Archives
May 2011

PODCASTS

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BROADCASTS

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Mondays at 8.30pm. Repeated Fridays at 9am

Monday 02 May 2011 / Friday 06 May 2011

A Learning Society
Unlocking Community Power and Creativity

Local communities are best placed to understand their own strengths and identify and respond to their own issues and problems. Our guest in Learning Works this week, Brian Smith, Executive Officer of Local Community Services Association in NSW, is passionate about the role of local communities, and especially neighbourhood houses and community centres, in enabling communities to work towards results they want and need. Brian Smith was in Adelaide recently for the 2010 Community Centres South Australia Annual Conference.

Online Resources: Podcast

A Learning Society
Lifelong Learning at 94!

Our guest in Learning Works today is an inspirational lifelong learner. Following a very successful career, Eileen Kelly at 94 still is a regular visitor at the WEA, the Workers’ Educational Association, as a member of the Scribblers’ Club – a creative writing group for older South Australians. In this interview, recorded in her home in Adelaide, Eileen Kelly tells of her lifelong love for learning and what it means to her today.

Online Resources: Podcast

Monday 9 May / Friday 13 May

Celebrating Community Centres …. and our Volunteers (Part 1)

Neighbourhood House Week is celebrated in South Australia from 15 to 21 May. Over two weeks, PBA FM’s Learning Works program will acknowledge and celebrate the value and importance of neighbourhood houses and community centres in South Australia, with interviews recorded at Community Centres South Australia Glandore, during a meeting of Community Centre Coordinators from around SA. A special focus of the interviews is on the important role of volunteers in our sector. PBA FM’s Tony Ryan spoke with Executive Officer Gill McFadyen, and also to Liz Crane, Coordinator at the Tailem Bend Community Centre, and to Alison Davies and Kathryn Brady from Burton Community Centre and Morella Community Centre in Salisbury.

Online Resources: www.communitycentressa.asn.au; Podcast

Law Week in South Australia (Part 1)

“Law Week events are for the whole community. These events provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to gain new perspectives on legal and justice issues. These events will be of interest to those who work in legal and justice agencies and students. In South Australia Law Week is made possible by the financial support of the Law Foundation of South Australia.” (www.justice.net.au)

In these two weeks, you can hear about many of the community legal education initiatives to be held during Law Week in South Australia, in interviews with Michael O’Connell, SA Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, and Chair of the SA Law Week Steering Committee.

Online Resources: www.justice.net.au; Podcast

Monday 16 May / Friday 20 May

A Learning Society
Celebrating Community Centres …. and our Volunteers – Part 2

Neighbourhood House Week is celebrated in South Australia from 15 to 21 May. Over two weeks, PBA FM’s Learning Works program will acknowledge and celebrate the value and importance of neighbourhood houses and community centres in South Australia, with interviews recorded at Community Centres South Australia Glandore, during a meeting of Community Centre Coordinators from around SA. A special focus of the interviews is on the important role of volunteers in our sector. PBA FM’s Tony Ryan spoke with Executive Officer Gill McFadyen, and also to Liz Crane, Coordinator at the Tailem Bend Community Centre, and to Alison Davies and Kathryn Brady from Burton Community Centre and Morella Community Centre in Salisbury.

Online Resources: Podcast

Justice and Legal Issues
Law Week in South Australia- Part 2

“Law Week events are for the whole community. These events provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to gain new perspectives on legal and justice issues. These events will be of interest to those who work in legal and justice agencies and students. In South Australia Law Week is made possible by the financial support of the Law Foundation of South Australia.” (www.justice.net.au) In these two weeks, you can hear about many of the community legal education initiatives to be held during Law Week in South Australia, in interviews with Michael O’Connell, SA Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, and Chair of the SA Law Week Steering Committee.

Online Resources: Podcast

Cinema Studies
Film Reviews – Source Code

“Last year’s much-discussed – but ultimately disappointing – computer graphics extravaganza called Inception also drew its inspiration from the avatar concept. Now yet another development of the notion has come to the screen in a movie called Source Code. So says our regular film reviewer John J McGowan in his review of this month’s movie – Source Code, a Canadian production.

Online Resources: Podcast Transcript

Monday 23 May 2011 / Friday 27 May 2011

A Learning Society
Literate Australia

Rosemary JohnsonLiteracy - and the idea of a literate nation - are not just educational issues but relate to and are influenced by health, parenting practices, communities and cultures of influence, and the larger sphere of government policies.

Our guest this week in Learning Works is Professor Rosemary Johnston, Head of Education at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Child and Youth: Culture and Wellbeing. This is an innovative interdisciplinary 21st century centre that integrates technology, research, teaching and practice in all fields pertaining to the culture and wellbeing of children and youth.

Professor Johnston is leading the Centre's interdisciplinary project, Literate Australia, which is an umbrella for a number of cell projects that have specific outcomes relating to the education, culture and wellbeing of children and youth. Literate Australia is committed to developing community initiatives that enhance not only skills, but the imaginations and minds that help to generate creative and civil societies. Recently in Sydney for Learning Works, Tony Ryan spoke to Professor Johnston at the University of Technology Sydney’s Broadway Campus. (Repeat)

Online Resources: Johnston, R Literate Australia – A Monograph Podcast

A Learning Society
Redundancy – Making the Transition back into the Workforce

Redundancy can hit very hard. When large groups of workers are made redundant, this makes the headlines. But as Helen Strickland, Manager of the Career Centre in Mount Gambier says “Most weeks, the Centre will see someone who has been made redundant. This is an incredibly significant stage for someone to go through, and make that transition back into the workforce”.

The Career Centre in Mount Gambier believes that everyone, at some stage of their life, will need a helping hand. So anyone who walked through the door is seen as making the first step in taking control of their working lives. And also the concept of retirement is shifting, so many people who had decided to retire now realise that they do not have the funds to retire and now need to get back into the workforce. During a recent visit to Mount Gambier, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan spoke with Helen Strickland at the Career Centre in Mount Gambier.

Online Resources: Podcast

Monday 30 May 2011 / Friday 3 June 2011

A Learning Society
The WEA in South Australia – 98 and going strong!

Founded way back in 1913, the Workers' Educational Association of South Australia Incorporated is South Australia's largest non-government provider of adult community education.

Providing learning opportunities for anyone aged 15 years or older and with over 30,000 enrolments annually in its nearly 1800 short courses, the WEA operates as an innovative, flexible provider of moderately priced adult education services - generally there are no pre-requisites for courses and no assessment or exams, although many courses provide pathways for further education and training.

In Learning Works this week, Tony Ryan visits the WEA in inner city Adelaide to find out about its history, its present role in providing adult community education programs, and the work now being done as the WEA approaches its 100th year of service in 2013.

Contributors include Chief Executive Officer Susan Ross, President and Board Chair Gary Hancock, long-time Board members Professor Jack Cross and Colin Lawton, Tutors Jeremy Smart, Stan Kontos and Natasha Burfield, and students Michael Kilmier and Eileen Kelly.

Online Resources: Podcast 1 Podcast 2

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