The Creative Collaboratorium of the International Research Centre for Youth Futures and the School of Education at UTS is a meeting place for ideas. It offers an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral, common space which is both real and virtual for generating dialogue, research, new knowledge, and engagement with contemporary issues and ideas that are relevant across the community.
The Creative Collaboratorium was launched in September 2015 by Mrs Kerryn Baird with Professor Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, in attendance. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Dr Phillip Norrie.
The next event was held later in 2015 - 'Children of War: Youth futures are national futures' as a part of Serata di Poesia by Paolo Totaro.
A night of celebration of the poetry of Paolo Totaro with music from the Australian Piano Quartet and images by war photographer, Kate Geraghty.
Paolo’s poetry reflects a childhood of growing up in wartime Naples, and a lifetime of trying to make sense of the continuing horror of war whilst revelling in the down-to-earth loveliness of the new country in which he finds himself. Paolo’s poems might not describe his life work for instance as Founding Chair of the Ethnic Affairs Commission, but these poems thread what we know about that life work into words that are both powerful and gently inspiring. They celebrate the experiences of diversity and difference, but inclusively, and tenderly, and generously.
We still live in a world of war; there are children still suffering; Paolo’s poems still have at times a ring of despair. We could give up hope, but perhaps it is in the resilience of the imageries of his poetic language, of the Australian Piano Quartet’s musical language, and of Kate Geraghty’s visual language, that we glimpse, even fleetingly, that one day, just perhaps, we may be able to offer our children a world of peace.
Images from the night
The Australian Piano Quartet: Rebecca Chan, violin, and Thomas Rann, cello.
Professor Rosemary Johnston thanking Paolo Totaro, Rebecca Chan and Thomas Rann
Paolo Totaro signing his latest poetry book
Another Creative Collaboratorium was held in April, 2016 - Understanding modern Korea: History, culture, economics, politics. The lecture was delivered by Consul General of Korea, Whie Jin Lee.
Consul-General of Korea, Mr Whie-jin Lee delivered a lecture to the Creative Collaboratorium entitled, Understanding modern Korea: History, culture, economy, politics (April, 2016).
Mr Whie-jin Lee completed his appointment in New South Wales and the International Research Centre for Youth Futures at UTS was honoured to host one of his final presentations. Mr Lee was welcomed by Professor William Purcell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International and Advancement) UTS and Professor Mary Spongberg, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Mr Soo Hwan Kang, Director of the Korean Education Centre in Sydney, was also in attendance to welcome Mr Lee. A traditional Korean drumming presentation was given by UTS student, Tae Soo Kim.
A group of students from the UTS School of Education are preparing to undertake a professional experience placement in Korea and two representatives from the primary education program, Jia Lim and Chau Au, spoke about their enthusiasm to learn more about Korea and the Korean education system.