Podcasts

  • In conversation: David Malouf and Christopher Allen discuss Jeffrey Smart

    7 December, 2013

    Channel:
    University of Sydney
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    David Malouf and Christopher Allen

    The passing of seminal Australian visual artist Jeffrey Smart in 2013 was marked by the University Art Gallery’s exhibition Recondita Armonia – Strange Harmonies of Contrast. Internationally renowned novelist, writer and curator of this exhibition David Malouf and art critic for The Australian Christopher Allen discuss Smart’s art, life, practices and influences.

    • 1 hour, 10 mins
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  • Placemaking as a Social Movement: what if we built our cities around places?

    4 December, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Ethan Kent, Project for Public Spaces (PPS)

    Placemaking is a catalyst for building healthy, sustainable and economically viable cities for the future. Ethan Kent, an authority in the practice of Placemaking, discusses his experiences with some of the most high profile developments in the world.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Educational Inequality Between Urban and Rural Population in China 1940-2011

    28 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Li Chunling, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

    In today’s China, urban-rural segmentation is the most influential factor affecting educational inequality. The educational gap between urban and rural population is much larger than that of class, race, gender and nationalities. Professor Li Chunling discusses this issue, proposing that the most effective measure for reducing educational inequality is to adjust educational policy.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Adventures of a New Woman: Donald to Deirdre

    28 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Deirdre N. McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago

    Deirdre McCloskey, a well-known economist and historian, was until 1995 known as Donald. She tells her story since then, of happy and unhappy endings–mainly happy–and how becoming a new woman affected her academic work and her spiritual life.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • Reflections on a Balancing Act: Australia's relations with China and the United States in the context of ASEAN

    26 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Bob Carr, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs and Professorial Fellow at the Southeast Asia Centre, the University of Sydney

    In this talk–part reminiscence and part reflection on the future–Bob Carr will discuss the challenges faced by those who manage Australia’s foreign affairs as they attempt to balance our traditional commitment to the United States with our developing economic and political relationship with China.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Flourishing: from science to policy

    19 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Felicia Huppert, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Director of the Well-being Institute at Cambridge University

    Professor Huppert's presentation explores the issue of how well-being should be defined and measured, and its principle determinants at the individual and population level.

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
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  • The Dispossessed: the ethics of refugee policy

    11 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Joseph H. Carens, Political Science, University of Toronto

    Joseph H. Carens argues that rich democratic states, including Australia, are failing to meet their moral responsibility to admit refugees.

    • 1 hour, 28 mins
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  • Does Western Philosophy have Non-Western Roots?

    8 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael Forster, Alexander von Humboldt Professor, holder of the Chair in Theoretical Philosophy, and Co-director of the International Center for Philosophy at Bonn University

    There was a vigorous debate in nineteenth-century Germany concerning whether western philosophy is a purely Greek invention or has non-western roots. Hegel and Zeller held the former view, whereas another group of German thinkers held various versions of the latter. This lecture focuses on the most impressive version of the latter view, that of Eduard Röth, who in particular argued that Greek philosophy had roots in Pharaonic Egypt.

  • From Rule to Authority in International Institutions

    7 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Michael Zurn, director of the Global Governance research unit at the WZB(Social Science Research Centre Berlin)

    Democratic rule is increasingly replaced by numerous sites of authorities like central banks or international institutions that neither are able to make final decisions nor can be described as democratic. Yet these authorities are often needed and trusted. Michael Zurn discusses this democratic paradox.

    • 1 hour, 40 mins
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  • Why Are We Failing Young People with a Disability?

    6 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Eric Emerson, Professor of Disability Population Health at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy (CDPR)

    Professor Eric Emerson explains the startling statistics of disadvantage for young people with disabilities particularly for employment and housing. He is joined by John the John Della Bosca, National Campaign Director for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

    • 1 hour, 16 mins
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  • France and the Arab-World Upheavals: from friend to foe

    5 November, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Anis Nacrour, French diplomat and EU charge d'affaires to Syria, with Dr Rodger Shanahan, Lowy Institute

    Since the fall of President Ben Ali in Tunisia, followed by those of President Moubarak in Egypt and Colonel Kaddafi in Libya, France has been one of the West’s strongest and most vocal supporters of the "Arab" street protesters against their leadership. This support, however, has proven to be more declamatory than tangible. French diplomat Anis Nacrour discusses.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • The Art of the Anthropocene

    28 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada

    The Art of the Anthropocene traces how artists during that time first began to catalogue the natural world by painting and drawing it, then photographing the human footprint upon it, and finally by intervening directly on the land itself in reaction to human-caused global changes.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • Germaine Greer on White Beech: the rainforest years

    25 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Germaine Greer

    In her only Sydney presentation on her new book White Beech: The Rainforest Years, Germaine Greer shares her experiences of rehabilitating an area of rainforest in South-East Queensland.

