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Tuesday 22 October 2019
Combating environmental consequences of global warming  
The Georges River Council’s Senior Environment Officer will tell us about current environmental projects in his local government area, including work on urban canopy expansion and foreshore naturalisation. All welcome to pre-meeting from 6 pm at Cellini's QVB - look for Citizens' Climate Lobby T-shirts.
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Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm Oct 22 Cost: Free
Venue: SMSA, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Sustainable Population Australia au.citizensclimatelobby.org
Enquiries: 0467004892   george_carrard@yahoo.com.au
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Wednesday 23 October 2019
The Language of Madness  
Acclaimed British novelist and former mental health nurse Nathan Filer re-imagines care, calling for a radical rethink of mental health labels and anti-stigma campaigns. Filer's new book, The Heartland, has been praised as an “entertaining and absorbing” narrative and historical exploration of schizophrenia. (The Guardian).
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Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Oct 23 Cost: $15/$10 +BF
Venue: Lower Town Hall - Sydney Town Hall, entrance via Druitt Street., Sydney
Submitted by: Insight Communications www.thebiganxiety.org/events/nat..
Enquiries: 02 8936 0619   festival@thebiganxiety.org
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Thursday 24 October 2019
Savagery in Iraq's Fallujah  
'Liberation' according to the Seige Comander, General Jim Molan. An evening with Richard Hill and Donna Mulhearn, co-authors of The Sacking of Fallujah - A People's History.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:15pm Oct 24 Cost: Donation requested
Venue: Upstairs, Toxteth Hotel, 345 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
Submitted by: Original Sydney Politics in the Pub politicsinthepub.org.au
Enquiries: 9674 9179   psaratchandran@gmail.com
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Possible Afterlives: The Buddhist Concept of Hell and the Next World  
Buddhist priest Shigenobu Watanabe introduces the six realms of the Buddhist underworld. Drawing on classic depictions of hell in Japanese art, this talk looks at the cultural and historical roots of present-day understandings of ‘Jigoku’ (‘hell’) in Japan. Part of the HORROR MANGA JAPAN event program.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Oct 24 Cost: Free
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Level 4, Central Park (access via lifts), 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney jpf.org.au/events/possible-afterlives-th..
Enquiries: (02) 8239 0060   reception@jpf.org.au
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Saturday 26 October 2019
The witches' houses of Annandale  
Beverley Walsh and Ann Reynolds relate how Annandale came into being and the vision of its founder, John Young. See images of the houses, hear about the women associated with them and efforts to save some houses from demolition. Sir Henry Parkes was living at Kenilworth when he died.
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Time: 10:15am-12:00pm Oct 26 Cost: Free
Venue: hall, Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville
Submitted by: Marrickville Heritage Society www.marrickvilleheritage.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 9557 3823   marrickvilleheritagesociety@outlook.com
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Monday 28 October 2019
Author Talk: White Tears / Brown Scars with Ruby Hamad  
What happens when racism and sexism collide? White Tears/Brown Scars blows open the inconvenient truth that when it comes to race, white entitlement is too often masked by victimhood. Never is this more obvious than the dealings between women of colour and white women. Ruby Hamad provides some confronting answers.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Oct 28 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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How the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia  
Join labour expert Professor Shae McCrystal, Deputy Head of School and Deputy Dean of University of Sydney Law School and an expert on labour, industrial and workplace laws; and Walkley Award-winning journalists Pamela Williams and Quentin Dempster, for a conversation about the nature of work in Australia.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Oct 28 Cost: Free
Venue: CPC auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Brokering Dialogue  
How making and sharing video can change minds and systems: a practical introduction with Canadian social scientist Janet Parsons and Black Dog's Prof. Katherine Boydell. ‘Brokered Dialogue’ is a method using video-making to tackle controversial and complex issues in healthcare and social policy to make a real difference.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Oct 28 Cost: Free
Venue: Black Dog Institute, Hospital Rd,, Randwick
Submitted by: Insight Communications www.thebiganxiety.org/events/bro..
Enquiries: (02) 8936 0619   festival@thebiganxiety.org
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Giving Voice to the Word  
SAMAG presents Giving Voice to the Word, in partnership with Westwords and UNE. How can our stories be used to challenge perceived ideas of what it means to be from Western Sydney? Our panel: Dr Felicity Castagna,Sunil Badami, Troy Wong and Aishah Ali.
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Time: 6:45pm-7:00pm Oct 28 Cost: $10/ $20
Venue: UNE Parramatta, 232 Church Street, Parramatta
Submitted by: Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG) www.samag.org/sydney-arts-event/..
Enquiries: 0418264755   info@samag.org
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Wednesday 30 October 2019
Choose your own apocalypse  
Join us for a battle of scientific proportions where you will get to choose which apocalyptic prediction comes out on top. Hosted by Adam Spencer, and featuring Professor Dale Dominey-Howes, Professor Tania Sorrell, Professor Geraint Lewis and Dr Emily Remnant with special guest Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. 18+ only event
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Time: 6:30pm-7:45pm Oct 30 Cost: $15 general public; $10 University of Sydney alumni, students, staff. Ticket price includes a drink.
Venue: York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Cnr City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale
Submitted by: University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/science/news-and-e..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 4354   science.forum@sydney.edu.au
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Thursday 31 October 2019
Early History of Electricity Generation in Australia  
Debbie Rudder (ex-Curator of Power Technologies, Powerhouse Museum) will talk about electricity generation for early trams, electric street lighting, telephone and the telegraph. She will discuss the competition between suppliers, and the history of electricity in switched-on towns such as Launceston and Tamworth as well as in the big cities.
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Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm Oct 31 Cost: $12/10 Members incl refreshments
Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: ASHET ashet.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 9247 8001  Bookings: history@rahs.org.au
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Thomas Keneally AO: Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture  
Topic: The Moveable Feast – Australia and race hate as experienced in the lifetime as an observer. Thomas Keneally AO is one of Australia's best known writers. He was born in 1935 and has written close to 60 books. He won the Booker Prize in 1982 for Schindler’s Ark.
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Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm Oct 31 Cost: Free
Venue: Barnet Long Room, Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney
Submitted by: Australian Human Rights Commission www.eventbrite.com.au/e/5th-annu..
Enquiries: (02) 9284 9600   events@humanrights.gov.au
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Saturday 2 November 2019
Mavis Gock Yen – Between Two Worlds  
Mavis Gock Yen was a remarkable woman who lived an amazing life, beginning in Australia in 1916, moving through various parts of China and a large part of China’s mid-twentieth century history which she documented in an oral history project. Mavis’ son-in-law, Richard Horsburgh will explore her remarkable life.
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Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm Nov 02 Cost: $15/$10 CHAA members incl light refreshments
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Chinese Heritage Association of Australia inc www.chineseheritage.org.au
Bookings: Kathie - (02)4861 3078   dblunt@bigpond.net.au
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Tuesday 5 November 2019
The future is Asian  
The world has gotten used to hearing 'America First', but is it ready for 'Asia First'? Leading global strategy adviser and international bestselling author Parag Khanna makes a case for why we need to start looking at the world, and future, from the Asian point of view.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 05 Cost: Free, with registration
Venue: Lecture Theatre 200, SSB (Social Sciences Building), University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Wednesday 6 November 2019
Songlines, Swaggies and Surf Safaris: On the Road in Australia  
The road trip looms large in Australian culture. In this lecture, Rosemary Kerr explores how ‘the road’ has captured the imagination of travellers, writers and filmmakers. A RAHS Day Lecture.
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Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Nov 06 Cost: Free
Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Royal Australian Historical Society www.rahs.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 9247 8001
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