Podcasts

  • Charles Firth : the differences between Australia and the US

    25 October, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Charles Firth

    Editor-in-chief of Manic Times, and The Chaser co-founder, Charles Firth gives his unique spin on the differences between Australia and the US when he speaks at Sydney Ideas at the University of Sydney.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • The Parthenon: Who owns cultural heritage?

    24 October, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas

    As part of the Parthenon Project hosted by The University of Sydney, a panel of Greek and Australian experts used the example of the Parthenon marbles to raise the broader issues of who owns cultural heritage. They addressed many questions including: what if the marbles had been taken 1,000 years ago rather than 250 years ago? And what are the moral, ethical, historical, social and political issues that resonate through all cutural heritage that has been removed from its place of origin?

  • Sydney Democracy Forum

    10 October, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Allan Stam

    Professor Allan Stam, a rising star of US Political Science, presents a public lecture exploring what role popular consent plays in the decision of democratic governments to go to war.

    • 1 hour, 38 mins
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  • Israel's Dilemma in Palestine: The process, the failures and the prospect for a just and workable solution by Dr Ghada Karmi at Sydney Ideas

    9 October, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Allan Stam

    Dr Ghada Karmi is a Palestinian-British author, academic and political commentator and is an honorary research fellow and assistant lecturer at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, UK.

    • 1 hour, 35 mins
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  • Sixty Years of Indian Democracy: An Unfinished Project - Niraja Gopal Jayal at Sydney Ideas

    2 October, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Niraja Gopal Jayal

    India's democratic record provides a spirited repudiation of the predictions of the doomsayers of the early post-independence period, who argued that a society marked by multiple ethnic cleavages and desperate poverty could scarcely sustain democratic institutions. Leading Indian academic Professor Niraja Gopal Jayal talked about the success story of India's democratic institutions at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 12 mins
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  • The Twenty-First Century Enemies of Democracy

    1 October, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Allan Stam

    Professor John Keane was born in Australia and educated at the universities of Adelaide, Toronto and Cambridge. He is Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster and at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin and a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. In 1989 he founded the Centre for the Study of Democracy. Among his many books The Media and Democracy (1991, which has been translated into more than 25 languages; Democracy and Civil Society (1988); Civil Society: Old Images, New Visions (1998; the prize-winning biography Tom Paine: A Political Life (1995); and a study of power in twentieth-century Europe, Václav Havel: A Political Tragedy in Six Acts.

  • Everyday living: The impact of IT or ambient assisted living - Professor Dieter Rombach at Sydney Ideas

    11 September, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dieter Rombach

    How can you live better in your own home with state-of-the-art Information technology? Dieter Rombach, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE), discusses this topic at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • The Upside of Down: Catastrophe,Creativityand the Renewal of Civilization - Thomas Homer-Dixon at Sydney Ideas

    23 August, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Thomas Homer-Dixon

    Thomas Homer-Dixon, a Toronto-based political scientist who has been described as "one of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs today", spoke about an impending world catastrophe and what can be done about it, at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
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  • APEC and its Pan Pacific Template: Paul Keating

    22 August, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Paul Keating

    The Evatt Foundation proudly presents, the Hon. Paul Keating: APEC and its Pan Pacific Template. A public lecture by the major Australian figure behind the creation of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation forum, as the current leaders prepare to convene in Sydney.

  • Michael Otterman - The truth about American torture

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael Otterman

    New York-based author and University of Sydney visiting scholar Michael Otterman exposes the long-standing history of torture practices used by the United States and the impact these techniques have had on the "war on terror" at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 10 mins
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  • Do religious schools raise good children? Stephen Law at Sydney Ideas

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Stephen Law

    Best-selling UK-based author and philosopher Stephen Law steps into the current "values in schools" debate when he argues that authoritarian and religious schools are not necessarily the answer to raising good children, at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
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  • The ethics of new science and human enhancement

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Julian Savulescu

    Australian-born ethicist Professor Julian Savulescu discusses the controversial ethics of cloning, genetic selection and drugs in sport at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 36 mins
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  • The Existential Jesus: Professor John Carroll in conversation with Archbishop Peter Jensen

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor John Carroll, and one of the Anglican Church of Australia's leading theologians and academics, Archbishop Peter Jensen

    Sydney Ideas brought together the author of The Existential Jesus, Professor John Carroll, and one of the Anglican Church of Australia's leading theologians and academics, Archbishop Peter Jensen, to discuss the concepts behind this provocative new book.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
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  • Latin America and the Arab World: Resistance and Occupation

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tariq Ali

    Fresh from a tour of Latin America, Tariq Ali, discusses how the views of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez - the foremost challenger of American foreign policy - have polarised Latin America, at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 36 mins
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  • Where is government going? - Professor Geoff Gallop

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Geoff Gallop

    In this lecture, Professor Geoff Gallop, former Premier of Western Australia, looked at the changing nature of government and politics in Australia. Professor Gallop is the Director of the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government.

