Podcasts

  • Professor Stephen Gardiner on Climate Emergency and Ethics

    29 July, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Stephen Gardiner, Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment, University of Washington

    Is geoengineering – the intentional manipulation of the planetary environment in the face of escalating climate change – a necessary evil or ethically short-sighted? Leading environmental ethicist, Professor Stephen Gardiner, will discuss the philosophical implications of dramatic global techno-fixes

    • 1 hour, 31 mins
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  • KEY TEXTS series: Professor Barbara Caine on Nelson Mandela's autobiography 'Long Walk to Freedom: the making of a text'

    28 July, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Barbara Caine AM, Professor of History and Head of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney

    Key Texts series of talks invites leading University of Sydney academics to discuss a text that has influenced their way of thinking. In this lecture, Professor Barbara Caine from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry discusses Nelson Mandela's bestselling autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, a complex text that was long in the making: copied, hidden and smuggled out of prison and completed once Mandela was free with the aid of Richard Stengel, probably the most talented ghost writer of all time!

  • Professor Lena Dominelli: Green Social Work

    14 July, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Lena Dominelli, Durham University, UK

    Can social work uphold a commitment to equality, human rights, and indigenous perspectives without costing the Earth? Professor Lena Dominelli from Durham University, UK discusses social workers’ challenging transformative route; their resistance of powerful vested interests, such as multinational corporations and rich individuals engaged in pillaging the earth’s human and physical resources.

    • 1 hour, 25 mins
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  • Professor Kathryn Crameri: Internet Activism and the Catalan Civil Independence Movement

    3 July, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Kathryn Crameri, University of Glasgow

    Civil pro-independence groups in Catalonia have become increasingly sophisticated in their use of new technologies to raise awareness of the Catalan independence movement. Professor Kathryn Crameri from University of Glasgow explores the importance of internet activism and social media for the civil sectors of this movement.

  • Peter Park - Creating Liveable Cities

    24 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Peter Park, American urban design and planning expert

    Peter Park is an American urban design and planning expert who specialises in innovative solutions that balance development needs with unique context, site, and design quality concerns. In this lecture he discusse importance of involving the inhabitants into the designing of a city.

    • 1 hour, 14 mins
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  • Sydney Ideas - Egypt: Opportunities and Challenges

    23 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    H.A. Hellyer, Anthony Bubalo, Lucia Sorbera, and David Hardaker

    Has the 2011 Egyptian revolution changed the relationship between the people and political power in the Arab world and how did it impact its cultural and intellectual sphere? H.A. Hellyer (Brookings Institute), Anthony Bubalo (Lowy Institute), and Lucia Sorbera (The University of Sydney) share their views, personal experiences and expertise on the present and future of the region. They speak with award-winning Middle East correspondent David Hardaker.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Sydney Ideas - Tara Moss: The Fictional Woman

    17 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tara Moss, Elspeth Probyn, Paul Priday

    Author Tara Moss on molded gender narratives, toxic silences, and damaging stereotypes. In conversation with Professor Elspeth Probyn and a fellow PhD candidate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Paul Priday.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Professor Jan Zielonka - The End of the European Dream

    12 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Jan Zielonka, University of Oxford

    Crippled by economic problems, political brinkmanship and institutional rigidity, the EU faces an increasingly uncertain future. A leading scholar of European politics, Jan Zielonka from the University of Oxford, argues that although the EU will only survive in modest form, Europe as an integrated entity will grow stronger.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Sydney Ideas – Public Service Media Panel Discussion

    11 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Andrew Calabrese (University of Colorado), Professor John Keane (University of Sydney), Dr Benedetta Brevini (University of Sydney), Dr Fiona Martin (University of Sydney), Dr Giovanni Navarria (chair)

    Like the ABC, many public service media outlets around the world are under pressure, with growing political hostility, economic uncertainty, stuttering online development, and a nerve-racking lack of investments. How gloomy is the future of Public Service Broadcasting? A panel of visiting and local academics look at the trends.

    • 1 hour, 59 mins
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  • Professor Miles Taylor: The British Royal Family

    11 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Miles Taylor, Director of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London

    By the time of her diamond jubilee in 1897, Queen Victoria had become one of the most iconic and recognisable figures of her age, or indeed any other. Professor Miles Taylor describes when, why and how the British royal family became an imperial and then a Commonwealth phenomenon.

