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Film festivals are not the only venues where the film industry produces all male panels. AAP/Javier Etxezarreta

The league of men: why are there so few female film critics?

Next time you're looking for a film to see at the cinema, take note of the reviews you're reading and who wrote them. How much is the gender and age of the author influencing what you see?
The skull of Homo naledi is built like those of early Homo species but its brain was just more than half the size of the average ancestor from 2 million years ago. SUPPLIED

Homo naledi: determining the age of fossils is not an exact science

Despite claims about its age, puzzling combinations of features from Homo naledi gives it an uncanny resemblance to human beings.
There is renewed debate around the lack of honest representations of diversity in Young Adult books. Melanie Holtsman

Telling the real story: diversity in young adult literature

Debate about the lack of diversity in young adult literature isn't new, but thanks to recent campaigns such as We Need Diverse Books, there's renewed focus on why diversity in literature is crucial.
There’s more to being a good university lecturer than just projecting your voice. How can far deeper skills be developed? From www.shutterstock.com

How to turn lecturers into good university teachers

Who is best placed to shape university teachers who are more than just technically proficient? The answer lies in academic development.
Popular Latino musicians like Café Tacvba didn’t make an appearance. Ruy Landa/Flickr

Where were the Latinos at South by Southwest?

At an event that bills itself as 'the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today,' one of the fastest-growing, youngest and most tech-savvy segments of the population was largely ignored.
Empire, currently screening on Channel Ten, is throwing stereotypes to the wind and presenting strong drama that is black, queer, and diverse. Channel Ten

In your face: Empire is proving diversity isn’t a dirty word

Empire, a TV drama about a black hip-hop star turned music mogul, is breaking new ground by foregrounding 'risky' issues around race, sexuality and class.
Based on Eddie Huang’s bestselling memoir, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat premiered last month. Bob D'Amico/ABC

Fresh Off the Boat and the rise of niche TV

Its ratings are worse. So why is Fresh Off the Boat considered a success, while All-American Girl was canceled?
Surely we can count on cultural institutions to be trailblazers in the quest for equality? George A. Spiva Center for the Arts

How arts organisations can reap the benefits of cultural diversity

Earlier this month The Sydney Morning Herald reported that certain major Australian cultural institutions, including the Art Gallery of NSW and the Sydney Opera House, were failing to achieve workplace…
Literary awards can have a profound impact on sales – and, in the future, which books get published and promoted. QQ Li/Flickr

How this year’s National Book Awards could change the face of children’s literature

There’s a lot of attention right now on diversity in children’s books – or, more accurately, the lack of it. It’s not a new problem. White people have been talking about this issue since Nancy Larrick…
Tomodachi Life: make friends, fall in love but stay straight. BagoGames

Nintendo can’t take the gay out of gaming without a fight

Nintendo is facing a storm of criticism over its decision not to allow gamers to play as gay characters and form same-sex relationships in the life-simulation game Tomodachi Life. There has been disquiet…

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