Podcasts

  • Enough for all Forever

    6 December, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Mauri Åhlberg, University of Helsinki, Catherine Nielsen, NSW DET; Garry Egger, Centre for Health Promotion and Research; Joy Murray, Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) University of Sydney

    Richard Leplastrier launched Enough for all Forever a handbook for teachers and educators on teaching sustainability, and Sam Mostyn sustainability advisor, chaired a panel discussion with some of the contributors afterwards. Children from Faulconbridge Public School performed their inspirational Murder under the Microscope project entry.

    • 1 hour, 16 mins
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  • What matters for cultural studies?

    6 December, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Chaired by Professor Elspeth Probyn, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney

    A panel of leading Cultural Studies academics discuss their discipline and their visions for it future. Includes Ien Ang, University of Western Sydney; Tony Bennett, University of Western Sydney; Stuart Cunningham, Queensland University of Technology; John Frow, University of Melbourne; Meaghan Morris, University of Sydney and Lingnan University, Hong Kong; Stephen Muecke, University of New South Wales; Tom O'Regan, University of Queensland and Graeme Turner, University of Queensland

    • 1 hour, 42 mins
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  • Corporation 2020

    3 December, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Pavan Sukhdev, goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

    Environmental economist, banker and business leader Pavan Sukhdev turns his attention to the basic structure of corporations. How can corporations transform the business practices that have led to the current situation of unsustainable lifestyles for some, inequality for others and environmental degradation for all? Presented with the Centre for Policy Development.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Why social justice matters

    16 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Jody Broun, Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First People , Dr Amanda Tattersall, Director, of Sydney Alliance, Professor Duncan Ivison and Professor Robert J Tierney, University of Sydney.

    Social justice is a much-discussed concept, but what exactly does it mean and what are today’s most pressing social justice concerns? This forum will begin to ask these tough questions, focusing on what the role of the University of Sydney should or could be in relation to social justice. Chaired by social justice advocate Dr Meredith Burgmann.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Tales from the political trenches

    13 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Maxine McKew

    Maxine McKew shares her, until now, untold story about her time in federal politics and her observations of one of the most tumultuous periods in modern Australian politics. She discusses this and more with ABC journalist Geraldine Doogue.

    • 1 hour, 14 mins
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  • Big bangs, biospheres and the limits of science

    9 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Martin Rees

    One for the world’s foremost cosmologists and holder of the office of Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees takes us on tour of our universe and explores the big questions around our presence in a possible 'multiverse'.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
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  • The joys and difficulties of being a foreign correspondent in China

    6 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Michael Bristow, Former BBC Beijing Correspondent

    China is undergoing a radical transformation that is changing the lives of everyone who lives there – and reporters have a ringside sea. Five years as the BBC’s correspondent in China have given Michael Bristow a unique insight into daily life and the often perplexing political system in China.

  • New South Wales and China in the 40th Anniversary Year of the Australia-China Relationship

    6 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, Australia’s Ambassador to China

    Australia's Ambassador to China, Her Excellency Ms Frances Adamson, shares her insight into the evolving relationship between Australia and China from a NSW perspective, and since diplomatic relations began forty years ago.

  • The limits to growth - From forecast to reality

    6 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Jorgen Randers, Norwegian Business School BI

    Professor Jorgen Randers is one of the world’s most respected and rigorous global systems experts. Forty years after he co-authored the best selling environmental book of all time – The Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth in 1972. Randers has gone back to ask the question: What will the world be like in 40 years?

  • Shakespeare, theatre and democracy: Towards a playful future

    1 November, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Jonothan Neelands, University of Warwick

    Professor Jonothan Neelands is National Teaching Fellow, Professor of Drama and Theatre Education and as well as the Warwick Business School Professor of Creative Education. His inspiring multi-disciplinary work developing curriculums for teaching young people about democracy and politics through the work of Shakespeare and drama breaks many disciplinary boundaries.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Reefer Madness, Frank the Tank or Pretty Woman: To what extent do addictive behaviors respond to incentives?

    30 October, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor John Cawley, Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities, Cornell University, USA

    Professor Cawley looks at the representation of addictive behaviour in popular cultures and discusses what the research by economists shows about the various models of addiction.

