Podcasts

  • Farewell to Social Democracy?

    30 November, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Wolfgang Merkel, Social Science Research Center Berlin, (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung WZB)

    Co-presented with the Sydney Democracy Initiative (SDI) and the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS). Social democracy is in trouble. Wolfgang Merkel draws on his extensive research and practical involvement with social democratic parties in Europe and Latin America to show how the survival of social democracy during the coming decades crucially depends on finding new voters and party members and inventing new policies, programs and different visions of a better future.

    • 1 hour, 40 mins
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  • The Australian Dream Debate: Defining the Australian Dream

    30 November, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    'The Australian Dream' is widely accepted in the media, politics and society as a summary of Australian identity, values and aspirations, of what it means to be Australian. So we ask the question – what are the values, hopes, and dreams that inspire and motivate 21st century Australians? The panel of experts included: Dr Fiona Allon, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney; Dean Economou, Technology Strategist, NICTA (National ICT Australia); Lawrence Gibbons, Group Publisher Alternative Media Group of Australia; Professor Alan Peters, Head of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney; and Lee Rhiannon, former Greens MP in the NSW Upper House and currently NSW Senator-elect. Moderated by Peter Carr, CEO Sydney Development Agency.

    • 1 hour, 52 mins
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  • Islam, Democracy and the Status of Malaysia's Quasi-Secular State

    13 November, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian leader of the Opposition

    The University of Sydney was very pleased to host a special weekend lecture on campus by Malaysian Leader of the Opposition Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    • 1 hour, 49 mins
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  • The Peak of the Oil Age: Declining world oil production will halt economic growth

    12 November, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Kjell Aleklett, Professor of Physics and leader of the Global Energy Systems Group, Uppsala University, Sweden

    Professor Aleklett's crucial research, published in March, is a critical review of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) forecasts of steady growth in oil production at least till 2030. Policy makers and investors can no longer assume that ever-increasing oil production will fuel their forecasts of continual economic growth.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
    • Download (MP3, 40.9Mb)
  • The Midterm Referendum on Obama

    9 November, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    James Fallows, Chair in US Media at the US Studies Centre and correspondent for The Atlantic, and Professor Morris Fiorina, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

    A fascinating analysis of the results of the 2010 US midterm elections with James Fallows, Chair in US Media at the US Studies Centre and correspondent for The Atlantic, and Professor Morris Fiorina, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • The First Emperor's Home Base: Archaeological perspectives on ethnicity in ancient China

    6 November, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Lothar von Falkenhausen, Professor of Chinese Archaeology and Art History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

    A favourite topic in modern Chinese archaeology is the definition of ancient ethnic group on the basis of excavated materials. What can archaeology tell us about the ethnic origins of the Qin ruling group–were they colonisers from the dynastic centers of China, or were they assimilated Barbarians? What are the methodological problems involved in this type of archaeological analysis?

    • 1 hour, 36 mins
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  • Women's Reproductive Rights: Selves, Others, Bodies

    2 November, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Yasmine Ergas, Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University

    For decades the phrase 'women's reproductive rights' served as a rallying cry for assertions of women's right to control their own fertility. In the words of the CEDAW Committee: "women are entitled to decide on the number and spacing of their children." This entitlement is far from having been achieved. And now the issues at stake have been complicated by the emergence of 'human rights' as the framework within which women's claims are increasingly understood and by the 'globalization of motherhood' as well as the development of technologies that have facilitated markets in babies and baby-making. If 'reproductive rights' are to be understood as 'human rights' what are the consequences for women's control over their own bodies? And, what kind of rights are at stake in the global market place for reproduction?

    • 1 hour, 38 mins
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  • Herodotus and the discovery of history

    27 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Julia Kindt, Classics and Ancient History, Faculty of Arts

    Towards the end of the fifth century BC Herodotus wrote his Histories, a work in which he sought to explain why the Greeks had won the Persian Wars. The Histories are widely credited for pioneering the Western tradition of historiography – already Cicero called Herodotus "the father of history". But what is original about Herodotus' Histories is not so much what he wrote about – after all Homer had already focused his narrative on a great war – but how he wrote about it. Herodotus blended history and literature, political, cultural, and military history, ethnography, geography, zoology, linguistics and religion (to name just a few interests of this highly versatile author) in a unique and sophisticated fashion.

