Podcasts

  • ArtSS In The City: Bright Young Things

    15 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Alumni
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Sophie Wiesner BA '04 – From University Play to Venice Film Festival, Senthorun Raj BA(Hons) '10 – A Social Justice Advocate on Marriage Equality and Rosie Findlay BA(Hons) '08 and PhD Candidate – The Fashademic on Personal Style Blogs.

    ArtSS in the City, is a new alumni program by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

  • Insights 2012: Inaugural Lecture Series: Orgasmology

    1 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Alumni
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Annamarie Jagose, Head of School, School of Letters, Art and Media.

    Taking orgasm seriously as an object of humanities-based scholarship affords a break from the critical paradigms that have patterned our understanding of sexuality.

    • 1 hour, 10 mins
    • Download (MP3, 31.2Mb)
  • Insights 2012: Inaugural Lecture Series: From Enlightenment to Irrelevance? The failure of Western Social Science.

    9 August, 2012

    Channel:
    Alumni
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Colin Wight

    Colin Wight, Professor of Government and International Relations. Professor Wight will examine the state of social science in the contemporary world and argue that they have failed to achieve their initial lofty goals.

  • City Revitalisation: Lessons for Sydney and its suburbs

    26 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tom Murphy, senior resident fellow, Urban Land Institute, Washington and former mayor of Pittsburgh

    Tom Murphy provides an overview of the work he Mayor of 'the steel city' Pittsburgh USA, from 1994 to 2005, tackling the problems of rebuilding a dying city that had lost its manufacturing and industrial base. He is joined in a panel discussion with The Hon Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber; Edward Blakely, Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the US Studies Centre; and Julie Bindon from the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering's Urban Reform Project.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
    • Download (MP3, 37.3Mb)
  • The British Empire between Reform and Repression

    24 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Sir Christopher Bayly, Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge

    Why do some Empires survive over long periods of time, and how does their inheritance continue to influence the conditions of our modern world? Sir Chris Bayly looks at the 400 year duration of the British Empire and explains why the this Empire survived for so long in a period of such remarkable economic, social and ideological change.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
    • Download (MP3, 36.9Mb)
  • Liberal Order in the Face of the Future: Insights from the 'IR enlightenment'

    18 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael C. Williams, Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

    In his keynote lecture for the fifth Oceanic Conference on International Relations, OCIS V, Michael Williams challenges many assumptions about the origins of the discipline of International Relations in the 20th century.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
    • Download (MP3, 77.8Mb)
  • The US's War on Women: rhetoric, politics, and discrimination

    8 June, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Leola Reis, Planned Parenthood USA with George Pullman, Professor of Rhetoric Georgia State University in Atlanta, and others

    As momentum builds in a US Presidential election year, women's issues are emerging as a key campaign agenda in response to resurfacing debates over reproductive rights, equality, and general wellbeing. A panel of University of Sydney academics interested in gender, rhetoric and politics: Dr Rebecca Sheehan, Dr Susan Thomas, and Dr Benjamin Miller join international guests, Leola Reis and George Pullman, for an informative and thought-provoking Sydney Ideas forum on recent rhetoric surrounding the rights of women to contraception in the USA.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
    • Download (MP3, 39.8Mb)
  • Insights 2012: Inaugural Lecture Series: Silence, Power, Catastrophe: New Reasons Why Media and Democracy Matter in the Early Years of the Twenty-First Century

    31 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Alumni
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor John Keane

    John Keane, Professor of Politics and Director, Sydney Democracy Institute. We're living in a new era of large-scale catastrophes, whose causes and remedies demand bold new political thinking.

