

One of the greatest living composers, New Yorker Steve Reich established his career in outlier fashion, rejecting the path of his forebears. VCA and Melbourne Conservatorium students had an opportunity to learn directly from an acknowledged genius recently. By VCA almunus Marcus Teague.

Living in public with bipolar

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

“It was a blessed relief, after all this time, to finally know what was going on.” By Katherine Smith

The art of complex systems

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

A Victorian College of the Arts Masters graduate in Fine Art and a University of Melbourne astrophysicist have come together to design an interactive drawing experiment enacting complex systems. By Rebecca Scott

In praise of human empathy

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Former MTC Artistic Director Simon Phillips received an honorary doctorate from the University in May, and delivered the graduation address to a new generation of artistic hopefuls. This is an edited extract of that speech.

No place for the imagination

Volume 8 Number 6 June 11 - July 8 2012

Katherine Smith speaks with Geraldine Cook - head of the School of Performing Arts at the VCA - about the blurry line between performance and exploitation of girls’ bodies.