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Sunday 25 February 2018
Elena Taylor on artist Grace Crowley  
Elena Taylor, UNSW Art Collection Curator, will discuss the work of Grace Crowley. Elena curated the inspiring exhibition ‘Grace Crowley: Being Modern‘ for the National Gallery of Australia 2006-07.
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Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm Feb 25 Cost: Free with general admission $10/ $7 concession/ members $4
Venue: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road,, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
Submitted by: National trust S.H. Ervin Gallery www.shervingallery.com.au
Enquiries: (02) 9258 0173   shervingallery@nationaltrust.com.au
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Monday 26 February 2018
Urban farming: feeding the future  
CEO of Green World Revolution (GWR) Toby Whittington and a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment, Dr Lenore Newman, join University of Sydney students and academics to discuss working on the frontline of urban agriculture, and how farms can be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Feb 26 Cost: Free
Venue: Law School LT 104, Eastern Avenue, the 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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Wednesday 28 February 2018
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel: American Buddhist teacher  
Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel is an American Buddhist teacher, practitioner and author. She has studied and practised in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition for 25 years and completed years of solitary retreat. She's the author of The Power of an Open Question. She will be teaching on the Five Slogans of Machik Labdron.
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Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm Feb 28 Cost: $30/20 one night. $50/35 both nights
Venue: Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, 1 Bedford St, Newtown
Submitted by: Rigpa Sydney www.sydney.rigpa.org.au/emn
Enquiries: 02 9211 5304   sydney@rigpa.org.au
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Thursday 1 March 2018
Learning, Adaptation & the Enlightenment: The Library  
Paul Brunton OAM, Emeritus Curator, State Library of New South Wales, discusses how four colonial libraries embodied principles of the Enlightenment: Australian Subscription Library and Reading Room [now the SLNSW] (1826); Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts Library (1833); Evandale Subscription Library (1847); and the Melbourne Public Library [now SLVIC] (1854).
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Mar 01 Cost: $15 SMSA & Royal Society of NSW Members & Fellows / $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   tkc@smsa.org.au
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The influence of the Zionist lobby  
Join Cathy Peters, Coalition for Justice & Peace in Palestine (CJPP) and Professor Peter Slezak, Department of Philosophy, Humanities & Languages, UNSW as they discuss the lobbying power of Zionist groups and the influence they wield in our foreign and domestic policies.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:15pm Mar 01 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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What should we do about Democracy?  
It feels like democracy is under siege, even in rich, peaceful countries like Australia that have escaped financial shocks and civil strife. Join a lively panel of experts, including Cory Doctorow, A.C.Grayling, Rebecca Huntley and Lenore Taylor as they explore some big questions about the future of democracy.
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Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm Mar 01 Cost: $40 Standard, $35 Student/Conc.
Venue: City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney
Submitted by: UNSW Centre for Ideaqs www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/d..
Enquiries: 02 8256 2222   centreforideas@unsw.edu.au
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Saturday 3 March 2018
Bad Blood in Byblos: Politics and Murder in Mesopotamia  
Following in the footsteps of Poirot and Columbo, this lecture by Dr Louise Pryke examines the evidence for a series of unexplained murders in the ancient city of Byblos. Though witness, Rib-Addi of Byblos, we consider possible motives for the Amarna Letter murders, and late Bronze Age Canaan politics.
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Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Mar 03 Cost: Free
Venue: Nicholson Museum, Quadrangle A14, The University of Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney University Museums whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/b..
Bookings: (02) 9351 2812  Enquiries: nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au
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Sunday 4 March 2018
Blockchain & Its Economic Implications  
Hear about the opportunities and threats behind the recent game-changing technology. The speaker is Nathan Waters, founder of Peerism, a blockchain-based response to job automation and wealth inequality by sharing the wealth from AI, SydEthereum, Australia's largest monthly cryptocurrency for democracy meet-up, and Hackagong, Australia's largest independent hackathon since 2012.
