Podcasts

  • Affirming Indigenous Knowledge as the Social Capital of Indigenous Peoples

    9 December, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Les Malezer, Co-chair Elect of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

    The Keynote Lecture of indigenous Knowledges in Latin America and Australia Symposium. On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, Les Malezer discusses how Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have greater capacity to take advantage of the legal opportunities and build social capital through Indigenous Knowledges; and why this is crucial for their future.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • The Development of Human Rights and its Mechanisms in ASEAN

    6 December, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand

    There is much talk about human rights in Australia but there is not a great deal know about what is happening in the region. Dr Sriprapha is an academic, human rights advocate and the Thai representative on the new ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, and provides a comprehensive observation on human rights within the ASEAN group of countries, where the common perception is that it is an issue for internal affairs.

  • Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China's Japan Policy.

    22 November, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr James Reilly, Dept of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

    To what extent does public opinion influence policy in the authoritarian state like China? China scholar James Reilly examines the interplay of public opinion and growing political activism, with the rhetoric, negotiating stances and policy decisions of China towards Japan in the last decade, to provide a nuanced insight into the complex politics of the new China.

  • Editors, Journalists and Audiences: Towards a new compact

    16 November, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Peter Fray, First Decade Fellow, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney, and editor-in-chief and publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald

    If audiences deserve and want better journalism, how can it change? Peter Fray's wide-ranging lecture asks many questions about transformation in the media sector, and calls for a new compact between editors, journalists and audiences, a new way of thinking that includes the public good, collaboration, diversity, and accountability and transparency.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
    • Download (MP3, 35.5Mb)
  • Governing Conduct in the Age of the Brain

    15 November, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Nikolas Rose, James Martin White Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

    "How did neuroscience move out of the laboratory and into our everyday life... are we undergoing a change in our very sense of ourselves, of what we think we are as human beings, and if so, with what consequences?" Foundational scholar on the relationship between the social sciences and biomedicine, Nikolas Rose, calls on us to "seize on the new openness provided by new conceptions of the nueromolecular, social and plastic brain."

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
    • Download (MP3, 73.4Mb)
  • Latin America and China: Beyond Trade and Investments?

    1 November, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Enrique Dussel Peters, National Autonomous University in Mexico (UNAM)

    In recent years, the direct foreign investment of more than 30 billion dollars of Chinese private and public companies in Latin America has created a boom orientated towards raw materials and energy. Bolivia alone has 50% of the world's lithium supplies. As China goes shopping in Latin America, how can all governments negotiate hard, introduce structural programs of cooperation and ensure long-term harmonious relations? Mexican economist Enrique Dussel Peters provides a comprehensive overview of the issues, and calls for a strategic regional agenda of Latin America towards China.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
    • Download (MP3, 35.7Mb)
  • Beautiful Suffering: The image of catastrophe

    25 October, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Emerita Abigail Solomon-Godeau, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Art historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau looks at the politics of representation and the ethics of presentation in images of suffering in modern art photography. She says "When art photographers take catastrophe as their subject, their brief is not necessarily to do with the provision of information or verification, but this does not absolve them, if their work is to avoid the exploitative, from producing some kind of knowledge, a certain kind of viewing".

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • Make a Better Door: Or, how does digital humanism humanise?

    25 October, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Stuart Moulthrop, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Electronic literature pioneer Stuart Moulthrop offers a meditation on how the digital humanities humanise and the user as digital subject, including these thoughts; "We are never more human, digital or otherwise, than when we find ourselves in a loop. Whether that loop brings us some place like home, or if indeed, we can keep our various economic and ecological feedbacks viable in a cycle, remains for the digital subject, very much the object of the game."

  • The Griffins' Canberra, Burnham's Chicago, Garnier's Lyon: The Perfect City on the Edge of World War

    21 October, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor David Theodore Van Zanten, Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History, Northwestern University, USA

    Highly esteemed architectural historian Professor David Van Zanten shares his early research on a project he has just begun - a comparison of the drawings of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony on Canberra, the drawings that survive of the 1909 Plan for Chicago by Daniel Burnham, then the drawing of the famous drawings for his Cité Industrielle by the Lyon architect Tony Garnier,published in 1917. He believes there was a social ethos that they all shared, an ethos that we are only just beginning to map.