  • Emil Kraepelin and the origins of modern psychiatry

    20 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Dominic Murphy, History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science

    One hundred years ago, Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926) was the most influential psychiatrist in the world, revered as the man whose system of classification put the study of mental illness on firm scientific foundations. We owe to Kraepelin the distinction between schizophrenia (which he called premature dementia) and manic-depressive illness. This lecture explained Kraepelin's approach to psychiatry and his influence on modern psychiatry, and discussed why some contemporary theorists think that his influence is keeping psychiatry on the wrong track.

  • Child health now

    19 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tracey Spicer - Broadcaster and Journalist

    A special One Just World Forum with participants including: Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO - Chancellor of the University of Sydney; Tracey Spicer, broadcaster and journalist; Louise Baur, Professor & Deputy Associate Dean, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health University of Sydney; Tim Costello, Chief Executive, World Vision Australia: Michael Dibley. Associate Professor of International Public Health, University of Sydney; Rosaria Martins da Cruz, Director, HIAM Health, Timor Leste; Sue Ndwala, maternal and child health advisor, World Vision Australia; and a special report from Malawi via video by Rebecca Gibney.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Emotions, the Brain and the Body: The science connecting health and the emotions

    13 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Esther M Sternberg MD and Professor Ian Hickie AM

    How do the emotions affect our physical and mental health? What is the science that shows how brain and body interact to make us sick or well? Two of the world's leading researchers expose and explore the pathways within the brain through which our emotions connect with our bodies.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • Alexandre Koyré: On the political dangers of telling lies

    6 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor John Keane, Centre for the Study of Democracy, Faculty of Arts

    Discussions of lying in politics often cite the work of Plato and Kant or (more usually) draw upon the writings of Hannah Arendt. But it was the Russian-born philosopher and historian of science Alexandre Koyré (1892-1964) who was perhaps the first contemporary writer to pose radically new questions about the damaging effects of lying. This lecture aims to unsettle our thinking about the political dangers of telling lies by revisiting Koyré's provocative but little-known claim that democracy and lying are twins.

    • 1 hour, 58 mins
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  • Alexandre Koyré: On the political dangers of telling lies

    6 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor John Keane, Centre for the Study of Democracy, Faculty of Arts

    Discussions of lying in politics often cite the work of Plato and Kant or (more usually) draw upon the writings of Hannah Arendt. But it was the Russian-born philosopher and historian of science Alexandre Koyré (1892-1964) who was perhaps the first contemporary writer to pose radically new questions about the damaging effects of lying. This lecture aims to unsettle our thinking about the political dangers of telling lies by revisiting Koyré's provocative but little-known claim that democracy and lying are twins.

    • 1 hour, 58 mins
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  • Shakespeare would have Tweeted

    5 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Julian Brophy

    The alumni team: Adam Spencer, the Vice-Chancellor and Judith Whelan challenged members of the University of Sydney Union debating team: Pat Bateman, Alex Lee and Ben Jenkins in the University of Sydney annual Comedy Debate hosted at the Great Hall on Tuesday 5 October 2010. Listen to the Podcast to find out the winners of this very close debate!

    • 1 hour, 12 mins
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  • Doing the dirty work of higher education

    5 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Gareth Parry, University of Sheffield, UK

    In the age of near-universal access, what should be the division of labour between colleges and universities? As open-door institutions, colleges transferred some students to selective universities and persuaded the rest in strongly vocational directions. The talk explored the issues of access and equity posed by a larger role for universities in widening participation and by new remits for colleges and schools in higher education.

  • Reinventing social democracy

    5 October, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Fred Block, University of California, Davis

    Professor Block first came to prominence with his book The Origins of International Economic Disorder: Study of United States International Monetary Policy from World War II to the Present. In this study he asserted what would become a career long interest in the destabilizing influence of unregulated capital flows across national borders. His lecture examined the future of social democracy in Australia and around the world, and included an introduction by Eleanor Hall of ABC Radio's The World Today.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • Evolving the city: Using evolutionary theory to understand and improve the human condition

    29 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    David Sloan Wilson, evolving the city: Using evolutionary theory to understand and improve the human condition

    The most distressing fact about public awareness of evolution is not that roughly 50% of Americans don't believe the theory but that nearly 100% worldwide don't appreciate its tremendous relevance to human affairs. I will show how evolutionary theory can help to solve the problems of everyday life, from the quality of life in our cities to rethinking the fundamentals of economic theory and policy.

