All Talks

Wednesday 20 September 2017
Sydney's cosmopolitan conservationists of the 1920s and 1930s  
Educator Janine Kitson profiles radicals Annie Wyatt and David Stead. She discusses their networks, how they shaped government initiatives, policies and law reforms to create modern Sydney. Wyatt was instrumental in the National Trust (NSW) and Stead the Wildlife Preservation Society. Talk includes light refreshments, booking online secures a place.
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Sep 20 Cost: $30/20 AGHS members, $5 students
Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, NSW National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill (entry by ramp off Argyle St./Watson Rd./past Observatory to end of road, up the steps off Lower Fort St., Millers Point
Submitted by: Australian Garden History Society www.trybooking.com/RNKG
Enquiries: (02) 9943 1456 / 0407 464 876  Bookings: aghssydney@gmail.com
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Thursday 21 September 2017
Crime Fiction, Colonial Ambition and Amazons  
Dr Rachel Franks will give an illustrated lecture on the colonial novelist Fergus Hume, author of The Mystery of a Hansom Cab. Her talk will explore the many challenges of storytelling and publishing in colonial Australia.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 21 Cost: Free
Venue: Local Studies Room, Ashfield Library, Level 2 Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
Submitted by: Ashfield Library www.eventbrite.com.au/o/ashfield-library..
Enquiries: 02 9716 1810
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Alzheimer’s: where we’ve come from and where we’re going  
As part of World Alzheimer’s Day, we welcome four dementia experts from the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre to share the latest research breakthroughs on Alzheimer’s disease. Speakers include Rebekah Ahmed, Muireann Irish, John Kwok and Sharon Naismith.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 21 Cost: Free, with online registration requested
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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An Evening of Astronaut Stories  
Two NASA astronauts, Dr Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus and Colonel Pamela Melroy, share stories about their time in space and answers your questions. Hosted by Fred Watson from Australian Astronomical Observatory.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 21 Cost: Free, with online registration essential
Venue: Abercrombie Business School (Auditorium), Cnr Codrington & Abercrombie Streets, The University of Sydney, Darlington
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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No Place to Lay One's Head  
Join translator Stephanie Smee to hear the story of Françoise Frenkel, a Jewish woman who set up the first French language bookshop in Berlin, set against the backdrop of WWII. Originally published in 1945, this powerful memoir lay forgotten until Stephanie brought it to life for a new audience.
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Sep 21 Cost: Free - Incl. light refreshments
Venue: Balmain Library, 370 Darling St, Balmain
Submitted by: leichhardt library www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/library
Enquiries: (02) 9367 9211   library@lmc.nsw.gov.au
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Thursday 21 September 2017
Exploring the Ghost Empire of Byzantium  
Join us with the ABC's Richard Fidler, speaking on his book Ghost Empire. "When my son turned fourteen, we set out to explore the ghost empire of Constantinople. It was to be a coming of age adventure, of sorts. My ambition was that Joe and I would walk the Walls of Constantinople."
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Sep 21 Cost: $40, $30 for Friends of the Nicholson Museum, $10 students
Venue: Nicholson Museum, Quadrangle A14, The University of Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney University Museums whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/e..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2812   nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au
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Like a Person - Humanoid Robots in Performance  
Performance and media artist Dr Elena Knox (Waseda University) presents scenes from robots’ screen performances, and asks us to consider ideas about immortality, jobs, appearances, computation and the ‘life’ of the robots who will resemble us. Part of talk series Human Meets Robot, running September 21-November 2
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Sep 21 Cost: Free, bookings essential
Venue: The Japan Foundation Sydney, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney www.jpf.org.au/events/like-a-person/
Enquiries: (02) 8239 0055   reception@jpf.org.au
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Danger! Bad Air in Western Sydney  
Join Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Greens MP in NSW State Parliament and Antony Lewis, President 'No incinerator for Western Sydney' as they discuss the danger to air quality in Western Sydney from pollution, neglect and the world's biggest incinerator.
Time: 6:30pm-8:15pm Sep 21 Cost: Free/Donation welcome
Venue: Level 1, Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
Submitted by: Politics in the Pub www.politicsinthepub.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 96749179/94890530
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Friday 22 September 2017
The Abdication Crisis of 1936  
Judy King discusses King Edward VIII's decision to abdicate the throne in December 1936 which plunged the nation and the British Empire into a constitutional crisis.