    • 1 hour, 10 mins
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  • Intimate immensity - A meditation on the art of Anne Judell

    30 October, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Luke Davies

    Novelist and award-winning poet Luke Davies delivers a sensitive meditation on the work of artist Ann Judell. The first in the Power Instiute’s series of presentations supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, that will see four of Australia’s most prominent writers discuss and respond to inspiring works of contemporary Australian art.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • When galaxies collide

    29 October, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Richard de Grijs, Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Peking University

    Richard De Grijs shares his fascinating research on what happens when a galaxy collides. How do astronomers wade through the debris of a violent encounter, collecting clues so that they can reconstruct the celestial crime to determine when it happened? New infrared and visible-light pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope reveal for the first time important details of large clusters of stars, which arose from these interactions.

  • Bacon, Deleuze and imperceptible forces

    18 October, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Elizabeth Grosz, Women’s Studies, Duke University

    On the occasion of the AGNSW's forthcoming exhibition on the work of Francis Bacon, Professor Liz Grosz delivers a wonderfully innovative and sophisticated look at Bacon and Gilles Deleuze's shared examination of the forces that bind living things.

  • China and the fifth generation leadership: China moves into the era of socio political change

    16 October, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Kerry Brown, the University of Sydney

    The incoming Director of the University’s China Studies Centre Professor Kerry Brown explores the new leadership of the Chinese Communist Party in China. He offers an assessment of the Hu and Wen period, and suggests how the future leaders will deal with a transition into an era in which the greatest challenges will be socio-political.

  • Is there a crisis of democracy?

    4 October, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Wolfgang Merkel, and Professor of Political Science at the Humboldt University

    Director of the Democracy and Democratisation research program at the Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB) Wolfgang Merkel looks as the state of European democracy under the pressure of serious economic problems. Is the spirit of democracy really withering away or does the empirical evidence challenge this popular misconception?

    • 1 hour, 43 mins
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  • The Art of the Muses: Poetry, inspiration and craft

    2 October, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Dr Penelope Murray, formerly King's College London, Oxford and University of Warwick

    Esteemed scholar of classics and classical literature Dr Murray provides a nuanced and scholarly examination of the role of the muse in classical literature and the role of poetry – is it inspiration or craft?

  • When China rules the world

    14 September, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Martin Jacques

    Martin Jacques is the author of the best-seller book on China When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order. He calls for us to understand China in its own terms, as unless we understand China, we will be unable to grasp the nature of the new global order. (Apologies for inconsistent sound quality).

    • 1 hour, 39 mins
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  • Politics at the end of the world: A public forum on the future of Antarctica

    13 September, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor John Keane, Bob Brown, Jeff Hansen and Gillian Triggs

    A panel of experts and those passionate about preserving Antarctica give a fascinating overview of both the history of Antarctica, especially around the legal questions of sovereignty, and progress on the lobbying for a marine park and ultimate preservation of the environment.

    • 1 hour, 38 mins
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  • The challenges of an extra lifetime in the 21st century: How do we prepare for living into our nineties?

    12 September, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

    Susan Ryan gives a thought-provoking and informative presentation on the work to be done to ensure our society adapts to the inevitable changes that will come as a whole new generation lives into their 90s. She is introduced by Professor Hal Kendig, Head of the Ageing, Work, and Health Research Unit.

  • Crash and crisis in contemporary Europe: Lessons from history - A Why History Matters Forum

    4 September, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Patricia Clavin, Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford; Professor Patrizia Dogliani, Professor of Contemporary and Modern European History at the University of Bologna; Dr Marco Duranti, University of Sydney; and Glenda Sluga, Professor of International History, University of Sydney.

    Stephen Crittenden, the arts, culture and religion correspondent for The Global Mail chairs a fascinating and robust conversation about the current state of the Europe. What do historians say we can learn from history about how to manage the current crisis?

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Comedy Debate 2012: 'We should chase idle dreams'

    30 August, 2012

    Channel:
    University of Sydney
    Artist:
    Dr Michael Spence, Adam Spencer, Fiona Roughley, Eleanor Gordon-Smith, Nick Kraegen, Edward Miller

    In a debate moderated by comedian and alumna Julie McCrossin, the alumni team are challenged by top student debaters.

    • 1 hour, 10 mins
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  • Australia–China at 40: The intersection of politics and economics

    22 August, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Mr Zhou Wenzhong, Former Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Secretary-General of the Boao Forum For Asia

    Zhou Wenzhong presents an inclusive lecture on the remarkable changes in the relationship between Australia and China. He is joined in a discussion about education and other topics with the University Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

    • 1 hour, 12 mins
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  • Living with climate change

    20 August, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Dale Jamieson, Director of Environmental Studies at New York University

    Dale Jamieson has published many key publications in environmental philosophy and environmental ethics and has a long involvement in the conversation around climate change, ethics and public policy. How do we think beyond the scientific story of climate change?

