Outside the Square: why so sad?

23 November 2017

Outside the Square is a new series of interactive talks designed especially for alumni and friends of the University of Sydney.

Festival of Dangerous Ideas meets Q&A; the series is held off-campus at the Old Rum Store—a five-minute stroll from Central, in Chippendale’s Creative Precinct—where prickly contemporary issues are unpacked by our sharpest academics and graduate experts in front of a live audience who use their phones to comment and ask questions. There’s drinks. There’s fancy food. It’s fun.

It could change the way you think. Let’s find out.

WHY SO SAD? How to be happy: metrics for happiness and depression

We’ve never had it better and yet…

We live in an age where the world is, remarkably, the least violent it’s ever been. Global poverty continues its steady decline. Technology has streamlined our daily routines and medical breakthroughs occur at rates not seen before. Life is, by most metrics, easier and better than ever.

And yet in any one year, around 1 million Australian adults will suffer from depression. Why are we so depressed? How can we be happy? What exactly is happiness?

With Christmas just around the corner, what better time to reflect on the things that drive us and ask: are they the things that really matter? 


  • Dr Caroline West - Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
  • Dr Agnieszka Tymula - Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • Dr Tim Sharp - Speaker and consultant, writer and coach

Places are limited, bookings essential. Ticket price includes drinks and canapés by the renowned chefs of Eastside Grill.


Event details

Outside the Square: why so sad?

Where Level 3, The Old Rum Store
Kensington Street,Chippendale Creative Precinct

23 November 2017

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