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Friday 24 November 2017
Meet the Author: David Dale  
The perfect pesto. Best bouillabaisse. Purest paella. A river of gold flows through Italy, France and Spain. It's the olive oil that links three great cuisines, along with a love of garlic, anchovies, peppers, fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables. Join author David Dale and explore the history of Mediterranean cuisine.
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Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Nov 24 Cost: Free
Venue: Five Dock Library, Level 1,, 4-12 Garfield Street, Five Dock
Submitted by: City of Canada Bay Libraries www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/
Enquiries: (02) 9911 6210
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Canberra: The Capital City That Nearly Wasn't  
James Colman examines the formation of our nation's capital. An international design competition in 1911 led to the appointment of Chicago architect Walter Burley as Director of Design and Construction – and from that point onward to the present, there has been almost continuous debate about the capital's form (and function).
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Nov 24 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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Saturday 25 November 2017
Sydney cemeteries: an illustrated talk with Lisa Murray  
Lisa Murray works as City Historian with the City of Sydney Council and her book Sydney cemeteries: a field guide is an extension of her doctoral thesis so she knows her subject and is a self-confessed lover of cemeteries. Lisa will let us in on a few secrets.
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Time: 10:15am-12:30pm Nov 25 Cost: Free
Venue: hall, Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville
Submitted by: Marrickville Heritage Society
Enquiries: (02) 9557 3823   hertitagesociety@optusnet.com.au
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Monday 27 November 2017
Human Rights at Home  
Howard Bell discusses human rights in Australia, including their essential and fundamental nature, where they come from and how they relate to moral/legal rights, duties and obligations. The need for a human rights charter or bill of rights will also be discussed using a case study on homelessness in Australia.
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Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm Nov 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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1001 Arabian Nights  
Jo Henwood presents an illustrated lecture on the classic story, One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age.
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Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Nov 27 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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Digital Rights: what are they, and why do we need them?  
A panel including Ellen Broad from the Open Data Institute, Nicolas Suzor from QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre and Professor of Political Sociology Ariadne Vromen discuss the implications of digital disruption for the way we live, work, and participate in politics.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 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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Author Talk: Judy Nunn on Sanctuary  
Join actor and bestselling author, Judy Nunn, as she discusses her compelling new novel, Sanctuary. Free event - All welcome - Light refreshments served
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Nov 27 Cost: Free
Venue: Balmain Library, 370 Darling St, Balmain
Submitted by: Leichhardt Library www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sanctuary-with-j..
Enquiries: (02) 93679211   library@lmc.nsw.gov.au
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Tuesday 28 November 2017
Mindfulness for Wellbeing  
Join Dr Padmini Howpage for a talk on how you can use mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. Discover the many benefits of mindfulness which include improved concentration, mental clarity and self-control.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Nov 28 Cost: $5.00pp
Venue: Castle Hill Library, Sonya Phillips Room, Cnr Castle and Pennant St, Castle Hill
Submitted by: The Hills Shire Library Service www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mindfulness-for-..
Enquiries: 02 9761 4510
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Inside the Plaster: scanning the victims of Pompeii  
Dr Estelle Lazer, author of Resurrecting Pompeii (2009), is an archaeologist best known for her work on the human remains from Pompeii. She discusses the latest findings of the state-of-the-art CT scans of the plaster casts of human victims and those of other mammals.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 28 Cost: Free
Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Eastern Ave, 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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El Chigüire Bipolar and The Chaser  
The creators of Venezuela's leading satirical news site El Chigüire Bipolar, Elio Casale, Oswaldo Graziani and Juan Andrés Ravell, discuss the politics of satire with Julian Morrow, from Australia’s in no way leading satirical news site The Chaser.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 28 Cost: Free, online registration essential
Venue: Abercrombie Business School LT 1110, University of Sydney, Cnr Codrington & Abercrombie Streets, Darlington
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectur..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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From Climate Denial to Public Engagement  
Despite the danger of global climate change, there has been meagre public response within wealthy industrialised nations to address climate change. This forum features a keynote lecture by Kari Marie Norgaard and explores the issue of climate change denial and how we can move from denial to public engagement.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 28 Cost: Free, online registration required
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectur..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Author Talk: Tracey Spicer discusses The Good Girl Stripped Bare  
Popular media personality Tracey Spicer will discuss her tell-all memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare. A frank reflection upon her career as an anchor for news, current affairs and lifestyle TV programs, Tracey’s ‘femoir’ exposes the blatant sexism and discrimination which women still face in the workplace and media today.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Nov 28 Cost: Free, but bookings are required 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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Wednesday 29 November 2017
From the Outback to Outer Space: Australia in Space  
Kerrie Dougherty marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of WRESAT-1 on 29 November 1967 with a fascinating talk about the history of the Woomera Rocket Range (celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017), its space related projects, and Australia's participation in the Space Race between 1957 and 1980.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Nov 29 Cost: Free, and open to all
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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Luther and Dreams  
Despite his dismissal of superstitions, dogmas and faiths as ‘dreams’, Luther himself noted important dreams, and they give rare insight into his deepest anxieties and feelings. Join Professor Lyndal Roper to discuss how historians can make use of dreams to understand the subjectivity of people in the past.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 29 Cost: Free, online registration required
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectur..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Disease detection at your fingertips  
UTS Professors Dayong Jin and Alaina Ammit are working on innovations in nanotechnology and biomedical science that could revolutionise disease detection and prevention. Join them for a night of science where you will hear the latest about their innovative research, and have the chance to ask them questions directly.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 29 Cost: Free
Venue: Great Hall, UTS, Tower ( Building 1), Level 5, 15 Broadway, Ultimo
Submitted by: UTS Science newsroom.uts.edu.au/events/2017/1..
Enquiries: 0295148271   science@uts.edu.au
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