All 2009 podcasts

2009 episodes
Poster for the Too many people go to University debate

Debate - Too many people go to university

Simon Longstaff, Steve Hind, Andrew Smith, Stephen Matchett, Naomi Oreb, Michael Spence, Adam Spencer

Access to university in Australia was once for the privileged few, yet is now a presumed right for all. But has the growth in graduate numbers and diverse university degree courses actually diminished the quality of a university degree?

November 10, 2009 (Running time 1 hour 40 min, 47Mb MP3)

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Confucius and the First Emperor

Jeffrey Riegel

Confucius (traditional dates 551-479 BCE) lived during the waning years of the Zhou dynasty. He was deeply troubled by the disorder of his age and took it upon himself to teach others about Zhou virtues as well as to instruct them on how to cultivate such virtue in themselves. Confucius’s efforts mark the beginning of the traditional Chinese emphasis on education and the crucial role of self-improvement and self-cultivation in any ethical system.

October 21, 2009 (Running time 42 min, 20Mb MP3)

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Mary Wollstonecraft and the Enlightenment

Helen Irving

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was the first theorist systematically to give voice to what we now call feminism.

October 14, 2009 (Running time 75 min, 34Mb MP3)

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Pierre Bourdieu and feminism

Kate Huppatz

Pierre Bourdieu was the preeminent French intellectual of the late 20th century. His social theory, particularly his cultural approach to class and unique understanding of social practice, has been highly influential in the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and philosophy.

October 7, 2009 (Running time 49 min, 23Mb MP3)

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Kurt Godel and the limits of mathematics

Mark Colyvan

Kurt Gödel was one of the foremost mathematicians and logicians of the 20th century.

September 30, 2009 (Running time 1 hour 30 min, 42Mb MP3)

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Getting China Right

Michael Wesley

Australia has entered uncharted territory. For the first time in our history, our most significant trading partner is not a member of our alliance system. Our most important trading partner is our closest ally's strategic competitor. And our most important trading partner is not a democracy.

September 29, 2009 (Running time 1:13 min, 91Mb MP3)

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John Rawls on Social Justice

Duncan Ivison

John Rawls (1921-2002) has been hailed as one of the most important liberal political philosophers of our times.

September 23, 2009 (Running time 1 hour 18 min, 36Mb MP3)

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How Free should Free Speech be? Philosophical Perspectives

Philip Pettit - Freedoms of Speech

Philip Pettit (Princeton) argues that ideally freedom of speech should take the full, robust form and it suggests guidelines on how it is best served under progressively non-ideal conditions.

July 15, 2009 (Running time 1 hour 14 min, 18.8Mb MP3)

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How Free should Free Speech be? Philosophical Perspectives

Simone Chambers - Civility and Public Reason

Simone Chambers (Toronto) investigates informal norms of civility that accompany our conceptions of reasoned discourse.

July 15, 2009 (Running time 1 hour 5 min, 16.5Mb MP3)

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How Free should Free Speech be? Philosophical Perspectives

Jeremy Waldron - What Should a Well-Ordered Society Look Like?

Jeremy Waldron (NYU) approaches the question of hate speech (or group defamation) by asking about the importance of appearance, signage and display in a well-ordered society.

July 15, 2009 (Running time 1 hour 30 min, 22.9Mb MP3)

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Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers: Professor Saree Makdisi
Professor Saree Makdisi delivers his 2009 Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers lecture on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. (September 22, 2009. Running time 1 hour 35min, 46mb MP3)

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Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers: Konrad Lorenz
Professor Paul Griffiths delivers his 2009 Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers lecture on the remarkable life and legacy of Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989), Austrian zoologist, animal psychologist, ornithologist, and Nobel Prize winner. (September 09, 2009. Running time 59min, 28mb MP3)

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Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers: Mao Zedong
The Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers Series continues with a lecture on Mao Zedong (1893-1976), leader of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1976. The lecture is by Professor David Goodman, Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the Institute for Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. (September 02, 2009. Running time 85min, 40mb MP3)

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Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers: Galileo
The third lecture in the 2009 Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers Series on Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Italian mathematician, astronomer and philosopher. Lecture by Dr Ofer Gal, Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney. (August 12, 2009. Running time 72min, 33mb MP3)

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Michael Cathcart. The Water Dreamers
Historian Michael Cathcart talks about his research for Water Dreamers, a cultural history of the Australian's relationship with water. (August 20, 2009. Running time 74min, 33.9mb MP3)

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Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers: Karl Marx
The second lecture in the 2009 Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers Series on Karl Marx (1818-1883) a philosopher, social scientist, historian and revolutionary with an enduring impact on modern intellectual and political life. Lecture by Dr John Buchanan, Director Work Place Research Centre, University of Sydney. (August 12, 2009. Running time 82min, 38mb MP3)

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Alana Valentine. Captivated by Reality
The 2009 Alex Buzo Memorial Lecture featured award-wining award-winning Australian playwright and broadcaster, Alana Valentine. She was speaking as part of the Sydney Ideas lecture program. (August 10, 2009. Running time 64min, 29.5mb MP3)

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Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers: John Maynard Keynes
The first lecture in the 2009 Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers Series on John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), distinguished British economist and an extraordinarily energetic public intellectual of his time. (August 5, 2009. Running time 84min, 39mb MP3)

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Abraham Lincon's Chair

Why History Matters: The Past in the Present
A special Sydney Ideas event featuring leading visiting US historians in a panel discussion. Co-presented by the Department of History, SOPHI, and the United States Studies Centre, at the University of Sydney (July 28, 2009. Running time 93min, 43mb MP3)

