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Alan Barcan

Sydney by Julia Horne and Geoffrey Sherington & From New Left to Factional Left by Alan Barcan

December 2012–January 2013, no. 347

When I became an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney in 2004, I knew nothing of its history, and little of the ideological battles that had taken place there. These two books provide a rich narrative of both, and made me appreciate the privilege I have, even as a marginal player, in belonging to such a significant institution.

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Radical Students by Alan Barcan & The Diary of a Vice-Chancellor by Raymond Priestly (ed. Ronald Ridley)

December 2002-January 2003, no. 247

Many thousands of undergraduates have walked under the stilts of the Raymond Priestley Building, which forms part of Melbourne University’s great wind tunnel, with no thought of the person commemorated by its name. He was, in fact, a remarkable man. His four years as Vice-Chancellor (1935–38) emerge in extraordinary detail and intimacy, thanks to this edition of his journals.

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