Previous Lectures

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2010

The texts of the 2010 public lectures will appear in volume 32 of Arts.

  • 21 October / China’s Future: Gazing into the Crystal Ball Invented by Some of China’s Orthodox Historians of Sun Yatsen / John Wong / Professor of Modern History
  • 16 September / English Literature and the Antipodean Imaginary / Challis Professor of English Paul Giles - click here to listen to podcast.
  • 19 August / Ismail Kadare: Writing Under Communism / Professor Peter Morgan / Director of European Studies Program
  • 20 May / Imagining Internationalism / Glenda Sluga / Professor of International History
  • 17 April / The Politics of Trauma / Professor Michael Humphrey / Professor of Sociology and Social Policy click here to listen to podcast - click here for powerpoint presentation
  • 5 March / The New Rich in China: Why there is no new middle class / Professor David Goodman / Director, Institute of Social Sciences

2009

The texts of the 2009 public lectures are to be found in volume 31 of Arts.

  • 5 November / Not in my Name: representation and its discontents / Professor Simon Tormey / Head, School of Social and Political Sciences - click here to listen to a podcast of Professor Tormey's lecture
  • 24 September / Black Caesar and Billy Blue / Professor Cassandra Pybus / ARC Professorial Fellow, History
  • 3 September / Southeast Asian Studies after Edward Said / Adrian Vickers / Professor of South East Asian Studies
  • 11 August / Reconstructing Human Nature / Paul E. Griffiths / Professorial Research Fellow, Philosophy
  • 26 March / Annual Welcome Reception/ Professor Stephen Garton, Dean of Arts/ The Achievements of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • 21 April Frank Hurley’s Synchronised Lecture Entertainments / Robert Dixon / Professor of Australian Literature
  • 7 May / Barbie, Trade Marks and Free Speech / Dr Michael Spence /Vice-Chancellor and Principal

2008

The texts of the 2008 public lectures are to be found in volume 30 of Arts.

  • 11 November / Emeritus Professor Brian Fletcher / “Sydney University and the Mitchell Library”
  • 24 October / Meg Stewart / Celebration of 85 years of the EA and 55 years of the SUAA
  • 17 October / Professor Anders Ahlqvist, Sir Warwick Fairfax Memorial Chair in Celtic Studies / University of Sydney’s Celtic Studies Foundation Inaugural Lecture “Celtic!”
  • 15 October / Re-launch the literary journal Arna, last published in 1974.
  • 25 September / Professor Jeffrey Riegel, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures / Yuan Mei and a Different “Elegant Gathering”
  • 28 August / Dr Edward Duyker OAM, FAAH, Honorary Associate, Department of French Studies / "Lloyd Rees: Artist and Teacher"
  • 21 August / Emeritus Professor Paul Crittenden / “Changing Orders: Scenes of Clerical and Academic Life” This book of memoirs by the former Dean of Arts was launched by Emertius Professor Genevieve Lloyd.
  • 8 May / Professor Duncan Ivison, Professor of Political Philosophy / A discussion on concepts of liberty from Hobbes to Foucault
  • 17 April / Trevor Howells, Faculty of Architecture / "Ivory Towers and Dreaming Spires: the architecture of the University of Sydney"
  • 12 March / Professor Stephen Garton / Welcome Changes in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2008

2007

The texts of all the 2007 public lectures are to be found in volume 29 of Arts.