  • Putting the Arts at the centre of curriculum and schooling

    9 August, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Arnold Aprill, Founder and Lead Consultant for Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education(CAPE)

    Arnold April's inspiring work in education with the local community in Chicago has produced remarkable results after many years. He aims to "develop an international conversation about the role of the arts in building an education for young people that makes sense in the 21st century".

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity

    6 August, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Katherine Boo, journalist and staff writer for The New Yorker

    Journalist Katherine Boo discusses her book Behind the Beautiful Forever: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, the practice of immersion journalism, daily life in an Indian slum, corruption and economic mobility in modern India, and more. She is in conversation with University of Sydney anthropologist, Dr Sheleyah Courtney.

  • The universal declaration of human rights in the history of cosmopolitanism

    2 August, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Samuel Moyn, History, Columbia University

    Professor Samuel Moyn's provocative research challenges the dominant model of human rights history, especially that in 1948 when the UN ratified the UN Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR), human rights was embraced widely in the 'cosmopolitan discovery of humanity as a one-time break through'.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • Israel/Palestine in transition: A post-Zionist future?

    2 August, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Antony Loewenstein, journalist and Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Centre of Peace and Conflict Studies

    Activist and writer Antony Loewenstein looks at the possibility of a one-state solution to the Israel/Palestine dilemma.In the face of the continued conflicts over borders and a failed peace process it may be the only solution. He is joined in a discussion with Jake Lynch of the University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • The modern commercialisation of science is a passel of ponzi schemes

    1 August, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Philip Mirowski, Carl Koch Chair of Economics and the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame, USA

    Philip Mirowski's research on the commercialisation of science in the US in particular, is a fascinating exploration of how making money from science always seems reasonable to start, but is fraught with dangers for true research and knowledge.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Ancient Mediterranean shipwrecks

    30 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Sebastiano Tusa, Superintendent of Maritime Cultural Heritage of Sicily and Professor of Prehistory at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University, Naples, Italy

    What is Mediterranean underwater archaeology? Though a young discipline, there is still much work to be done to uncover the wealth of wrecks that lie at the bottom on the Mediterranean Sea. Professor Tusa provides an overview of how more wrecks are being uncovered with new technology.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
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  • City revitalisation: Lessons for Sydney and its suburbs

    26 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tom Murphy, senior resident fellow, Urban Land Institute, Washington and former mayor of Pittsburgh

    Tom Murphy provides an overview of the work he Mayor of 'the steel city' Pittsburgh USA, from 1994 to 2005, tackling the problems of rebuilding a dying city that had lost its manufacturing and industrial base. He is joined in a panel discussion with The Hon Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber; Edward Blakely, Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the US Studies Centre; and Julie Bindon from the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering’s Urban Reform Project.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
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  • The British Empire between reform and repression

    24 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Sir Christopher Bayly, Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge

    Why do some Empires survive over long periods of time, and how does their inheritance continue to influence the conditions of our modern world? Sir Chris Bayly looks at the 400 year duration of the British Empire and explains why the this Empire survived for so long in a period of such remarkable economic, social and ideological change.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • Liberal order in the face of the future: Insights from the 'IR enlightenment'

    18 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael C. Williams, Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

    In his keynote lecture for the fifth Oceanic Conference on International Relations, OCIS V, Michael Williams challenges many assumptions about the origins of the discipline of International Relations in the 20th century.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
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  • The Intelligence Stairway

    17 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Jaan Tallinn, computer programmer and founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa

    Jaan Tallinn, one of the founding engineers of Skype and a philosopher of modern technology, believes the impact of artificial intelligence has reached a crucial threshol.. The message of his "Intelligence Stairway" is a disturbing projection on the future impact of the emergence of artificial general intelligence.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
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  • Why aren't we talking about soil?

    16 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Alex McBratney, University of Sydney (chair):Professor Edward B Barbier, University of Wyoming, USA: Professor Johan Bouma, Wageningen University, Netherland; Professor Cornelia Flora, Iowa State University, USA: Professor Rattan Lal, Ohio State University, USA

    A panel of distinguished international soil scientists, an economist and a sociologist discuss their research on one of the earth's most precious and finite resources - soil. They know what the vital questions are and often have the answers to fix and improve this resources, but how do they reach policy makers direct or motivate local communities to convince politicians it in their best interests to look after soil?