    • 1 hour, 30 mins
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  • Professor John Bodel - The Rediscovery of Rome and the American Epigraphic Collection

    10 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor John Bodel, Department of Classics, Brown University

    How did nearly 3,500 Greek and Latin inscriptions find their way from the classical Mediterranean into American universities and museums; more than half in the years 1890 to 1915? Classics scholar, John Bodel from Brown University, explains the shaping of the ‘American epigraphic collection’.

  • Professor Richard Taws - The Dauphin and his Doubles

    10 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Richard Taws, History of Art, University College London

    After the dauphin Louis-Charles, the son and heir of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette died in prison in 1795, rumours spread that he was still alive. When many imposters subsequently came forward, paintings, prints and photographs were used as primary standard of proof. Richard Taws from University College London considers the authenticating agency attributed to images.

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
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  • Dr Anna Neistat - Ukraine: A challenge for human rights

    6 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Anna Neistat, Associate Director for Program and Emergencies at Human Rights Watch

    Human Rights Watch Associate Director for Program and Emergencies, Dr Anna Neistat discusses the current situation in Ukraine, the role of Russia and the climate of propaganda, of the kind not seen since Soviet times.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Sydney Ideas with Vivid Sydney - Creativity: Teaching the Teachers

    3 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael Anderson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney; Dr Julie Dunn, Associate Professor and member of Griffith University's Applied Theatre team; Robyn Ewing, Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts and Acting ProDean, Faculty of Education and Social Work; Dr Kelly Freebody, lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney; Dr Miranda Jefferson, Teaching Educator in challenging pedagogy with the Catholic Education Office Parramatta Diocese.

    A panel of researchers and practitioners from a range of art disciplines explore how they teach creativity and give practical examples of what works best in the classroom.

    • 1 hour, 33 mins
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  • Sydney Ideas with Vivid Sydney - I'm Not Creative, But...

    2 June, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Michael Anderson, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney; Ruth Barcan, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney; Lian Loke, Senior Lecturer in the Design Lab, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney; Dr Leigh Stepheson, researcher at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, a cross-disciplinary research centre at the University of Sydney

    Four University of Sydney academics from very diverse disciplines discuss how creativity underpins their teaching and research into cultural studies, arts education, microscopy, and interactive technology design.

    • 1 hour, 32 mins
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  • Panel Discussion: I'm not Racist, But

    30 May, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Ronny Chien, Kirstie Parker, Jonathan Saffran, and Tim Wilson.

    I’m Not Racist, But… is an interactive forum that aims to generate an open discussion around racism in Australia through the personal reflections and perspectives of four diverse and creative Australians. This year our topic explored the theme of ‘Racism and Free Speech’.

    • 1 hour, 42 mins
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  • Julien Leyre - A Journey through Digital China

    19 May, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Julien Leyre

    The Chinese internet is an incredibly different and dynamic space, where rich creative work is developed, opinions are exchanged, and new relationships are built every day. China's Weibo, a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook, has nearly 600 million users. A social entrepreneur Julien Leyre takes us on introductory journey through the key platforms of the Chinese internet.

  • Professor Fulvio Melia - Cracking the Einstein Code

    15 May, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Fulvio Melia, University of Arizona

    Einstein's theory of general relativity was one of the most difficult to crack in all of science. How did a 29 year old from New Zealand, Roy Kerr, solve the great riddle in 1963, and came to make his breakthrough discovery that astronomers and astrophysicists still use today? Fulvio Melia, Professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona explains.

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Professor Leanne Togher - The Art and Science of Good Conversation post Brain Injury

    14 May, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Leanne Togher, Faculty of Health Sciences

    Good conversation is a rewarding and important part of social interaction. Professor Leanne Togher from the Faculty of Health Sciences shares her research into teaching people with brain injury the art and science of conversation, and shows how basic principles can benefit all who seek the rewards of satisfying conversation with the people close to them.

  • Professor Matthew Connelly - Decoding Official Secrecy in the Age of Data Mining

    13 May, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Matthew Connelly, Columbia University

    Millions of secret documents are piling up, or being destroyed or deleted, raising doubts about how we will be able to access classified information in the future. Historians are now teaming up with data scientists to analyse the documents that are being released...

