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Upcoming events

Panels, forums, talks and more
Sydney's most diverse range of free talks, forums, lectures, panels and debates.

Death justice: activism and advocacy following contested death

  • Monday 19 November, 6.00 – 7.30pm
  • How can activism and advocacy overcome obstacles to transparency following deaths in contested and controversial circumstances? Book now.

Why are soldiers taking their own lives?

  • Tuesday 20 November, 6.00 – 7.30pm
  • 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.

Expanding the circle of regard for truth

  • Wednesday 21 November, 6.00 – 7.30pm
  • 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.

Do universities need to reinvent themselves?

  • Thursday 22 November, 5.00 – 6.30pm
  • 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.

Let's talk about shame and blame in obesity

  • Thursday 29 November, 6.30 – 8pm
  • 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.

Eddie Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

  • Monday 3 December, 6.00 – 7.30pm
  • 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.

White Fragility

  • Tuesday 4 December, 6 – 7.30pm
  • 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. Join the waitlist.

Soil security: running down a dream

  • Wednesday 5 December, 6 – 7.30pm
  • 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.

From good international citizen to pariah?

  • Sunday 9 December, 6 – 7.30pm
  • 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.

Human rights: what lies ahead for the next 70 years?

  • Monday 10 December, 6 – 7.30pm
  • 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.

Manslaughter by gross negligence, or systemic failure?

  • Thursday 8 November
  • Professor Ian Freckelton QC and a panel of experts will respond to the Bawa-Garba case and consider its implications for medical practice in Australia.


  • Wednesday 21 November
  • Join Christine Milne and Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist Michael West, tracking the rise of corporatocracy and how our politicians are bought and sold.

Outside the Square: Stories and Racism in Australia - What if you’re not white?

  • Thursday 22 November
  • Join the discussion as 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 story-tellers.

21st Century Medicine: Emerging fungal threats

  • Thursday 22 November
  • Join Professor Matthew Fisher from the Imperial College, London, as he discusses the challenges that exist as a result of emerging fungal diseases and the potential weaknesses in the medical treatment of fungal infections.