    • 1 hour, 14 mins
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  • Faith and Development: A One Just World Forum at the University of Sydney

    19 October, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Matthew, Clarke Deakin University, Duncan MacLaren, Australian Catholic University, along with Dr Laura Beth Bugg and Dr Joel Negin from the University of Sydney

    A lively forum and discussion on the role of faith-based NGOs in the international aid and development sector. It includes a video interview with Dr Catherin Hamlin AC, founder the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

    • 1 hour, 16 mins
    • Download (MP3, 35.2Mb)
  • From Thought as an Occupation to Some Thoughts on the Occupation

    18 October, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor McKenzie Wark, Media and Cultural Studies, The New School, New York City

    US-based cultural theorist McKenzie Wark draws on his latest research on the legends of the origins of Situationist International, a aesthetico-political avant garde of Paris in the 1950s, and links this to his personal observations of Occupy Wall St in Zuccotti Park, and his visit to Occupy Sydney in Martin Place earlier that day.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • James Ferguson: Globalisation, inequality and social imaginaries

    12 October, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Gaynor Macdonald, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

    Gaynor Macdonald reviews the work of contemporary American social anthropologist James Ferguson, and his work on the impact of the global economy in Africa in particular. She relates his contributions to her research in Australia with indigenous groups.

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
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  • The Buddha's Middle Way: in defense of fine clothes, good food, and beautiful monasteries

    11 October, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Karen Lang, Professor of Indian Religions in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

    Professor Lang is 2011 University Buddhist Education Foundation Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Sydney. Her talk for Sydney Ideas examines original texts of Buddhist teachers on material comfort, and the contrast of Buddhist monastic behaviour with the prevailing Jain ascetics traditions of the time.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Inaugural Confucius Lecture - Political Legitimacy in China: A Confucian Perspective

    5 October, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Daniel A. Bell, Jiaotong University (Shanghai) and Tsinghua University (Beijing)

    For the Inaugural Confucius Lecture, highly respected scholar Professor Daniel Bell charts a possible role for Confucianism in modern Chinese society. He includes a review of its history, particularly the Confucian concern with poverty, and examines proposals to reconcile political meritocracy with democracy in contemporary China.

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
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  • Thailand's Election and the New Government: A turning point?

    30 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Pasuk Phongpaichit and Dr Chris Baker

    A fascinating and comprehensive analysis of the issues facing the people of Thailand as they adjust to a new government lead by the first female Prime Minister of the country, Yingluck Shinawatra, leader of the Pheu Thai Party (formerly PPP).

    • 1 hour, 36 mins
    • Download (MP3, 43.8Mb)
  • Earth Rights: Reframing Society for the 21st Century

    23 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Cormac Cullinan, practising environmental attorney and honorary research associate of the University of Cape Town

    Cormac Cullinan explores the implications of the rapidly emerging global movement for the rights of nature and the potential to use Earth rights as a platform for building the global solidarity necessary to bring about the rapid and far reaching cultural change.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • William Henry Fox Talbot and the invention of photography

    22 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Larry J Schaaf, photo historian, independent scholar and Director of The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot

    As a young researcher Larry Schaaf was not deterred when refused a grant to study William Henry Fox Talbot - an English gentleman, inventor and polymath, but often just a footnote in the history of photography that was dominated by the French invention of the daguerreotype by Louis Daguerre. Schaff has gone onto to collect over 10,000 letters and 3,000 original negatives to form an amazingly rich archive of Talbot's work, and so restore Talbot's place in the history of photography as the man invented the negative image and the process to print from negatives - the calotype.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • Murray Bookchin and Social Ecology: Rethinking nature and alienating a movement

    21 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor David Schlosberg, School of Government and International Relations, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

    Murray Bookchin was undoubtedly one of the key contributors to environmental philosophy and political thought in the mid 20th century, who inspired a generation of thinkers to reconceptualise the human relationship with the natural world. He was also the first to see the ecological crisis looming as a function of industrial capitalism. Social Ecology proposed that nature is not place of domination or exploitation, but only painted that way by a society stepped in those relationships. To remove these hierarchies would realise the cooperative potential of the natural world and justice and equality for all would follow. But his domineering personality meant he under-minded his own theory of cooperation. His unwillingness to pay attention to movements that came up around social ecology also meant he missed the opportunity to be a catalyst for a red/green alliance in the US, and ultimately limited the potential impact of social ecology.

