All Talks

Saturday 27 May 2017
Books Celebrating Nature  
Janine Kitson shares insights into recent environmental books she has reviewed – including picture books, young person's novels and environmental histories. What environmental issues are being written about? Why is children's literature so important for lifelong learning about the environment? What are some great books celebrating Nature?
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm May 27 Cost: $20
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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Monday 29 May 2017
Russia: Latest Developments  
Cavan Hogue looks at the developments in Russia and especially how the Trump presidency is affecting Russian relations with the US and NATO countries.
Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm May 29 Cost: $15
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 30 May 2017
Barcelona Nights (and Days)  
Discover the Catalonian Capital with Jo Gerk! Surrounded by mountains and beaches, teeming with culture and home to unique architectural masterpieces with over two thousand years of history. It is one of the major tourism destinations in Europe making it the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean and a vibrant economic hub.
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm May 30 Cost: $36 incl tea/coffee
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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Jane Gleeson-White on The Swan Book by Alexis Wright  
As part of the Reading Australian Literature series in which acclaimed Australian writers reflect on books they value, author Jane-Gleeson White discusses key topics from Alexis Wright's novel The Swan Book.
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm May 30 Cost: Free/Online registration required
Venue: Level 4, Law School Common Room, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, 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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Wednesday 31 May 2017
Jo Henwood on Robin Hood  
Jo Henwood uses illustrations to talk about Robin Hood around the world : the outlaw hero in legend and history.
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm May 31 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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Wednesday 31 May 2017
The Ethics of Emotion  
Join Deakin University philosopher and author Dr Talia Morag for a good look at how locking emotions up can play out in the way we think, feel and behave with the people around us. Including those we love the most.
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm May 31 Cost: $39
Venue: The Ethics Centre, Lv1, Legion House, 161 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Submitted by: The Ethics Centre www.ethics.org.au/events/event-de..
Enquiries: (02) 8267 5700   communications@ethics.org.au
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Thursday 1 June 2017
Vasudha Chandra on Sickness and Sea bathing in Jane Austen's novels  
Dr Vasudha Chandra talks about sickness and sea-bathing in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Persuasion and Sanditon.
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Jun 01 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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Philosophy Talks: Why does Art Matter to us?  
 Dave Macarthur, Associate Professor, University of Sydney, explores a range of approaches to why we value art and why it matters to us.   
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Jun 01 Cost: Free
Venue: Leichhardt Library, Italian Forum, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Submitted by: leichhardt library www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/art-even..
Enquiries: (02) 93679266   library@lmc.nsw.gov.au
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Tuesday 6 June 2017
This Sounds Like Science: Why music works?  
Not all sequences of sounds are ‘musical’: some sound good, some awful, some move us to tears and some don’t make sense at all. There's all sorts of explanations for this with some surprising links to superstring theory and neuroscience. The University of Sydney’s Prof Dean Rickles discusses it all.
Time: 12:30pm-1:30am Jun 06 Cost: Free
Venue: City Recital Hall, 2 - 12 Angel Pl., Sydney
Submitted by: City Recital Hall cityrecitalhall.com
Bookings: 02 8256 2222
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Wednesday 7 June 2017
A Complicated Love Affair: An Illustrated History of our Relationship with the NSW Coast  
While Aboriginal people have long had an intimate relationship with their coastal countries, the love affair for white Australians took some time to develop. Ian Hoskins uses artwork, maps and photographs to trace the evolution of attitudes to the NSW coast.
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Jun 07 Cost: Free
Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Royal Australian Historical Society www.rahs.org.au/product/rahs-day-..
Enquiries: (02)92478001  Bookings: history@rahs.org.au
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Thursday 8 June 2017
Babette Smith on the History of the Working Class  
Babette Smith talks about the background to the creation of the working class in Australia, which has its origins from the convict era. 
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Jun 08 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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Saturday 10 June 2017
What shall we have for dinner? Dickens and 19th century food  
Mrs Charles Dickens published a volume of menus titled What Shall We Have for dinner? The Australian colonies were hungry to learn how to dine and entertain. Jacqui Newling, interpretation curator and ‘colonial gastronomer’ at Sydney Living Museums, tells the story.
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm Jun 10 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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Thursday 15 June 2017
Garden Design Series with Joanne Neylon  
The Managing Director of Joanne Green Landscape & Interior, one of Sydney’s leading landscape and interior design companies, takes us behind the scenes of some of her projects and presents an overview of her work while discussing influences and sites along the way.
Time: 6:15pm-8:15pm Jun 15 Cost: $75/$60 Foundation & Friends' Members incl refreshments
Venue: Royal Automobile Club Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/What-s-On/..
Bookings: 0292318182   foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
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Sunday 18 June 2017
Communism and Faith in North Korea  
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, retired High Court Judge, and author Dr Christopher Richardson discuss life under communism and its impact upon religious faith in North Korea.
Time: 2:00pm-4:30pm Jun 18 Cost: $50/$40 conc
Venue: St James' Hall, Level 1, 169-171 Phillip Street, Sydney
Submitted by: St James' Institute sjks.org.au/institute/whats-on
Enquiries: (02) 8227 1305   registrations@sjks.org.au
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Monday 19 June 2017
Susannah Fullerton on Frances Hodgson Burnett  
Literary lecturer Susannah Fullerton discusses the life and work of classic children's author, Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Jun 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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