Brennan Program Summer Circle
Make the most of the summer with the Brennan Program Summer Circle 2018-2019 and build your Reflections on Justice (ROJ) points and Leadership through Service (LTS) hours.
Summer is a great time to unwind, relax, catch up on movies you haven’t seen or books you haven’t read, and attend events that summer in Sydney is renowned for. Make the most of your efforts and claim these activities as ROJ points.
Over summer we are offering students an incentive to accumulate ROJ points. Students who accumulate between 20 and 40 ROJ points over the summer period will receive a bonus 5 ROJ points for their engagement.
Students who claim 45 ROJ points or more will be awarded an additional 10 ROJ points.
Students can now also claim bonus points for LTS hours they’ve completed during the Summer Circle period. For every set of 20 LTS hours, students can claim a bonus 5 ROJ points.
NOTE: Total bonus ROJ points are capped at 20 bonus points per Summer Circle period.
We’ll also be advertising some great opportunities for you to volunteer with NGOs and accrue those LTS hours. Signing up is very easy via CareerHub and takes only a minute! Brennanites in the Summer Circle program are recommended to read the official FAQ sheet to make the most of their Summer Circle experience.
The Summer Circle will run from Wednesday, 21 November 2018 until Friday, 15 February 2019.
During this time the at the Law Faculty will regularly communicate opportunities to increase your ROJ tally and some LTS opportunities. Communication will take place through the Summer Circle Facebook Group (invite on registration). Have questions? Email us at the Brennan Program!
Brennan Book Program 2019
We invite all Brennanites, faculty and staff, from the Dean down to incoming first-years, to read the same book. The idea comes from “campus books” at US universities (such as Stanford’s Three Books program). It gives everyone a chance to come to the Brennan Program with something in common. We hope it becomes a way to open up conversations between all years of the Program, and also between students and staff.
For 2019, we’ve chosen a variety of non-fiction and fiction options, launching early over Summer Circle. You are welcome to select one, or read both.
‘This House of Grief’ by Helen Garner: A deeply thoughtful, reflective account of a distressing murder trial. One reviewer likened it to Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment; the Chief Justice of Victoria called it “utterly riveting”. Garner has written that she “thought of the law as a vast poem about the terribleness and beauty of life, like religion or philosophy”: Bernadette Brennan, A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work, Text, 2017, p 276.
Looking to reflect on ‘This House of Grief’? Here are a collection of thought starters to help you on your way.
‘Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident?’ by Bruce Pascoe: A remarkable story, on Aboriginal land use and agricultural practice before European intrusion. A real page-turner, it has recently been adapted for dance by Bangarra.
‘The Children Act’ by Ian McEwan: A 17-year-old boy refuses a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds; the judge confronts the consequences of her decision to order the transfusion. The novel has recently been made into a film with Emma Thompson as the judge.
‘We are All Completely Beside Ourselves’ by Karen Joy Fowler: In her review of this book in the New York Times, Barbara Kingsolver begins: “To experience this novel exactly as the author intended, a reader should avoid the flap copy and everything else written about it. Including this review.” We urge you to respect that advice; your reward is a decisive plot twist. It is a remarkable read dealing with animal rights and welfare; it also has something to say about family life.
‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro: A beautiful, challenging book about the question of whose lives matter, and how. It was made into an acclaimed film in 2010 starring Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley. When Ishiguro received the Nobel Prize in literature in 2017, the citation described him as a writer "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”
Writing a reflection on ‘Never Let Me Go’? Here are a few notes and points for discussion to help you get started.
‘Exit West’ by Mohsin Hamid: A remarkable book that deals with the plight of two refugee lovers and those whom they leave behind.
We are keen for you to read as many of these books as possible. And in depth. So, we invite you to write a 1,000-word reflection on one of these books for 20 ROJ points. You might get a group together to discuss the book to sharpen your reflection. And you might want to write a reflection on more than one book. However, to ensure that you enjoy the richness of ROJ offerings under the program, there is a cap on the number of books you can acquire ROJ points for over a period of one year—two books and 40 ROJ points
Feel free to write a reflection on our past books including: ‘East West Street” by Philippe Sands, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood, 'The Tall Man' by Chloe Hooper, 'This Changes Everything' by Naomi Klein, and 'Talking To My Country', by Stan Grant.
Brennan Justice Photography Competition 2019
The Brennan Justice Photography Competition is now open to all students registered in the Brennan Program, open early for our Summer Circle participants!
To enter, take a photograph that depicts a clear justice image. The parameters are broad - the photo can capture a staged or genuine image, but it must portray a justice issue that you feel strongly about.
All students who submit a photo will receive 10 ROJ points.
There are two prize categories: an overall winner selected by a panel of judges and a 'People's Choice' selected by votes on social media.
Photos will be judged on:
- Justice message
- Artistic competence
- Overall impact
The winner of the competition will receive:
- An additional 10 ROJ points (equalling 20 in total for the Photo Competition)
- A gift voucher to The School of Life (self-development and philosophy classes)
- A gift voucher to Folonomo (a profit for purpose restaurant - all profits donated to charitable causes)
- Brennan Program Prize Pack
The 'People's Choice' winner will receive:
- Brennan Program Prize Pack
- Upload your photo to the 'Brennan Justice Photography Competition' section of CareerHub
- Complete the entry form on CareerHub under the "Brennan Justice Photography Competition" section.
- Make sure you read the guidelines and agree to the Terms and Conditions (there are CareerHub instructions in the guidelines)
Entries close 5pm Friday, 6 September 2019
Check out our amazing winners from the 2017 Photo Competition below:
Julia Li for "The Price of Progress", a powerful image about the impact we have on the environment.
2017 People's Choice Award
Jessica White for "Breaking the Cycle", a moving depiction of domestic violence.
The Allens Neota UTS Law Tech Challenge for Social Justice
In 2016, the Brennan Justice and Leadership Program launched a free program in conjunction with Allens and Neota Logic to teach students how to develop apps that perform essential functions for non-profit organisations. In this innovative program, students and staff from Allens will work as teams with a non-profit organisation to build a Smart App to solve a real and pressing problem. This highly sought after opportunity is only available to students registered with the Brennan Program. The program will run from March – August, culminating in a public competition for the best app. The 100 hours accumulated on the program can be claimed as LTS hours.
Learn more about the Allens Neota UTS Law Tech Challenge for Social Justice.
Applications for 2019 are now closed. For any enquiries, please email the Brennan team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Successful candidates will be invited to the 2019 Law Tech Challenge Launch Event which will take place in early November 2018.