All 2008 episodes

2008 episodes
John Milton

Milton's 4th centenary: a reading of Paradise Lost. Read the transcript.
On 27 November, 2008, Christ Church St Laurence, hosted a presentation of readings from Paradise Lost in celebration of the 400th anniversary of John Milton's birth. Entitled  "A life beyond life" the program was designed and introduced by Dr Beverley  Sherry and produced by Dr Helen Hewson, both Honorary Associates of the  School of Letters, Art and Media at the University of  Sydney. (3/12/08. Running time 1:14:59)

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Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay: Sydney Ideas
Social researcher and best-selling author Hugh Mackay discusses why increasing public participation in the arts is a crucial part of building a healthier Australia. (5/11/08. Running time 1:19:25)

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Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans: Sydney Ideas
Gareth Evans, former foreign minister and author of The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and For All, discusses how the world must stop mass atrocities. (22/10/08. Running time 1:19:25)

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Dick Bryan

Symposium: Financial Crisis. Associate Professor Dick Bryan
Associate Professor Dick Bryan from the Department of Political Economy, and Sally Auld, Interest Rate Strategist from J.P. Morgan, comment on the current global financial crisis, the responses by governments and the way forward for policy. (24/10/08. Running time 18:21, 15:38)

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Stephen Leeder

Rethinking the role of medicine: Stephen Leeder
The nanotechnological and genetic revolutions will change all phases of medical practice. The humane mission of medicine - to relieve suffering - will be challenged by these changes, and we need to be ready to respond. This podcast is part of the Faculty of Medicine's Grand Challenges in health and medicine series. (20/8/08. Running time 1:20:32)

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Sara Roy

Beyond Occupation: Sara Roy at Sydney Ideas
Harvard scholar Sara Roy explains how the economic and social changes of the past decade in Israel and the Occupied Territories have undermined the possibility of peace in the region. (8/10/08. Running time 1:26:55)

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David Marr

The Bill Henson case: Art and Panic at Sydney Ideas
Award-winning journalist and author David Marr reveals the untold story behind the Bill Henson censorship scandal. Marr discusses how the removal from a Sydney art gallery of a collection of photographer Bill Henson's images of children became one of the most contentious political events of the year. (13/10/08. Running time 1:25:42)

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Oliver Taplin

Tragic life-journeys and real-life journeys: the place where three ways meet
Professor Oliver Taplin from Oxford University is one of the world's leading authorities on ancient Greek Theatre, especially its imagery on the painted figured pottery of Greece and South Italy in the 5th-4th centuries BC. (Running time 1:01:40)

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Paul Walton

You are what you eat: chemistry's secret to a long life
Professor Paul Walton from the University of York talks about catalysts and other chemical effects involved in food and eating. He says knowing a little bit about food chemistry can go a long way to living a long and healthy life. (1/10/08. Running time 50:28)

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Ronald Wright

What is America? Ronald Wright at Sydney Ideas
Ronald Wright unravels the makings of America and argues that its modern ideals are based on its colonial past. This lecture is based on his book, What is America: a Short History of the New World Order. (22/9/08. Running time 1:31:21)

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Tim Flannery

Now or Never: Tim Flannery at Sydney Ideas
This lecture is based on Flannery's recently published Quarterly Essay, Now or Never: A Sustainable Future of Australia? (Black Inc). In it, Flannery canvasses three potential solutions to climate change, one of the most pressing issues of our time. (24/9/08 Running time 1:33:18)

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Professor Bruce Armstrong

Cancer Clusters - Professor Bruce Armstrong
Professor Bruce Armstrong led the investigation into the breast cancer cluster at the ABC studios in Brisbane in 2007. His lecture on the investigation was the keynote address at the Sydney Cancer Conference in July 2008.
(17/7/08. Running time 46:25:02)

