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BLA Modern History Day

Lessons from the past, guidance for the future.
Local students to meet and learn from a Monash University Researcher and International Baccalaureate Organisation Examiner.
Local high school students have been invited to a lecture and discussion with Dr Seumas Spark from Monash University on Monday 16 March. Dr Spark will present to 100 local history students followed by a discussion session. He will also conduct activities and run some mini debates with students.

Dr Seumas Spark is an historian at Monash University and author of Battlefield to Grave, a monograph based on his PhD thesis. Dr Spark completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh focusing on the collection and burial of the Second World War British military dead and the profound social consequences of that treatment. 
Since completing the PhD, Dr Spark has worked on a number of research projects. One such project concerns the Dunera boys, German and Austrian refugees from Nazism who were transported to Australia in 1940. He is also currently an examiner in history for the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
The Business Liaison Association sponsors days like this to highlight different career paths for students and to expose them to insightful industry and academic professionals. Modern History students from across the region will enjoy the interactive discussion opportunity which will follow Dr Spark’s presentation on his educational journey.
Students will also benefit from self-expression through interactive mini debates. Ms Stefanie Biancotti, Head of Department Humanities, together with Dr Sparks has organised a number of entertaining activities that will build on their historical skills.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students to participate in activities that will assist them to become more aware of how history can play a part in the future.  Student will also develop a more in depth understanding of historical inquiry skills”, commented Ms Biancotti.