    • 1 hour, 33 mins
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  • National Disability Insurance Scheme: implications, challenges and opportunities for occupational therapy

    23 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Chaired by Associate Professor Lynette McKenzie Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences

    The NDIS represents a fundamental change in service delivery for people with disabilities and will demand a different approach for service providers, especially Occupational Therapists. What will be the challenges and implications for them ? A panel of researchers, teachers and industry practitioners discuss the issues.

    • 1 hour, 43 mins
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  • The Pollock Memorial Lecture for 2013 - Quantum Computing in Silicon and the Limits of Silicon Miniaturisation

    23 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Michelle Simmons, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, UNSW

    Down-scaling has been the leading paradigm of the semiconductor industry since the invention of the first transistor in 1947. However miniaturization will soon reach the ultimate limit, set by the discreteness of matter, leading to intensified research in alternative approaches for creating logic devices. Professor Simmons discusses one of the most exciting of these alternatives: Quantum computation.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Women, Gender, and Creative Activism in the Egyptian Revolutions (1919-2013)

    15 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Margot Badran, Senior Fellow, The Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University and Senior Scholar, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    Historian and commentator on women, gender and feminism in Egypt, Margot Badran joins Sydney Ideas for a conversation with the University of Sydney’s Lucia Sorbera.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • De-inventing Ireland: creating a new republic through theatre and education

    15 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael Finneran, Head of the Department of Arts Education and Physical Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick

    The republic of Ireland has undergone a sobering and painful decade. Michael Finneran discusses the need for a refined focus on education and theatre in order to enable the Irish population to become critical citizens, ready to play their part in building a new Republic.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
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  • Forum on Racism: how Sydney students and staff experience discrimination and exclusion

    14 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panellists: Anton Enus, Chulhyo Kim, Ms Rivkah Nissim, Dr Eman Sharobeem, Dr Michael Spence, Professor Shane Houston and Gaby Ramia

    In response to the widely publicised racial abuse of a University of Sydney doctoral student on a public bus, staff and students have formed the Racism Action Group. This forum is the Group's first major public initiative to examine strategies for understanding, confronting, and diminishing racial abuse within and outside the university.

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
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  • Beyond WikiLeaks: from an international whistle-blowing platform to a global political movement

    11 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panellists: Benedetta Brevini, Alison Broinowski, John Keane, Peter Fray, Arne Hintz and Gerard Goggin

    This forum discusses the continued evolution of WikiLeaks from an international platform for political disclosure to an international political movement, including the launch of the Australian political party. The panellists discuss the question; what lessons does WikiLeaks represent for activism, social justice movements, policy and democracy?

  • Women's Inclusion in the History of the Chilean Public Sphere: a contemporary view

    3 October, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Ana Maria Stuven, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and Director of the History of Political Ideas Program at Universidad Diego Portales

    One of Chile’s leading political scholars, Professor Ana Maria Stuven, joins Sydney Ideas for an informative presentation on the changing role of women in the public sphere in her country.

  • China Dream

    24 September, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    H.E Consul General Mr Li Huaxin

    China’s new leadership elaborated the concept of the ‘China Dream’ for the first time in November 2012. As the economic and strategic importance of China continues to grow, discussion of this new concept has drawn attention internationally. The Consul General of China in Sydney, Mr Li Huaxin delivers a keynote speech on the China Dream, in which he explains the background and content of the China Dream, and what the Chinese Dream means to the world, particularly Australia.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Buddhism and the Challenge of Modernity

    19 September, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor David Eckel, Religion Department, Boston University and University Buddhist Education Foundation (UBEF) Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Sydney

    Professor David Eckel discusses the development of a self-conscious Buddhist modernism from the nineteenth century to the present day, assessing its strengths and weaknesses as a response to the challenge of modernity.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • How the Westies Won

    11 September, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Speakers: Julianne Schultz, Kath Marks, Tim Soutphommasane and peter Shergold

    Western Sydney will be a key battleground in this year's federal election, but its significance goes far beyond that. As Australia's most ethnically diverse region, it offers a glimpse of how radically Australian society is changing - and a foretaste of how the rest of the country will look in decades to come. The panel discusses.