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Professor Albrecht Classen

The Myth of the Medieval Chastity Belt
Medieval scholar Albrecht Classen exposes the chastity belt as a popular myth that proliferated in the 19th century. After reviewing the evidence of the existence of the chastity belt, he found that scant research had been carried out, and that the chastity belt was a byproduct of the 19th-century fascination with instruments of torture from medieval times.
(11/9/08. Running time 53:02)

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Walden Bello

The Ted Wheelwright lecture by Professor Walden Bello
Internationally-renowned public intellectual and veteran of the global justice movement, Professor Walden Bello, explores the impact on the Asia-Pacific of what he argues is the "crisis of hegemony" enveloping the United States.
(29/8/08. Running time 1:14:22)

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Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow - The Blue Covenant
As an activist and author Canadian Maude Barlow has been at the forefront of international water politics for many years. In this lecture she addresses these issues and shows how ordinary people from around the world have banded together to reclaim the public's right to clean water.
(1/9/08. Running time 1:20:40)

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Dr Jonathan Pollack

Michael Hintze lecture in international security

US scholar Dr Jonathan Pollack from the US Naval War College has written books on China's political and strategic roles; the international politics of Asia; U.S. policy in Asia and the Pacific; and Chinese technological and military development. He delivers the lecture - America Faces the 21st Century: Implications for Asia and the Pacific.
(18/8/08. Running time 1:29:34)

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Professor Lesley Fallowfield

Key Questions panel discussion, Sydney Cancer Conference 2008
This panel discussion addresses key questions to be answered by cancer research in the next five years. On the panel are Professor Kenneth Kinzler, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Professor John Potter, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Cambridge Research Institute; Professor Lesley Fallowfield, pictured, Brighton and Sussex Medical School; and Professor Bruce Armstrong, University of Sydney.
(17/8/08. Running time 35:29)

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 Professor John Coffee

John Coffee: Scandals and Meltdowns - from Enron to Subprime
The subprime mortgage meltdown has fuelled a liquidity crisis affecting debt markets, not only in the US but around the world. In the Ross Parsons Address, Professor John Coffee discusses possible explanations of the subprime mortgage crisis, the role of ratings agencies as gatekeepers in debt markets, and potential mechanisms to increase transparency in the market for structured finance.
(21/8/08. Running time 50:15)

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Clive Hamilton

Clive Hamilton - The Freedom Paradox
Clive Hamilton discusses the paradox of the consumer society arguing that people are deprived of freedom because they are slaves to their materialistic desires. Hamilton is the author of the best-selling books Growth Fetish and Affluenza.
(11/8/08. Running time 88:09)

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Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster - Stem Cell Research and Society
When it comes to the stem cell debate, it seems everyone has an opinion. Professor Andrew Webster, a leading UK sociologist, explains why the social sciences get to have their say, too.
(30/7/08. Running time 75:13)

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David Armitage

David Armitage - Civil War from Rome to Iraq
This lecture traces the meaning and impact of the idea of civil war from republican Rome to the Republican invasion of Iraq to offer a vital historical dimension to the ongoing discussion of this destructive but distinctively human form of inhumanity.
(24/7/08. Running time 84:47)

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Geoffrey Atherden

Geoffrey Atherden - Australian culture: more than a fridge magnet?
Join us for our July Graduate Connections Breakfast with Mr Geoffrey Atherden (BArch '65), President of the Australian Writers' Foundation and creator of small screen comedy classics Mother and Son and Grass Roots.Mr Atherden's topic for the morning will be'Australian culture: more than a fridge magnet?
(22/7/08. Running time 42:18)

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Barry Brook

Professor Barry Brook - Averting catastrophe: reasons and ways to tackle climate change
We have so far had less than one degree of recent global warming, yet it is already affecting the lives of millions of people and thousands of species. Indeed, climate change is increasingly seen as one of the most urgent challenges facing the global community, with its consequences expected to rapidly worsen during this century. Professor Brook reviews the most recent observations of climate change impacts and describes the latest scientific projections for the near future.
(9/7/08. Running time 41:50)

