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Thursday 12 September 2019

Media/Multimedia

Screening: Mackendrick’s Sweet Smell of Success (1957)  
Film noir classic Sweet Smell of Success is a tale of a corrupt gossip columnist (Burt Lancaster) who pressures an unscrupulous press agent (Tony Curtis) to help prevent his sister (Susan Harrison) from marrying a jazz musician. The film will be introduced and given context by Peter Rainey.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:15pm Sep 12 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
Information: smsa.org.au/events
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
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Saturday 14 September 2019

History

The Holtermann Collection  
In 1951 3,500 glass plate negatives were found in a garden shed containing the largest record of the goldfields era . Bernhardt Holtermann commissioned the photographs after finding gold. 1872. The plates are now in the Mitchell Library. Patrick Dodd from the Library tells this fascinating story
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Time: 2:00pm-3:45pm Sep 14 Cost: $6 incl afternoon tea
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street,, Sydney
Enquiries: (02) 0448891981   brooksbevy@gmail.com
Information: www.sydneyhistorical.org.au
Submitted by: City of Sydney Historical Association Inc.
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Thursday 19 September 2019

Health

Public interest and toxic chemicals  
Join public health expert Professor Tim Driscoll and Walkley Award-winning journalists Kerry O'Brien and Carrie Fellner, as they discuss the role of scientific research and journalism to uncover the dangers of widely used chemicals.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 19 Cost: Free
Venue: CPC auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
Information: sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Submitted by: The University of Sydney
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Monday 23 September 2019

History

Women and Science: Electricity, Astronomy and Natural History  
Anne Harbers discusses the drive to seek scientific knowledge shared by Fanny Macleay in colonial Sydney, Dutch Golden Age painter Rachel Ruysch and Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden and the first women's academy of science, The Ladies Society of Natural Sciences in Holland.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 23 Cost: $15 – SMSA Members, Royal Society Members and Fellows / $20 Guests and General Entry.
Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Bookings: 02 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
Information: www.smsa.org.au/events
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
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Wednesday 25 September 2019

Health

Understanding neurodiversity and living with autism  
Hear experts, including the Brain and Mind Centre's Professor Adam Guastella, explore how we might create cultures and environments that support neurodiversity, and recognise the varying levels of communication and experiences that can exist for people with autism.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 25 Cost: Free
Venue: The Great Hall, Science Rd, The University of Sydney
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
Information: sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Submitted by: The University of Sydney
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Saturday 28 September 2019

History

Potstickers and panning  
The presentation traces the separate migratory paths of three native Chinese men from Guangdong on a journey to colonial Australia. Their descendants make-up a typical admixture of ABC’s (Australian Born Chinese) and European. Presenter Kira Brown is a 5th generation ABC, living in Orange NSW.
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Time: 2:30pm-4:15pm Sep 28 Cost: Non members $15; Members $10 incl refreshments
Venue: Mitchell Theatre Level 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney CBD
Enquiries: 0417655233  Bookings: lowekelley@bigpond.com
Information: chineseaustralianhistory.org
Submitted by: Chinese Australian Historical Sociey Inc
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Monday 30 September 2019

Literature

A Roald Dahl Assortment  
Peter Rainey will introduce and discuss several of Dahl’s beloved short stories and an amusing assortment of Revolting Rhymes read by Poetry at SMSA. Roald Dahl’s books, stories and poems have brought joy to generations of readers, delighting us with their crazy characters, unconventional plots and humorous wordplay.
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Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm Sep 30 Cost: Free - Bookings Essential
Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
Information: smsa.org.au/events
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
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Arts

Cultural Leadership and Fundraising  
Drawing her experiences hosting Communicating the Arts and Culture Business conferences around the world, Corinne Estrada will talk about branding and fundraising when cultural organisations reopen. She will introduce the new generation of cultural leaders running these landmark institutions.
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Time: 6:00pm-0:30am Sep 30 Cost: $20 / members as per subscription
Venue: Australia Council for The Arts, level 5, 60 Union Street, Pyrmont
Enquiries: 0418264755   info@samag.org
Information: www.samag.org
Submitted by: Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG)
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Tuesday 1 October 2019

Health

The limits of risk factors revisited  
Join Professor Sandro Galea as he discusses approaches and methods of medical reseach.
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Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm Oct 01 Cost: Free
Venue: Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building, Library Rd, UNSW Sydney
Enquiries: 0293851000   medicine.events@unsw.edu.au
Information: events.unsw.edu.au/event/limits-..
Submitted by: UNSW Events
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Wednesday 2 October 2019

History

The Story of Long Bay  
Long Bay has housed some of Australia’s most notorious criminals: Tilly Devine, Neddy Smith, Roger Rogerson and Ivan Milat have all spent time behind its bars. Patrick Kennedy will take us behind the scenes of Australia’s hardest prison, telling the stories of inmates, prison officers and nurses. The RAHS Day Lecture.
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Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Oct 02 Cost: Free
Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Enquiries: (02) 9247 8001
Information: www.rahs.org.au
Submitted by: Royal Australian Historical Society
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Health

Precision medicine: Can it live up to the hype?  
Join us as world-renowned experts, including Boston University's Sandro Gallea, explore some of the key issues around precision medicine. We analyse the realities of disease prediction, economics, ethics, clinical applications and the balance between the personal and the public benefit.
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Time: 6:00pm-5:30pm Oct 02 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations essential (visit website)
Venue: CPC auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
Information: sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Submitted by: The University of Sydney
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Science/Technology

A new light on quantum computing  
Professor Chris Monroe hails from the University of Maryland and is the founder of IonQ, an emerging quantum computing company that takes a unique approach and is challenging corporate giants, such as IBM and Google, in the race to build a working quantum machine.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Oct 02 Cost: Free
Venue: 4002, Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
Information: sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Submitted by: The University of Sydney
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Health

Art*People*Care Long Table wiht Project Art Works  
A ‘Long Table’ discussion on radical arts-led models of care. Project Art Works (UK) believe that the arts can drive the creation of radical new models of social care. Presented by The Big Anxiety, MCA and Australia Council for the Arts. Speakers include Kate Adams, Patricia Finnegan, and Tim Corrigan – Project Artworks.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Oct 02 Cost: Free, but bookings essential.
Venue: MCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, Sydney
Enquiries: 02 8936 0619   festival@thebiganxiety.org
Information: www.thebiganxiety.org/events/art..
Submitted by: Insight Communications
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Religion & Spirituality

Sharing the journey through the magic of words  
Spirituality in the Pub, Paddington Speakers: Christopher Cheng, an award winning author of more than 40 children's books and Christine Carlton, President of the Story Tellers Guild and author
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Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm Oct 02 Cost: Donation
Venue: Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford Street, Paddington
Enquiries: (02) 0414873910   mareadonovan@gmail.com
Information: www.catalystforrenewal.org.au
Submitted by: Paddington Spirituality in the Pub
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Thursday 3 October 2019

History

Disease in Ancient Times: More Lethal than War  
Infectious disease in ancient times presented a daily struggle for survival in avoiding or fighting against epidemics. However, Dr Philip Norrie argues the role of disease in the fall of ancient civilisations - from the Hittite Empire to Egypt, Carthage and even Rome - has been vastly underestimated by historians.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Oct 03 Cost: Free - Bookings Essential
Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Bookings: 02 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
Information: www.smsa.org.au/events
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
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