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Friday 17 August 2018
Wine as medicine: An Australian perspective  
Wine was first developed 9,500 years ago in China and has been used as a medicine for the past 5,000 years. Join Dr Philip Norrie as he traces the medical history of wine and its unique history in Australia, including where and when the first vineyard was planted in Australia.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Aug 17 Cost: $15 SMSA & Royal Society Members / $20 Non-members
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  Bookings: tkc@smsa.org.au
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The adventures of Captain Bligh  
William Bligh is famous as captain of the Bounty, but he was also the centre of a later, much larger mutiny, when he lost the entire colony of NSW to a group of disgruntled settlers and soldiers. Discover Captain Bligh's adventures with Almis Simans.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Aug 17 Cost: $49 incl. light supper
Venue: David Stewart Room, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Saturday 18 August 2018
Fighting fascism and the far right in Europe  
David Albrich, anti-fascist activist and member of Linkswende Jetzt talks about how elections in Germany, France and Austria have shown the alarming extent of the growth of racism and the far right in Europe. Austria now has a coalition government including the fascist Freedom Party (FPO).
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Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Aug 18 Cost: $10/$5
Venue: Sydney University, Merewether building, Butlin Avenue, Darlington
Submitted by: Solidarity www.solidarity.net.au/keepleft
Enquiries: (02) 9211 2600   solidarity@solidarity.net.au
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Sunday 19 August 2018
Change  
Rev. Geoff Usher presents a talk on change, the unchangeable law of the universe. It is the only constant, indeed to be constant in nature would be inconstancy. To be blind to change is not to halt it.
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Time: 10:30am-11:30am Aug 19 Cost: Free
Venue: Second Floor, Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 16-18 Fitzroy St, Kirribilli
Submitted by: Spirit of Life Unitarian Fellowship www.sydneyunitarians.org/
Enquiries: (02) 421238743
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Catholic Social Justice and parliamentary politics  
Susan Ryan AO, former Hawke government Cabinet minister and currently Age Discrimination Commissioner, will speak on the Catholic social justice tradition and how it has informed the activities of many parliamentarians who have come from a Catholic background.
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Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Aug 19 Cost: Free
Venue: Crypt, St Patrick's Church Hill, Grosvenor St, The Rocks, Sydney
Submitted by: School of Mathematics www.australiancatholichistoricals..
Enquiries: (02) 93857093   secretaryachs@gmail.com
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Sydney's Rocks and Trees  
Launch by Teresa James, flora consultant, of book on the geology of the Sydney Basin and the resulting tremendous variety of flora.
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Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm Aug 19 Cost: Free, booking not required
Venue: St Andrews Uniting Church, Corner Vernon and Chisholm Sts, South Turramurra
Submitted by: STEP Inc www.step.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 94898256   secretary@step.org.au
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Monday 20 August 2018
The science of climate change  
Deepen your understanding of the science of climate change with Dennys Angrove: gain an understanding of the structure of the atmosphere so that you can consider the natural and enhanced greenhouse effect, global warming and the reasons for the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations.
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Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm Aug 20 Cost: $18
Venue: Room 311, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Tuesday 21 August 2018
Refugee Stories: the first hand account of a volunteer on Lesbos  
The topic of refugees and the 65 million displaced people in the world is an emotive one. Judy Roberts spent a month volunteering at Moria Camp, Lesbos working as support crew for a medical team set up by an NGO from the Netherlands.
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Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm Aug 21 Cost: $18
Venue: Room 311, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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The house that Peter and Jorn built  
One of Australia’s most recongnisable icons, The Sydney Opera House attracts 8.2 million visitors annually. With aid of personal letters, diaries and classified records, Helen Pitt shares the fascinating stories of the people involved in the construction of “The House”, a project that very nearly didn’t get off the ground.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Aug 21 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: 0292627300   marketing@smsa.org.au
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Exploring Kamakura and Kanazawa  
Kamakura and Kanazawa are two beautifully preserved feudal, warrior cities. John Mcbride explores both; one a coastal town, 50 minutes by train from Tokyo and the former political centre of Japan and the other a centre of Zen Buddhism.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Aug 21 Cost: $38 incl. Tea & Coffee
Venue: Room 204, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Wednesday 22 August 2018
The beauty of urban decay  
This is an informed discussion by professionals within architecture, urban design and planning sharing knowledge and insights into Sydney’s city design. Moderated by Councillor Jess Scully, speakers will include Shaun Carter, Architects Registration Board, and Gonzalo Valiente, Lecturer, School of Design UTS.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Aug 22 Cost: $11
Venue: Gallery, Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William St, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Submitted by: Object: Australian Design Centre www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-beau..
Enquiries: +61293614555   hello@australiandesigncentre.com
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Thursday 23 August 2018
Good evidence, bad politics  
Join us as three world-renowned experts talk about their experience from the front lines of research and policymaking in contentious areas – climate change, refugees and, where the two meet, climate change- and disaster-related displacement. Speakers: Professors John Church and Jane McAdam UNSW, and Walter Kälin, University of Bern.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Aug 23 Cost: Free, with registration essential
Venue: Allens Theatrette, Deutsche Bank Place, 126 Phillip St,, Sydney
Submitted by: UNSW Events www.events.unsw.edu.au/event/goo..
Enquiries: 9385 4075   kaldorcentre@unsw.edu.au
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Friday 24 August 2018
James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 years on  
Ian Burnet explores the history of James Cook who 250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. Cook’s instructions were to then explore the coast of New Zealand. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Aug 24 Cost: $49 incl. light supper
Venue: David Stewart Room, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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In Conversation: Richard Gill, AO and Simon Moore  
Join us for an evening in conversation with Richard Gill, AO and Simon Moore, presenter at Fine Music FM. Richard is one of Australia’s pre-eminent conductors specialising in opera, musical theatre and vocal and choral training .
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Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Aug 24 Cost: $20
Venue: North Sydney Community Centre, 220 Miller Street, North Sydney
Submitted by: North Sydney Community Centre www.northsydneycentre.com.au/
Bookings: 0299222299   info@northsydneycentre.com.au
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Saturday 25 August 2018
Hidden in plain vew: the Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney  
Historian and archaeologist Paul Irish of Coast History a& Heritage will explore the unexpected and rich history of the continuing Aboriginal use of coastal Sydney throughout the nineteenth century. What happened to Sydney's Aboriginal people between the devastating impact of white settlement and increased government intervention a century later?
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Time: 10:15am-12:30pm Aug 25 Cost: Free
Venue: hall, Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville
Submitted by: Marrickville Heritage Society marrickvilleheritage.wordpress.com
Enquiries: (02) 9557 3823   blairitage@optusnet.com.au
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