31 January 20176.30pm - 7.45pm
As new big data technologies now allow scientists to measure cancerous tumors and take real-time scans of the active human brain, are we closer to understanding causes and providing possible cures for cancer as well as understanding the complexities of the human brain? Dr Genevera Allen explains.
6 February 20176.30pm - 8.30pm
Paul Mason, former Economics Editor at Channel 4 and now writer and broadcaster on economics and social justice, will detail that we live in a time when it is easier to imagine the end of the world through ecological deterioration than it is to imagine the end of capitalism.
8 February 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
With the election of Donald Trump, it seems climate change denial has reached into the most powerful political office in the world. In this special Sydney Ideas lecture climate scientist Professor Michael Mann provides a somewhat light-hearted take on a very serious issue.
20 February 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Environmental political thought has developed significantly in recent decades, and is closely aligned with theories and practices of democracy. A panel of distinguished contributors to the ecological democracy debate respond to the current set of ecological, and democratic, challenges.
21 February 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Sydney Ideas and Sydney Environment Institute - Defeating the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock
In 2016, thousands of people, led by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal members, gathered to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)—creating the #NoDAPL movement. Kyle Whyte's work on climate and environmental justice explores the significance for Indigenous peoples and environmentalism.
22 February 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Sydney Ideas - Turning Urban: strengths and vulnerabilities of China’s collectives in the process of urbanisation
As China rapidly urbanises, what are the issues that confront village collectives as they have to defend their economic, social and cultural autonomy? Join us for the first lecture by Professor Luigi Tomba, the new director of the University’s China Studies Centre.
23 February 20177.30pm - 10.00pm
Following the performance of The Trouble with Harry, join us for a special Q&A, discussing the history of transgender, the politics of the play and the role of the performing arts in shaping contemporary thought and opinion on trans issues.
1 March 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher Stuart Kauffman proposes that the ever-changing phase space of evolution means we can write no laws of motion for evolution, and it is thus not reducible to physics. The evolving biosphere is the most complex system we know in the universe.
29 March 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Professor Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College examines China's crony capitalism as a result of the corruption in the post-Tiananmen era.
11 April 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
In September 2016 scientists observed the collision and fusion of the two black holes by directly measuring their gravitational waves. David Reitze explains how they made the detection and discusses how gravitational astronomy promises to change our understanding of universe.