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Sydney Ideas

Because great minds don't always think alike
Sydney Ideas has been sharing a belief in the value of ideas that make a difference by bringing leading thinkers from Australia, and around the world, to the Sydney community since 2006.

Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney’s public events program. We open the doors of the University's teaching and research to the whole community. Since 2006 we have held more than 700 events - most of which were free - for more than 120,000 attendees.

If you missed one of our events, we make most of them available as podcasts on Soundcloud and iTunes. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter to find out what's on first, and keep up with everything we're up to on Twitter and Facebook.

Cities and citizenship (sold out)

  • Thursday 22 February
  • Five of the world’s top scholars discuss why city citizen activism is an essential ingredient for reviving democratic practice.

Urban farming: feeding the future

  • Monday 26 February
  • Join local urban agriculturalists to discuss how farms can be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system.

Same-sex marriage and the state: global perspectives

  • Monday 5 March 2018
  • We’ve just legalised same-sex marriage, but where does the rest of the world stand? Join Bronwyn Winter and Maxime Forest to explore the ways in which same-sex marriage becomes institutionalised (or resisted) through legal and societal norms and practices.

Rethinking Drawing: Fragonard in Tivoli

  • Tuesday 6 March
  • The Power Institute presents a lecture by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University.

Fearless: empowering women around the world (sold out)

  • Wednesday 7 March
  • To celebrate International Women’s Day, we're hosting a panel of five exceptional female academics whose work truly embodies this year’s UN Women’s theme: Leave no woman behind.

Working the past: Aboriginal Australia and psychiatry

  • Wednesday 7 March
  • How do we come to grips with the past, and how do we do so in just ways? These questions and others will be discussed  by a panel of distinguished speakers, including Professor Alan Rosen, Professor Frank Schneider, Ms Joanne Selfe, Dr Robyn Shields, and others.

Why health professionals should contribute to urban planning

  • Monday 12 March
  • Join our panel of experts in urban planning and public health policy to discuss the latest research, and health impacts of Sydney's changing city structure.

Interlocutors in the archive: Aboriginal women and the collection of Anthropological data

  • Thursday 15 March
  • Join Ngarigu woman Professor Jakelin Troy as she discusses intimate details of the lives, language and knowledge of the individuals she has discovered among a rich trove of anthropological archives.

Inverse problems and Harry Potter's cloak

  • Monday 26 March
  • Can we make objects invisible? Professor Gunther Uhlmann explores inverse problems, and the progress scientists are making to achieve invisibility.

Artists have never been more important

  • Tuesday 27 March
  • A panel of renowned artists, curators, writers and commentators address the claim that in this moment of planetary environmental crisis, artists have never been more important.

A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer: post show Q&A

  • Tuesday 27 March
  • Join us for a discussion with leading medical professionals and a cast member following the performance of A Pacifists Guide to the War on Cancer.

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  • Lvl 2, Services Bldg (G12) The University of Sydney NSW 2006
Media enquiries
All media enquiries regarding Sydney Ideas guests should be directed to the Media Office on +61 2 8627 0246.