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Jill Tarter

Jill Tarter. Extremophiles and Exoplanets: Expanding the Potentially Habitable Real Estate in the Galaxy
Since life-as-we-know-it is so extraordinarily hardy, might it exist today (or in the past) on any of the exoplanets that are being found? This lecture discusses what appears to be possible in the near future, as well as the questions that will likely remain unanswered until new technologies enable new explorations in the more distant future. (July 21, 2009. Running time 82min, 38mb MP3)

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Dr Ligia Noronha

Third Annual Michael Hintze Lecture in International Security: India's Search for Energy Security
This lecture was delivered by Dr Ligia Noronha of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi. Dr Noronha discusses how India's growing energy needs are reshaping its domestic politics, foreign and trade policies. (May 27, 2009. Running time 62min, 3omb MP3)

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Anna Tibaijuka

Anna Tibaijuka. Sustainable Urbanisation, Climate Change and the Global Financial Crisis
Today we are faced with many challenges in our quest for sustainable human settlements but among the most compelling ones are rapid and chaotic urbanization, climate change and the global financial crisis. (June 18, 2009. Running time 73 min, 35mb MP3)

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The Earth

International Forum: The Global Talent Search and Challenge
Deputy Vice Chancellor (International) Professor John Hearn hosts the next installment of the International Forum series on global mobility and the talent shortage. Professor Hearn is joined by Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, SydneyTalent chief executive Anne Moore, Andrew Banks, Managing Director of recruitment agency Talent2 International and Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne from the University of Melbourne to discuss the challenges of finding and maintaining skilled talent. (June 16, 2009. Running time 100 min, 47mb MP3)

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Darius Rejali

Darius Rejali. Torture and Democracy: What Now?
Darius Rejali traces the development and application of one torture technique after another in the last century, and he reaches startling conclusions. As the twentieth century progressed, he argues, democracies not only tortured, but set the international pace for torture. (June 2, 2009. Running time 104 min, 49mb MP3)

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Paul Gilding

Paul Gilding. Economic Growth Version 1.0 is Finished: The great disruption has begun
Paul Gilding argues that we have entered a period of global ecological crisis and economic stagnation that will last for decades. This will lead to an economic and social transformation of significance in the history of humanity. (April 29, 2009. Running time 81 min, 37mb MP3)

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Professor Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed: Barack and Michelle Obama: Rewriting the Narrative of American History
In her Sydney Ideas lecture titled "Barack and Michelle Obama: Rewriting the Narrative of American History," Gordon-Reed, the author of 2008's The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (WW Norton), put a historical spin on the current White House residents in light of America's Founding Fathers, in particular Thomas Jefferson, who had a complicated relationship with African Americans.(April 22, 2009. Running time 86 min, 40mb MP3)

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Professor Bjorn Landfeldt

Bjorn Landfeldt on ISP filtering
Associate Professor Bjorn Landfeldt was part of the government-appointed team that studied implementing ISP-level internet filtering. In this public lecture, he discusses technical and social issues that have not been properly assessed by the Government. He explains how users will be able to bypass the filter, the dangers posed by increasing scope of the ACMA blacklist and the political motivation behind the plan. (April 14, 2009. Running time 64 min, 26.8mb MP3)

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Golden Buddha

Peter Skilling. Did the Buddha invent Asia?
How did the teaching of one man influence Asia so profoundly? What was the role of Buddhism in the geography of ideas in the pre-modern period? What were the unifying principles or ideologies that brought distant cultures into close relation? The fascinating diversity of Buddhism and its dynamic cultural transformations lead us to examine the role played by Buddhism in the construction and imagination of an interactive trans-regionalism. (April 07 2009. Running time 96 min, 45mb MP3)

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Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro. Reporting on the Environment: A study of science or power?
Schapiro, a veteran environmental journalist and Editorial Director of the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting, explores the intersection between two very different forces: the inherent uncertainties of the scientific method and the demand for clarity by those in power. (March 2, 09. Running time 95 min, 44mb MP3)

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Fiona Winning

The 2009 Rex Cramphorn Lecture by Fiona Winning
Fiona Winning, at Sydney Ideas, discusses the often problematic relationship between the hard and soft infrastructure - of arts buildings and the artists and organisations that work in them. (March 2, 09. Running time 79 min, 36mb MP3)

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Michael Kirby

Michael Kirby in the Great Hall, transcript
The University of Sydney engaged one of its most prestigious alumni - recently retired High Court judge the Hon. Michael Kirby - to deliver a dinner address at a special evening function in the Great Hall on Saturday, February 28. (February 28, 09. Running time 60 min)

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Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse at Sydney Ideas
Michael Ruse, Professor of Philosophy from Florida State University, looks at the theory of Darwin's Origin of the Species, asking both about its success and even more how it fares today 200 years after Darwin's birth. (February 17, 09. Running time 85 min)

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Michael Paton

Michael Paton - Feng Shui
Dr Michael Paton, an expert in Chinese history and the philosophy of science, will explain the foundations of this influential Chinese cultural practice, as well as examining some of the misconceptions that have arisen in the West concerning this ancient art. (February 11, 09. Running time 60 min)

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Mr Aart de Geus

OECD Deputy Secretary General - Problems of today, world of tomorrow
The lecture "Problems of Today, World of Tomorrow" was delivered by Mr Aart de Geus, the OECD Deputy Secretary General. Mr de Geus's OECD portfolio is Political Economy of Reform. In his lecture he addressed a broad range of strategic issues arising from the global financial crisis.   Read the transcript of the speech.  (February 3, 09. Running time 39 min)

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