    • 1 hour, 14 mins
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  • Democracy and the 'entrepreneurial' university: visioning the university in the age of globalization

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Derrick Armstrong

    In this lecture, Professor Armstrong argued that the idea of an 'entrepreneurial' university inadequately reflects the challenges and opportunities facing higher education. On the one hand, the relationship between the state and universities remains a serious impediment to any refocusing of the activity of universities. On the other hand, although highly contestable, academic values must remain central to the re-conceptualisation of modern universities. In unravelling these changes and contradictions, alternative options for a more democratised form of the university are to be found.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • The future of work - Dr John Buchanan

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr John Buchanan

    The future of work is not what it used to be. As recently as the 1970s the prime concern was the coming of leisure society - how were we going to handle all the free time about to be delivered by "technological advances" like automation and computers? Far from facing problems of this nature we now have the reality of "over work" for some and unemployment for others. Can we expect more of the same in the future, or will the predictions of an earlier era ultimately come true?

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • New security challenges

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Alan Dupont

    In this lecture Professor Alan Dupont argued that the "drivers" of tomorrow's future security environment will be substantially different from those of the past. A new class of threats is emerging which is stretching the boundaries of conventional thinking about security.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • The scope, mission and method of public health - Professor Stephen Leeder

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Stephen Leeder

    We may take "public health" to mean the organised efforts of society to maintain good health. It is a broad church within which reside many denominations - epidemiology, biostatistics, demography, health policy, health promotion and advocacy, infectious disease control, history, environmental surveillance and the social sciences applied to health to name several.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • Julia Gillard lecture on the future of work

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Julia Gillard

    The workplace relations debate came to the University of Sydney when Julia Gillard delivered the annual industrial relations lecture, the Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture.

  • Defining strangers: human rights immigrants and the foundations for a just society

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Mary Crock

    Associate Professor Mary Crock opens the inaugural Key Directions Public Lecture Series with the issue of human rights and, in particular, how Australia's treatment of migrants is affecting regimes for the respect of human rights generally. Associate Professor Crock's central argument is that to have real meaning, "human rights" must be read as an indivisible phrase - not as two words that can be separated according to putative membership of a society.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
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  • Citizenship: The challenge for today - Sir Bernard Crick

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Sir Bernard Crick

    UK author and political theorist Sir Bernard Crick argued that citizens need to actively participate in modern democracies in order for them to work when he spoke at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
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  • Inside the dirty politics of climate change: Clive Hamilton at Sydney Ideas

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Clive Hamilton

    "Over the past decade in Australia, fossil fuel industries have had unparalleled insight into, and influence on, greenhouse policy. The Howard government has given these industries extraordinary power. It's the best cross-industry alliance that's ever been put together." This was the verdict of Clive Hamilton, head of the Australia Institute, when he spoke at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series.

    • 1 hour, 36 mins
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  • A nation built on words: The constitution and cultural identity in the United States and Australia

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Helen Irving

    The Constitution of the United States of America, written at the end of the eighteenth century, was a breathtaking experiment in the power of the written word, says Professor Helen Irving in the inaugural lecture for the returning holder of the Harvard Chair of Australian Studies.

  • Why we need more immigrants

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Frank Lowy

    If Australia's current immigration rules were in place in the 1950s, Frank Lowy, co-founder of The Westfield Group, may not have been admitted into the country, suggested Philippe Legrain when he delivered the first Sydney Ideas lecture of 2007.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Brandis and Garrett launch Australian Arts: Where the Bloody Hell Are You?

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Senator George Brandis, Minister for Arts and Sport, and Peter Garrett MP, Shadow Minister for the Arts

    Senator George Brandis, Minister for Arts and Sport, and Peter Garrett MP, Shadow Minister for the Arts discussed their parties' arts policies as we move towards this year's federal election. The pair also engaged in a colourful debate of the Australian arts in response to questions posed by an informed panel consisting of Robyn Nevin, Artistic Director, Sydney Theatre Company; Miriam Cosic, Arts Editor, The Australian; and Peter McCallum, The University of Sydney.

  • Rebuilding New Orleans

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Ed Blakely

    The head of the New Orleans reconstruction team, Professor Ed Blakely, revealed his bold new plan for New Orleans post-hurricane "Katrina" when he spoke at Sydney Ideas.

    • 1 hour, 31 mins
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  • Biology and New Communities - Tissue donation and social relationships - Associate Professor Catherine Waldby, Department of Sociology and Social Policy

    16 July, 2007

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Catherine Waldby

    Tissue donation creates strong social bonds. This talk discussed various forms of tissue donation and the 'imagined communities' that develop around them. Respondent: Associate Professor Ian Kerridge, Director, Centre for Values and Ethics and the Law in Medicine, The University of Sydney.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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