Dr Bernie Curran has led many lives at the University of Newcastle. His first was as a student of Classics in which he graduated with not only a PhD in Classics, but also followed his passion for sport and was awarded a Rugby Blue. He then joined the academic staff at the University – in the Classics Department – where he dedicated himself to the teaching of Latin and research into Greek and Roman religion, politics, values and literature. His next UoN incarnation was as a Foundation Warden of Evatt House, helping to establish the residential college at the University and, lastly, Dr Curran was responsible for establishing the University’s Development Office for Community, Alumni and Fundraising – which we now know as the University of Newcastle Foundation.
Alongside all of this, Bernie is a proud Novocastrian and is known throughout the region for his work in the community.
In his talk at TEDxNewy in 2011, Dr Curran explains how the ancient Greek ideal of ‘kalos kai agathos’ can be used as inspiration to help solve the imbalance between arts and sport in today’s society.
The University was a major sponsor of the inaugural TEDxNewy event on 12 November 2011, through an initiative of The Office of External Relations.
For more videos from TEDxNewy, featuring University of Newcastle researchers and alumni, you can visit their YouTubepage or visit the TEDxNewy website.