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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

Monday 19 November, 6.00 – 7.30pm

Death justice: activism and advocacy following contested death

How can activism and advocacy overcome obstacles to transparency following deaths in contested and controversial circumstances? Book now.

Tuesday 20 November, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Why are soldiers taking their own lives?

In 2015 more Australian military personnel and veterans took their lives than were killed in Afghanistan during 13 years of war. Our expert panel brings together medical experts and social scientists to discuss the growing problem of military suicide - why is it happening and how should it be addressed politically? Book now.

Wednesday 21 November, 6.00 – 7.30pm
Expanding the circle of regard for truth

Join us for the launch of the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC). Our expert panel will discuss the role of humanities in addressing the 'post truth' crisis. Book now.

Thursday 22 November, 5.00 – 6.30pm
Do universities need to reinvent themselves?

Professor Don Nutbeam chairs an esteemed panel of university professors, private sector representatives and former politicians for an important debate - what should universities be? Book now.

Thursday 29 November, 6.30 – 8pm
Let's talk about shame and blame in obesity

Our expert panel of Professor Stephen Simpson, Emily Maguire, Louise Stone and Catherine Pelle sets the record straight on the causes of obesity, and explains why the finger of blame should not be pointed at the individual. Book now.

Monday 3 December, 6 – 7.30pm
Eddie Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

Australian Local Hero of the Year and proud University of Sydney graduate Eddie Woo returns to campus to show us the spellbinding world of maths that surrounds us. Book now.

Tuesday 4 December, 6 – 7.30pm
White Fragility

Join the New York Times best-selling author Robin DiAngelo as she considers why it is so hard for white people to talk about racism. Book now.

Wednesday 5 December, 6 – 7.30pm
Soil security: running down a dream

We commemorate United Nations World Soil Day with a discussion about how we can ensure that our soils provide food, biodiversity and healthy ecosystems well into the future. Book now.

Sunday 9 December, 6 – 7.30pm
From good international citizen to pariah?

Join us to reflect on Australia's human rights record, with a keynote address from Gillian Triggs, as well as responses from Tanya Plibersek and Elizabeth Evatt in this event, co-presented with the Evatt Foundation. Book now.

Monday 10 December, 6 – 7.30pm
Human rights: what lies ahead for the next 70 years?

Our expert panel showcases some of the most innovative and original human rights work being done in Australia today, and facilitates a lively conversation about what we all need to do to forge vibrant forms of human rights action for the next 70 years. Book now.