One of the great joys that comes from teaching is the chance to share your passions with your students. While I’ve only taught for 18 months as an Associate of Teach For Australia, I’ve already had many such moments, where my passions have been absorbed and championed by my students. You can continue reading at The University of Melbourne VOICE Magazine >> OR You can continue reading at The Age >>
It was a great privilege, last week, to welcome a former lecturer of mine from my days as a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) student, Neville Norman, to my Year 12 Economics class at Portland Secondary College.
Thanks to the Portland Observer and Guardian for recapping Neville’s visit. In the article are some excellent reflections by students Jake Edwards and Annique Ray on how Neville’s workshop helped develop their understanding of the 2015 Federal Budget and the role it will play in the VCE Exam.
After two years of publication, The Melbourne Globalist is ceasing publication. It was a great honour to write for them on a regular basis and feature in their inaugural print publication, Instability: The New Normal.
My pieces for TMG focused primarily on American politics, although I did delve into the intricacies of Australian politics and economic policy from time to time. You can read them at your leisure below.
As the academic semester came to a close, I sat down with the University of Melbourne’s Dr. Timothy Lynch, one of the foremost experts on American politics on the Australian academic scene. Currently the Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at The Faculty of Arts, Dr. Lynch teaches a variety of subjects on American politics and contributes to a variety television and print media with expert commentary.
Over the course of a half-hour interview we discussed a variety of issues that reflected upon the current state of affairs in Washington, the fracas that was the Government Shutdown, President Obama’s increasingly challenging second term and concluded with us casting our eye to 2016 and who may contend for the White House.
So after four years at the university of Melbourne, studying economics and a bit of politics along the way, it’s suddenly all come to an end. Which feels odd because for the greater part of this year, my Honours year, the focus hasn’t been on finishing the degree, or my time at university for that matter, but instead it’s been on the arduous/dreaded/painful thesis and making sure it got completed by last week’s Monday deadline. You may have noticed a collective sigh go up across the Economics department on Monday afternoon as everyone submitted their papers.
As images of explosions, fleeing crowds, maimed spectators and heroic bystanders covered our screens in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15th, I was reminded of a quote.‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’ Tragedy unfolded on our television screens and through our Twitter streams, and it became clear that while our experience of disaster is fundamentally different from the past, our response to it is still fundamentally the same.
In an affirmation of the natural order of things, on Thursday night out at Monash University, the University of Melbourne team (composed of myself, 1st-year student Emad, and the incomparable Prof. Jeff Borland) took out a closely fought debate to determine whether the Eurozone has been a success or a failure. Across both teams there was much spirited debate over economic theory, the optimal design for policymaking interlaced with a great deal of jibing back and forth between two of the country’s most elite universities.