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Sydney Ideas

Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney's premier public lecture series program, bringing the world's leading thinkers and the latest research to the wider Sydney community.
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Feminism in the Age of Populism

1:23:50 | Aug 23rd, 2017

It’s the 21st century, 100 years since Australian women were lucky enough to get the vote, and we’ve arrived at the age of Pussyriot and Pussyhats. How did women get here? What does this augur for the future of feminism as a world-wide phenomenon, no...Show More
Feminism and Women's Political Activism in North Africa: challenges and perspectives

1:13:25 | Sep 1st, 2017

Women’s political activism has one century of history in North Africa, a history that intersects other social movements, and that has been documented and narrated by two generations of feminist scholars. Yet, the representation of North African women...Show More
Can we make food security failsafe?

1:09:14 | Jul 10th

The world has traditionally relied heavily on the 'business as usual model' of industrial food production and supermarket-oriented consumption. However, this system is not sustainable if we’re to secure a healthy future for people and the planet. He...Show More
Biodiversity and extinction: can we achieve justice for all?

1:13:32 | Jun 19th

Climate change, resource extraction and increasing levels of extinction present unprecedented challenges. How can the humanities and social sciences help us to respond to the biodiversity crisis in a more just way, which transforms how we protect the...Show More
Economic and social justice in a climate changed world

1:02:37 | Jun 13th

Humans' contribution to climate change is an important prompt for us to consider other global injustices that we may not immediately connect to this hotly-debated topic. Hear from internationally renowned scholars Petra Tschakert, Maan Barua and Mak...Show More
Cultural power in the online world: are we being skewed?

55:58 | Jun 12th

How does language determine what we know or how we experience the world? As the online realm increasingly converges with our offline experiences, it raises an important question: whose knowledge dominates these new spaces? Whose voices are missing, ...Show More
Does language control us?

1:06:36 | Jun 6th

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. Are we controlled by language? Content warning: this podcast contains course language and discusses violen...Show More
How archaeology can help future proof against natural disasters

1:08:14 | May 22nd

Insights from the past to transform our environmental future 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 a...Show More
Made to Measure: Art, science and the obesity epidemic

26:12 | May 21st

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. Following a performance of the play, writer A...Show More
Monkol Lek: How an Australian researcher is changing the genetics game

1:03:19 | May 20th

When a rare medical condition (limb girdle muscular dystrophy) struck Monkol Lek in his early twenties, he took matters into his own hands and retrained in human genetics at the University of Sydney at Westmead. Monkol is now at the forefront of gene...Show More
A century of student activism in China

1:05:35 | May 7th

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. On 4 June 1989 the world watched on in horror as the ...Show More
Why there's more to learn from Mahatma Gandhi's activism

1:04:38 | May 1st

This year marks the 150th birthday anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, whose vision and leadership led to the independence of India against British colonial rule more than 70 years ago. Join us to reflect on the life, learnings and legacy of Gandhi in th...Show More
The road to Indigenous repatriation

1:25:52 | Apr 30th

How we can better understand the conflict between scientific and Indigenous knowledge? For more than 60 years the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC had stolen ancestral remains in its collection. It was only recently that the bones were repat...Show More
Understanding carbon in the air: can we avert a climate catastrophe?

57:37 | Apr 17th

University of Cambridge Professor Herbert Huppert leads this insightful conversation on how global temperatures in the earth's atmosphere has increased over time and what we can do to stop potential calamity. With climate change being a very real an...Show More
Can we prevent diabetes?

52:01 | Apr 9th

Diabetes is arguably one of Australia's greatest health challenges and fastest-growing chronic conditions. But landmark research shows that type 2 diabetes could be preventable at any life stage - whether you are still young, starting a family, or mi...Show More
Nano 3D printing: materials beyond imagination

1:14:50 | Apr 9th

What is nano 3D printing, and how will it transform our lives? In this talk, world-renowned nanotechnology expert Professor Martin Wegener from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will give an introduction into one of science's most exciting and rapi...Show More
The 2030 agenda: Is Australia on track?

