28 February 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Human rights museums with a Holocaust theme proliferate internationally, but this burgeoning area of museology has not yet been subject to systematic scholarly study. This panel will present fresh perspectives on a selection of museums that link human rights and the Holocaust.
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.
7 March 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Despite the enormity of the problem, sporadic efforts at international policy development have yet to produce a new multilateral environmental agreement on microplastics. Has its time come? And what shape and form would a constructive and widely applicable convention take?
9 March 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Professor Julie Nelson Davis will explore the production of the famous eighteenth-century Japanese book of ‘performing beauties’ prints, 'The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared' and demonstrate how the unnamed patrons of the project are indicated through the book’s representational strategies.
14 March 20175.45pm - 8.00pm
Innovation in Australian agriculture benefits the world and vice versa? The 2017 RD Watt Lecture is presented by agricultural scientist Dr Peter Carberry, Deputy Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics and an alumnus of the University of Sydney.
15 March 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
Health issues like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and poor dental health are all linked to the consumption sugar-sweetened foods and beverages. So should we be ditching sugar from our diets completely? And is a tax on sugar the answer?
15 March 20176.00pm - 8.30pm
Power Institute & Sydney Ideas - What has Religion to do with Art?: A panel on Art and the Order of Existence
Thomas Crow, Hannah Williams, and Dr. Florian Knothe in conversation with Mark Ledbury. Together, they will discuss the subject of art making in ‘enlightened, secular’ Europe, to explore and address the way in which art history in the Western world deals with the sacred and the secular.
16 March 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
President of Al Sharq Forum, Wadah Khanfar in a conversation about the rapidly evolving nature of our news consumption, its relationship to the complex world of political strategy and diplomacy in the Middle East, and the complexities of identity and representation in this situation.
21 March 20177.00pm - 9.15pm
The ‘Destruction of Memory’ film documents the increasing threat to cultural heritage and associated cultural identity in war zones. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a conversation the film's director Tim Slade.
23 March 20176.00pm - 7.30pm
The recent MOOCs revolution in online education has largely focused on cheaper equivalents of hoarding, packing hundreds of students into a single classroom. Pavel Pevzner proposes a more efficient educational product, Massive Adaptive Interactive Text (MAIT).