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Thinking is key

Photo of Kate Jennings

The successful Sydney Ideas Program continues in the second half of 2010 with a full program of events to suit all tastes. The program will start with a very special event. Poet, essayist, short story writer, novelist and alumna Kate Jennings (BA (Hons) ’70) takes the stage with her brother Dare to discuss a subject close to their hearts: entrepreneurship. Dare made his name as founder of the clothing company, Mambo, on turning 50 he sold up and his new venture, Deus Ex Machina, combines his love of motorbikes, surf, clothing and art. Kate is the author of a number of highly regarded works of fiction and non-fiction; the latest is Trouble: Evolution of A Radical. It charts her journey from ratbag feminist poet to acerbic expert commentator on global financial systems. Dare might be the most obvious entrepreneur but writers are entrepreneurial: every day the blank page, every day an act of invention. Kate and Dare also have in common their rural upbringing: farmers are quintessential entrepreneurs. In conversation with James Valentine, they will discuss the passion, imagination, resilience and independence of mind that it takes to make something from nothing, day in, day out.

30 July, 6.30pm
Kate and Dare Jennings in Conversation
$20 adults/$15 concs; free to University staff, students and alumni (ID required).

Upcoming Sydney Ideas highlights include:

Wednesday 4 August – 6.30pm
Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe
Dr William D. Phillips, Winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics

Thursday 5 August – 6.30pm
In Transit: European cosmologies in the Pacific
Professor Simon Schaffer, History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Thursday 12 August – 6.30pm
Writing Science Lives: Why Biography Matters