54:27 | Apr 4th

From ending poverty to climate action, reducing inequality and ensuring quality education — the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The aim is to set the agenda f...Show More
Moving to a gender-equal world

1:00:53 | Apr 1st

What are the pathways to cultural change? How do we initiate, nurture, but most importantly, entrench cultural change? The University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, gender equality advocate Elizabeth Broderick AO and journalist Sarah Ferguson...Show More
On hate and race politics

1:03:54 | Mar 21st

How is hate shaping society? And what must we do about it? Political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane, reflects on race relations and multiculturalism in Australia and beyond, and what it means for democracy worldwide. In his new book, On Hate, Tim S...Show More
Meet an exceptionally inspirational woman — Tina Tchen

44:36 | Mar 10th

Hear from women’s rights champion, Tina Tchen, who delivered a keynote address as part of the University of Sydney’s celebrations for International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March, 2019. Sydney Ideas has partnered with the University’s Diversity and ...Show More
Why surveillance capitalism has crept up on us

50:14 | Mar 7th

What is the cost of cashing in on global surveillance? Surveillance has become an unavoidable presence in our everyday lives - it's embedded in our culture. As corporations profit from its rapid growth, inevitable questions about the impact on our s...Show More
While you were asleep: how sleep boosts your brain health

54:25 | Feb 28th

Are brain and mind conditions such as dementia a case of luck of the draw, or are our body clocks and sleep cycle integral for keeping our brains healthy? Hear from Professor Sharon Naismith, whose research explores sleep and dementia prevention. Th...Show More
The Xinjiang crackdown

1:20:44 | Feb 20th

As many as one million Uyghur people and other Muslim minorities in China have reportedly been detained indefinitely in "re-education camps" since 2017. Why is it happening and what are the political ramifications for us all? This Sydney Ideas discu...Show More
Truth, bullsh*t and weasel words

58:06 | Feb 15th

How post-truth politics is wrecking public discourse Hear from Don Watson, award-winning author and former speechwriter for Paul Keating, as he decodes political language and reveals its influence on democracy and civil debate. This Sydney Ideas con...Show More
Tracking Digital Espionage

1:05:20 | Feb 12th

How much do governments and private corporations really know about our online history? Hear from Ron Deibert, digital detective and founder of Citizen Lab, as he reveals the hidden surveillance systems used to spy on civil society. Ron is joined ...Show More
Westmead women and girls in science

48:07 | Feb 11th

To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2019, the University’s Westmead Initiative hosted a discussion about the achievements of women in the field and their ongoing challenges. This was held in collaboration with Westmead Research Hu...Show More
Soil security: running down a dream

50:01 | Dec 12th, 2018

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. This event was held on December 5 at the University of Sydney. https://sydn...Show More
From good international citizen to pariah?

1:13:47 | Dec 11th, 2018

On the eve of 70-year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Gillian Triggs reflects on Australia's human rights record in a public lecture, with an introduction by Elizabeth Evatt and a vote of thanks by Tanya Plibersek. This ev...Show More
Human rights: what lies ahead the next 70 years?

1:27:22 | Dec 10th, 2018

On the 70-year anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we bring together a panel of human rights heroes to reflect on the positivity the declaration provided and how it could go forward. TIME STAMPS: 10’07'' - 19’33’’ Larissa Bald...Show More
White Fragilty

1:14:45 | Dec 4th, 2018

Why does race seem to be the hardest word for white people? Dr Robin DiAngelo – a renowned anti-racism educator – argues that the underlying cause is environmental. White people in settler colonial contexts live in a racially insular social bubble. T...Show More
Eddie Woo's Wonderful World of Maths

1:25:23 | Dec 3rd, 2018

In a fun and interactive manner, Australian Local Hero of the Year and one of the world's most inspirational mathematics teachers demonstrates why everyone should love mathematics. His talk is followed by the conversation between Eddie and Secretary...Show More
Do universities need to reinvent themselves?

1:30:26 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Sir Eric Thomas, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol and former Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network joins an esteemed panel of university professors, private sector representatives and former politicians for an important debat...Show More
Expanding the circle of regard for truth

55:19 | Nov 21st, 2018

Do we need cultural change in our relation to truth? Celebrate 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.
Why are soldiers taking their own lives?