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Jeffrey Sachs

Prof Jeffrey Sachs: Economics for a Crowded Planet
Jeffrey Sachs drew a capacity crowd in the University's Great Hall to deliver a speech that traversed the history of global economic development, climate change and overpopulation. He urged Australians to harness solar power and nuclear energy as an alternative to coal-powered. The speech celebrated the launch of the University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Jeffrey Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.
(16/7/08. Running time 84:50)

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Eric Foner

Prof Eric Foner: The Idea of Freedom in the US, 1776-2008
Professor Eric Foner at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series. In this exclusive Sydney lecture, Professor Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, traces how Americans have thought about the key concept of freedom through the course of history. He argues that freedom has never been a single idea, but has been the source of considerable disagreement and conflict.
(3/6/08. Running time 100:38)

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Frank Sartor

Frank Sartor spoke at the 125th Faculty of Engineering Anniversary & 25th Anniversary of The Warren Centre
Frank Sartor spoke at this celebratory event, as did Mr Peter North, Mr George Maltabarow and Mr John Grill - all esteemed alumni of the Faculty of Engineering.

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American Foreign Policy After Bush: Professor Francis Fukuyama

American Foreign Policy After Bush: Professor Francis Fukuyama
In this exclusive public lecture, renowned American political scientist, thinker and author Professor Francis Fukuyama conversed with US Studies Centre Chief Executive Professor Geoffrey Garrett on a wide range of issues, including the foreign policy of a new administration in Washington, the rise of China, the use of hard and soft power and the impact of climate change.
(Running time 82:40)

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Dear Mr Rudd

Dear Mr Rudd: Ideas for a better Australia
In the lead up to the Australia 2020 Summit, Sydney Ideas presents a panel of Australian experts in key areas of national importance, and gives them an opportunity to propose their ideas for a better Australia to the new Prime Minister.
(14/4/08. Running time 81:36)

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Despots masquerading as democrats: Ken Roth

Despots masquerading as democrats: Ken Roth
The validity of new "democracies" and their unwillingness to uphold human rights came into the spotlight when the head of New York-based Human Rights Watch spoke at Sydney Ideas. In his lecture titled "Despots Masquerading as Democrats: Why are they doing so, and why are we letting them?", Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, presents riveting evidence of how "autocrats pose as democrats" in order to avoid basic human rights obligations.
(Running time 81:14)

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The Logic of Life: Tim Harford

The Logic of Life: Tim Harford
"I've always thought the whole idea of economics is to solve people's problems," says Harford, who has continued his insightful and witty application of new economics in his latest book The Logic of Life (Little, Brown). "Economics isn't necessarily about money. It's about power, information, trying to tell whether people are telling the truth, credibility commitments, making promises, proving you can keep promises."
(25/2/08. Running time 92:47)

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Nanotechnology and the environment: Heinrich Rohrer

Nanotechnology and the environment: Heinrich Rohrer
Nobel Laureate Dr Heinrich Rohrer, a Swiss physicist, discusses the uses of nanotechnology in sustaining our environment. Nanotechnology refers to the study of atomic and molecular matter, and over the past three centuries, this field of applied science has resulted in some extraordinary technical advances. Dr Rohrer explains the potential impact of using nanotechnology to reduce energy consumption. Dr Rohrer, who currently works at IBM Research, was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for his design of the scanning tunnelling microscope. The microscope allows viewers to explore surfaces at an atomic level, paving the way for nanotechnology to become easier, faster, and more accessible.
(11/1/08. Running time 73:03)

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21st Century America:  Reflections, Aspirations and Challenges - The United States Studies Centre

21st Century America: Reflections, Aspirations and Challenges - The United States Studies Centre
A panel of American and Australian experts engage in a lively discussion on US politics, foreign policy, business and society as part of the US Studies Centre's National Summit. Features Professor Michael Nacht (UC-Berkeley), Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter (Princeton University), Professor Richard Vietor (Harvard University), Professor Bill Chafe (Duke University), Michael Gawenda (former editor of The Age), and Peter Thompson (ABC Television).
(Running time 96:01)

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