    • 1 hour, 31 mins
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  • Curating Disability

    10 September, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Amanda Cachia, art curator

    Amanda Cachia presents a lecture regarding the challenges of curating exhibitions that explore disability as its central theme. Cachia offers her outcomes from her disability-themed projects, including their successes and failures, and how these experiences will inform her upcoming exhibitions.

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
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  • Tourists' Pictures of the Past

    10 September, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Richard White, Department of History, the University of Sydney

    This illustrated talk considers the ways in which tourists came to visualise Australia's past as a destination worth visiting. It will cover a range of ways in which tourists learned to 'see' the past over the last century - through art (especially etchings), postcards, photography, posters, film, souvenirs, coffee table books - as well as considering the ways they themselves took away their own tourist snapshots.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Imperfect Pitch: music writing in the 21st century

    3 September, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panellists: Simon Reynolds, Anwyn Crawford, Craig Mathieson and Rebecca Sheehan

    Writing about music was never a route to riches, but the digital era has made it an even tougher livelihood. There are more public spaces for music discourse than ever. At the same time, analogue forms of music criticism are also thriving. What to make of this paradoxical situation where it's never easier to voice your opinion about music, but never harder to make a career out of it?

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • Sarah Dunant on Getting Under their Skins

    29 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Sarah Dunant, writer, broadcaster and critic

    To recreate the past as a living, breathing place Sarah has visited churches, archives, museums and art galleries all over Italy. In a sumptuously illustrated talk she tells the story of her discoveries; how the decoding of old paintings and the work of the most modern historians helped her to penetrate hidden worlds inside the Renaissance, finding wonder and drama in ordinary lives and exploring the complexities of politics and religion along with emotion, the senses and the heady appetites of body-and soul

    • 1 hour, 15 mins
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  • Globalisation and World Sovereignty: perpetual peace in the twenty-first century

    28 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Ramon Tamames

    There are many more challenges facing humanity these days than ever before. Professor Tamames discusses the effects of globalisation and how it has revealed a perhaps more pressing need to work in unity to guarantee a better world.

    • 1 hour, 37 mins
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  • The Future of Open Knowledge: what impact will open knowledge have on research, the economy and the public?

    27 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Rufus Pollock, economist and co-founder of Open Knowledge Foundation

    Rufus Pollock is joined by local academics and industry practitioners in a lively discussion that provides a fascinating introduction to the global open knowledge movement which aims to ‘open up knowledge around the world and see it used and useful.’

    • 1 hour, 43 mins
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  • Book Launch of Mozi: A Study and Translation of the Ethical and Political Writings

    23 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Jeffrey Riegel, and Professor John Makeham ANU

    Professor John Makeham from the School of Culture, History & Language, at the Australian National University launches a new book of translation and study of the Mozi text by the late John Knoblock and Jeffrey Riegel. The Mozi text is seen as the earliest extended philosophical discourse in China on a remarkably varied set of topics.

  • The Call for Recognition of the Australian South Sea Islander People: a human rights issue for a 'forgotten people'

    20 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mrs Bonita Mabo, Emelda Davis, The Hon. Alex Greenwich MP, Shireen Mallamoo, Jeff McMullen, Professor Clive Moore, Paula Viti and Professor Gracelyn Smallwood

    Over the past 20 years numerous community members have been involved in "The call for recognition" - a community initiated movement seeking federal government recognition of the South Sea Islander peoples as a disadvantaged ethnic identity within Australia. Despite this, little has changed over the last twenty years. This forum discusses this pertinent issue to outline the present situation and plans that are in development for formal ongoing assistance to Australian South Sea Islander peoples.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Inner Space: Visualising the earth, mind and body

    15 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panellists: Professor John Crawford, Professor Ian Hickie and Dr Kate Patterson

    Three leading researchers discuss how visualisation reveals the unifying structures of nutritional flows between the earth, the body and the mind. Discover how visualisation creates multi-disciplinary approaches to research, preventative health and clinical treatment.

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
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  • The Merits of Secularity and Contradictions of Theocracy: religion through civil society

    14 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mohsen Kadivar, Visiting Research Professor of Islamic Studies at the Department of Religion, Duke University

    Recent developments in Egypt and elsewhere have prompted a fundamental question concerning the role of Islamist groups in politics: to what extent can and should Muslims promote their faith through politics, in particular by ensuring that the state functions as a medium of their religious principles? Mohsen Kadivar discusses.