    • 1 hour, 19 mins
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  • Who gets what: The new economics of matchmaking and market design

    10 July, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Alvin Roth, Professor of Economics and Business Administration in the Department of Economics at Harvard University

    Al Roth discusses his work on school choices and kidney donation schemes in the US, and the development of economic strategies to deal with matching markets; so establishing how to elicit peoples' true choices and match them most effectively with often limited resources.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
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  • Art of Darkness: Art Nouveau, “Style Congo,” and the Tervuren Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium, 1897-2011

    27 June, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Debora Silverman, Distinguished Professor of History and Art History, UCLA

    Art historian Deborah Silverman presents her current research on a fascinating legacy of Belgian colonialism, The Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, just outside Brussels. She looks at the world of Belgian post-colonial violence and the way artistic objects carry and displace distant violence.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Fishing Matters: Historical perspectives on the impacts of fisheries on ecosystems and human societies

    21 June, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Poul Holm, Trinity Long Room Hub Professor of Humanities at Trinity College Dublin

    Poul Holm provides an introduction to his research project looking at the human impact on marine ecology. The project brings together historians and biologists who traditionally work on completely different time scales, to share data and learn from each other, and ultimately provide informed solutions to marine resource management.

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
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  • The US's war on women: Rhetoric, politics, and discrimination

    8 June, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Leola Reis, Planned Parenthood USA with George Pullman, Professor of Rhetoric Georgia State University in Atlanta, and others

    As momentum builds in a US Presidential election year, women's issues are emerging as a key campaign agenda in response to resurfacing debates over reproductive rights, equality, and general wellbeing. A panel of University of Sydney academics interested in gender, rhetoric and politics: Dr Rebecca Sheehan, Dr Susan Thomas, and Dr Benjamin Miller join international guests, Leola Reis and George Pullman, for an informative and thought-provoking Sydney Ideas forum on recent rhetoric surrounding the rights of women to contraception in the USA.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • The Greek Financial and Political Crisis: The view from Australia

    7 June, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Vras Karalis, Tony Aspromourgos, Sophie Cotsis MLC, Vassileios M. Tolios, Maria Vamvakinos MP

    As the Greek fiscal situation threatens to envelop the whole country in political crisis, Australians with a connection to Greece watch the unfolding events with a mixture of anxiety and despair. Financial crisis followed by political instability, the rise of right-wing extremism and the collapse of the traditional system of governance create an explosive mixture of circumstances that could lead the country out of the European Union and the Euro. An isolated Greece in a state of bankruptcy looks like more than a possibility on the horizon today.

  • Visions for contemporary art: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor in conversation

    22 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Liz Ann Macgregor OBE, and Professor Terry Smith, University of Pittsburgh

    John Power, a graduate of the University of Sydney, was an expatriate artist and collector. He bequeathed to the University of Sydney funds ‘…to make available to the people of Australia the latest ideas and theories … of the most recent contemporary art of the world ...’ The Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1989 to deliver the ‘museum’ aspect, with the bequest initially providing core funding for the new MCA. The distinguished director of MCA, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor joins past Power Professor, Terry Smith, for a wide-ranging conversation about contemporary art, the responsibility of museums, how to create a thriving public gallery, the changing role of the curator, and much more.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
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  • The global food security challenge in the coming decades

    16 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Chris Barrett, Cornell University

    Economist Chris Barrett provides an extremely comprehensive and sometimes alarming overview of the situation with the world food supply today. Despite the growth in global food demand, Barrett believes the nutritional challenges can be meet with policy. With more public sector investment in productivity growth, dealing with intellectual property claims over genetic material that impede innovation, establishing appropriate institutions to manage natural resource tenure that can also deal with problems of dispossession of land and water for customary users, and finally removing protections through multilateral agreements on agriculture, he is optimistic ultimately about ability to feed the world.

    • 1 hour, 36 mins
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  • Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus

    14 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Randy Olson, Steven Orzack, Paul Griffiths and Ben Oldroyd

    Film maker Randy Olson introduces his film Flock of Dodos: the Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus, and then participates in a discussion with University of Sydney philosophers and biologists on the themes of the film, including the vital importance of science communication. How do scientists ‘sell the science’ with simple statements that are powerful but complex?