    • 1 hour, 41 mins
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  • Telling African stories in the media

    27 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Thomas Mukoya, Kenyan photojournalist

    In a moderated discussion with Joel Negin, lecturer in international public health at the University of Sydney, Kenyan photojournalist Thomas Mukoya presented his experiences in telling African stories in the global media; outlining challenges, successes and reporting angles. Thomas and his camera have documented many of Africa's humanitarian crises, showing the circumstances of refugees and displaced people whose lives are forever changed by the effects of conflict and insurrection.

    • 1 hour, 28 mins
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  • Germaine De Staël on the nation and nationalism

    22 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Glenda Sluga, International History, Faculty of Arts

    There are few historical figures as dramatically enticing and colourfully enigmatic as Germaine de Staël. The young Germaine had an early introduction to the culture of the French Enlightenment through her mother's influential Paris-based salo. De Staël's published oeuvre spans a crucial period in the modernist history of the nation as an idea: from the French revolution to the Restoration, and from the Enlightenment to Romanticism. This talk will sketch out the parameters and significance of de Staël's conception of nation, and its importance for our historical understanding of patriotism as an idea and ideal.

  • Buddhism and a sustainable world: Some reflections

    20 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Geoffrey Samuel, Cardiff University and 2010 Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Sydney

    There is no doubt that Buddhist thought, above all through its stress on the mutual dependence of all phenomena, contains resources that have been important for those working towards a more ecologically aware and sustainable way of life. In this address, the University's Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, examines some of the writing in this area, suggests that the actual practice of Buddhist societies, particularly in Tibet and the Himalayas, often did engage quite deeply, if at a less explicit level, with environmental and ecological issues, and that these societies have useful lessons for us today in the search for a sustainable world .

    • 1 hour, 37 mins
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  • La Mettrie: Man a Machine

    15 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Charles Wolfe, History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science

    Julien Offray de La Mettrie, a medical doctor and philosopher was born in Saint-Malo (Brittany) in 1709, and died in 1751 in Berlin, where he was an intellectual-in-residence at Frederick II's court. His best-known work, L'Homme-Machine or Man a Machine (1748), one of the greatest examples of materialist philosophy ever written - in which mind and body are explained as belonging to one material substance, which medical and physiological knowledge sheds light on. How is it that a philosopher admired today by all manner of 'brain scientists' was also the hero of the Marquis de Sade? Addressing this sort of question gets us to the heart of Enlightenment materialism.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
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  • A voice like no other: The future of Australian drama on the international stage

    13 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tommy Murphy, Australian playwright

    Julien Offray de La Mettrie, a medical doctor and philosopher was born in Saint-Malo (Brittany) in 1709, and died in 1751 in Berlin, where he was an intellectual-in-residence at Frederick II's court. His best-known work, L'Homme-Machine or Man a Machine (1748), one of the greatest examples of materialist philosophy ever written - in which mind and body are explained as belonging to one material substance, which medical and physiological knowledge sheds light on. How is it that a philosopher admired today by all manner of 'brain scientists' was also the hero of the Marquis de Sade? Addressing this sort of question gets us to the heart of Enlightenment materialism.

  • Cities - Sydney, Freetown and Cape Town: Convicts and Empire

    9 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Kirsten McKenzie and Dr Emma Christopher, Department of History, University of Sydney

    Many Sydneysiders think they know all about the history of their city, but few know that its convict past links it firmly to Africa, a continent many Australians know little about. Emma Christopher and Kirsten McKenzie uncover a forgotten history of abandoned plans and lost hopes, of political objections to sending convicts to Africa and the sufferings of those who were sent there. By revealing the convict connections to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Cape Town, South Africa, they show how very nearly the stories of Africa and Australia came to taking different turns. They are in conversation with Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney and Professor Deidre Coleman, University of Melbourne.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
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  • Furious Faces on the Streets: Public Protests in history

    6 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Prof Robert Aldrich, Dr Frances Clarke and Dr Jim Masselos