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Sep 22 Cost: $48 incl light supper
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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Sunday 24 September 2017
An Afternoon with James Alison  
James Alison is a British Catholic priest and theologian who has been developing a positive understanding on LGBTI issues in faith contexts for many years. He has written many books on God, religion and LGBTI people. Come and hear James speak on this important topic of LGBTI issues and religion.
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Sep 24 Cost: Free
Venue: CB 06.03.028, UTS Guthrie Theatre, enter 702 Harris Street , level 3, Ultimo
Submitted by: University of Technology futures.uts.edu.au/blog/2017/07/25/meet-..
Enquiries: 02 9514 2523   joanna.thyer@uts.edu.au; uts.chaplaincy@uts.edu.au
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Monday 25 September 2017
Public Talk: Making the most of your presentation  
Do you want to know how to prepare and deliver presentations? CUDOS and the SPIE.OSA University of Sydney student chapter are pleased to introduce, for the very first time in Australia, Jean-luc Doumont who trains rational minds in effective communication  Join us for his free public talk.
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Sep 25 Cost: Free
Venue: Harry Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: CUDOS bit.ly/2x4Ho7U
Enquiries: 0293512637   cudos@physics.usyd.edu.au
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Tuesday 26 September 2017
Author Talk: Jane Rawson on From the Wreck  
Jane Rawson talks about From the Wreck, a speculative novel which  jumps off from the true story of her great-great grandfather, George Hills, who survived a shipwreck in 1859. In Jane’s re-imagining, George is obsessed with a fellow survivor, unaware that she from another dimension and seeking refuge on earth.
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Sep 26 Cost: Free - Bookings Essential
Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St, 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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What’s Happened to the University?  
Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Will the proliferation of politically correct ideals become the norm, prescribing, censoring or banning texts, gagging speech and curbing exchange of ideas? Join us for an engaging, informed and robust look at the issues. Speakers include Frank Furedi, Marguerite Johnson and Steven Schwartz.
Time: 5:45pm-7:00pm Sep 26 Cost: Free
Venue: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney
Submitted by: The Centre for Independent Studies www.eventbrite.com.au/e/whats-ha..
Bookings: (02) 9438 4377   mhawkeweaver@cis.org.au
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No History, No Future - George Shipp Memorial Talk  
The inclusion of history in the national history curriculum suggests a central role and respect of history in our society. Public historian Dr Lisa Murray will consider the current situation for history in our community and reflect upon Australian history and the role of history in planning for the future.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 26 Cost: Free but bookings are essential
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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Wednesday 27 September 2017
Renewable Reinvention - Global Green Shift?  
Global energy markets are in process of rapid change and transformation. Expert speakers discuss the potential for renewable reinvention and a global green shift: John Mathews, Macquarie Uni; Emma Herd, Investor Group on Climate Change; Tony Vassallo and Christopher Wright, University of Sydney.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 27 Cost: Free
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Thursday 28 September 2017
An evening with nature photographer Jess Bray  
Jess Bray, a finalist in this year’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Exhibition, talks about the process of taking amazing photos. Jess’s shoots have taken her to the world’s most exciting wildlife hotspots, including Kenya, Alaska, the Galapagos, Patagonia, Iceland and Greenland. The Exhibition displays over 100 stunning photos.
Time: 5:45pm-7:45pm Sep 28 Cost: $20 / $18 concessions / $16 AM Members
Venue: Theatre, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Australian Musuem australianmuseum.net.au/event/an-evening..
Enquiries: (02) 93206000   tanya.goldberg@austmus.gov.au
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Friday 29 September 2017
Shakespeare's Richard III  
Shakespeare wrote Richard III, one of his best known plays, over 100 years after Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. So how did he know what had happened? Yvette Debergue examines the textual evidence that Shakespeare would have had access to and how reliable these sources were.
