Outside the Square is a series of interactive conversations designed especially for alumni and friends of the University of Sydney.

It’s our version of Q&A, held off campus at the Old Rum Store—a five-minute stroll from Central, in Chippendale’s Creative Precinct—where contemporary issues are unpacked by our sharpest academics and graduate experts in front of a live audience who use their phones to comment and ask questions. There’s drinks. There’s fancy food. It’s fun.

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A populist: a political leader who supports the concerns of ordinary people.

In many western democracies, populist politicians seem a welcome alternative to a style of political representation increasingly removed from public realities.

But in recent years we have seen an ugly form of populism emerge and gather force, a leadership based on rhetorical appeals to popular fantasies, untruths and prejudices. Putin, Duterte, Le Pen, Brexit, Italy’s Five Star Movement and, of course, Donald Trump: populism seems contagious in its spread across the world.

After years of revolving door leadership, a historically fractious parliament and an electorate increasingly fed up with a lack of meaningful change, is Australia at risk of catching the bug?

One for the political junkies and those who would like to be better informed. Join our experts as they analyse the populist epidemic and take the temperature of Australia’s current political climate.

Our speakers:

Associate Prof. Anika Gauja - Government and International Relations
Dr David Smith - American Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre
Lane Sainty - Reporter, Buzzfeed

When? Thursday 5th of July, 6-8pm

Where? The Old Rum Store, Chippendale

How much?
Students/Staff — $15
Alumni — $20
Friends — $25

Purchase tickets here
*ticket prices include drinks and catering.

Enquiries? outside.thesquare@sydney.edu.au

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