    • 1 hour, 47 mins
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  • The Australian Leadership Paradox

    13 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panellists: Geoff Aigner, Liz Skelton and Professor Richard Hall

    How can we turn around the culture of complaint about Australian leadership? Everywhere you turn, there is dissatisfaction with leadership in Australia today, especially in politics, but also in business and in the community. Geoff Aigner and Liz Skelton discuss their key findings in their new book 'Australian Leadership Paradox'.

  • Eco-Business: A big-brand takeover of sustainability

    12 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Peter Dauvergne, International Relations and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia

    Professor Dauvergne presents his research on what the worlds’ biggest brand companies are doing in terms in term so sustainability. Why do we feel these companies have turned to sustainability as a general approach, especially since the global financial crisis? Is sustainability simply a new form of competition between these companies, and what are the consequences?

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • Fit as a fiddle until... the impact of sporting injuries on individuals and the community

    7 August, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences

    Professor Refshauge is joined by Dr Craig Duncan, a consultant in the area of sport science and human performance, for a discussion on recent research into the effective treatment of injuries, even as simple as an ankle sprain, as these injuries are frequently mis-diagnosed.

  • PISA and other large-scale student assessments: What are they for, what do they yield, and can we do better?

    5 July, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to OECD’s Secretary-General

    Launched in 1997 by the OECD, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international study which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. This presentation explains its very interesting findings, and identifies what features of an education system enable students to achieve high results. Please note that the sound quality is irregular.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Fables of Romantic Science: Robinson Crusoe's naval career

    3 July, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Lydia H. Liu, Wun Tsun Tam Professor in Humanities at Columbia University

    Lydia H. Liu focuses on the 1815 Naval Chronicle edition of Robinson Crusoe to raise some questions about the political economy of the novel which, she argues, is not so much about economic individualism as it is about the fabulation of homo economicus as a global man of science.

  • Ageing Well: Size does matter

    19 June, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh, John Sutton Chair of Exercise and Sport Science, the University of Sydney

    Professor Singh is joined by Mr Ray Moon, 84-year-old Victorian and Australian Bodybuilding Champion, to talk about the why the loss of skeletal muscle (sarcopenia) and increase in fat mass we associate with ageing may not be inevitable.

    • 1 hour, 15 mins
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  • Carrying the torch for children

    11 June, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Speakers Marta Mauras, Justin Dillon, Guna Vincent, Arathi Sriprakash and Host Liz Jackson

    Children all over the world are enduring unimaginable hardship on a daily basis, with girls often being particularly vulnerable. In many cases children are forced to work in hazardous conditions which can be detrimental to their physical and mental development. So what is the answer? Is a focus on poverty alleviation enough? Or does the protection of children's rights require a more targeted or holistic response?

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Retooling: Techniques for an uncertain world

    11 June, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University

    Professor Riles uses her anthropological training to offers a fascinating insight into the role of the ‘expert’ in society, especially in the legal profession. She suggests that experts need to constantly ‘retool’ to make sure they continue to provide advice that is taken seriously in a knowledge society, and they can reach beyond their own circle of ‘experts’.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • I'm not Creative, But...

    3 June, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panellists: Rick Benitez, Wendy Davis, Iain McCalman AO, Judy Kay, and Martin Tomitsch

    I'm not creative, but... playfully investigates the role of creativity in all career paths, well beyond so-called creative industries.

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
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  • The 'C' Word - the challenge and necessity of changing our constitution

    28 May, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panellists: Dr Tom Calma AO, Professor Anne Twomey, Associate Professor Sarah Maddison

    The Australian Constitution has not been amended for more than 35 years. In fact, with only 8 of 44 total referendums successful, changing our Constitution is a notoriously difficult task. To celebrate Reconciliation Week 2013, the panellists discuss national identity, Constitutional change and the next steps for reconciliation in Australia

  • The Future Direction of the Australian Defence Force

    23 May, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    General David Hurley, Chief of the Defence Force

    Today the ADF finds itself in a period of significant change. The operational tempo is beginning to slow and the ADF is preparing to introduce new capabilities on an unprecedented size and scale. Add a new Defence White Paper, tight fiscal constraints and a greater focus on the Indo-Pacific region and you begin to understand the challenges facing the Australian Defence Force over the next five years. General David Hurley discusses.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • Public Art Today: from space invaders to place-makers

    15 May, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Vivien Lovell, visual arts curator

    Vivien Lovell discusses the nature of public art today.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • Clothing the Word: Filippo Lippi, Donatello and Bellini