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand," avowed Frederick Douglass in 1857, "It never did and it never will." As an escaped slave who had gone on to become a leading figure in America's growing abolitionist movement, Douglas was no stranger to making public demands. He would become one of the many millions of people in history–most of them now forgotten–who refused to submit quietly in the face of authority. Their public actions have been one of history's driving forces. In protests, marches, parades and rallies, ordinary people have demanded and produced social change, sometimes, but not always, for the good. In this panel, we examine the history of public protests in a range of contexts–from crowd action in post-Enlightenment Europe and America through to the nationalist struggles in India and beyond–examining their contexts, tactics, and historical impact.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • Waiting for the preacher: Obama's America in world religious context

    6 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies, University of California, Irvine

    Jack Miles, Senior Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy and Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies, University of California, Irvine examines the anti-Muslim sentiment in the US, and rumours that the directed at President Barak Obmama, is a Muslim who has lied about his religious background, including his claim to being a devout Christian.

  • Ameen Rihani: An Arab-American Humanist Intellectual

    1 September, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Nijmeh Hajjar, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Arts

    Ameen Rihani (1876-1940) was an influential Arab-American thinker, writer and political activist, and was one of the most prominent humanist intellectuals of the 20th century. In this lecture, Dr Hajjar argues that in the light of today's momentous world events and the search for global peace and cultural dialogue, Rihani's secular vision of progress, liberal democracy and Arab-Western mutual respect is a balancing counterpoint to the obscurantism of both ideological fanaticism and the 'clash of civilizations' paradigms.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • How the war on terror contributed to the credit crunch and to the crisis of the Euro

    30 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Loretta Napoleoni, Italian economist and terrorist financing expert

    Loretta Napoleoni is the best-selling author of Rouge Economics, Terror Incorporated and Insurgent Iraq. She is an expert on financing of terrorism and advises governments and international organization on counter-terrorism. In her lecture for Sydney Ideas she outlines how the response of George Bush to 9/11 triggered a chain of events which led to the credit crunch and to the current crisis of the Euro.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • The business of journalism in a new media age

    27 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Eric Beecher, Crikey.com.au

    "Traditional funding for important journalism is drying up," Eric Beecher observes. "The digital revolution that has democratised media and torn down the barriers to entry has also undermined the traditional old media business models that have subsidised quality journalism for the past century. Which creates a paradox and a dilemma: who will pay for the journalism that is integral to a properly functioning democracy?"

  • Alfred North Whitehead: From Cambridge mathematician to Harvard philosopher

    25 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Peter Farleigh, Physiology, and Centre for Human Aspects of Science and Technology

    What would the consequences be, if rather than substances and structures, we took events and processes to be the primary entities that make up the universe? And what if instead of the traditional mechanistic model we used the concept of the organism, as the key metaphor in our understanding of the world? These are two central questions that Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) wrestled with in his later years.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • The Icarus Syndrome: A history of American hubris

    25 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Peter Beinart, Associate Professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York, and the senior political writer for The Daily Beast.

    The Icarus Syndrome tells a tale as old as the Greek–a story about the seductions of success. In conversation with Associate Professor Brendan O'Connor from the US Studies Centre, Peter Beinart portrays three extraordinary generations: the progressives who took America into World War I, led by Woodrow Wilson, who for a moment became the closest thing to a political messiah the world had ever seen. The Camelot intellectuals who took America into Vietnam, led by Lyndon Johnson, who lay awake at night in terror that his countrymen considered him weak. And George W. Bush and the post–cold war conservatives, who believed they could simultaneously bludgeon and liberate the Middle East.

  • Scholarship at large

    19 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director at Duke University Press, Cathy N. Davidson, Ruth F DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University with Professor Shane White and Professor Iain McCalman, Department of History, University of Sydney

    How often do we hear that academics can't write? The people at Duke know something we don't? Ken Wissoker, the editorial director at Duke, believes his press not only produces smart books, it also shapes intellectual inquiry. But what about the future? What will happen to scholarship-and to thinking-in the age of digital technology? How do we develop new means to disseminate ideas? Cathy N. Davidson, the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University and past president of the American Studies Association, joins Ken Wissoker to asking us to think beyond the book.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • J. K. Galbraith: Economic reform and the good society

    18 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Frank Stilwell, Political Economy, Faculty of Arts

    The distinguished political economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) thought economic reform should help to create 'the good society'. He excoriated orthodox economists for being overly enamoured with the free market economy. He warned that capitalism, unless strongly regulated by government, would generate social imbalance, economic instability and unacceptable inequalities between rich and poor.

