Jasmine-Kim Westendorf is a PhD candidate in international relations at La Trobe University, researching peace processes in civil wars. She is the co-founder of The Democracy Project, as well as the co-founder of the MFU. Jasmine has coordinated Sustainability and Permaculture, I (heart) Philosophy, War and Peace, Voices from the South, What If …?, MFU@City Square
Jem is a doctoral student at La Trobe university with an abiding interest in finding out what he doesn’t yet know. Jem has coordinated Indigenous perspectives: past and present and is also in charge of the admin side of the MFU
Tom Rigby is doing publicity for the MFU. One day, he’ll be a psychologist, but right now he earns a crust as a freelance editor. His favourite recent typo was the title of an essay about human resources: “Creating An Emotionally and Spiritually Inelegant Organisational Culture”.
Morgan Macdonald is a graduate from the Australian National University’s Master of Applied Anthropology & Participatory Development & an independent researcher who has worked with Melbourne based NGOs & academics from La Trobe University. He is passionate about refugee issues & development strategies that work towards the realisation of human rights. Morgan coordinated Refugee Realities: Risk Rights & Resttlement
Helen Addison-Smith is a chef with a PhD in creative writing, a Masters in Science Fiction Studies and no great plans for her future. She’s had her short fiction published in journals such as Overland, Island and Hecate and is the sole provider of sustenance, shelter and wholesome fun times for her six year old daughter. Helen is running the course The Naked Brunch: Food, Consumption and Culture.
Tyson Namow is a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at La Trobe University and teaches in the areas of cinema and media. He is also a Features Film Programmer with the Human Rights and Arts Film Festival (HRAFF). You can read some of his writings on the LaTrobe Academia page. Tyson has coordinated An Introduction to the Politics of Representation and Aesthetics in Cinema
Lyndel McLennan is a bit of a new media enthusiast! She recently returned from the UK where she worked on a Social Media Stakeholder strategy for the BBC and The Digital Fiction Factory.
She has spent a good part of the last ten years working within communications and event management for the Victorian State Government, for major venues and as part of the Melbourne music community. Lyndel is coordinating Media: What does the future hold?
Anna Drummond is an art historian who specialises in the Italian Renaissance, focussing particularly on art related to marriage and images of the Virgin Mary. She has lived and worked in Pisa and Venice and recently returned from a stint lecturing at the University of Nottingham. Anna is the coordinator of Politics, Pruning and Paint: Case Studies in Art History.
Tim Thornton has been lecturing in economics at Monash and La Trobe University for the last 10 years. Tim, who has just submitted his PhD on the evolution of economics teaching in Australian universities, is an award-winning teacher who is very much looking forward to being involved with Melbourne Free University. He is coordinating Economics for Everyone.
Eloise Young manages media and communications for the MFU. This is also what she does for a day job, minus the pub meetings. No prizes for guessing which she prefers.
Eloise recently moved to Melbourne after a prolonged stint in London, working in various communications and editorial roles.
Shane Andrews runs itDoesCompute web design, along with nonVerbalReasoning.net and umattutor.com where he tutors for the UMAT medical entrance test & psychometric tests and has published two non-verbal reasoning UMAT specific text books: “umat456″ and “umat123″
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Gerhard Hoffstaedter is a co-founder of the MFU. He a Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Queensland. His first book “Modern Muslim Identities” Negotiating Religion and Ethnicity in Malaysia is out now through NIAS Press. Gerhard coordinated The Asia-Pacific and Us: Australia in the Region, I (heart) Philosophy, What If …?
Aurelien Mondon is a Melbourne-based researcher focusing on the impact of populism and racism on parliamentary democracies & elections. Some of his writing can be found on his blog briefandfalseadvertising.net. Aurelien is also co-founder of the MFU & has coordinated Australian Identities?, Racism in the 21st century, Indigenous perspectives: past and present, & What If …?
Darren Saffin is a PR consultant who works for a wide range of clients. He has a passion for community and believes a quality education needs to be available to all.
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