1:07:02 | Nov 20th, 2018

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...Show More
Death justice: activism and advocacy following contested death

1:07:54 | Nov 19th, 2018

Deaths in controversial and contested circumstances include deaths in custody, immigration detention, health care, at borders and following disasters. In Australia and internationally it is evident that institutional responses to contested deaths ar...Show More
Screening the World: an inside look at international film festivals in Australia

54:52 | Nov 6th, 2018

Join our discussion with Australian film icon David Stratton as we explore the role of international film events in 21st century Australia. TIME STAMPS 0:00 - 6:00 - Introduction by Michelle Royer 6:11 - 20:14 - Keynote speech by David Stratton 20:1...Show More
Satire is a new global saviour for news, seriously

1:10:12 | Nov 5th, 2018

For this year's annual Chaser Lecture, the star speaker is Nigerian satirist and journalist Adeola Fayehun. In conversation with The Chaser's Julian Morrow, Professor Umberto Ansaldo, and the audience, she unpacks the place, power and potential of po...Show More
Meet a Living Legend: Bruce Beresford

58:24 | Oct 31st, 2018

Hear from award-winning director and University of Sydney alumnus Bruce Beresford as he discusses his 50-year, Oscar-nominated journey in cinema with Dr Bruce Isaacs, Head of Film Studies at the University of Sydney. TIME STAMPS 0:00 - 2:29: Introd...Show More
Why climate change law is such a hot debate

58:47 | Oct 30th, 2018

Hear from Professor Liz Fisher (University of Oxford), as she makes the case for why 'hot' situations such as climate change needs 'hot' law, if Australia is to catch up with the rest of the world on governing and tackling climate change effectively....Show More
Is there anything wrong with medicinal cannabis?

1:30:56 | Oct 29th, 2018

An expert panel addresses the challenges faced by patients, researchers, doctors and regulators in Australia and around the world. This Sydney Ideas panel discussion was held on29 October: More
Hope on the horizon for Indigenous youth mental health

1:36:42 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Research on Australia's rates of youth mental health and suicide paint a grim picture. Australian Bureau of Statistics data show that Indigenous youth are more than twice as likely to commit suicide as non-Indigenous youth. In an ever-changing 21st c...Show More
The birth of the state in Greater Mesopotamia

1:17:15 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Join Professor Marcella Frangipane to uncover important new insights into the birth of early state societies in the greater Mesopotamian world. Timestamps below. 0:00 - 2:00 - Welcome by Professor Barbara Caine AM 2:10 - 3:55 - Introduction by Profe...Show More
Reading and writing slowly in a digital age

1:17:48 | Oct 15th, 2018

If literature, as romantic poet John Keats said, is for soul making, how will our souls be made and remade in a digital age when most reading, if it happens at all, occurs on screens and at light speed? What are the threats to knowledge acquisition, ...Show More
Fighting Truth Decay: How to navigate health in a post-truth world

50:33 | Oct 10th, 2018

Join us to unravel the role of corporate interests in influencing public perception of science, particularly health research. This event was held at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 10 October 2018. More
Planet versus profit: striking a balance

1:27:46 | Oct 4th, 2018

What is the role of Australia in sustaining our region's seas, skies and soil? A multidisciplinary panel of experts examines the role and responsibilities in balancing environmental sustainability and economic growth in Southeast Asia. What part can...Show More
How Australia can save democracy for the world

1:24:58 | Oct 4th, 2018

In this Sydney Policy Lab's inaugural lecture, leading academic, political strategist and its new Director, Marc Stears argues that it is possible for democracy to thrive, even in our very turbulent times, but only if people act to save it. This Syd...Show More
Why the Large Hadron Collider is a game changer

1:03:12 | Sep 25th, 2018

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest and most complex experiment ever built. It is located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. What is it, and what does it do? Theoretical physicist Peter Skands will take us on a tour of the e...Show More
Stem cell therapy: the good, the bad and the ugly

