Derek Readman Series

Derek Readman

This lecture series is named in recognition of Derek Readman whose great contribution to U3A Hawthorn over many years is deeply appreciated. Derek was instrumental in sourcing speakers for many U3A Hawthorn events and lecture series, such as the Saturday Series and the Summer School and held such Committee positions as Hon Secretary.

Readman Series #37

“The Changing Media”

Sam Lipski

2 pm
Thursday, 18 April 2024
Main Hall

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Readman Series #38

“Politics, Empire and Sport”

Associate Professor Pedro Machado

Thursday, 20 June 2024
Main Hall

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Pedro’s lecture will consider the place of sport specifically football-in shaping political life and its
trajectories. It will focus on a seminal moment, the Algerian war of independence from French colonial rule, with football a catalyst for liberation.

Visiting from the USA, Pedro Machado is a global and Indian Ocean historian with interests in commodity histories, labour and migratory movements, and the social, cultural, environmental and commercial trajectories of objects. He is Associate Professor of History, and Director of the Dhar India Studies Program at Indiana University, Bloomington where he teaches courses on global slavery, global history, the Indian Ocean, and the transnational histories of soccer. He has published widely, including in leading journals such as the American Historical Review, and Slavery & Abolition.

His several monographs include most recently Pearls, People and Power: Pearling and Indian Ocean Worlds (Ohio University Press, 2020). He is currently at work on a global history of pearl shell collection and exchange. See for Pedro’s full bio.

Readman Series #39

“Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning:
the good, the bad and the ugly”

Prof Samantha Richardson
RMIT University

Thursday, 31 October 2024
Main Hall

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