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Life of the Mind Week 2016

May 13, 2016

St Andrew’s annual Life of the Mind Week is approaching next week and will run from 19 May – 26 May, 2016.

This week ultimately celebrates the intellectual and academic pursuit in College. The theme focuses on the ‘life of the mind’ in a series of events in the week leading up to the University and Schools Dinner on 26 May.


Life of the Mind Week this year will include the following events and activities:

  • Scholars Soiree– this event acknowledging our current residents who are high achievers, celebrating their successes in 2015 and encouraging them to network and engage with each other (20 May)
  • Palladian Dance – the last Palladian event for Semester 1 – intercollege community will be competing in the solo and ensemble dance at USU’S Manning Bar (19 May)
  • Creative Writing Workshop with Omar Sakr (Poet and Writer) The final academic enrichment workshop for Semester 1 will be hosted by Omar Sakr. Omar is an Arab Australian poet and writer whose work has featured in Meanjin, Overland, Mascara Lit Review, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper and Junkee, among many others. Omar will be working with our residents to develop their creative writing skills in time for the opening of the 2016 Principal’s Prize in Prose and Poetry. Both prizes will be open for application from current residents of the College. Each prize is worth $500. Students interested in attending the creative writing workshop should complete the registration form: (21 May)
  • Gala Concert– The College hosts a gala concert each semester to showcase our performers across a range of pursuits in the performing arts, including music and drama. The concert will be followed by a short reception in the Reading Room. (22 May)
  •  Sydney Business School – Master of Management program presentation – The University of Sydney’s Master of Management program is currently ranked no. 1 in Australia and is the only Australian program in management education in the top 50 worldwide. Join staff and student representatives from the Sydney Business School to hear about this prestigious program, including opportunities to study overseas. To register your interest for this event, please email:  (22 May)
  •  Presentation by Murray Fredericks, Photographer – Murray Fredericks (fr 1987) studied politics and economics at the University of Sydney while living at St Andrew’s College. Following his undergraduate degree, he spent five years traveling in the Middle East and in the Himalaya. The experience of spending large amounts of time in these ‘powerful’ locations provided the basis for his approach to his photography. His first documentary film ‘Salt’, where he was cinematographer and co-director, won twelve major international awards, played over 50 festivals and was screened on the ABC and PBS in the USA (23 May)
  • University & Schools Chapel Service and Dinner– an annual event hosted by the College to showcase the impressive academic achievements of our students. Representatives from the university and school sectors will be in attendance. The University of Sydney Chancellor will present over forty St Andrew’s students with awards and prizes recognising their intellectual and academic achievements at university (26 May)

We look forward to sharing photos from the various events at the conclusion of the week.


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