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Outside the Square

Q&A, our way
A series of interactive conversations designed especially for graduates and friends of the University of Sydney.

Join us at the Old Rum Store in Chippendale for the current affair discussion series Outside the Square.  

Across six events, our sharpest academics and graduate experts tackle a range of tricky issues with an audience who comment and ask questions using their phones. It’s our version of Q&A. There's drinks. There’s fancy food. It’s fun. 

The season

Learn more about each session. Ticket prices include drinks and catering. 

Outside the Square has concluded for 2018... But we'll be back!

We're currently planning our 2019 season. If you'd like to receive updates on our future events, let us know and we'll add you to our mailing list.
In the meantime, you can listen to all of our previous sessions here.
Thank you!


Stories and Racism in Australia: What if you’re not white?

  • Thursday 22 November: listen to the podcast
  • Our speakers dismantle the harmful narratives that purport to represent Indigenous and refugee communities in Australia, offering in their place powerfully transformational stories from non-white storytellers.

Hackers, Breaches, Bots: How well do you understand the internet?

  • Thursday 11 October: listen to the podcast
  • Our experts – a cybersecurity analyst, a media scholar and a white-hat hacker – will provide a sobering analysis of the state of the internet today and explain the unintended consequences of our online behaviour.

The Big Bubble: Will the Australian housing crisis ever end?

  • Thursday 13 September: listen to the podcast
  • A sociologist, an urban planner and a young economist will interrogate the affordability crisis and offer new ways of thinking about how we could live better.

Ethical AI: Are robots our friends?

  • Thursday, 2 August: listen to the podcast
  • AI will shortly change our world beyond recognition, radically reorganising relations between humans and machines. But is this a good or a bad thing? Join the great artifical intelligence debate as two pro-AI experts take on one very sceptical philosopher—are robots our friends?

Populism: Have Australian politicians caught the bug?

  • Thursday, 5 July: listen to the podcast
  • One for the political junkies and those who would like to be better informed. Join our experts as they analyse the populist epidemic and take the temperature of Australia’s current political climate.

#MeToo: Male privilege on notice

  • Thursday, 31 May: listen to the podcast
  • Along with our audience, an activist journalist, a businesswoman, and a labour barrister will take stock of #MeToo; the way it leveraged new and legacy media; and why Australian law and culture, as both currently stand, might prevent it from reaching its full, paradigm-breaking potential.

Our host

Professor Annamarie Jagose
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


The Old Rum Store

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