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
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  • What to do about journalism schools in a time of disruptive technology

    13 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Jay Rosen, New York University

    Jay Rosen, author of the influential PressThink blog and groundbreaking work 'What are Journalists For?' talks with Australian journalism educators about the shifts in thinking and practice needed to prepare students for rapidly changing, multimedial and user-focused media environments.

    • 1 hour, 39 mins
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  • Writing science lives

    12 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Janet Browne, Harvard University with Professor Iain McCalman and Professor Alison Bashford, University of Sydney

    What do we learn when we revisit scientists' past worlds? How might one write a life as famous as Charles Darwin's? Why is biography the best-selling genre of all? Pre-eminent Darwin scholar and Harvard Professor of the History of Science Janet Browne, talks with Sydney's prizewinning historian Professor Iain McCalman, about the challenges and delights of the biographical genre for historians. In conversation with Alison Bashford, this is an evening that probes the intellectual life of these keen observers and interpreters of the world of Victorian science.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Subcomandante Marcos

    11 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Simon Tormey, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts

    Subcomandante Marcos is the anonymous spokesperson for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), an indigenous land rights movement based in the Chiapas region of Mexico. This Key Thinker lecture reveals the political and philosophical ideas behind the man who has raised international awareness of the impoverished state of Mexico's indigenous population.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • Sydney Sawyer Conference: The Atlantic world in a Pacific fields: Part 7 - Atlantic Education in the Antipodes

    7 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas

    How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference examines the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it seeks ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

    • 1 hour, 39 mins
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  • Sydney Sawyer Conference: The Atlantic world in a Pacific fields: Part 6 - Panel: Producers and Collectors: Indigenous Agency and Ethnographic Collections, a Central Province PNG case study

    7 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas

    How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference examines the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it seeks ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

  • Sydney Sawyer Conference: The Atlantic world in a Pacific fields: Part 4 - Janet Browne

    6 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas

    How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference examines the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it seeks ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

  • Sydney Sawyer Conference: The Atlantic world in a Pacific fields: Part 5 - Comparing Indigenous Experience

    6 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas

    How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference examines the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it seeks ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

    • 1 hour, 39 mins
    • Download (MP3, 37.9Mb)
  • Sydney Sawyer Conference: The Atlantic world in a Pacific fields: Part 3 - Atlantic Science in the Antipodes

    5 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas

    How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference examines the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it seeks ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

  • Sydney Sawyer Conference: The Atlantic world in a Pacific fields: Part 2 - Comparing Ethnographies

    5 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas

    How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference examines the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it seeks ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

    • 1 hour, 48 mins
    • Download (MP3, 40.5Mb)
  • In Transit: European cosmologies in the Pacific

    5 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    Astronomical interests prompted a series of entries by European travellers into the Pacific. In studies of the complex motives and effects of these expeditions, it has been common to treat astronomical interests either as rationales for more profound political and economic enterprise, or as of a strictly utilitarian character.

    • 1 hour, 37 mins
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  • Sydney Sawyer Conference: The Atlantic world in a Pacific fields: Part 1 - Welcome & Anita Herle

    5 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas

    How does a strange place or people become comparable with those more familiar? What does it take to relate a new plant or animal to those already well known? How does one standardize observations and mobilize things and people and situations so they have meaning elsewhere? That is, how was the Pacific made into the obligatory site for exploring the issues that mattered in the Atlantic world? In particular, this conference examines the ways in which both oceanic regions were co-produced through a complicated series of intellectual and practical interactions over many centuries. Moreover, it seeks ways in which to make the Pacific visible again in global scholarship.

  • A gathering storm: China's challenge to US power in Asia

    4 August, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor John Mearsheimer

    Professor John Mearsheimer, from the University of Chicago, is America's boldest and perhaps most controversial thinker in the field of international relations and an authority on US foreign policy and national security. His book, The Israeli Lobby and US Foreign Policy, which he co-authored with Stephen Walt of Harvard University aroused furious debate, and has been translated into 17 languages.

