All Talks

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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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Sunday 19 August 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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?
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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Sunday 26 August 2018
Masonry: facts and fallacies  
The Masonic brotherhood, at least 500 years old, has been the subject of wild and troubling rumours and bizarre conspiracy theories since the 18th C. This talk will dispel these rumours and explain the truth about Freemasonry. Presented by Morandir Armson.
Time: 10:30am-11:30am Aug 26 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) 421387
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Monday 27 August 2018
Causes and consequences of future social unrest  
Mass unemployment, globalisation, and the social and economic consequences of anthropogenic global warming, will all potentially drive social unrest in the future. Explore the potential causes of future deep social unrest & the likely consequences of the fracture of social consensus with Alec Pemberton.
Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm Aug 27 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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2018 Being Collected Lecture: Insights into Repatriation  
Behind the scenes of good news stories of repatriation are a network of community elders and project workers who facilitate the logistics of returning cultural property on a case-by-case basis. This panel discussion brings together three remarkable speakers working with community, museum and Government sectors: Markus Hughes, Barrina South, Shaun Angeles.
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Aug 27 Cost: Free
Venue: Nicholson Museum, Quadrangle A14, The University of Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney University Museums wordvine.sydney.edu.au/files/2259/21486/
Enquiries: (02) 9036 5409   macleay.museum@sydney.edu.au
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Tuesday 28 August 2018
Across Java by train  
With a network of railway lines that extend across Java and as far as the ferry crossing to Bali, train travel is the best way to see Java. Let Ian Burnet, the Indonesia travel expert, help plan your trip.
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Aug 28 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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Sydney research goes full scale for Shakespeare: the Popup Globe  
For this panel discussion Professor Fitzpatrick will summarise the University team’s research, Miles Gregory will give an overview of the Popup Globe enterprise so far, and prominent NZ actress Amanda Billing will offer first-hand insights into acting in this unique space.
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Aug 28 Cost: Free and open to all with registrations required
Venue: CPC auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: 93512943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Tuesday 28 August 2018
Guide to official measurements of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions  
Engineer Peter Todd will guide us through the official measurements of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, highlighting problems that Australia needs to solve to achieve zero emissions. All welcome to also join us from 6pm at Cellini’s, Level 2, QVB south, opposite Hobbyco - look for Citizens' Climate Lobby T-shirts.
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm Aug 28 Cost: Free
Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Level 1, Sydney
Submitted by: Sustainable Population Australia ccl.org.au
Enquiries: 95793020 or text 0467004892   brian@ccl.org.au
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Wednesday 29 August 2018
The Anthropocene: challenges of the human age  
Join the ANU's Emeritus Professor Will Steffen as he talks about some of the climate change issues that are currently plaguing the Human Age. The talk will be facilitated by Professor Clive Pearson from Charles Sturt University.
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm Aug 29 Cost: Free
Venue: Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Suite 502, Level 5, 51-57 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Affinity www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-anth..
Enquiries: (02) 8065 2502   info@affinity.org.au
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Rick Searle on Charles Ulm, Australian Aviation Pioneer  
Join biographer Rick Searle for a compelling talk on Charles Ulm and his role as a driving force behind the growth of modern global air travel. Peer of Charles Kingsford Smith, but missing out on the acclaim, his final flight tragically disappeared without a trace.
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Aug 29 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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Taking the long view on out-of-home care  
This expert panel, featuring Emeritus Professor Harriet Ward, will explore the contribution of longitudinal research in understanding the impact on vulnerable children and families.
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm Aug 29 Cost: Free and open to all with registrations required
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: 93512943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Thursday 30 August 2018
Saving Sydney's Wild Rivers  
Sydney still has pristine, free flowing and healthy rivers. Learn why a proposal to raise the Warragamba Dam wall threatens these rivers with Janine Kitson.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Aug 30 Cost: $28
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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Friday 31 August 2018
Who was Mary Magdalene?  
Mary Magdalene is one of three Marys in the New Testament. She has been cast as wealthy disciple, as penitent sinner, as Jesus' concubine or wife, as a goddess of beauty and love, even as the eternal sacred feminine. Tonight Douglas Golding considers the many compelling stories of her life.
Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Aug 31 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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Sunday 2 September 2018
Re-Imagining Wilderness: finding soul in a dystopian world  
Andy Macqueen author, Friend of the Colo, former president of Bushwalkers NSW and a keen supporter of community-based nature conservation efforts will give this year’s Alex Colley address entitled "Re-Imagining Wilderness." Andy will present some challenging ideas about perceptions of wilderness, and how the road ahead should be tackled.
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm Sep 02 Cost: free, with light refreshments
Venue: Bld L2 Northside, University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury Campus, Science Road, East Richmond
Submitted by: The Colong Foundation for Wilderness Ltd www.colongwilderness.org.au/news/2018/yo..
Enquiries: 92612400   info@colongwilderness.org.au
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Wednesday 5 September 2018
Hashtags sparking revolutions:  
Join us for an evening A+ Youth Lecture with Sara Mansour, co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam. The topic of Sara's talk will be 'Hashtags Sparking Revolutions: How Social Media is Helping Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment'. Light dinner will be served at 6pm. The talk will start at 6.30pm.