    14 May, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Paul Hills, Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London

    Hills' lecture will examine the ways in which the Word made Flesh (i.e. the body of Christ) and the Word as Text (i.e bible or sacred book) are wrapped or clothed. He explores wrapping, veiling and unveiling as reality and metaphor in fifteenth-century Italian painting and sculpture.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Struggle without Breaking: behind the rising East Asian maritime tension

    14 May, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Chong-Pin, Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of Strategic Studies at Taiwan's National Defense University

    In recent years, East Asian maritime disputes have become more frequent and intense with the backdrop of shifting regional power balance from US primacy to China rising. Dr Chong-Pin discusses why.

    • 1 hour, 12 mins
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  • Unfit for the Future: the need for moral bioenhancement

    7 May, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford

    Professor Julian Savulescu argues that the greatest problems humanity now faces are not the result of external threat, but are the result of human choice. They are caused by human moral limitations. He discusses the need for moral bioenhancement as an urgent priority.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
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  • Coal Seam Gas, Coal Mining, and Environmental Justice in NSW

    2 May, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    A panel discussion featuring Professor Linda Connor, Drew Hutton, Professor David Schlosberg and Jeff Smith

    In Australia, environmental justice is increasingly being applied to battles around the mining of coal and gas. In this Sydney Ideas forum, academics and community leaders will discuss the social and environmental justice implications of this mining, and the importance of justice as an organising theme.

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
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  • Early stuttering intervention: Speaking is living

    19 April, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Mark Onslow, Director, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, University of Sydney

    Professor Mark Onslow speaks about the mission of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre to support those who stutter and their families. It seeks to do this with research about the nature of the disorder, by developing new treatments, training future researchers, and providing clinical professional development for speech pathologists.

  • Trusting the Media

    16 April, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panellists: Associate Professor Steven Maras, Dr Fiona Martin, Paul Chadwick, and Amanda Wilson

    A panel of academics and media practitioners adopt a different approach by going back to basics and asking critical questions about some of the core concepts that inspire and characterise the media. Specifically, do notions of objectivity, transparency, accountability and the public interest still have force in this new media environment?

    • 2 hours, 9 mins
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  • Share Wars: Social media and news sharing

    12 April, 2013

    Channel:
    University of Sydney
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Hal Crawford and Andrew Hunter

    Ever wondered why some news stories "go viral" on social media, and others don't? Or why Facebook news about animals is more shared than news about any other topic? Join Media@Sydney guests and Share Wars founders Hal Crawford, editor-in-chief of ninemsn, and Andrew Hunter, editor-in-chief of Microsoft Windows 8 apps, for a data-driven glimpse at what types of news we're sharing and discussion about why we share it.

    • 1 hour, 16 mins
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  • How China's wartime past is shaping its present-and future

    9 April, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Rana Mitter, History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford

    Professor Rana Mitter explores how the battered China of wartime became today’s superpower in the making – and why.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
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  • Global Sustainability, Are you Serious?

    8 April, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Olivier Jolliet, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan

    Oliver Jolliet works on how to quantify the impact of chemicals and associated environmental risks for the whole of society. His Impact and Risk Modeling (iMod) laboratory can track outdoor and indoor chemical emissions emitted over the life cycle of products, and how they spread over the world. Jolliet discusses his research, applying it to our daily life, showing how we can act to reduce impacts on human health, and discover different paths towards sustainable consumption.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
    • Download (MP3, 38.6Mb)
  • Reinventing Fire: changing the energy rules for a growing economy

    3 April, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Robert 'Hutch' Hutchinson, Rocky Mountain Institute, USA

    ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson’s talk for Sydney Ideas focuses on strategies for Australia to create a new energy future, followed by a panel discussion with local experts.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
    • Download (MP3, 33.6Mb)
  • The particle at the end of the Universe: The Higgs boson and the future of physics

    28 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist, California Institute of Technology

    For decades, particle physicists have searched for the elusive Higgs boson, the missing piece to the "Standard Model" that explains the world we see. In July 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva announced that they found it. Sean Carroll provides a clear and accessible explanation of what the Higgs boson is and why it is so important.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
    • Download (MP3, 38.6Mb)
  • The Deep Structure of the Arts

    22 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Ellen Dissanayake

    The aim of Dissanayake's work over several decades has been to identify aspects of the deep structure of the arts. Dissanayake discussed the underlying principles of our nature as humans that influence the making of our own arts and our responses to the works of others.