    • 1 hour, 28 mins
    • Download (MP3, 61.3Mb)
  • Kate Jennings and Dare Jennings in conversation

    30 July, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Kate Jennings, with her brother Mambo founder Dare Jennings

    The award-winning author and University of Sydney Alumna Kate Jennings, with her brother Mambo founder Dare Jennings, discuss how they combine their creative passions and imaginations with a unique entrepreneurial spirit. Dare might be the most obvious entrepreneur but writers are entrepreneurial: every day the blank page, every day an act of invention. Anyone can try out an idea and throw it into the ether. But what does it take to make an idea work? ABC Radio broadcaster, writer and musician James Valentine hosts the discussion.

  • The Plastiki Expedition

    29 July, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Kate Jennings, with her brother Mambo founder Dare Jennings

    David de Rothschild explains the technology used on board The Plastiki, a unique 18.3-metre catamaran made from approximately 12,500 reclaimed plastic soft drink bottles that have been fixed into the pontoons. He reveal what he and crew learnt on their four-month journey from San Francisco. David is in conversation with inventor, educator and adjudicator Sally Dominguez.

  • Leon Mayhew: Framing a new political public

    28 July, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Richard Stanton, Media & Communications, Faculty of Arts

    Leon Mayhew, a late 20th century sociologist, argued that public relations professionals, using influence and persuasion, dominate public communication. This lecture examines Mayhew's claims against 21st century public engagement through 'netroots' microblogs such as Twitter and social media such as Facebook.

  • Why History Matters: Historians remap the World

    26 July, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    Do we need our history to be global? Work, leisure, war and peace, these are some of the themes that historians are now mapping onto a global past. Join historians David Armitage, Joyce E. Chaplin and Erez Manela from Harvard University, along with Sunil Amrith from Birkbeck College, University of London in a conversation led by Glenda Sluga from the University of Sydney as they talk about how they approach the past globally, and hear the stories that they have to tell about our round world.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • History as a communication problem

    5 July, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    John Durham Peters, Professor of International Studies at the University of Iowa

    This lecture explores how the basic problems faced by historians–the historical record, its transmission, and interpretation–are problems of communication.

  • Digging up Sydney

    17 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    A conversation between the disciplines of History and Archaeology on ways of researching Sydney's past. Panelists included; Mary Casey, Director, Casey & Lowe, archaeology and heritage consultants, and a research associate, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney; Annie Clarke, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and convenor of the Heritage Studies Program; Martin Gibbs, Senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology; and Paul Irish, archaeologist and Principal Consultant with Mary Dallas Consulting Archaeologists. Panel chaired by Grace Karskens, School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales.

    • 1 hour, 38 mins
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  • Harlem, the black capital of the world

    10 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    University of Sydney history academics Shane White, Stephen Robertson and Stephen Garton are part of a collaborative team working on everyday life in Harlem in he 1920s, when the neighbourhood became the black capital of the world.

  • Ending hunger in Africa through science-based policies

    9 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Pedro Sanchez, Director of The Tropical Agriculture Program of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA

    Replenishing soil fertility, is the primary biophysical requirement for eliminating hunger in tropical Africa. Without soil replenishment, even the best crop varieties and the most enlightened policies cannot stave off hunger.

    • 1 hour, 28 mins
    • Download (MP3, 40.5Mb)
  • Session 2: Significant research achievements

    4 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Per Pinstrup-Anderson, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, Cornell University

    Professor Les Copeland Advances in agriculture 1910-2010: an Australian perspective
    Professor Peter Sharp
    Rust, dust or bust?
    Dr Brian Fisher, AO PSM
    One hundred years of agricultural research: the role of agricultural economists in influencing outcomes
    Dr John Williams
    Can we secure our food whilst maintaining our environment?
    Dr Meredith Wilkes
    Agricultural chemistry: from Watt to when

    • 1 hour, 42 mins
    • Download (MP3, 46.9Mb)
  • Agriculture can feed the world in the 21st Century

    4 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Ticky Fullerton

    Chaired by Ticky Fullerton, Panel for the Affirmative: John Crawford, Ian Verrender, Chris Russell, Panel for the Negative: Paulo Santos, David Anthony, Adrienne Ryan

    • 1 hour, 12 mins
    • Download (MP3, 33.0Mb)
  • The political economy of agricultural science and technology with emphasis on developing countries

    4 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Per Pinstrup-Anderson, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, Cornell University

  • Bringing soil science fully into the 21st Century

    4 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Pedro Sanchez, Director, Tropical Agriculture and the Rural Environment Program, Director, Millennium Villages Project, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA

  • Agriculture's critical roles in a global environment and the human condition

    4 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Jim Peacock, AC, Fellow of The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

  • Where is the global food system headed?

