Events from 4 August, 2015
4th August, 20156:00 - 7:30pm
Despite recognising the dangers to democracy of concentrated media power, governments seem to find it extraordinarily difficult to legislate accordingly.
Join special guest Professor Steven Barnett from the University of Westminster in conversation with Amanda Meade, Guardian Australia's media correspondent, and co-founder and director of the Sydney Democracy Network Professor John Keane, the University of Sydney. Chaired by Dr Benedetta Brevini, Department of Media and Communications.
5th August, 20156:00pm
The 8th Annual Wheelwright Lecture in Political Economy is coming on 5 August 2015. This year the Wheelwright Lecture will be given by Professor Erik Olin Wright (University of Wisconsin – Madison) who will be addressing issues linked to his projects on real utopias and understanding class.
5th August, 20155:30pm-7pm
After US threats of military action, Syria agreed to disarm itself of its chemical weapons under international supervision. That process was essentially completed by mid-2014, but chlorine gas attacks have continued against the population. The Assad regime has denied responsibility for these attacks and has pointed the finger at various rebel groups. The picture is further complicated by the alleged use of chlorine gas by the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq. In this presentation Rod Barton will examine the evidence and discuss possible international response. The talk will be illustrated with some exclusive photographs.
5th August, 20153:00pm-5:00pm
The BBC and A Perfect Political Storm: why the new Conservative government is an unprecedented threat to the BBC’s survival
Just 2 months after its surprise election victory, Britain’s Conservative government produced its proposals or a new BBC Charter. It represents probably the greatest threat since its birth in 1922 to the BBC’s role at the heart of Britain’s cultural and democratic life.
This paper will examine the new government’s proposals and the four political factors which have aligned to make the BBC particularly vulnerable over the next 18 months.
5th August, 20156.00pm - 7.00pm
Sydney Ideas & Sydney Environment Institute - Peace, People and Power: social change from anti-Apartheid to the climate movement
Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Dr Kumi Naidoo, will be in conversation with Amanda Tattersall, founding director of the Sydney Alliance, to discuss the parallels between the struggle against Apartheid and the quest for climate justice. Dr Naidoo has a confronting message for Australia: “The world is now moving on climate change and Australia is being left behind because the Abbott Government is in thrall to the fossil fuel industry”.
6th August, 201512-2pm
The Department of Government and International Relations is holding a seminar: ‘Thinking again about Collaboration – Underexplored concepts and neglected elements’.
6th August, 20154:00 - 5:30pm
The Department of Political Economy invites you to the upcoming seminar: ‘Debt as a Technology of Power’.
7th August, 20156.00 - 8.00pm
We're living through a second machine age revolution featuring the application of artificial intelligence and digital robots to ever-widening spheres of daily life. Many innovations are astonishing: their ingenuity and boldness are triggering utopian hopes for life on Earth and dystopian fears of a future in which human freedom and equality are swallowed up by intelligent design.
10th August, 20155:30pm-7:30pm
How does boycott, divestment and sanctions support dialogue on the road to peace in Israel and Palestine?
With the recent collapse of the US-sponsored peace process in Israel-Palestine and the election of a far-right Israeli government, success in official peacemaking efforts seems as far off as ever. Given these challenges this seminar will look at alternative local and international efforts underway, in response to the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions from Palestinian civil society in 2005.
11th August, 20155:30pm-7:30pm
Dr Megan MacKenzie's new book, Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight, will be launched by Stephen Smith, Professor of International Law at the University of Western Australia and former Minister for Foreign Affairs, at an event co-hosted by the US Studies Centre and Perth USAsia Centre.