University of Sydney to expand partnership with Sydney Writers' Festival

18 March 2015

The Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has announced it will expand its partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival in 2015, becoming a major partner with one of the city’s most exciting cultural events.
Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the faculty, said the partnership demonstrates the institutions’ commitment to the written word, debate and ongoing exchange of bright ideas.

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“There is no better partnership for our faculty than with the Sydney Writers’ Festival. We are both deeply committed to great writing, lively debate and the power of both the written and spoken word. We are delighted that, once again, our academics, alumni, students and friends will be contributing to the SWF program and helping deliver another outstanding festival.
“A vibrant, engaged and informed public culture—one in which good writing, open debate and the complexity of ideas is embraced—needs to be supported and cultivated. Our partnership is aimed to do precisely that,” said Professor Ivison.
The full program will be launched on March 28 and will again feature some of the faculty’s distinguished academics in its program, with a smorgasbord of events running from May 18–24 in the Walsh Bay precinct and other city venues.
Jemma Birrell, Sydney Writers’ Festival’s artistic director, said “The University of Sydney festival team has also been incredibly helpful in unearthing some of the more quirky subjects of research and skills hidden within various faculties, and this has helped form part of the Curiosity Lecture Series, which will be supported by Sydney this year.”

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