    3 June, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen

    Where is the global food system headed? Perspectives on current and future hunger, obesity, sustainability and food crises

    • 1 hour, 37 mins
    • Download (MP3, 40.5Mb)
  • A green new deal

    27 May, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael Renner, Worldwatch Institute, USA

    A portion of many national economic stimulus programs contain environment-friendly investments, and additional momentum toward a low-carbon global economy could be gained with the help of a so-called "Green New Deal."

  • The Human Costs of Carnage: Iraq Voices Unearthed

    20 May, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael Renner, Worldwatch Institute, USA

    What are the human costs of the conflict in Iraq? Otterman and Hil present the human portrait of the Iraqi Diaspora as told by those who experienced it first-hand: Iraqis themselves.

  • A world court of human rights: How would it work?

    13 May, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Manfred Nowak, Professor of International Human Rights Protection at University of Vienna and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture since December 2004

    Why has the proposal for a World Court of Human Rights remained stigmatised as utopian? Why do we need it and how could it work? A fascinating lecture for all those working in the field of human rights.

    • 1 hour, 12 mins
    • Download (MP3, 33.1Mb)
  • What does it mean to be secure? Human security in our region

    5 May, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Manfred Nowak, Professor of International Human Rights Protection at University of Vienna and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture since December 2004

    Panellists Professor Alan Dupont (Director, Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney), Conny Lenneberg (Director, Policy and Programs, World Vision Australia), Professor Dennis Altman (Director, Institute for Human Security, Latrobe University), and The Hon Bob McMullan MP (Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance) discuss human security in a forum moderated by Eleanor Hall,(Presenter The World Today, ABC Radio)

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
    • Download (MP3, 36.7Mb)
  • Out of Iran

    29 April, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Dan Potts, Director of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation, University of Sydney

    Dan Potts is co-director of an ARC-funded excavation, called Tol-e Nurabad, which is located in the Mamasani district of the Fars province in Iran. In conversation with Professor Glenda Sluga, Dan spoke about what it's like being in Iran in the current political climate, what it's like to work there, and Iran's significance in the modern and ancient worlds.

  • Going mobile: Building for the new mobility

    27 April, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr. William Rankin, Abilene Christian University, USA

    Increasingly, our world relies on mobile devices for communications, work, and play–and people are increasingly recognising the flexibility and power these devices bring to teaching and learning in the higher education sector. Focusing around two years of experience at a medium sized American University, Abilene Christian University (ACU) in Abilene, Texas, with a pervasive 1-to-1 environment based on the iPhone and iPod touch, this talk introduces you to some of the research, strategies, and solutions necessary for putting these powerful next-generation tools in the hands of lecturers and students.

  • Writing the Future: How Digital Books Will Change the World

    27 April, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr. William Rankin, Abilene Christian University, USA

    Almost six centuries ago, when Gutenberg's press first made printed information widely available, the world saw an explosion of creativity. Educational, political, and religious institutions that had calcified over centuries were radically transformed as those who had once been excluded found new opportunities to participate. Bill Rankin will explore the ways that books are metamorphosing and consider the rich creative possibilities the new digital Gutenberg will bring in the coming information age.

    • 1 hour, 10 mins
    • Download (MP3, 32.0Mb)
  • Darwin and Intelligent Design

    22 April, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Elliott Sober, Professor of Philosophy at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

    Are evolutionary theory and belief in God necessarily in conflict? Visiting professor to the University of Sydney, Elliott Sober, addresses this question by considering what biologists mean by saying that mutations are "unguided". He will also discusses Darwin's views on God and Christianity.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
    • Download (MP3, 36.5Mb)
  • Rethinking Good Governance and Transparency: The China-Latin America-U.S. triangle

    15 April, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Adrian Hearn, University of Sydney

    Consensual understandings of good governance and transparency are crucial to the international accommodation of China's economic rise. This presentation examines how conceptions of these terms diverge, generate misunderstandings, and harbour potential for dialogue between key US, Latin American, and Chinese actors.