    • 1 hour, 21 mins
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  • Professor Lynn Meskell - The Right to World Heritage?

    7 May, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Lynn Meskell, Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Archaeology Center at Stanford University.

    UNESCO’s 1972 Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage is the only international instrument for safeguarding the world’s heritage. Professor Lynn Meskell, Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center, examines how emergent rights to the past are now being presented, promoted and prevented by select groups.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Channa Daswatte - Palimpsest: Sri Lanka

    2 May, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Channa Daswatte

    On the island of Sri Lanka landscapes are imbued with traces of sometimes contentious yet revelatory histories. Award-winning architect Channa Daswatte traces a personal journey with the history and landscape of his country.

  • Remembering WWI in the Pacific

    25 April, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Kate Fullagar, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Macquarie University; Dr Christine Winter, ARC Future Fellow in REGS, University of Sydney; Professor Sean Brawley, Head of the Department of Modern History, Politics, and International Relations at Macquarie University; Dr Max Quanchi, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of the South Pacific

    Overshadowed substantially by the western front, the Pacific theatre of World War One has not yet attracted the scholarship it deserves. For this Sydney Ideas panel three researchers make a fascinating start on redressing the gap.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Thailand in Australia

    23 April, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Philip Hirsch, the University of Sydney; Pasut Lasuka; Nilwan Jiraratwatana, Thai Welfare Association; Tamerlaine Beasley, Beasley Intercultural; Sujet Saenkham, Spice I Am

    Explore surprising aspects of Thailand’s demographic, economic and cultural presence in Australia with academics, cultural leaders and chef Sujet Saenkham from Spice I Am.

  • Stewart Firth: Pacific Studies Conference

    22 April, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Stewart Firth, Australian National University

    Should our future be about openness rather than allowing a ‘Fortress Australia’ mentality to infect our Pacific policy?

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Bob Carr: Diary of a Foreign Minister

    15 April, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mr Bob Carr in conversation with Professor Geoff Gallop, Graduate School of Government

    Peek inside the Australia’s diplomatic efforts as former Foreign Minister Bob Carr lifts the veil on the controversial diary he kept for 18 months, his Diary of a Foreign Minister.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Professor Sarah Whatmore: The Badgers and Animal Politics in the English Countryside

    8 April, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Sarah J. Whatmore, University of Oxford

    Once the most iconic creature in the English popular imaginary, today the badger is caught in the political cross-fire between farmers and conservationists. Leading animal rights scholar Professor Sarah J. Whatmore looks at the consequences.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • IPCC Panel

    1 April, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panelists: Professor Lesley Hughes, Mr John Connor, Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes, Professor Rosemary Lyster, Professor David Schlosberg

    A panel of experts discusses the implications of the 2014 IPCC Climate Change report.

    • 1 hour, 20 mins
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  • Professor Glenda Sluga: Legacies of the WWI

    28 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Glenda Sluga, University of Sydney

    In this lecture, Professor Sluga discusses the war's legacies from the perspective of its end, and the twinned principles on which a new postwar international order was to be established.

    • 1 hour, 27 mins
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  • Professor Tania Li: What is Land

    28 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Tania Li, University of Toronto

    Professor Tania Li looks at the examples from Southeast Asia and discusses inscription devices that render land investible by enabling comparison of utility, value, and risk.

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • Ben Caldecott on Fossil Fuels

    27 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Ben Caldecott, Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

    Ben Caldecott sheds light on the ramifications of Australia’s fossil fuel addiction and how individuals can divest in funding this industry.

    • 1 hour, 17 mins
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  • Sugar Sweetened Schools

    26 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Dr Kieron Rooney, University of Sydney

    With rates of childhood and adult obesity at all time highs, it’s time to reconsider the delivery of nutrition to children, but where should we start?

    • 1 hour, 54 mins
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  • Philosophy in the Age of Democracy

    25 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Panelists: Professor Paul Redding, University of Sydney; Professor Richard Eldrige, Swarthmore College USA; Dr Dalia Nassar, University of Sydney

    A panel of philosophers addresses how might a refigured practice of philosophy play a central, vital role within a flourishing democratic culture?

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • Professor Armando Barrientos

    13 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Armando Barrinetos

    Professor Barrientos discusses a global perspective on the growth of social assistance in developing countries.