  • The role of the reviewer in the Twitter age

    20 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    James Bradley, Sacha Molitorisz, Bernard Zuel, Sue Turnbull and Rónán McDonald

    A panel of reviewers, writers, critics and academics speak frankly about the future of serious criticism in a contemporary media sector where there is diminishing space for reviews, and the experience of professional reviwers is not always valued.

    • 1 hour, 31 mins
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  • Rebuilding communities and recovering from trauma: A conversation with Rwandan genocide survivor Leah Chishugi

    13 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Leah Chishugi, Dr Wendy Lambourne and Dr Jenny Dawson

    A moving and powerful presentation by Leah Chishugi highlights the long-lasting impact of trauma, both physically and mentally. But there are many working in this field to help communities recover and rebuild, and their work is having positive results.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • From the Margins to the Mainstream: Disability Art Today

    8 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tom di Maria, Director of the Creative Growth Art Center, USA

    Creative Growth Art Center in California is the world's oldest and largest art center serving people with disabilities. Founded with a folding table and some paint during San Francisco's freedom of expression movement in the early 1970s, the center now serves 160 artists with developmental disabilities every week in its large art studio and gallery, and makes an invaluable contribution to the vibrant local community. This inspiring presentation by the Center's director Tom di Maria challenges us all to think beyond existing stereotypes of intellectual disabilities.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
    • Download (MP3, 38.0Mb)
  • Australia and the 21st Century United Nations: Priorities for a Changing World

    8 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    United Nations Secretary-General His Excellency Ban Ki-moon

    An inspiring address by the United Nations Secretary-General His Excellency Ban Ki-moon in which he discussed the priorities for the changing world with students, encouraging them to "think big" and make a difference in the world.

  • Eating for Pleasure: transformations in food culture from Medieval to Modern world

    6 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr John Gagné, Department of History, University of Sydney

    When did food become modern? Or in other words, when did the constituent elements of the foods that sit on our modern table find each other? John Gagne proposes that food has a history that can be in as deeply investigated for change and continuity as any other topic.

  • Firewall China: the internet and social media in China

    5 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Jeremy Goldkorn, editor and publisher of Danwei.com and blogger on the media in China

    One of the acknowledged experts in the field of the media in China and the internet, Jeremy Goldkorn, examines media regulation, internet business, freedom of expression and the social media habits of young Chinese.

  • Non-communicable diseases and sustainable development - from New York to Rio

    1 September, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean Region (2003-10)

    Leading global public health figure Sir George Alleyne has been instrumental in the forthcoming UN High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to be held in New York. Sir George proposes that the prevention and control of NCDs pose a major threat to health and therefore sustainable development. After his presentation he is joined in a robust panel discussion with University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michel Spence, and Professors Geoff Gallop and Robert Hill who contribute their pragmatic views on as ex-politicians.

    • 1 hour, 28 mins
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  • Hannah Arendt on thinking

    31 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

    Danielle Celermajer looks at the work of philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt, and in particular her legacy to think boldly. Celermajer details how Hannah Arendt took it upon herself to explore and articulate what is meant to think, and how to transmit thinking in a world where the tradition of thought and education had failed to prevent the most heinous crimes of the time.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
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  • Joseph Priestley: Enlightenment, science and dissent

    24 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Victor Boantza, Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science

    A fascinating overview of the life and work of Joseph Priestly, the quintessential enlightenment polymath best known for his discovery of the element that revolutionised chemistry-oxygen.

  • The spoiled child of fame: Lord Byron, poetry and celebrity

    17 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Associate Professor William Christie, Chair Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

    A rich and vibrant introduction to the life of poet Lord Byron (1904-1990), how his contemporary fame and celebrity was constructed, and how the with the manufacture of the 'Byronic Hero' of his poetry reflected aspects of the poet himself.

  • East Asian National Identity Gaps: their causes and consequences

    16 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Giles Rozman, Princeton University

    Visiting China Studies Centre scholar Professor Giles Rozman explores the complex issues of identity in three East Asian countries - China, Japan and Korea, and their relationships with the US and Russia. He applies his training as a sociologist to provide a nuanced examination of the cultural issues around identity, in addition to the purely political and economic issues that normally dominate our understanding or these countries.

  • We need the Nanny State

    16 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Simon Chapman, Christopher Zinn, Patrick Bateman, Eleanor Jones, Chris Berg and Rowan Dean

    Listen to the Intelligence Squared debate at the University of Sydney on the motion 'We Need the Nanny State', and hear why the motion was carried, with a large swing in the post-debate vote.

