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Our people – our researchers, students, alumni and staff – use the knowledge and skills they have gained at the University to change lives in Australia and around the world. These stories capture some of their journeys, discoveries and innovations.

Celebrating The Fictional Woman

Celebrating The Fictional Woman

Join Tara Moss and friends in a celebration of her new book The Fictional Woman, including a conversation between Tara and journalist Julia Baird, with music by DJ Sveta. (18+ event).

When: May 22, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Simmer on the Bay
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Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master's Son

Adam Johnson: The Orphan Master's Son

In his epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in North Korea, Adam Johnson portrays a world rife with corruption and cruelty, which is also a story of camaraderie and love. He speaks to Julian Morrow.

When:May 23, 10:00am-11:00am
Where:Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay
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Arab Autumn

Arab Autumn

In the three years since the outbreak of uprisings optimistically known as the Arab Spring, things haven't gone as many had originally hoped. The old regimes may be broken, but what has taken their place? Yasmine El Rashidi (The Battle for Egypt), Karima Bennoune (Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here) and Lucia Sorbera (Arab Modernities: Nation, Narration) share their views, personal experiences and expertise on the present and future of the region. They speak with David Hardaker.

When: Saturday 24 May, 1:30 - 2:30pm
Where: Pier 2/3 Main stage, Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Curiosity Lecture Series: In Defence Of Evil

Curiosity Lecture Series: On Defence Of Evil

Many of us use the word 'evil' to describe wartime atrocities and serial killers, but is it naive or misguided to believe that evil exists? Does evil belong in a supernatural realm, or is it simply part of morality? What is the difference between evil action and merely wrong action, or between an evil person and a merely bad person? Is any actual person really so morally corrupt and irredeemable that he or she deserves to be called evil?

Dr Luke Russell from the University of Sydney discusses.

When: Saturday 24 May, 11:00-11:40am
Where: Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Curiosity Lecture Series: On Love

Curiosity Lecture Series: On Love

Many people, philosophers and others, have thought that somehow our strongest passions, the things and people we love, need somehow to be constrained by reason. In some cases, the idea is that reason is the enemy of passion. Ever since David Hume there are philosophers who have said this goes the other way around. Reason can only be a slave to passion: it helps us get what we want, but what we want comes first. I'm one of these philosophers. But we face a problem. Surely not every whim is as important as any other. Something must constrain our passions, even if it isn't reason. Today I'll say that it's something like love. It's love that tells us what is a whim and what isn't. But what is love and how do we find out what we love? This event will feature Professor David Braddon-Mitchell, from the University of Sydney.

When:Saturday 24th May, 1:30-2:10pm
Where:Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage, Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Curiosity Lecture Series: On The Soviet Union

Curiosity Lecture Series: On The Soviet Union

While empires disappear, memories live on. The Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991 but its ghost remains in Putin's Russia. Historian Sheila Fitzpatrick explores the contradictions.

When: Saturday 24 May 2014, 4:30 to 5:10pm
Where: Pier 2/3 Bloomberg Stage Pier 2/3, Hickson Road Walsh Bay
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Forest For The Trees: Writers & Publishing In 2014

Forest For The Trees: Writers & Publishing In 2014

These days promoting your book is very much part of the author's role, whether self- published or by a large publisher. Established author Kate Forsyth, debut novelist Kirsten Krauth, and self-published author Darrell Pitt discuss with Natalie Costa Bir, University of Sydney's Digital Producer, how they promote their books and keep readers engaged.

When: May 22, 11:45am-12:45pm
Where: State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney
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Hang Up Philosophy#

Hang Up Philosophy

Romeo famously proclaimed: "Hang up philosophy. Unless philosophy can make a Juliet!" What can philosophy make? And how does it contribute to contemporary life? Philosophers John Armstrong, Dalia Nassar and Kristie Miller discuss the meaning and significance of thinking for the sake of thinking with Joe Gelonesi, presenter of The Philosopher's Zone on ABC RN.

When: Saturday 24 May, 1:30-2:30pm
Where: Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Murdoch: On The News

Murdoch: On The News

Rupert Murdoch owns 70 per cent of the media in Australia and is one of the biggest players in global media. Over the last year, Murdoch himself has been the subject of increasing scrutiny following the News of the World phone hacking scandal in the UK. Media experts Paul Barry and Emeritus Professor Rodney Tiffen speak to Monica Attard about Rupert Murdoch's wide reach, possible repercussions of the scandal for Murdoch's media empire, and complex issues around journalistic integrity and responsibility.
Free, no bookings.

When: Saturday 24 May, 4:30 - 5:30pm
Where: Sydney Dance 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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Real Worlds / Imagined Worlds?

Real Worlds / Imagined Worlds?

A panel discussion with Ivor Indyk Facilitating and sharing the stage with four of Australia's most versatile and wide-ranging poets: Judith Beveridge, Ali Alizadeh, Kate Middleton and John Mateer. They read and discuss poems.
Free, no bookings.

When: Sunday, 25 May, 10:00-11:00am
Where: Philharmonia Studio, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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The Reef: A Passionate History

The Reef: A Passionate History

The Great Barrier Reef: one of the seven wonders of the world; a majestic reef is so large it can be seen from space; a complex marine system supporting more life than can be imagined. What would a history of such an entity look like? For Professor Iain McCalman the history of reef needed to include its social, cultural and environmental pasts. In this Sydney Writers' Festival talk Iain talks of his strategies for writing his passionate history of this extraordinary marine system through twelve intertwining stories of science, journalism, shipwreck and debate.

When: Monday 19 May, 4:00-5:00pm
Where: Macleay Museum, Gosper Lane (off Science Road), University of Sydney
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Turning the Tide

Turning the Tide

It’s been 25 years since Faith Bandler’s book Turning the Tide: A Personal History of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders was published. But what has happened since? Indigenous Australians still claim one of the world’s lowest adult literacy rates. Ali Cobby Eckermann and Henry Reynolds speak about the Northern Territory intervention and its ongoing effects on the community. The writers discuss the intervention’s wider implications and historical context, and how all of these affect their writing.

Presented with the Faculty of Education & Social Work, the University of Sydney.

When: Friday, May 23 2014
Where: Wharf Theatre 2, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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