1:22:40 | Sep 20th, 2018

Stem cell research is a hot field of medical science but one that’s also prone to scandal and scientific fraud. How should health consumers respond in the face of such promise and uncertainty? Discussing this is an expert panel of speakers includin...Show More
Cultural Conversations - Differing views: valuing disagreement

1:04:05 | Sep 18th, 2018

What does it mean to “disagree well” within academia? Respect and integrity are accepted and practiced as vital to the life of the University. They are valued for their contribution to research and teaching excellence, to our engagement with the pub...Show More
Brexit, ethnic populism and the end of the British Empire as we know it

42:53 | Sep 10th, 2018

For the 2018 J.M. Ward Memorial Lecture, Professor Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary University of London) discusses the fallout from Brexit and the evolution of a new English nation. A Sydney Ideas event held on Monday 10 September, 2018. More
Voices from the ashes

1:21:16 | Sep 6th, 2018

An esteemed panel will discuss how the testimony of Holocaust survivors is used today and the problems, questions and opportunities it presents to people grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust. Hear from Avril Alba, Jonathan Ari Lander, Michael R...Show More
Journalism's new bottom line: Impact

41:48 | Sep 6th, 2018

In a world disrupted by technology and global shifts, truth and quality journalism have never been more important. While legacy media brands work to adjust, new models for journalism are emerging. From projects built on collaborations that span borde...Show More
Inclusion by design

1:12:21 | Sep 5th, 2018

How can we develop a view of people and place that is inclusive, universally designed and that gives people with disability access, and importantly, how this can be done seamlessly with equity and dignity? Our panel discuss these questions and more. ...Show More
The Crisis of Neoliberalism and the Rising Tide of Authoritarianism

58:18 | Aug 30th, 2018

11th Annual E.L. Wheelwright Memorial Lecture, presented by the Department of Political Economy at University of Sydney Global neoliberalism is in crisis: the deepest economic collapse since the Great Depression has been followed by a ‘Great Stagnat...Show More
Taking the long view on out-of-home care

1:01:25 | Aug 29th, 2018

This expert panel, featuring Emeritus Professor Harriet Ward, will explore the contribution of longitudinal research in understanding the impact on vulnerable children and families. A Sydney Ideas event held on Wednesday 29 August at University of ...Show More
Sydney research goes full scale for Shakespeare: the Popup Globe

50:28 | Aug 28th, 2018

An expert panel summarises the research into the Popup Globe enterprise so far, and offers first-hand insights into acting in this unique space. A Sydney Ideas event held on Tuesday 28 August at University of Sydney. More
Being Collected: insights into repatriation

59:54 | Aug 27th, 2018

Behind the scenes of the good news stories of repatriation are a network of community elders and project workers who facilitate the logistics of returning cultural property on a case-by-case basis. This event brings together a panel of Aboriginal peo...Show More
The Future of Building

1:26:26 | Aug 16th, 2018

Leading national and international experts discuss and propose the necessary shift in the way we think about building to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This event was held on Thursday 16 August at University of Sydney. More
The end of time: the future history of the universe

56:44 | Aug 16th, 2018

Professor Geraint Lewis takes us on a cosmic journey through space and time, through galactic collisions and hyperactive black holes, and onto the death of the last star. A Sydney Ideas event held on Thursday 16 August, as part of 2018 Sydney Scienc...Show More
The promise (and threat) of algorithms

53:43 | Aug 15th, 2018

Professor Frank Pasquale, an expert on the law of artificial intelligence, algorithms and machine learning, proposes solution to questions over some aspects of algorithmic ordering of information. A Sydney Ideas event held on Wednesday 15 August 201...Show More
The future of cancer: can we find a cure?