    • 1 hour, 40 mins
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  • Paulin Hountondji and the world politics of knowledge

    10 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Raewyn Connell, Faculty of Education and Social Work

    Raewyn Connell introduces the work of one of the most important contemporary theorists of knowledge, who is almost unknown in Australia - African philosopher Paulin Hountondji.

    • 1 hour, 16 mins
    • Download (MP3, 35.2Mb)
  • Social Change in China: Book launch and Discussion

    9 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Beatriz Carrillo and Dr Minglu Chen

    Two China Studies Centre scholars talk about the research in their new books. Dr Beatriz Carrillo discusses population movements in and out of China's vast network of towns and small cities as detailed in her book
    (2011), and Dr Minglu Chen talks about her research on the complex realities of women entrepreneurs in China, and by extension the role of leading women in the workforce from her research for
    (2011).

  • B.F. Skinner and Behaviourism

    3 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Emeritus Professor Bob Boakes, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science

    A fascinating introduction to the rise and fall of the influence of Behaviourism, which became a significant force within academic psychology and in society at large, through the work of B.F. Skinner (1904-1990).

    There are some sound problems and interference in the first 3 minutes of the recording.

  • A Journey Through Space: the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour

    2 August, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Gregory Chamitoff, NASA Astronaut and Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney

    Dr Greg Chamitoff, Astronaut and Adjunct Professor at the University, will take you aboard the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134), where he served as Mission Specialist.

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  • Understanding cooperation in humans: lessons from experimental economics

    27 July, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Simon Gächter, Professor of the Psychology of Economic Decision Making, University of Nottingham

    Understanding cooperation is an important issue in all social and behavioural sciences. A cooperation problem arises when group interest and individual interest are in conflict. There is plenty of evidence that there is a high level of cooperation even in large groups and among genetically unrelated individuals, but what role does the threat of punishment play? Professor Gächter presented the latest fascinating findings from experimental economics on this issue.

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
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  • Cities - Rome: From caput mundi to mirror of princes and beyond

    21 June, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Paul Roche, Department of Classics and Ancient History

    This lecture will trace both the urban development of the city of Rome and some of the ways ancient Romans thought about their city from the period of late republic (second century BC) to the early empire (first century AD). This was a period of radical change, which saw the physical transformation of the city from something of a diplomatic embarrassment to the glittering capital of a Mediterranean world empire ('beggaring description and never again to be imitated by mortal men' as a late eye-witness puts it).

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
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  • Looking again at Picasso's Guernica

    20 June, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Timothy J Clark

    Pablo Picasso painted his large scale Guernica (1937) in response to the bombing of the Spanish town by German and Italian forces during the Spanish Civil War. Art historian T J Clark discussed Guernica, examining how a work of such enduring political resonance emerged. He looked at the step-by-step creation of Guernica, taking advantage of the set of photographs of the work in progress taken by Dora Maar.

    • 1 hour, 46 mins
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  • How Wikileaks Will Transform Mainstream Media

    17 June, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Kristinn Hrafnsson, journalist and spokesperson for wikileaks.org

    Wikileaks has irrupted into political life, with its revelations shocking the public and governments globally. And if it's been tough for politics-as-usual, what about media? Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson talks frankly about the organisation's relationship with mainstream media-and the profound legal, ethical, and political issues it poses for us all.

    • 1 hour, 38 mins
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  • Is Viral Marketing Good for You? The role of new media in public health

    15 June, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Doug Evans, Rachel Dunlop, Nick Goodwin, Julie Leask and Ben Harris-Roxas

    This forum looked at the ways in which the not-for-profits and public sector can creatively deploy new media technologies and other strategies, to more effectively compete for mind-share on public health issues such as tobacco control, obesity prevention and alcohol harm minimisation.

    • 1 hour, 33 mins
    • Download (MP3, 43.0Mb)
  • Assignment: China

    14 June, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mike Chinoy, Rowan Callick, Dr Joyce Nip, Professor Wanning Sun and Professor David Goodman

    Former CNN Asia correspondent Mike Chinoy, now a Senior Fellow at the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California, has gathered the perceptions, experiences and insights of these correspondents in Assignment: China, a fascinating seven-part documentary film series. This session previewed two segments of the film and then discussed the content in a panel with local China watchers.

