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USSC - Understanding ISIS: A ...

Join us for the Sydney launch of Dr David Kilcullen’s book, Blood Year: Islamic ... Read more

Keynote Address: Mark Butler, MP...

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Events list

  • Date
  • 15 February 2016
    6.00pm - 7.30pm

    Sydney Ideas - Australian Book Review Patrons’ Annual Lecture

    Kim Williams AM presents the inaugural Australian Book Review Patrons’ Lecture on philanthropy, public discourse and the role of the ‘public academy’ in the modern era.

  • 24 February 2016
    6.00pm - 7.30pm

    Sydney Ideas - Is Democracy in Poland in Danger?

    A recent series of controversial moves by the new Polish Government, including subjecting the public media to ministerial appointments and supervision, have triggered mass protests in Poland and concerns among EU officials. Professor Jan Pakulski analyses these developments.

  • 25 February 2016
    6.00pm - 7.30pm

    Sydney Ideas - Fixing the System

    With five prime ministers in five years, and shocking truths coming to light daily about our institutions many fear our system is broken. ‘Griffith Review: Fixing the System’ brings together writers and analysts to provide fresh insights into how to fix the system and why it matters.

  • 1 March 2016
    6.00pm - 7.30pm

    Sydney Ideas - Soda Politics in the US: Lessons from the food movement in action

    Leading US nutrition academic and author of Food Politics, Professor Marion Nestle, discusses the success of the public health campaign against soft drinks in the US, despite relentless marketing and political pressure.

  • 3 March 2016
    6.30pm - 8.00pm

    Sydney Ideas - Somaesthetics and Design

    Somaesthetics is a new interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to the study and cultivation of the soma (the living body) as our medium of sensory perception (aesthesis). Richard Shusterman explains the application of somaesthetics in architecture and on human-computer interactive design.

  • 4 March 2016
    3.00pm - 4.00pm

    Sydney Ideas - Neuroscience and Learning Analytics: a historic leap in understanding learning?

    A world leader in learning analytics thinking and theorising, Professor George Siemens, explores the research of the past decade that have solidified and advanced two important tracks in helping researchers understand learning: neuroscience and big data.

  • 9 March 2016
    6.00pm - 7.30pm

    Sydney Ideas - China, Tibet and the Colonial Question

    Dibyesh Anand examines the narrative of China as anti-imperialist, and a victim of imperialism and colonialism. Focusing on Tibet, and to an extent Xinjiang, he argues for conceptualising and understanding China as a colonising power.

  • 10 March 2016
    5.30pm - 7.00pm

    Insights 2016 - The Conversation Machine

    Professor Nick Enfield from the Department of Linguistics looks at what makes language possible in our species.

  • 10 March 2016
    6.00pm - 8.00pm

    The Energy Challenge: nanotechnology solutions towards sustainable development

    As the age of cheap oil and fossil fuels comes to an end, humanity will face an energy crisis. There is, however, no optimal solution to replace fossil fuels in environmentally sustainable manner. Professor Federico Rosei, one of the world’s leaders in nanomaterials, proposes some solutions.

  • 10 March 2016
    6.00pm - 7.30pm

    Sydney Ideas - The Renaissance Elsewhere

    Italian art in the period between ca. 1300 and ca. 1500 - what is called the Renaissance - is characterized by its extraordinary openness to the world. It is difficult to think of another tradition of art more focused on depicting “elsewheres.”