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Sep 29 Cost: $48 incl light supper
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 3 October 2017
The Future of AI in the Arts  
Can a robot produce art? Prof Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo) delivers an eye-opening talk on developing the world’s first android-led opera “Scary Beauty”, and considers the deeper implications and future possibilities for AI in the arts. Part of talk series Human Meets Robot, running from September 21 to November 2: https://jpf.org.au/events/human-meets-robot/
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Oct 03 Cost: Free, bookings essential
Venue: The Japan Foundation Sydney, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney jpf.org.au/events/the-future-of-..
Enquiries: (02) 8239 0055   reception@jpf.org.au
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Wednesday 4 October 2017
All Creatures Great and Small  
Spirituality in the Pub, Paddington. What impact do animals have on our lives? Speakers: Margaret Rose, Associate Professor of Veterinary Science, UNSW, and Allan Pronger PR and motivational speaker from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT with his guide dog Archie MC: Fr Paul Ghanem OFM, Parish Priest St Francis Catholic Church Paddington
Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm Oct 04 Cost: Donation
Venue: Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford Street, Paddington
Submitted by: Paddington Spirituality in the Pub www.catalyst-for-renewal.com.au
Enquiries: (02) 0414873910   Dfdlaw@infolearn.com.au
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Thursday 5 October 2017
Larry Buttrose in conversation with Elizabeth Farrelly  
Join author Larry Buttrose, whose bestselling book, A Long Way Home, was the inspiration for the movie Lion, in conversation with The Sydney Morning Herald’s Elizabeth Farrelly as they discuss Larry’s work. Includes the launch of his Selected Poems.
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Oct 05 Cost: Free - Incl. light refreshments
Venue: Balmain Library, 370 Darling St, Balmain
Submitted by: leichhardt library www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/library
Enquiries: (02) 9367 9211   library@lmc.nsw.gov.au
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Monday 9 October 2017
Doing Justice  
Barrister Julian Burnside’s commitment to justice runs long – with a pronounced commitment to asylum seeker and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. He’ll lead a panel conversation about justice – what it means to him, and what it should mean to all of us –with host Benjamin Law.
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Oct 09 Cost: $15 concession / $19 full
Venue: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Theatre, 18 & 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Submitted by: Sydney Writers' Festival www.swf.org.au/festivals/programs-2017-2..
Bookings: 8355 1574
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Tuesday 10 October 2017
Trust Talk: Tales of Old Rookwood  
In 2017 Rookwood Cemetery celebrates its 150th anniversary. Join Warren Fahey, Rookwood's cultural historian and filmmaker, for an exploration of Rookwood's curious history and the screening of several short films on Rookwood notables like Roy "Mo" Rene and Louisa Lawson.
Time: 10:30am-11:30am Oct 10 Cost: Free, but bookings are essential
Venue: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Head Office, Building 28, Best Ave, Mosman
Submitted by: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust www.harbourtrust.gov.au/learn/trust-talk..
Enquiries: (02) 0498814363
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The Science of Singing, Registers, and Resonance  
The voice is a remarkable musical instrument, fundamentally different from manufactured instruments. Professor of Physics at the University of NSW, Joe Wolfe, examines the basic science of the voice, including how singers can make their voice loud enough to compete with orchestras.
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Oct 10 Cost: Free
Venue: City Recital Hall, 2 - 12 Angel Pl., Sydney
Submitted by: City Recital Hall www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/science-o..
Bookings: 02 8256 2222
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Wednesday 11 October 2017
The Thinkers Guide to the 21st Century – Authoritarianism  
Historians these days probably get less sleep than anyone else, kept up by the echoes of the past in the radically shifting world political landscape. We discuss the present with academics who specialise in the political cultures of the last century; Vrasidas Karalis, Dirk Moses, Glenda Sluga and Lucia Sorbera.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Oct 11 Cost: Free
Venue: General Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Thursday 12 October 2017
Robot as Companion  
Media designer Tomomi Ota (robot-partner.com) presents her experience cohabitating with social robot Pepper and introduces her philosophy on human-robot interaction. Chaired by Dr Yuji Sone (Macquarie University), author of the book "Japanese Robot Culture: Performance, Imagination, and Modernity." Part of talk series Human Meets Robot, September 21-November 2: https://jpf.org.au/events/human-meets-robot/
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Oct 12 Cost: Free, bookings essential
Venue: The Japan Foundation Sydney, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney www.jpf.org.au/events/robot-as-companion
Enquiries: (02) 8239 0055   reception@jpf.org.au
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Saturday 14 October 2017
Dickens and the English Language.  