  • The Blue Economy: 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs

    9 June, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Gunter Pauli, serial entrepreneur and initiator of The Blue Economy

    An economist by training, then a successful businessman, Gunter Pauli is now devoted to redesigning production and consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural systems. His ZERI network is based on open source research and experimentation with a worldwide team of eminent scientists and design thinkers. He is up to 55 innovations that have created jobs with minimum environmental impact. This is not a theory, these projects are in operation today, all over the world.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • Cities - Athens: Gift of Athena

    7 June, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Alastair Blanshard, Department of Classics and Ancient History

    What are the myths that we tell about Athens? This lecture examines the legacy of Athenian culture. In particular, it focuses on looking at the darker side of that legacy. We like to imagine the Athenians as devoted to freedom and the spirit of reason. Certainly there is much to praise about Athens, but the city could also be violent, irrational, xenophobic, misogynist, and brutally imperialist. This session explores both sides of the Athenian story.

  • Effective Engagement: The tonic for a reconciled nation

    30 May, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mr Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

    Commissioner Gooda argues passionately and with great clarity that without effective engagement the reconciliation agenda with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will stall.

    • 1 hour, 15 mins
    • Download (MP3, 34.7Mb)
  • Governance, Corruption and World Poverty

    25 May, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    Should we give aid to countries whose governments are corrupt? Fighting corruption is a global concern because it is found in both rich and poor countries, but evidence shows it hurts poor societies more. What is the answer? Listen to this important forum to hear commentators with frontline experience in the development sector, explain how we can all help build good governance and put an end to corruption in the developing world. Chaired by Professor Geoff Gallop, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
    • Download (MP3, 40.1Mb)
  • Cities - Carthage, City of Memories

    23 May, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Richard Miles, Department of Classics and Ancient History

    How did the memory of Carthage as Rome's greatest and most dangerous enemy colour how the Roman city was portrayed by Roman and Greek authors? Carthage became an anti-type through which Romans writers could explore aspects of their political and cultural identities, and such an approach also underlines the importance of physical landscapes as repositories of memory in Roman thought.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Deepwater Horizon: What happened, why and where do we go from here?

    23 May, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Frank Alcock, Political Science at the New College of Florida

    The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in April, 2010 and the subsequent fire and offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is considered one of the major environmental disasters in US history. In his lecture for Sydney Ideas Frank Alcock gives a compelling overview of how such a disaster happened, and what we have learnt.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
    • Download (MP3, 42.3Mb)
  • Curating Tate Modern: Nine Years, Nine Exhibitions

    20 May, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at the Tate Modern

    In her nine years at Tate Modern internationally renowned curator Jessica Morgan has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions. Her talk reviewed these exhibitions, and discussed the rise of Tate Modern, now the most-visited modern art gallery in the world.

  • Sustained Development Systems for 3 Billion

    19 May, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, Former President of Republic of India

    Dr A P J Abdul Kalam became the 11th President of India on 25th July 2002. During his five years in office his focus was on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020. A scientist and aeronautical engineer by training he advocates that it is possible to work cooperatively for an economically developed, prosperous and peaceful society. His lecture for outlined his vision for providing sustainable development for his county.

  • Continual Experimentation in Modern Chinese Printmaking

    17 May, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Xiaobing Tang, University of Michigan.

    In his presentation for Sydney Ideas Xiaobing Tang discussed the logic of experimentation at different stages in the development of modern Chinese printmaking. Various experiments in artistic form, conception, and production point to many competing social and cultural visions. Tang argued that experimentalism is at once a key value in modern Chinese art and a useful historicising concept.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • The Spirited Voices of Muslim Women in Islamic Reform Movements

    28 April, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Amina Wadud

    Dr Amina Wadud has long been at the forefront of the 'gender jihad' – the struggle for gender justice within the global Islamic community. Her writings and vision for gender equality incorporate the wider struggle against other forms of oppression such as racism, bigotry, religious intolerance, economic exploitation and the erasure of human dignity. Her lecture is preceded by an address by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Chancellor of the University of Sydney.