52:39 | Aug 13th, 2018

Hear from a panel of experts responding to the question: How will cellular therapy, immunotherapy, personalised medicine, and the use of big data impact cancer treatments? A Sydney Ideas event held at Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) o...Show More
The 'shameful' history of Armenian genocide

57:10 | Aug 9th, 2018

Professor Taner Akcam reflects on the history of Armenian genocide and the refusal of other nations to accept responsibility for the atrocity, more than a century later. A Sydney Ideas event held at University of Sydney on Thursday 9 August 2018. ht...Show More
Bla(c)kness in Australia

1:03:12 | Aug 7th, 2018

Hear readings from the special issue of the magazine Transition on "Bla(c)kness in Australia". The collection brings together the voices and artwork of diverse Bla(c)k writers, artists, poets, and scholars in Australia. A Sydney Ideas event held on ...Show More
War and the modern world

48:25 | Aug 6th, 2018

World-renowned Canadian historian Professor Margaret MacMillan examines some of the paradoxes of war, drawing on examples from history since the end of the Great War. A Sydney Ideas event held at University of Sydney on Monday 6 August 2018. https:/...Show More
The find of the century for archaeology?

1:20:17 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Are archaeologists missing out on a valuable discovery channel? In the 2018 Tom Austen Brown lecture, Dr Mark Collard, an evolutionary anthropologist, argues that comparative ethnology – comparing and contrasting the features of large samples of huma...Show More
Art and neuroplasticity: are they linked?

1:27:03 | Aug 1st, 2018

A Sydney Ideas event for Innovation Week 2018, bringing together medical researchers focusing around both ends of the demographic spectrum - youth mental health and dementia and art practitioners to consider these question and more. Featuring Associ...Show More
Is storytelling bad for science?

1:23:38 | Jul 31st, 2018

A Sydney Ideas event for Innovation Week 2018, exploring the possibility that storytelling is exactly what science needs, with a view to answering the question: Is storytelling bad for science? Featuring Professor Nick Enfield, screen-writer John Co...Show More
How can investigative journalism projects change the world?

37:27 | Jul 30th, 2018

This event brought together journalists, reporters and editors to discuss the power of investigative journalism, and how good journalism can change the world. This podcast is a collection of highlights and key takeaways from the talk. An event held ...Show More
The past and future of international thinking

1:23:50 | Jul 23rd, 2018

This podcast features a discussion on international thinking, through the lens of politics, law and history, and an examination of how the rise in nationalist sentiment affects international collaboration and institutions. A Sydney Ideas event held ...Show More
Cultural Conversations: A cultural backlash?

1:27:17 | Jul 19th, 2018

Could the worldwide rise in authoritarian-populism reflect a backlash to progressive cultural change? What does this mean for multicultural societies that value diversity, equity and social justice? An expert panel discusses the rise of this cultural...Show More
What can philosophy do?

1:19:49 | Jul 17th, 2018

Professor Amie Thomasson leads a discussion of the state of philosophy today, and asks the question: what can philosophy still do that is useful and relevant? A Sydney Ideas event held at the University of Sydney on Tuesday 17 July 2018. https://syd...Show More
What does it take to achieve choice and control for people with disabilities?

1:16:40 | Jul 11th, 2018

Two distinguished speakers, Professor Tom Shakespeare and Sue Salthouse, address issues surrounding the National Disability Insurance Scheme and what it takes to achieve control and choice for people living with disabilities. A Sydney Ideas event he...Show More
Dogs helping people: In families, hospitals, colleges, and at work

1:28:10 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Some studies show dog owners are happier. Could having a dog indeed help combat depression? Could bringing dogs to work help employees and businesses? Could therapy dogs speed up patient’s recovery? Could having a dog help college students during str...Show More

1:29:01 | Jun 26th, 2018

Case studies with a university student, a computer hacker, and a former drug dealer demonstrate different radicalisation experiences and suggest that radicalisation is not something done to people, but something produced by active participants. In t...Show More
Peace on the Peninsula? The origins and implications of North Korea’s diplomatic offensive

1:22:18 | Jun 19th, 2018

This roundtable discussion brings together experts from the University of Sydney and the Lowy Institute to explore the origins and implications of Kim Jong-un’s recent diplomatic activism from North Korean, US, and Chinese perspectives. A Sydney Ide...Show More
Genome editing: rewriting the code for life

1:28:05 | Jun 14th, 2018

The capacity to make precise genome edits is slowly changing our approach to medicine, agriculture and our planet. This panel discussion is the first in a series of Sydney Ideas events discussing the new possibilities of genome manipulation. This eve...Show More
The Syrian Conflict: How it affects economics, health and education

