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Podcast from the School of Humanities and Social Science – The Human Experience

Friday, 26 April 2019

The School of Humanities and Social Science (HASS) has launched a new podcast known as ‘The Human Experience’.

Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science, Professor Catharine Coleborne said the podcast highlights HASS as a critical thinking school that advances new ideas and owns a space of critical inquiry by asking big questions about what it means to be human.

“The podcast series features scholars from the School of Humanities and Social Science who, through their research, are working to improve the human experience,” Professor Coleborne said.

“The episodes will feature our academics and university leaders being interviewed about their work. In 2019, we include a focus on current hot topics in criminology, being a creative writer, what social workers practice, how we can make sense of slavery’s history, the importance of studying modern languages, the changing landscape of higher education today, the role of equity in education, digital humanities and the early modern, and much more to come,” she said.

Podcasts in 2019 will be released around every 3-4 weeks on a dedicated website.

“We invite the University and wider community to listen with us and learn about a few of the ways we think, practice and perform humanities and social science in the present. Each episode will include internationally recognised scholars and leaders in their fields,” Professor Coleborne said.

The first episode is now available to listen to. It features Forensic Anthropologist and Criminologist Dr Xanthe Mallett who discusses gender-based bias in the criminal justice system and the impact news and social media can have – for good and bad – on the outcome of trials. Dr Mallett has been involved in the cases of Kathleen Folbigg and Keli Lane - women convicted of murdering their children. She gives her take on the evidence presented in their cases and why she believes they are innocent. Dr Mallett also discusses her forthcoming book on Australian true crime and tells us why she believes there are more unsolved murders that are likely linked to notorious backpacker killer Ivan Milat.

The following episode will feature poet and Creative Writing research higher degree supervisor Dr Keri Glastonbury talking about how to become a story teller and the rise of creative writing in Newcastle. This year the School again led the participation of colleagues in the Faculty of Education and Arts making excellent contributions to the Newcastle Writers’ Festival as part of our strong community partnership.


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