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
    • Download (MP3, 41.1Mb)
  • Hollywood Left and Right: How movie stars shaped American politics

    19 April, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Steven J Ross

    Steven J Ross tells an important story that has escaped public attention: the emergence of Hollywood as a vital centre of political life and the important role that movie stars have played in shaping the course of American politics.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
    • Download (MP3, 40.1Mb)
  • Uncanny Landscapes: An artist talk with American photographer Gregory Crewdson

    15 April, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    American photographer Gregory Crewdson has made a distinctive contribution to the aesthetics of photography with his ambitious and beautifully crafted work whose aesthetic owes as much to history painting and cinema as it does to contemporary photography. He is in conversation with Professor Mark Ledbury, director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Editors on the Future of Editing: A roundtable

    12 April, 2011

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    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    In the rapidly changing sector that is the Australian media, the responsibility and function of the editor has undergone perhaps the most dramatic change. A panel of highly experienced editors from a range of media formats came together to discuss what has changed and what the future holds. Chaired by Peter Fray, publisher and Editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald.

    • 1 hour, 35 mins
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  • The Authority of Science: Is science just another voice in the policy debate?

    8 April, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
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    A panel of academics discuss the current status of science in the formation of government policy, in both Australia and internationally. Panellists include: Associate Professor Theodore Brown, University of Illinois; Professor David Castle, University of Edinburgh;, Professor Christian List, London School of Economics; and Professor Rosemary Lyster, University of Sydney. Hosted by Paul Willis, ABC TV's science show Catalyst.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • Ways of Seeing: Reforming the Humanities

    7 April, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    Associate Professor John Armstrong from the University of Melbourne in conversation with Professors Paul Griffiths and Ann Curthoys from the University of Sydney, discuss ideas for a 'reformation and renaissance in the humanities.' They consider the problem and reflect on ways that might help ensure a renaissance that values the humanities more highly.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Theatre, Democracy and the End of Distraction: Working in the margins to make a difference

    29 March, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Peter O'Connor, School of Critical Studies, University of Auckland

    Peter O'Connor's research centres on the application of drama pedagogy within wider social justice or public education actions. In this presentation he shares just some of his remarkable experiences after 30 years of work in developing theatre for education programs on family violence and child abuse, for positive parenting programs and using drama to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

    • 1 hour, 16 mins
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  • The China Model: Appeals and limitations of state capitalism

    28 March, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Suisheng Zhao, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

    For some people, China's impressive rebound from the recent financial recession proves that a China model has emerged and will work better for China and some other developing countries than the Western model of modernisation. Zhao argues that while China indeed presents a unique model of rapid economic growth and relative political stability, the China model has serious flaws that may threaten its sustainability.

    • 1 hour, 12 mins
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  • Angkor and the debate on sustainable low-density urbanism

    22 March, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:

    Professor Roland Fletcher, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney and Christophe Pottier, Ecole Française d'Extrème Orient discuss their research on the UNESCO World Heritage listed site Ankgor. This vast temple complex near Siem Reap in Cambodia has been revealed as the largest preindustrial city in the world, with an elaborate system of infrastructure connecting an urban sprawl of at least 1000 square kilometres to the well-known temples at its core.

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
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  • Slavery, Evil Deeds, and Re-thinking the Past: A basis for discussion

    16 March, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Jim Walvin

    World renowned scholar of the Transatlantic slave trade, Professor Jim Walvin asks what is evil, what brings it about, what makes ordinary people do terrible deeds? Can historians begin to rethink Atlantic slavery in this context? And what do we learn from the example of one single slave ship, the Zong in 1781-1783?

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Woody Plant Imperialism: New Perspectives and Current Challenges

    10 March, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Steve Archer

    Plant ecologist Professor Steve Archer, School of Natural Resources and the Environment , The University of Arizona, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, discusses challenges facing the research community in quantifying and monitoring the varied impacts of balancing woody and graminoid life forms which have resulted in widespread tree/shrub proliferation in the world's grasslands and savannas; challenges facing the management community in achieving woody-herbaceous vegetation mixtures in configurations that satisfy competing objectives; and pitfalls facing policy makers that fail to take a wide view.

    • 1 hour, 10 mins
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  • To renovate or rebuild? The challenges of Indigenous representation in the Australian settler state

    25 February, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Sarah Maddison, Indigenous Policy and Dialogue Research Unit at the University of New South Wales

    This lecture considers why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples remain discontented with current representational arrangements, and what structural changes, including constitutional reform, may be required for this situation to improve.

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • The Royal Society and the Decline of Magic

    15 February, 2011

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Michael Hunter

    The role of the Royal Society in the so-called 'Decline of Magic' was paradoxical. In the society's early years, many of its Fellows were deeply committed to magical pursuits, while some urged the institution actively to investigate their validity. A lecture by Michael Hunter, Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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