1:20:24 | Jun 12th, 2018

What does conflict in Syria mean for GDP, capital stock, fiscal and monitory dynamics, employment, poverty, education, health, human development index, and social capital? Zaki Mehchy, a co-founder and researcher of the Syrian Center for Policy Rese...Show More
The State of the Universe: Professor Brian Schmidt

1:33:05 | Jun 5th, 2018

In the 2018 Professor Walter Stibbs Lecture, Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt looks at the Universe's vital statistics and what we do (and don't) know about the past, present and future. A Sydney Ideas event held at the University of Sydney on...Show More
Food as medicine

40:01 | May 23rd, 2018

Are we eating ourselves sick? Join our panel of speakers to ask: could food really help us ward off diseases like diabetes, dementia, cancer and dental or cardiovascular disease? Hear from our panel of experts from across the University of Sydney’s ...Show More
An Ancient and Dynamic History: Current and Future Approaches to Aboriginal Archaeology

1:23:25 | May 22nd, 2018

This event, co-presented with the Department of Archaeology, brings together two archaeologists to discuss the status of Aboriginal archaeology, as well as where we should go from here into the future. A Sydney Ideas event held at the University of ...Show More
Global and Diverse Leadership: Jean Lau Chin

1:20:08 | May 17th, 2018

Professor Jean Lau Chin from Adelphi University in New York examines what successful 21st century leadership should look like in our increasingly diverse and global society. A Sydney Ideas event held at the University of Sydney on Thursday 17 May 20...Show More
The Landscape of Poetry: Mark Tredinnick in conversation with Robyn Ewing

1:27:12 | May 15th, 2018

Australia poet Mark Tredinnick discusses the landscape in and of contemporary poetry, the role of the lyric in a time of spiritual and ecological crisis, and the importance of writing across the disciplines and embedding creativity in education at al...Show More
Is the health sector key to a low-carbon world?

1:34:01 | May 1st, 2018

This event brings together a panel of experts to discuss how the Australian healthcare system is a major contributor to the nation's carbon footprint. Held as part of Sydney Ideas on 1 May 2018: More
2018 Michael Hintze Lecture: Global Security Cultures

1:22:11 | Apr 24th, 2018

Professor Mary Kaldor will introduce the concept of global security cultures in order to explain why we get stuck in certain ways of doing security. She argues that, in contrast to the Cold War period when there was one dominant security culture base...Show More
The False Friends of Democracy

1:33:09 | Apr 17th, 2018

Nadia Urbinati, one of Italy's most distinguished scholars, analyses the main forces that are nowadays tearing apart more than a few democracies around the world, Italy included. In an unusual twist, she concentrates less on the overt enemies of demo...Show More
Digital Rights and Governance in Asia: The State of the Arts

1:22:30 | Apr 12th, 2018

A panel of distinguished international visitors and Australia-based experts discuss and debate the ‘hot button’ issues being raised by Asian digital transformations. Held as part of Sydney Ideas on 12 April 2018: More
Cultural diversity in leadership: where does Australia sit in 2018?

55:21 | Apr 11th, 2018

Australia is widely celebrated as a multicultural triumph, but any such success remains incomplete. The findings of a new report, produced by the Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with the University of Sydney Business School, the Com...Show More
Inverse problems and Harry Potter's cloak

1:06:43 | Mar 26th, 2018

Can we make objects invisible? Professor Gunther Uhlmann explores inverse problems, and the progress scientists are making to achieve invisibility.
The Rise of Authoritarianism

1:31:46 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Authoritarian populists have disrupted politics in many societies, as seen in the U.S. and the UK. This event brings two leading scholars to discuss their new books and the power of populist authoritarianism. Prof Pippa Norris discusses her new book...Show More
Strange physics: drones, artificial intelligence and quantum computers

1:22:18 | Mar 15th, 2018

From the atom bomb to the microprocessor, physics produced many of the great transformations of the 20th century. In the 21st, a convergence of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and quantum computing will yield even more profound changes. ...Show More
Interlocutors in the archive: Aboriginal women and the collection of anthropological data