  • Lucan's epic masterpiece: New works on Lucan's Civil War

    8 April, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Frances Muecke and Paul Roche

    Frances Muecke and Paul Roche discuss the brilliant young poet of Nero's court, Marcus Annaeus Lucanus (Lucan), in light of two new publications on his epic poem, De Bello Civili ('On the Civil War').

  • Modernism or Realism? The question in China's quest for modernity through art

    8 April, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Yiyan Wang, Chair of Chinese Studies, University of Sydney

    How to modernise art for a modern China? What ideas and practices should China adapt from the West? Such questions figured prominently in intellectual debate about modernisation at the start of the twentieth century. This public lecture looks at Chinese art practice and art debate at the time with a focus on the first Chinese national art exhibition in Shanghai in 1929.

  • Why the clash of civilizations is wrong

    25 March, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University

    A lecture by one of America's leading political scientists Peter Katzenstein, is which he provides a critique of the Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilization theory.

  • Telomerase and telomere biology

    22 March, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Elizabeth Blackburn

    The University of Sydney, The Australasian Association of Clinical Biochemists, The Human Genetics Society of Australasia, and The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, invite you to listen to a public lecture by eminent Scientist and 2009 Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
    • Download (MP3, 40.0Mb)
  • Why feminism matters

    22 March, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University

    This forum included leading international political scientists along with Australian academics and researchers in a robust discussion on the state of contemporary feminism.

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
    • Download (MP3, 43.5Mb)
  • A panel on violence in modern Aboriginal history

    12 March, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Gordon Briscoe, Jackie Huggins, Bob Debus, Peter Read, Julie-Anne Williams

    Julie-Anne Williams, Gordon Briscoe and Joy Williams were deeply affected by the policy of separating Aboriginal children from their parents and communities. Bob Debus and Peter Read have been closely associated with the violence affecting Aboriginal Affairs for many years, violence towards to children, on the streets, to young adults, to settlements and missions, and in the cities.

  • Meeting the China Challenge: Australia's China Policy in a New Era.

    11 March, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Gordon Briscoe, Jackie Huggins, Bob Debus, Peter Read, Julie-Anne Williams

    A Sydney Ideas Open forum hosted by Dr James Reilly, University of Sydney. Participants included: Professor Michael Wesley, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Dr Richard Rigby, Executive Director of the ANU China Institute, Dr John Garnaut, China correspondent, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Chaired by Professor David Goodman, Chinese Politics, University of Sydney.

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
    • Download (MP3, 41.5Mb)
  • Francis Crick: Who was the man who discovered DNA?

    9 March, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Robert Olby, Research Professor, University of Pittsburgh USA

    This richly illustrated lecture seeks to unearth the formative influences that shaped Francis Crick's career, his personality, and his extraordinary qualities as a scientist.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
    • Download (MP3, 40.0Mb)
  • After Copenhagen: Looking for real solutions

    8 March, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor James Hansen, Climatologist, Columbia University and NASA

    A Sydney Ideas lecture co presented with the USSC and CHAST Monday 8 March 2010 Professor James Hansen, Climatologist, Columbia University and NASA After Copenhagen: Looking for solutions.

    • 1 hour, 47 mins
    • Download (MP3, 49.3Mb)
  • The virtues of mendacity: On lying in politics

    1 March, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Martin Jay

    When Michael Dukakis accused George H. W. Bush of being the "Joe Isuzu of American Politics" during the 1988 presidential campaign, he asserted in a particularly American tenor the near-ancient idea that lying and politics (and perhaps advertising, too) are inseparable, or at least intertwined. Our response to this phenomenon, writes the renowned intellectual historian Martin Jay, tends to vacillate-often impotently-between moral outrage and amoral realism.

  • Stripping bare the body

    25 February, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mark Danner

    Mark Danner is one of the world's most experienced war reporters, and has covered trouble spots such as El Salvador, Haiti, Bosnia and most recently Iraq. In his new book Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War, a collection of his writings, he develops a unique perspective on the use of violence in these conflicts.

  • Global warming: how policy can catch up to the science and solve the problem

    23 February, 2010

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Simon Longstaff, Steve Hind, Andrew Smith, Stephen Matchett, Naomi Oreb, Michael Spence, Adam Spencer

    Michael Oppenheimer was the Lead Author on the Third and Fourth Assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His scientific understanding of global warming provides a framework for developing response policies at the local, national and international levels.

    • 1 hour, 37 mins
    • Download (MP3, 89.2Mb)
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