  • Visions for Contemporary Art: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor in Conversation

    22 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Liz Ann Macgregor OBE, and Professor Terry Smith, University of Pittsburgh

    John Power, a graduate of the University of Sydney, was an expatriate artist and collector. He bequeathed to the University of Sydney funds '…to make available to the people of Australia the latest ideas and theories … of the most recent contemporary art of the world ...' The Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1989 to deliver the 'museum' aspect, with the bequest initially providing core funding for the new MCA. The distinguished director of MCA, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor joins past Power Professor, Terry Smith, for a wide-ranging conversation about contemporary art, the responsibility of museums, how to create a thriving public gallery, the changing role of the curator, and much more.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
    • Download (MP3, 33.7Mb)
  • Turning the Tide - The Faculty of Education & Social Work's new series with Indigenous Australian writers and thinkers.

    17 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Writers Festival
    Artist:
    Larissa Behrendt, Lionel Fogarty, Ali Cobby Eckermann and chair Peter Minter

    Join Larissa Behrendt, Lionel Fogarty, Ali Cobby Eckermann and chair Peter Minter for an incisive discussion about the state of Indigenous Australian literature. The panel will consider the role of literature in education, literacy, and the place of Indigenous women in literature along with readings from with these searingly talented writers.

  • Occupy

    17 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Writers Festival
    Artist:
    Loretta Napoleoni, Chad Harbach, John Keane, Simon Tormey (facilitator)

    Ever since Occupy Wall Street began, the idea of 99 per cent standing up against the 1 per cent has taken off around the world. Will this movement last? Can it change the world? How can writers engage? Loretta Napoleoni, Chad Harbach and John Keane talk to Simon Tormey. Presented with the University of Sydney.

    • 1 hour, 28 mins
    • Download (MP3, 101.8Mb)
  • The Global Food Security Challenge in the Coming Decades

    16 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Chris Barrett, Cornell University

    Economist Chris Barrett provides an extremely comprehensive and sometimes alarming overview of the situation with the world food supply today. Despite the growth in global food demand, Barrett believes the nutritional challenges can be meet with policy. With more public sector investment in productivity growth, dealing with intellectual property claims over genetic material that impede innovation, establishing appropriate institutions to manage natural resource tenure that can also deal with problems of dispossession of land and water for customary users, and finally removing protections through multilateral agreements on agriculture, he is optimistic ultimately about ability to feed the world.

    • 1 hour, 36 mins
    • Download (MP3, 44.2Mb)
  • Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus

    14 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Randy Olson, Steven Orzack, Paul Griffiths and Ben Oldroyd

    Film maker Randy Olson introduces his film Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus, and then participates in a discussion with University of Sydney philosophers and biologists on the themes of the film, including the vital importance of science communication. How do scientists 'sell the science' with simple statements that are powerful but complex?

  • Reflections on Cultural Identity: Ethnicity, intellectual property, and the commodification of collective being

    9 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Jean Comaroff and Professor John Comaroff, University of Chicago

    Distinguished anthropologists Jean and John Comaroff present the findings of their extensive research in South Africa on cultural identify, and the issues that arise for indigenous people and ethnic groups when they attempt to control their cultural assets for economic gain. They raise many theoretical issues around modernity and it malcontents, the effects of neo-liberalism and the commodification of collective identify.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
    • Download (MP3, 39.7Mb)
  • Telling Chinese Stories

    1 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Geremie Barme, Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU

    Distinguished China scholar Geremie Barme presents a China Studies Centre Distinguished Speaker lecture. "Tell a story" was a common prompt used at the end of the Cultural Revolution by those anxious for real information, or simply any description of life outside the "realm of public performance" that challenged the "singular narrative of a nation's life as told by the Chinese Communist party". Barme explores the fascinating and complex stories that China told its own people from the Cultural Revolution to today.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
    • Download (MP3, 37.6Mb)
  • Progress on the Blue Economy, new economics and learning for sustainability

    1 April, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Gunter Pauli, ZERI Network the Blue Economy

    Gunter Pauli returned to Sydney Ideas for an update on the work of the Blue Economy, a business model that develops socially responsible and sustainable enterprises by linking them with open-source scientific solutions. He throws out a passionate challenge to the environmental movement to not accept that we 'do less bad' by just reducing emissions for example, but to 'do more good' though true regeneration of ecosystems.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
    • Download (MP3, 42.2Mb)
  • Buddhism and Neuroscience: A problematic dialogue