  • 29 November / Robert Winter / "Comedy is a Serious Business"
  • 25 October / Professor Mark Colyvan, Philosophy / "Environmental Philosophy: beyond environmental ethics"
  • 18 September / Professor Paul Redding, Philosophy / "Idealism: a philosophy that dares not speak its name"
  • 26 July / Professor Helen Dunstan / "A Chinese Lesson for New Orelans ... and Elsewhere?"
  • 31 May / Professor Ken Dutton, University of Newcastle / "A Most Unusual Volume: the history of a detection"
  • 1 May / Professor Geraldine Barnes, English / "Meeting the Medieval Monstrous; an Australian Perspective"
  • 20 March / Professor Stephen Garton, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / "The State of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2007"

2006

  • 26 October / Professor Margaret C. Miller, Department of Classics and Ancient History / Inaugural Lecture "Orientalism and Ornamentalism: Athenian Reactions to Archaemenid Persia"
  • August / Professor Robert Aldrich, Department of History / Sonia Marks Memorial Lecture 2006 : Inaugural Lecture "Coming to Terms with the Colonial Past - the French and Others"
  • May / Professor Eric Csapo, Department of Classics and Ancient History / Inaugural Lecture "Cockfights, Contradictions, and the Mythopoetics of Ancient Greek Culture"
  • 20 March / Professor Stephen Garton, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / "What's new in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - and how to find out about it."

2005

  • 8 November / Professor Virginia Spate / 'The Dream of the body as nature': Themes in nineteenth-century French paintings.
  • 18 October / Professor Penny Gay, Professor in English Literature and Drama / Inaugural Lecture : '"So persuasive an Eloquence"? Roles for women on the eighteenth-century stage'
  • 8 June / Monsieur Laurent Delahousse, Consul-General for France / Presentation of Les Palmes académiques award to Dr Elizabeth Bonner
  • 1 June / Emeritus Professor Ros Pesman, Honorary Associate, Department of History / Special lecture: "Machiavelli, Mazzini and Many Things"
  • 28 April / Gay McAuley, Honorary Professor, Performance Studies / Performing in Place: What Happens When Theatre Moves Outside the Theatre?
  • 12 April / Professor Dr Walther Ludwig / "Astrology in Antiquity, the Renaissance and Today"
  • 22 March / Professor Stephen Garton, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / "What's new in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - and how to find out about it."

2004

  • 3 November / Professor Elspeth Probyn / Blush: The Faces of Shame
  • 19 October / Dr Denise Yim / "Viotti and the Chinnerys: A Relationship charted through Letters"
  • 16 September / Professor Ken Dutton / "Writing People's Lives: Reflexions of an Amateur Biographer"
  • 31 August / Dr Robert McKitterick / "The History of the Book: a Discipline and its Impact"
  • 19 August / Robert Winter / "A Tale of Two Concepts: Location Shooting in Australia for Film and Television"
  • 12 August / Professor Joseph Farrell / "Catullus to Martial: The Author's Body and the (Im)materiality of the Classical Text"
  • 9 August / Professor John Clark / "Asian/ Chinese/ Japanese Art: Highlighting Morrissey Bequest Acquisitions"
  • 12 May / Professor Elizabeth Webby, Ealing Studios' Australian Adventure / The SUAA Annual General Meeting was held immediately before the lecture.
  • 5 May / Professor Roger Benjamin / "From Tomes to Terabytes: Reflections on Art History in the Era of Visual Culture"
  • 28 April / Professor Shane White / "Bring on 'Da Noise, Bring on 'Da Funk: the Sounds of Slavery in Richmond in the 1850s"
  • 24 March / Djon Mundine, OAM, In association with the Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture / "Curating Indigenous Art for the 21st Century"

2003

  • 2 December / SUAA in association with the Celtic Studies Foundation / Celtic Studies Christmas Concert
  • 14 October / Professor June Sinclair, Stephen Garton, Anthony Stephens, Richard Waterhouse, Associate Professors Adrian Mitchell and Tim Fitzpatrick / "The Future of the Humanities"
  • 16 September / Professor John Clark / "Okakura Tenshin and AEesthetic Nationalism"
  • 26 August / Dr Elizabeth Bonner / "The Stuarts of Aubigny and their Family Archive"
  • 20 May / "All Things Human: a Panorama of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences"
  • 8 May / "Arts Generations"
  • 29 April / Professor Moira Gatens / "Imagination, Power and Freedom"
  • 15 April / Professor Margaret Sankey, McCaughey Professor of French Studies / The Sonia Marks Lecture 2003 : "The French and Terra Australis from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century"

