Big names to feature in Charles Sturt’s Explorations GenNeXt online learning series

5 JUNE 2020

Big names to feature in Charles Sturt’s Explorations GenNeXt online learning series

Charles Sturt academics and industry experts to feature as part of Explorations GenNeXt, an online learning series to assist parents and teachers at home and in the classroom.

  • Charles Sturt to host Explorations GenNeXt online learning series for school students, teachers and parents
  • The series will feature University academics, alumni and industry leaders from a diverse range of industries and backgrounds
  • The first session will be on Tuesday 9 June, with further sessions available from Wednesday 10 June

Charles Sturt University is hosting an online learning series to offer teachers and parents support in the classroom and at home.

Explorations GenNeXt will challenge students to explore big issues such as sustainability, social justice, paramedicine, drama, professional sports, leadership and change.

The online series will support a blended learning environment as Charles Sturt academics, alumni and industry leaders from across the country share an insight into their latest ideas, thought process and opinions on social, scientific and cultural issues.

Guest speakers will challenge students to explore big ideas, industries and opportunities in regional Australia through the free on-demand series.

Charles Sturt Director of External Engagement Ms Kate Wood-Foye said the calibre of speakers will give students a great depth of knowledge and experience to draw from.

“Charles Sturt University is committed to enriching regional Australia, and that starts with teaching and encouraging the future generation of decision-makers,” she said.

“This online learning series will help parents and teachers assist children’s learning through access to Charles Sturt University academics and industry leaders.

“We hope students feel inspired to pursue studies and a career that will help make the world one worth living in.”

Expert speakers to participate in Explorations GenNeXt include:

  • ‘Running Dry’ with water activist and ultra-marathon runner Ms Mina Guli. She will talk to primary and secondary students about her motivation to run marathons and how they can make an impact on water conservation.
  • ‘History, racism, reconciliation and hope – ‘The Australian Dream’’ with Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor’s Chair of Australian-Indigenous Belonging Professor Stan Grant Jnr. Professor Grant will talk about the themes evoked in his award-winning documentary.
  • ‘Chasing a dream – Life as an elite athlete’ with Ms Kaarle McCulloch. The four-time World Champion, four-time Commonwealth Games champion, 15-time Australian champion and Olympic bronze medallist will speak to students in Years 7 to 12 about the physical, emotional and psychological work required to be an elite athlete.
  • ‘Exploring physical and vocal dynamics through structure, space and imagination’ with Charles Sturt Course Director of Creative Industries Dr Robert Lewis. His presentation to drama students in Years 10 to 12 will also include demonstrations and practical exercises.
  • ‘The difference you can make and we can be heroes’ with Charles Sturt Senior Lecturer in Paramedicine Dr Phillip Ebbs. Dr Ebbs was the lead paramedic in the Lindt Café Siege in 2014 and Hunter floods in 2015 and will share his experience with senior secondary school students.

Registrations for the ‘Running Dry’ session by Ms Guli can be made here while registrations for other sessions in the series can be made here.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Ms Kate Wood-Foye, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on 0429 217 026 or

Photo caption: Ms Kaarle McCulloch on the podium. Picture: Contributed 

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