Articles by: Nonie Sharp

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Informit: A spoiling operation: Cold war at the university of Melbourne

The beginnings of this story are grounded in a period of both moral crisis and intellectual-social transformation. We and our fellows had lived through a searching time - one of disenchantment for many of us - following public admission in 1956 of shameful actions in the USSR.

Informit: Lightning strikes and climate change

Lightning is the key word in this story of wildfire. It's a story being told in this time of climate change. Its scene in March was one of blackened trees - a desolate scene mile after mile. We were travelling the road that winds through the oldgrowth forests of northwestern Tasmania. Green shoots had broken forth on the eucalypts and the tree ferns, but the ancient forest trees of Gondwana were lifeless. Their 'yesterday' was…

Informit: ‘Twisted are the hearts of men …’

'So long, it's been good to know you.' It's Woody Guthrie's voice on Melbourne radio yesterday, but he's singing about us now, about the planet we know: a farewell to an era from the legendary figure of the 1960s protest movement. Today another American citizen, Bill McKibben, thoughtful environmental activist of our time, says 'yes': we are saying goodbye to the old earth. It's a different place now. The planet still looks the same, but…

Informit: [A sense of place]

Informit: Reimagining sea space: from Grotius to Mabo

Informit: Climate of fear?: fear of climate. [The culture of denial about climate change.]

Informit: Native title: the reshaping of Australian identity. [This article is drawn from Sharp, Nonie. No ordinary judgement: Mabo, the Murray Islanders’ land case (forthcoming 1995).]

Informit: Fingerprints on the climate? No, the stamps of elephants: climate change.

Informit: Singing Australia into being: Charles Harpur

To poet Charles Harpur surrounding nature is 'the fountain home of a thousand currents of joy'. It rushes and sparkles as the mountain rills, 'fresh and pleasant as the breath of heaven'. A century after his death in 1868 at the age of fifty-five, kindred spirit Judith Wright describes him as a fundamental poetic thinker whose 'philosophical standpoint ... under Wordsworthian influence ... made him the first poet able to accept and delight in the…

Informit: Australia, a vanishing country? [Food standards and free trade agreements.]

Informit: The cloud messenger

Since ancient times clouds have been seen as aerial messengers offering signs about the state of the world and its meanings. In the fourth century Sanskrit poem 'Megha Dhuta' or 'Cloud Messenger' by the poet Kalidasa, a message of the sorrying love of an exile for his wife is transported by the Cloud Messenger, an act of reassurance. Its setting is the seasonal time of oncoming storms heralding the rainy season. 'Camped inside the sacred…

Informit: And might the bell toll – for thee?: The environment. [The fourth article in a series on place, environment and their defence.]