  • The social sciences and climate change: Structuring the sources of distrust

    20 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Andy Hoffman, Stephen M. Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

    Professor Hoffman brings a different perspective to the discussion about climate change, based on his research into the corporate and business response to the debate, particularly in the USA. He reveals diverse ways of thinking about climate change in these sectors, and proposes new ways to approach the often challenging communication on the issue.

    • 1 hour, 29 mins
    • Download (MP3, 41.1Mb)
  • The death and life of pop art in the 1960s counter-culture

    19 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Thomas Crow, Provostial Fellow and the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York

    American art historian and art critic, Thomas Crow, is best known for his influential writing on the role of art in modern society and culture. For this presentation he turns his attention to 1960s Pop Art, and examines it enduring legacy beyond the international counter-culture it originally represented.

    • 1 hour, 33 mins
    • Download (MP3, 85.2Mb)
  • 'Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea': Making the decision to become a 'boat person'

    14 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Jessie Taylor, filmmaker, lawyer and refugee advocate; Dr Susan Banki lecturer in Human Rights; and Dr Laura Beth Bugg lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney

    A panel discussion after the screening of ‘Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea’ examines some of the issues raised in the confronting and moving documentary.

  • Casts, imprints and the deathliness of things: Artefacts at the edge

    12 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Marcia Pointon, Norwich University College of the Arts and and Honorary Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London

    Highly respected art historian Marcia Pointon provides a fascinating exploration of body casts and death masks, and their cultural significance for art historians.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
    • Download (MP3, 38.7Mb)
  • Child poverty in ‘Godzone’? Evidence and actions to reduce child poverty in New Zealand

    11 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Dr Airini, Head of the School of Critical Studies in Education, the University of Auckland

    Dr Airini was the sole education specialist invited by the New Zealand Children’s Commissioner to join the 2012 Expert Advisory Group to plan actions to overcome child poverty in New Zealand. Her research challenges many stenotypes of child poverty and her presentation is inspiring for those working in this challenging area of social policy.

    • 1 hour, 24 mins
    • Download (MP3, 38.6Mb)
  • Who built the Long Wall of Quang Ngai? Territory, security and trade along a Vietnamese boundary

    8 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Dr Andrew Hardy, historian of Vietnam, associate professor at the French School of Asian Studies

    Dr Hardy outlines his research, along with that of his colleagues at the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology, into the building of the 127 km Long Wall of Quang Ngai in 1891. What they discovered challenged the history documented in contemporary records from the period.

  • Earthmasters: playing God with the climate

    5 March, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University

    Can we ignore the push for geoengineering as a substitute for cutting carbon emissions? Clive Hamilton investigates the huge risks of reaching for desperate measures to save the planet, explains the science behind the ‘technofixes’ and uncovers the worrying motives of some of those promoting them.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
    • Download (MP3, 37.5Mb)
  • In Conversation with Ahdaf Soueif

    26 February, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Egyptian novelist and journalist Ahdaf Soueif

    A fascinating conversation with novelist and journalist Ahdaf Soueif who witnessed first-hand the Egyptian Revolution of January 2011. She talks frankly about her compatriots’ commitment to revolution, and the hopes and dreams for their country that remain two years later.

    • 1 hour, 33 mins
    • Download (MP3, 85.3Mb)
  • Tasmania: The tipping point?

    19 February, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Chaired by Peter Thompson, broadcaster, author and communication consultant.

    Contributors to the recent edition of Griffith REVIEW Tasmania: the tipping point? discuss their often complex relationship with their home state of Tasmania. Panellists include Natasha Cica of the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania, economist Jonathan West director of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, University of Tasmania, and historian Cassandra Pybus, Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at the University of Sydney.

    • 1 hour, 18 mins
    • Download (MP3, 36.2Mb)
  • Modernising health care provider education in China

    18 February, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Yifei Wang, Senior Advisor, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

    Professor Wang provides a detailed account of the current state of health education in China as the sector moves from a disease-management system to a better integrative health care system.

    • 1 hour, 13 mins
    • Download (MP3, 33.8Mb)
  • China for the world: The globalisation of Chinese porcelain

    12 February, 2013

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Artist:
    Dr Baoping Li , Australian Research Council (ARC) Australia Future Fellow, University of Sydney

    Dr Baoping Li shares over 20 years of his research to explain the significance of Chinese porcelain to our understanding of history, archaeology, cultural studies, and the collecting of antiques in China and the world.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
    • Download (MP3, 37.5Mb)
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