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Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Mar 04 Cost: Free
Venue: Henry George House, Association for Good Government, 1F 122 Lt. Eveleigh St., Redfern
Submitted by: Association for Good Government www.associationforgoodgov.com.au
Enquiries: (02) 96982436   goodgov.redfern@gmail.com
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Moya Dyring in Paris  
Dr Melissa Boyde, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, will talk about artist Moya Dyring and her life in Paris. Melissa curated Travels with my art: Moya Dyring and Margaret Olley for Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Margaret Olley Art Centre, Tweed Regional Gallery.
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Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm Mar 04 Cost: Free with general admission $10/ $7 concession/ members $4
Venue: S.H. Ervin Gallery, Watson Road,, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney
Submitted by: National trust S.H. Ervin Gallery www.shervingallery.com.au
Enquiries: (02) 9258 0173   shervingallery@nationaltrust.com.au
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Monday 5 March 2018
Same-sex marriage and the state: global perspectives  
We’ve just legalised same-sex marriage in Australia, but where does the rest of the world stand? Join Bronwyn Winter and Maxime Forest to explore the ways in which same-sex marriage becomes institutionalised (or resisted) through legal and societal norms and practices globally.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Mar 05 Cost: Free
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sydney-i..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943
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Tuesday 6 March 2018
Break the Chains: Take action on modern slavery  
Join panelists, Andrea Nave, CEO Forget Me Not and advocate to end orphanage voluntourism and Laura McManus, business and human rights practioner (plus more!) for an action inspiring conversation about trafficking within and beyond our borders, responsible travel, ethical shopping and a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
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Time: 6:15pm-8:00pm Mar 06 Cost: 20.00
Venue: The Freedom Hub, 283 Young Street, Waterloo
Submitted by: Project Didi Australia www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=351674..
Enquiries: 0404285311   projectdidiaustralia@gmail.com
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Wednesday 7 March 2018
Fearless: empowering women around the world  
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we're hosting a panel featuring five exceptional female academics whose work truly embodies this year’s UN Women’s theme: Leave no woman behind. Speakers include Debra Eckersley, UN Women NC Australia and Jacqueline Thomas who leads a humanitarian engineering program.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Mar 07 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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Wisdom Seekers: Spirituality in the Pub, Paddington  
Monsignor Tony Doherty and Ailsa Peters are co-authors of the book The Attachment. They will speak to this year's Spirituality in the Pub theme 'Wisdom Seekers', then invite questions and comments.
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Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm Mar 07 Cost: Donation
Venue: Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford Street, Paddington
Submitted by: Paddington Spirituality in the Pub catalystforrenewal.org.au/sip/pad..
Enquiries: (02) 0414873910   mareadonovan@gmail.com
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Thursday 8 March 2018
Artist Floor Talk : Wanton, Wild & Unimagined  
Townsville environmental artist Alison McDonald has spent many hours manipulating the humble plastic bottle, and collecting thousands of lids to make a variety of unimagined and impossible creations inspired by plants and oceans for the exhibition Wanton, Wild  & Unimagined.  Join us for a floor talk with the artist. Afternoon tea provided.
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Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Mar 08 Cost: Free
Venue: Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon St, Hurstville
Submitted by: Hurstville Library Museum & Gallery www.trybooking.com/340298
Enquiries: (02) 9330 6444   museumgallery@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au
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Designers Discuss Japanese Materiality  
Join exhibiting designers Julie Bartholomew, Guy Keulemans, Yusuke Takemura and Bic Tieu in discussing the influence of Japanese materiality in their contemporary practices. In dialogue with exhibition Shifts in Japanese Materiality, this panel talk will share the experiences and processes of object designers, spanning ceramics, glass, lacquerware, and jewellery.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Mar 08 Cost: Free; first-come, first-served
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Level 4, Central Park (access via lifts), 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney jpf.org.au/events/japanese-materiality-t..
Enquiries: 02 8239 0055   reception@jpf.org.au
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