Outside the Square is a lively new series of interactive, “Q&A-style” discussions designed especially for graduates of the University of Sydney.

It’s about harnessing the energies of Humanities and Social Sciences thinking for issues that are important to all of us.

There’s drinks. There’s exclusive catering by the chefs of Spice Alley. And it all happens just off campus, an easy five minute stroll from Central, in Chippendale’s Creative Precinct.

But the best part: Outside the Square gives you direct access to our speakers. Come along and you’ll be able to comment and quiz our experts live, via your phone, as the conversation unfolds.

It could change the way you think. Let’s find out.


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THURSDAY, 22 JUNE, 6:00PM - 8:30PM

When was the last time you bought a newspaper? Last weekend? Last year? Can’t remember?

Most of us now hear about the news through social media; where stories, accurate or not, go viral within minutes and a new generation of digital influencers shape public opinion.

Facebook and the like have proven to be effective tools for organising activist movements: social media can inform and unite us to create meaningful protest.

It can also tear us apart.

Once trusted news outlets are now regarded with increasing levels of cynicism and suspicion. Outmoded business models have led to dwindling resources and newsrooms in freefall: editorial staff are routinely downsized as erstwhile readers retreat into their private social media bubbles. In the vacuum, alternative media groups have emerged, resetting the terms of mainstream news via the internet to accommodate ‘alternative facts’.

So who are the winners and losers in this era of free information? How do we feel about constant surveillance by both corporate and our own personal social media platforms? What are we getting in return? Are we really informed? Are we really connected?

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Prof. Ariadne Vromen - Professor of Political Sociology
Dr Jonathon Hutchinson - Lecturer in Online Communication and Media
Shami Sivasubramanian - Social News Reporter and Multimedia Producer at SBS
Marcus Strom - Science Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald

Where? Level 2, The Old Rum Store, Kensington Street, Chippendale Creative Precinct.

When? 6:00pm - 8:30pm

How much?
$15 Students
$20 Alumni
$25 Friends

Ticket price includes drinks and canapés by the renowned chefs of Spice Alley.

Enquiries? outside.thesquare@sydney.edu.au

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