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Sydney Ideas

Great minds don't always think alike

Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney's public events program. We believe in the value of ideas that make a difference and have been bringing leading thinkers from around the world to Sydney since 2006.

Check out our events – month by month

Rachel Kushner: What it means to be free

  • Thursday 2 May, 6.30 – 7.30pm
  • Join Rachel Kushner, Man Booker finalist and author of The Mars Room, in conversation with novelist and queer feminist scholar Professor Annamarie Jagose on writing today and a body of work that spans eras, borders and inner lives. Book now

A century of student activism in China

  • Tuesday 7 May, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Student activism in China dates back 100 years, but since their emergence as a political force in 1919, students have influenced and inspired landmark protests across the 20th century and beyond. Our speakers will re-assess the legacy of China's original activists and its implication for today's generation. Book now

Pioneers: how Monkol Lek is taking on his own disease

  • Monday 20 May, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Sydney Ideas kicks off its exciting new 'Pioneers' series with the incredible story of Monkol Lek. When a rare medical condition struck Monkol in his early twenties, he took matters into his own hands and is turning the tide on the disease. Book now

Made to Measure: Art, science and the obesity epidemic

  • Tuesday 21 May, 8 – 9:15pm
  • As part of Seymour's Centre's premiere season of Made to Measure by Alana Valentine, this special Sydney Ideas event explores the role the arts has to play in investigating major public health issues. Book now

How archaeology can help future proof against natural disasters

  • Wednesday 22 May, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Archaeology can help us understand how climate and environmental change in our recent and distant past shapes our future. Join us as we delve into the little-known world of environmental archaeology, during National Archaeology Week. Book now

Does language control us?

  • Thursday 6 June, 6 – 7.30pm  
  • Language is sometimes viewed as a window on the mind, but it is equally a tool, a weapon, or perhaps most accurately: a remote control device. What do a linguist, psychologist and political thinker have to say about this? Book now

Economic and social justice in a climate changed world

  • Thursday 13 June, 6 – 7.30pm
  • This event brings together four internationally renowned scholars to explore climate justice and economic justice within the context of a climate changed world and their broader implications for the wider world. Book now

Biodiversity and extinction: can we achieve justice for all?

  • Wednesday 19 June, 6 – 7.30pm  
  • Our panel will explore climate change, resource extraction and increasing levels of extinction present unprecedented challenges. What does justice mean if humans, non-human animals and the environment are all taken seriously as subjects of justice? Book now