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Sep 05 Cost: Free
Venue: Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Suite 502, Level 5, 51-57 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Affinity www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hashtags..
Enquiries: (02) 8065 2502   info@affinity.org.au
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Depression and Anxiety. Am I going to be OK?  
Two creative people, Joanna O'Brien and Carl Beattie will show how with insightful and imaginative ways they are helping us deal in our society with the incidence of depression and anxiety. Joanna O'Brien is a teacher at Platinum pre-school, Randwick. Carl Beattie is College Councillor at Marcellin College Randwick
Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm Sep 05 Cost: Donation
Venue: Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford Street, Paddington
Submitted by: Paddington Spirituality in the Pub www.catalystforrenewal.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 0414873910   mareadonovan@gmail.com
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Thursday 6 September 2018
Voices from the ashes  
An esteemed panel featuring Jonathan Ari Lander and Avril Alba, will discuss how the testimony of Holocaust survivors is used today and the problems, questions and opportunities it presents to people grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 06 Cost: Free
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
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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Thursday 6 September 2018
Journalism's new bottom line: Impact  
Co-presented by the Walkley Foundation, this event featuring journalist Robert J Rosenthal will be an examination of the brave new world that is public interest journalism, where the bottom line is less about dollars and more about impact.
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Sep 06 Cost: Free and open to all with registrations required
Venue: Abercrombie Business School (LT 1040), Cnr Codrington & Abercrombie Streets, The University of Sydney, Darlington
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: 93512943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Friday 7 September 2018
Scientists and philosophers need to talk!  
"Metaphysics" has become a bit of a dirty word lately, especially in scientific circles. But it's not all spirits and voodoo, it's also a rigorous philosophical discipline concerned with defining/understanding first principles and abstract concepts. Tibor Molnar explores the metaphysics essential to our scientific understanding.
Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm Sep 07 Cost: $35 includes light refreshments
Venue: WEA, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Brainwaves Information Services www.weasydney.com.au/course/SPNT..
Bookings: (02) 9264 2781  Enquiries: info@brainwaves.com.au
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Saturday 8 September 2018
George Hedgeland: Stained glass artist and Sydney surveyor  
Angela Phippen's illustrated talk will tell the story of George Hedgeland who came to Australia for a better life and of the people commemorated in his windows. George was an English stained glass artist who became a pastoralist in Queensland and later a surveyor of Sydney streets.
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Sep 08 Cost: Free
Venue: Level 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street,, Sydney
Submitted by: City of Sydney Historical Association Inc. www.sydneyhistorical.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 0423149522
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Monday 10 September 2018
Brexit, ethnic populism and the end of the British empire as we know it  
For the 2018 J.M. Ward Memorial Lecture, co-presented with the Department of History, Professor Bill Schwarz will discuss the fallout from Brexit and the evolution of a new English nation.
Time: 5:00pm-7:30pm Sep 10 Cost: Free and open to all with registrations required
Venue: General Lecture Theatre, The Quadrangle, University of Sydney
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 12 September 2018
Meet the Seed Stitch Collective  
Join us for a conversation focusing on six Sydney women’s passion for textiles. Meet Soraya Abidin, Sky Carter, Suzanne Davey, Niki McDonald, Emma Peters, Kylie Walsh, and the Skein Sisters.
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Sep 12 Cost: Free
Venue: Gallery, Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William St, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Submitted by: Object: Australian Design Centre www.eventbrite.com.au/e/meet-the..
Enquiries: (02) 93614555   hello@australiandesigncentre.com
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Tuesday 18 September 2018
Differing views: valuing disagreement  
What does it mean to “disagree well” within academia? Hear from an esteemed panel featuring Professor Nalini Joshi AO among others, about the importance of disagreeing well.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 18 Cost: Free
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
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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Thursday 20 September 2018
Stem cell therapy: the good, the bad and the ugly  
An expert panel featuring Professor John Rasko AO and more, unravel the good, bad and ugly dimensions of stem cell research to inform and empower health consumers.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 20 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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Monday 24 September 2018
Professional obligations in an age of climate change  
Are our ethical codes and standards doing enough to slow down climate change? This panel, featuring writer Anna Krien and Greenpeace Australia CEO David Ritter, will consider these and other profound questions facing all professionals in the age of global warming.
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 24 Cost: Free
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
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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Friday 28 September 2018
In Conversation: Architecture and Accessibility  
Almost one in five Australians report living with a disability and are profoundly impacted by the design of public spaces and private dwellings. Presented in association with the Sydney Architecture Festival, join this discussion featuring a panel of prominent architects and community members in conversation with presenter Fenella Kernebone.
Time: 0:30am-12:00pm Sep 28 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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Tuesday 23 October 2018
The birth of state in Greater Mesopotamia  
The Anthony McNicoll Lecture in the area of Middle Eastern archaeology will see Professor Marcella Frangipane share important new insights into the birth of early state societies in the greater Mesopotamian world.
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Oct 23 Cost: Free and open to all with registrations required
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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