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26 June 2017
Are you the next John Bradfield?

Do you have ideas on how to use transport to transform cities or infrastructure to solve social problems in our city? Applications will open soon for the 2017 Lendlease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship.

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22 June 2017
Students set off on winter adventures

As we approach the mid-year winter break students are preparing to head out to gain hands-on experiences, learn new skills and make a difference in communities in Australia and abroad.

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21 June 2017
Australia’s bulwark against the far right

Australia’s history of never having been a great world power works against the rise of populism and the far right, writes Dr David Smith in the New York Times. 

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19 June 2017
University sponsors Garma Youth Forum

As sponsor of this year’s Garma Youth Forum, we’ll host workshops for school students run by our Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Faculty of Science, Sydney College of the Arts as well as the Sydney University Law Society.

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14 June 2017
Better ways to counter terror than 'mini max' prison

A Goulburn facility for radical inmates could be costly to establish and difficult to test for effectiveness, writes counter-radicalisation expert Hussain Nadim. 

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14 June 2017
Cave discoveries hint at how modern humans outlasted Neanderthals

Archaeologists report evidence about the transition from Neanderthals to modern humans, found in a cave excavation in the Czech Republic.

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13 June 2017
SCA student and author wins Oxford University scholarship

With two novels to her name and a third under way, 23-year-old Sophie Hardcastle has a limitless appetite for writing and learning that has led her to receive a prestigious scholarship from the University of Oxford.

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07 June 2017
When it comes to disappearing ocean history, HMAS Perth is the tip of the iceberg

There are critical issues facing our oceans, such as climate change and pollution, but one area often overlooked is the preservation of underwater history, writes PhD candidate Natali Pearson.

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07 June 2017
Teachers must disrupt the classroom in the automation age

As a Sydney Ideas panelist set to debate Australian schools, Professor Michael Anderson explains how teachers can be change-makers in an unfolding automation age. 

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07 June 2017
Who will win the 2017 UK election?

As the UK prepares to head to the polls for the general election, University of Sydney experts weigh in with their predictions for the Prime Minister and the country's future.

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01 June 2017
Challenging students to create a brighter future for books
Students from the University of Sydney have competed in a challenge to create a future concept for Australia’s leading bookseller, Dymocks.
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31 May 2017
Why Trump demands a post-post-truth response

Is Donald Trump post-truth, post-modern or simply preposterous? What was a media spasm, has now reached impeachable levels of high crimes and misdemeanours, writes Professor James Der Derian.

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26 May 2017
Desecration and romanticisation – the real curse of mummies

Hollywood’s tomb of old ideas will creak open again and present the tale of an ancient Egyptian tomb with the latest installment of The Mummy. Dr Craig Barker from Sydney University Museums sorts the fact from fiction. 

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23 May 2017
Black Lives Matter movement wins Sydney Peace Prize

Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi will receive the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize at a ceremony in Sydney in November. 

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18 May 2017
So is the wave of populist nationalism finished? Hardly.

Despite centrist Emmanuel Macron's victory in the French presidential election, Professor Pippa Norris, writing for the Washington Post, explains it's too early to herald the demise of populism.

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17 May 2017
Two writers awarded Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residency

Playwright Alana Valentine and writer Mireille Juchau will each receive $100,000 and spend a year based at the centre, alongside clinicians and researchers looking to ease the burden of obesity and chronic disease. 

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16 May 2017
7 ways to navigate the post-truth debate

Are untruths the same as lies? As one of the researchers behind The Post Truth Initiative, Professor Nick Enfield from the Department of Linguistics explains how to distinguish fact from fiction.

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12 May 2017
Why media reform in Australia has been so hard to achieve

The government's proposed changes to media ownership laws are neither future-looking nor future-proofing, writes Associate Professor Tim Dwyer from the Department of Media and Communications.

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12 May 2017
Moving McFarlane book claims Dylan Thomas Prize

Dr Fiona McFarlane wins one of the world's richest prizes for young writers with a stunning collection of short stories. 

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10 May 2017
2017 federal budget explained: 6 things you need to know

What will the 2017 federal budget mean for you? From housing affordability and major infrastructure spending to the Medicare Rebate Scheme and tax breaks, University of Sydney experts share their insights on the budget.

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