Susan Butler, Editor of the Macquarie Dictionary,  speaks about words that have come to us from Dickens and how appearing in such well-loved works of literature has given extra staying power to the words that he chose.
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm Oct 14 Cost: $10/$5 Members
Venue: Sydney Room, City Tattersals Club, 194 - 204 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: NSW Dickens Society dickenssydney.com
Enquiries: -   nswdickens@gmail.com
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Wednesday 18 October 2017
Author Talk: Holly Wainwright on The Mummy Bloggers  
Mamamia's Head of Entertainment, Holly Wainwright, will discuss her novel The Mummy Bloggers which takes a sharp and funny look at the power of social media and the women behind the likes, shares, and filters. A feisty, fast-paced debut novel, perfect for fans of Zoe Foster-Blake and Liane Moriarty.
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Oct 18 Cost: Free, but bookings are essential via www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/library
Venue: Library auditorium, Margaret Martin Library, Level 1 Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Belmore Road, Randwick
Submitted by: Randwick City Library Service www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/library
Enquiries: (02) 9093 6400   contactus@randwick.nsw.gov.au
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Thursday 19 October 2017
Tim Bullamore on Obituaries in the time of Jane Austen  
Tim Bullamore is the editor of Jane Austen's Regency World and is visiting Australia from the UK to speak at Jane Austen Societies.
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Oct 19 Cost: Free
Venue: Lvl 6 Ashfield Civic Ctre, Ashfield Library, 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
Submitted by: Ashfield Library www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au
Enquiries: 02 9716 1810
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Obituaries in the time of Jane Austen  
Tim Bullamore is the editor of Jane Austen's Regency World and is visiting Australia from the UK to speak at Jane Austen Societies.
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Oct 19 Cost: Free
Venue: Lvl 6 Ashfield Civic Ctre, Ashfield Library, 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
Submitted by: Ashfield Library www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au
Enquiries: 02 9716 1810
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Painting after the mass-produced image  
Professor David J. Roxburgh, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History, Harvard University, presents the fourth lecture in the Sydney Asian Art Series. The series is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre and The Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the AGNSW and Sydney Ideas.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Oct 19 Cost: Free - online registrations requested
Venue: CPC auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectures/2017..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Monday 23 October 2017
Joanna Penglase on M.C. Beaton  
Joanna Penglase will give an illustrated lecture entitled Agatha Raisin meets Hamish Macbeth: the amazing M.C. Beaton.
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Oct 23 Cost: Free
Venue: Lvl 6 Ashfield Civic Ctre, Ashfield Library, 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
Submitted by: Ashfield Library www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/EventViewTraini..
Enquiries: 02 9716 1810
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Tuesday 24 October 2017
IQ2 Debate: Humanity is designing its own demise  
We are in a new era. Of growing and changing population, economic failings, changes to our environments and the mix of biodiversity on our planet. As technological advances deliver ethical minefields, are we designing our own end? Speakers include philosopher Clive Hamilton and journalist Signe Dean.
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Oct 24 Cost: General $39 + BF
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Sydney
Submitted by: The Ethics Centre www.ethics.org.au/future
Enquiries: (02) 8267 5761   communications@ethics.org.au
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Wednesday 1 November 2017
Walter Mason on H.V. Morton  
Walter Mason will give an illustrated lecture on the English journalist and pioneering travel writer H.V. Morton.
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Nov 01 Cost: Free
Venue: Lvl 6 Ashfield Civic Ctre, Ashfield Library, 260 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield
Submitted by: Ashfield Library www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/page/authors_at_..
Enquiries: 02 9716 1810
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Thursday 2 November 2017
Climate Change and Australia with Professor Lesley Hughes  
Our climate system is changing rapidly as a result of human activity. Australia is considered one of the most vulnerable developed countries; we already experience unprecedented heatwaves, coral bleaching and many other impacts. Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes will address the latest global and national trends, and what must happen next.
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Nov 02 Cost: Free & Open to the Public
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   marketing@smsa.org.au
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