    • 1 hour, 12 mins
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  • Yang Lian

    6 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Yang Lian, Chinese Poet

    A conversation between internationally acclaimed Chinese poet Yang Lian, and local academic and translator of his poetry, Mabel Lee.

    • 1 hour, 26 mins
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  • Beyond MOOCS Online Learning

    4 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Associate Professor Robert E. Cummings, University of Mississippi and Dr Sean Gallagher, University of Sydney

    Professor Robert E. Cummings and Dr Sean Gallagher discuss impact of the Massive Open Online Coursewares (MOOCs) on the higher education.

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Eliminating the Idea of Waste

    3 March, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of Terracycle

    Tom Szaky dropped out of Princeton University to found TerraCycle. Today his company collects and recycles over 100 different kinds of products that were considered 'non-recyclable' garbage, in over 24 different countries. In this Sydney Ideas presentation Tom details how by mimicking nature and focusing on the value inherent in our by-products, we can transform the waste we can’t avoid creating from useless trash to a useful resource.

    • 1 hour, 31 mins
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  • In Conversation with Lionel Shriver

    26 February, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Lionel Shriver

    Lionel Shriver writes big, feelingful, socially and emotionally engaged novels of everyday horror, perversion and compulsion in the tradition of Flaubert and Wharton. This is an exclusive Sydney conversation between Lionel and University of Sydney academic and poet, Associate Professor Kate Lilley

    • 1 hour, 23 mins
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  • Enforced Disappearances: the case of Sombath Somphone

    26 February, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Shui Meng Ng, Wife of Lao disappeared prominent community development worker Sombath Somphone

    In her first public appearance in Australia since Sombath’s disappearance, Shui Meng Ng talks about Sombath Somphone, the man and his work, the contextual background that could have caused his disappearance, and the impact this incident has on Lao society, and especially on Lao civil society development.

  • Exploring the Anthropo-scenery

    25 February, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Romand Coles, Professor David Schlosberg, Professor Giovanna di Chiro

    This is the age of the anthropocene. A controversial term that is resisted by some and embraced by others, this Sydney Ideas event explores the social and political potential of the term. Three separate talks consider concepts of hope, justice and sight in this unprecedented epoch. Surrender to human domination of the natural world.

    • 1 hour, 39 mins
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  • Six Years After the Crisis: Is a Different Capitalism Possible?

    20 February, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts, UK

    More than five years after the financial crisis the world is still struggling to make sense of what went wrong and what needs to be done. Geoff Mulgan sets out what new political settlements might look like – reshaping how the economy is organised, as well as the very nature of government.

    • 1 hour, 34 mins
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  • How Nature Makes Materials

    20 February, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Ullrich Steiner, Physics of Materials, University of Cambridge

    In this lecture Professor Dirk Matten examines the history of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and looks at three important questions. Why has it emerged? What has it really achieved? And, what is the future of corporate engagement with societal needs?

    • 1 hour, 10 mins
    • Download (MP3, 64.6Mb)
  • The Enigma of the 'Responsible' Corporation

    18 February, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Professor Dirk Matten, Schulich School of Business, York University

    In this lecture Professor Dirk Matten examines the history of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and looks at three important questions. Why has it emerged? What has it really achieved? And, what is the future of corporate engagement with societal needs?

    • 1 hour, 22 mins
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  • Emotion Tracking and Interventions for Memory, Health and Awareness

    11 February, 2014

    Channel:
    Sydney Ideas
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    Mary Czerwinski, Research Manager of the Visualization and Interaction (VIBE) Research Group at Microsoft Research

    In this lecture Mary Czerwinski describes novel systems and applications her and her team are designing that perform mood detection and interventions in real time using mobile technology.They are exploring “sticky” user interface ideas to help users reflect on and manage their affective experiences

    • 1 hour, 11 mins
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  • In conversation: David Malouf, Bruce Beresford and Virginia Duigan discuss Jeffrey Smart

    18 January, 2014

    Channel:
    University of Sydney
    Presented by:
    Artist:
    David Malouf, Bruce Beresford and Virginia Duigan

    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, famed film and opera director Bruce Beresford and novelist Virginia Duigan discuss their decades of friendship with the painter and the life of Australian artist expatriates in Tuscany.

    • 1 hour, 8 mins
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