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Old-Time Accomplices: Mentors & Mentees

220px-Age_Teaching_YouthIn his essay De auditu (On Listening to Lectures) Plutarch warned that ‘the correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting – no more – and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth’. Once sparked, this fire requires feeding and care, a task often fulfilled by mentors. Already appearing in the Odyssey, the idea of mentoring owes much to the figure of Socrates but has lost none of its force in the contemporary world where mentoring and coaching abound in all professional organisations. The University of Melbourne is therefore organising a conference, Old-Time Accomplices: Mentors & Mentees, on 25-27 August 2016 to explore the theme and the practice of mentoring in literature, history, art, performing arts, social sciences, and in the professional world. We are now calling for paper and panel proposals, to be submitted by Monday 16 November 2015. Continue reading

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Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-64

220px-Telemachus_and_Mentor1‘Oi, Ody, wind’s up.’ ‘Yeah, get the boat out then and drag that idle bunch of sailorin’ no-goods out of the tavern. And tell Penny to pack us some sangers and the cab sav.’ ‘Where we going, Ody?’ ‘Back of Bourke, mate, Troy or somethin’, bloke said.’ ‘Whatya gonna do with young Tele then?’ ‘Strewth, mate, I dunno. Concetta, ya got any ideas?’