2002

  • 31 October / Jill Ker Conway / "Biography and Autobiography: the Genre of Choice"
  • 22 August / Professor Nerida Newbigin / "Playing a Rôle - Confraternities, Drama and the Academy"
  • 8 August / Robert Winter / "Ealing Comedies: The Tip of the Iceberg"
  • 25 July / The Hartley Bequest Program with The Department of French Studies, University of Sydney and The Sydney University Arts Association / Launch of the book "Ian Henning (1905-1975): A Man and His Times" by Kenneth R. Dutton
  • 30 May / SUAA in collaboration with the Classical Society of N.S.W / Launch of the book "The Writing on the Wall"
    by the late Kevin Lee with Anne Rogerson and Dexter Hoyos on Latin inscriptions at the University of Sydney
  • 23 May / June Duncan Owen / The launch of her important new book "Mixed Matches: Inter-racial Marriage in Australia"
  • 16 May / Professor Anne Boyd / "Landscape, Spirituality and Music: An Australian Story"
  • 2 May / Emeritus Professor Dame Leonie Kramer / "The Prodigal Daughter: Australian Literature and the Great World"
  • 19 March / Mongrel Theatre / An excerpt from
    "Our Country's Good" by Timberlake Wertenbaker based on Thomas Keneally's "The Playmaker"

2001

  • 20 November / SUAA / End of Year Reception followed by Anne Dunn, Lecturer in Media "Work in Progress: Observations on the Relationship between Journalism and University Communication and Media Courses"
  • 9 October / Professor Margaret Harris, Personal Chair in English / "George Eliot on Stage and Screen"
  • 25 September / Curators of the Museums and Art Collection / "Know Your University" Spring Visits and Guided Tours
  • 18 September / Curators of the Museums and Art Collection / "Know Your University" Spring Visits and Guided Tours
  • 18 September / Professor Stephen Garton, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences / "Evil: The Making of the Psychopath"
  • 30 May / Dr Barry Spurr, Department of English / "The Language of Sport"
  • 16 May / The Vice-Chancellor's Sesquicentenary Leading Lights Series "Celebrating the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences"
  • 18th April / Mabel Lee, Honorary Associate Professor, Chinese Studies, University of Sydney / "To the Heart of Chaos: Nobel Laureate 2000 Gao Xingjian"
  • 21 March / SUAA / Programme 2001 Launch

2000

  • 29 March / Professor Stephen Gaukroger, Personal Chair in Philosophy and the Philosophy of Science / Inaugural Lecture : "How Mindless Animals Think: Descartes on Automata"
  • 25 May / Professor Bettina Cass, Personal Chair in Sociology and Social Policy / Special Lecture : "The Future of Humanities and Social Sciences Education and Scholarship in Australia"
  • 29 June / Mr John Shipp, University Librarian / Inaugural Lecture : "Selling the Collections: the Future of the University Library"
  • 27 July / Professor Paul Crittenden, Professor of Philosophy / Professorial Lecture : "Moral Bearings: Thinking about the Basis of an Ethical Life"
  • 31 August / Professor James Martin, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney / Inaugural Lecture : "Grammar Meets Genre: Reflections on the Sydney School"
  • 25 October / Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton, organised by the J.M. Ward Foundation, Department of History / J.M. Ward Lecture Dinner : "Nation Building: the next 100 years of the Australian Experiment"
  • 2 November / Mrs Margaret Whitlam, Patron of the Social Work Alumni Association and Justice Marcus Einfeld, Justice of the Federal Court of Australia / Alumni dinner celebrating 60 years of Social Work at the University of Sydney
  • 9 November / Mr Robert Fitzgerald, Commissioner for Community Services, NSW / Social Work Alumni Seminar : "Children and Justice: child welfare in New South Wales"
  • 16 November / Associate Professor Richard Waterhouse / Association's Annual General Meeting : "On Federation"