Postgraduate Information Session
Do you want to advance your international career prospects? Increase your understanding of American politics, foreign policy, business, media and culture?
Then come to our Postgraduate Information Evening and learn how to launch your international career with the Master of US Studies.
A high-level understanding of the US and its role in the world is essential to pursuing any career on the international stage. Whether your background is in the humanities, business or law, the Master of US Studies will give you the opportunity to advance and contextualise your international career.
The Master of US Studies is more than just a degree. You will have unprecedented access to the academic and professional networks that the United States Studies Centre has leveraged in Australia and the US. This includes internship opportunities on Capitol Hill through our advanced degree program.
Find out more at our Postgraduate Information Evening with an expert panel discussion on what TV can teach us about America. (see details below).
You will also have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with our academics, current and graduate students.
TV NATION: What The Wire, House of Cards, and Girls can teach us about America
Wednesday 29 October 2014
The telly. Most of us switch it on to switch off. We watch it to "decompress." To unwind after work. Sometimes we even indulge in a little "trash." Commonly understood, television is an unserious and unintellectual medium. Something trivial, it serves as a diversion. Yet, such a view discredits both TV and its viewers, since each is capable of serious commentary. As the French Philosopher Jacques Derrida never tired of pointing out: what a society marginalises says a lot about what it holds centremost. Therefore, the idea that television comes after or apart from work, that it stands outside serious social and political inquiry, could tell us a lot about the political and social institutions it supposedly reflects.
Join the US Studies Centre and an expert panel of economists, television critics and media scholars to discuss what TV says about the United States.
Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014
Venue: United States Studies Centre, Institute Building
Visiting Scholar, US Studies Centre
Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Westpac
Visiting scholar Huw McKay, an executive director and senior international economist at Westpac, will investigate the economic theory of US-China relations in House of Cards. McKay will evaluate the economic literacy of American political dramas, and point to some affinities between TV scripts and Australian foreign policy rhetoric.
Dr Rodney Taveira
Lecturer in American Studies, US Studies Centre
Dr. Rodney Taveira is a lecturer of American Studies at the US Studies Centre. His critique of masculinity in Mad Men appeared last year in Cultural Studies Review. For this event he'll analyse the "American dream" in the HBO crime drama The Wire, examining the tension between social inclusion and urban violence.
Dr Jane Park
Lecturer in Contemporary American Media, US Studies Centre
USSC lecturer Dr. Jane Park is the author of Yellow Future: Oriental Style in Hollywood Cinema. She publishes widely on the transnational flows of popular media, and global representations of Asian Americans and East Asia. Her commentary will focus on the relationship of gender and ethnicity in the popular HBO comedy Girls.
Moderated by Aaron Nyerges
Lecturer in American Studies & Masters Coordinator, US Studies Centre
Aaron Nyerges is a Lecturer in American Studies at the US Studies Centre. He completed a PhD in Modern American Literature at the University of Sydney in 2013. He has recent and forthcoming publications on theories of intellectual property in the transpacific, the Coppola family in the Philippines, and William Faulkner’s relationship to cinema. His first book is in progress under the title The Grammar of Ecstasy: Theories of Community in the Geography of American Modernism.
Past information sessions:
- 2013 Postgraduate Information Session: What next for the US in Syria?
- 2012 Postgraduate Information Session: America at a crossroad
- 2011 Postgraduate Information Session: With special guest Bob Carr
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
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