    27 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Bernard Faure, Columbia University

    Professor Faure is the fourth holder of the Visiting Professorship sponsored by the University Buddhist Education Foundation (UBEF). He provides an overview of the relationship between science and Buddhism, particularly in studies of meditation. Faure believes the current dialogue with neuroscience initiated by the Dali Lama and his Western disciples is important and necessary, but it has not been able to achieve as much as it participants initially hoped.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
    • Download (MP3, 38.1Mb)
  • Chinese Exceptionalism in International Relations

    14 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Feng Zhang, Murdoch University

    Dr Zhang's lecture for the China Studies Centre Distinguished Speaker Lecture series is a captivating and critical look at the origins of the myths around exceptionalism in China. His purpose is "to identify, describe and explain what ...can be thought of as Chinese exceptionalism in intellectual and policy discourse on China's foreign relations emanating from the PRC.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
    • Download (MP3, 39.4Mb)
  • Insights 2012: Inaugural Lecture Series: Politics in a Climate-Challenged Society

    8 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Alumni
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor David Schlosberg

    David Schlosberg, Professor of Government and International Relations. From the threat of growing vulnerabilities, to evolving forms of environmental governance, to the creation of new material relationships with the natural world, climate change offers a range of political challenges.

  • What Do Human Rights Demand from You and Me?

    7 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Thomas Pogge,Yale University

    Political Philosopher Thomas Pogge works as an activist scholar and is at the forefront of our thinking of how we design ethical institutions at the global level. If one third of human lives are lost due to poverty, what obligation do we all have to make sure that all social, national and international institutions do not violate the human rights listed in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the right to a standard of living that is adequate for the health of a person and their family?

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
    • Download (MP3, 43.3Mb)
  • The Culture of Surveillance: Who's watching whom, now?

    1 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor David Lyon, Queen's University Canada

    As marketers and advertisers draw on vast data sources supplied by individuals, and create social profiles that remain undisclosed and about which most of us our ignorant, what are the consequences for daily life choices? Sociologist David Lyon has been researching the social and political dimensions of surveillance for decades, and the symbiotic relationship that has developed between those 'surveilled' and those doing the surveillance.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
    • Download (MP3, 41.1Mb)
  • An Anatomy of Writing and Politics, Memory and Democracy

    29 February, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Javier Cercas

    The celebrated contemporary Spanish Writer Javier Cercas talks to University of Sydney Professor of Politics John Keane, in a wide-ranging conversation that explores the contentious relationship between history and fiction, especially around memories of the Spanish Civil War.

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
    • Download (MP3, 41.6Mb)
  • Dangerous animals? A history of snakes, sharks and spiders in Australia

    21 February, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Peter Hobbins, Department of History, University of Sydney, Christopher Neff, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

    When, and how, do animals 'become' dangerous? Perhaps surprisingly, human fear and loathing of particular animal species is a recent phenomenon in Australia. Neither sharks nor spiders were considered serious hazards to human life until the late 1920s. The subsequent stampede to science and policy to quantify, control and exterminate these beasts illustrates how readily 'dangerous' animals have been constructed in line with cultural sensitivities rather than biology. But what makes an animal dangerous?

    • 1 hour, 44 mins
    • Download (MP3, 95.6Mb)
  • The Precariat: the new dangerous class

    9 February, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Guy Standing, University of Bath

    Labour economist Professor Guy Standing identifies one of the alarming impacts of globalisation on the labour market; the rise of a new class of insecure workers - the precariat. He calls for governments world-wide to address the inequalities this new class suffer from, as we can't sustain what is happening without major threats along the way.

    • 1 hour, 36 mins
    • Download (MP3, 44.4Mb)
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