  • Reflections on cultural identity: Ethnicity, intellectual property, and the commodification of collective being

    9 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Jean Comaroff and Professor John Comaroff, University of Chicago

    Distinguished anthropologists Jean and John Comaroff present the findings of their extensive research in South Africa on cultural identify, and the issues that arise for indigenous people and ethnic groups when they attempt to control their cultural assets for economic gain. They raise many theoretical issues around modernity and it malcontents, the effects of neo-liberalism and the commodification of collective identify.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Telling Chinese stories

    1 May, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Geremie Barme, Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU

    Distinguished China scholar Geremie Barme presents a China Studies Centre Distinguished Speaker lecture. "Tell a story" was a common prompt used at the end of the Cultural Revolution by those anxious for real information, or simply any description of life outside the "realm of public performance" that challenged the "singular narrative of a nation's life as told by the Chinese Communist party". Barme explores the fascinating and complex stories that China told its own people from the Cultural Revolution to today.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Progress on the Blue Economy, new economics and learning for sustainability

    1 April, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Gunter Pauli, ZERI Network the Blue Economy

    Gunter Pauli returned to Sydney Ideas for an update on the work of the Blue Economy, a business model that develops socially responsible and sustainable enterprises by linking them with open-source scientific solutions. He throws out a passionate challenge to the environmental movement to not accept that we 'do less bad' by just reducing emissions for example, but to 'do more good' though true regeneration of ecosystems.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
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  • Buddhism and Neuroscience: A problematic dialogue

    27 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Professor Bernard Faure, Columbia University

    Professor Faure is the fourth holder of the Visiting Professorship sponsored by the University Buddhist Education Foundation (UBEF). He provides an overview of the relationship between science and Buddhism, particularly in studies of meditation. Faure believes the current dialogue with neuroscience initiated by the Dali Lama and his Western disciples is important and necessary, but it has not been able to achieve as much as it participants initially hoped.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Old Art New Ideas: A conversation with Keith Moxey and Michael Holly

    20 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Michael Ann Holly, Clark Art Institute and Professor Keith Moxey, Columbia University

    A wide-ranging conversation with two of Art History's most respected thinkers, who are introduced by the Power Institute Director Mark Ledbury as the two people who have "motivated a philosophically acute and important inquiry into what the discipline of art history is". If so many news ideas about how to speak about visual arts have come from outside the discipline, how have these provocations or 'irritants' encouraged us the see art old 'anew'?

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Chinese Exceptionalism in International Relations

    14 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Feng Zhang, Murdoch University

    Dr Zhang's lecture for the China Studies Centre Distinguished Speaker Lecture series is a captivating and critical look at the origins of the myths around exceptionalism in China. His purpose is "to identify, describe and explain what ...can be thought of as Chinese exceptionalism in intellectual and policy discourse on China's foreign relations emanating from the PRC."

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • What Do Human Rights Demand from You and Me?

    7 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Thomas Pogge, Yale University

    Political Philosopher Thomas Pogge works as an activist scholar and is at the forefront of our thinking of how we design ethical institutions at the global level. If one third of human lives are lost due to poverty, what obligation do we all have to make sure that all social, national and international institutions do not violate the human rights listed in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: the right to a standard of living that is adequate for the health of a person and their family?

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
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  • The Culture of Surveillance: Who's watching whom, now?

    1 March, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor David Lyon, Queen's University Canada

    As marketers and advertisers draw on vast data sources supplied by individuals, and create social profiles that remain undisclosed and about which most of us our ignorant, what are the consequences for daily life choices? Sociologist David Lyon has been researching the social and political dimensions of surveillance for decades, and the symbiotic relationship that has developed between those 'surveilled' and those doing the surveillance.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • An Anatomy of Writing and Politics, Memory and Democracy

    29 February, 2012

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Javier Cercas

    The celebrated contemporary Spanish Writer Javier Cercas talks to University of Sydney Professor of Politics John Keane, in a wide-ranging conversation that explores the contentious relationship between history and fiction, especially around memories of the Spanish Civil War.

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
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  • There‚Äôs a quiet revolution going on in the social sciences

    1 January, 2012

    Channel:
    Business School
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Ian Wilkinson

    Professor Ian Wilkinson from the University of Sydney Business School talks about building models, using a computer, to manage future possible events in science and the social sciences. The co-author of this talk is Dr David Earnest from the Old Dominion University in Virginia, USA.

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