Term 4 Course

Soapbox Seminars

A U3A Baw Baw Online Zoom Course

Tutor: Various, see each week

Classes will commence at 10am each week:

8 October 2020 – Evolution of Bourke Street Park into Civic Park Warragul – Steph Wellard

Lardner’s Survey in 1878, identified a parcel of land deemed suitable for a Shire Park in Warragul.

The Shire set aside 87 acres of land between Bourke Street and the railway, thus heralded the long and troubled journey from Bourke Street Park towards the evolution of Civic Park Warragul.

15 October 2020 – The Arctic – John Parker

An overview of the Arctic region and a journey along the Norwegian coast.

22 October 2020 – Sharing my Black Saturday experience of growing Post Traumatic Growth resources” – the what, why, how – Rhonda Abotomey

As a former accountant in the paper manufacturing sector, the last place I expected to find myself working was at the University of Melbourne, in the Department of Social Work, as a member of a six person interdisciplinary research team. The research investigated Post-traumatic growth experienced by people involved with the 2009 Victorian Bushfires that claimed 173 lives. Three of those lost lives were my family members. This presentation will share the origins of that research, an understanding of what PTG is and some outcomes from this work. 

29 October 2020 – Human Language – Russ Brown

“Human language appears to be a unique phenomenon” -Noam Chomsky

“Meanings are in people not in words”  -anon

5 November 2020State of the Climate – Rod Wellard

An overview of the climate data and evidence describing the state of the current climate globally and locally. It will refer to key climatic variables including temperature, precipitation, other atmospheric phenomena and impacts on land and sea.

12 November 2020Early Hotels in Port Phillip (1835 – 1853) – Nigel Beresford

In 1838 Port Phillip had a population of about 600 people, my GG Grandparents were in that number after arriving in Port Phillip in 1838 from Launceston. They were early publicans from 1840 until 1853, they ran hotels in competition to John Pascoe Fawkner. Their first was ‘The Melbourne Hotel’ in Flinders Lane

19 November 2020A look at I-Ching, the Book of Changes – Geoff Clynes

I-Ching has offered decision-making  help to Chinese thinkers for millennia. Based on oriental world views, does it really work?  How?  Why?

26 November 2020How to Remain Sane in the Legal Profession – Clive Alsop

Some reminiscences of an ageing Lawyer (and his wife!)

26 November 2020My year in France – Donna Darcy

Is the story of my life in a French village in 2003 when I was teaching English there. It will be just a series of observations and experiences

3 December 2020 – The story of Joice Nankivell Loch – Mary Howlett

She is Australia’s answer to the Scarlet Pimpernel or Mother Teresa with a dash of Indiana Jones. She is Australia’s most highly decorated woman and yet she is virtually unknown in Australia.

10 December 2020 – Trees in Drouin – Henry Corcoran 

As secretary of Friends of Drouin’s Trees, I will present an argument on trees not only needing to be preserved, but tree cover should be increased.

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