Event type: Panel
Date: Monday 15 October 2018
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School (F10), Eastern Avenue (next to Fisher Library, either the University Avenue or City Road entrance)
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available at New Law Building carpark, Shepherd Street carpark, Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.
Have we lost sight of what is really important? Modern society places a premium on getting everything done urgently – time is short and slow reading and writing is a luxury that is becoming harder and harder for us to afford. Taking our time to produce good writing and read text at a gentle pace is crowded out by data and opinion.
The soul arrives, it is said, at the pace of a camel; information travels at light speed. If literature, as romantic poet John Keats said, is for soul making, how will our souls be made and remade in a digital age that steals time from us in many ways?
Our expert panel will explore critical questions about the place of reading and writing in the digital age. Do we have a reading crisis and what are the potential costs? In an age where most reading, if it happens at all, occurs on screens and at light speed, what are the threats to knowledge acquisition, modes of teaching, learning and wisdom?
On the other hand, what positive impact does the digital age have on our spiritual, emotional and intellectual intelligence?
Wednesday 17 October
Gilded glass bottles blown in India, porcelain flasks produced in Japan. This lecture follows these intriguing items from their diverse places of manufacture to their points of distribution and demonstrates their strategic power as bestowals.
Wednesday 17 October
A panel, featuring international expert Eric Holt-Gimenez, explore how social movements across the globe are transforming systems for food and farming sustainability.
Tuesday 23 October
Professor Marcella Frangipane shares important new insights into the birth of early state societies in the greater Mesopotamian world.
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