1:01:02 | Mar 15th, 2018

Ngarigu woman Professor Jakelin Troy discusses intimate details of the lives, language and knowledge of the Aboriginal women she has discovered among the anthropological archives. Co-presented with Sydney University Museums, this talk coincides with...Show More
Outrage: The Psychic Life of Trump's America

1:21:00 | Mar 13th, 2018

Outrage. Is it an affect? An agency? A meme? This talk by Professor Robyn Wiegman attempts to decide whether outrage offers political instruction or if it's an instrument of democratic destruction. Held as part of Sydney Ideas on 13 March 2018: http...Show More
Working the past: Aboriginal Australia and psychiatry

1:24:39 | Mar 7th, 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have historically been subject to much more misdiagnosis, mistreatment, incarceration and coercion than other Australians in the hands of psychiatric institutions, psychiatrists and other mental health pr...Show More
Same-sex marriage and the state: global perspectives

1:21:29 | Mar 5th, 2018

We’ve just legalised same-sex marriage, but where does the rest of the world stand? Bronwyn Winter and Maxime Forest explore the ways in which same-sex marriage becomes institutionalised (or resisted) through legal and societal norms and practices....Show More
Engaged anthropology, collaborative research and the Atikamekw First Nation

54:29 | Feb 14th, 2018

Professor Sylvie Poirier reflects on her trajectory of engagement and collaborative research with the Atikamekw First Nation (north-central Quebec, Canada). In 1990, when the Council of the Atikamekw Nation first approached Professor Poirier to cond...Show More
Symbolic technologies and challenges for education in digital societies

1:16:35 | Feb 14th, 2018

Professor Roger Saljo, University of Gothenburg, argues that learning as we know it is currently changing in nature from its traditional focus on reproduction to a focus on learning as design. The purpose of education is to contribute to reproducing...Show More
Charles Perkins Centre Annual Lecture 2018: Is there a cure for ageing?

1:13:31 | Feb 13th, 2018

What if getting old didn’t mean getting ill? Although we're living longer in most parts of the world, advancing age has been revealed as the major risk factor for serious diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and dementia. Professor Dam...Show More
Translating culture and talking with translators

1:26:12 | Feb 5th, 2018

What is the position of the translator as cultural mediator? A panel of distinguished scholars explore the significance of translation, its impact on encounters between people, and its contribution to social cohesion, especially in multicultural and ...Show More
Nuclear weapons: stigmatise, prohibit, eliminate

1:23:20 | Nov 30th, 2017

A forum with Tim Wright, Asia-Pacific director of ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its part in spearheading the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; the first Treaty to outlaw...Show More
Gideon Levy: The Israelis and the Occupation

1:36:31 | Nov 29th, 2017

Gideon Levy is an Israeli journalist, writing opinion pieces and a weekly column for the newspaper Haaretz often focusing on the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. In 2004, Levy published a compilation of articles entitled Twilight Z...Show More
The Chaser at USyd 2017: El Chigüire Bipolar on fake news and satire

1:14:09 | Nov 28th, 2017

The makers of Venezuela's leading satirical news site El Chigüire Bipolar discuss the politics of satire with the makers of Australia’s in no way leading satirical news site The Chaser. Held as part of Sydney Ideas on 28 November 2017: http://sydney...Show More
Inside the Plaster: scanning the victims of Pompeii (Season 2017)

1:04:11 | Nov 28th, 2017

The way Pompeii was covered by the eruption material ejected by Mt Vesuvius in 79 CE has made it possible to reveal the forms of organic remains preserved in the hardened ash. Pouring plaster of Paris into the voids created by decomposed soft tissue ...Show More
Digital Rights: what are they, and why do we need them?

1:23:33 | Nov 27th, 2017

Panel discussion & Launch – The University of Sydney’s 2017 Digital Rights report A panel of leading experts looks under the hood of digital rights, exploring: - What are digital rights? Why do we need them? - What would they look like in Australia?...Show More
The Transformational Impact of Genomics on Medicine and the Healthcare System

1:23:15 | Nov 21st, 2017

Soon individual genome sequences will be a standard part of health records, which will revolutionise biomedical discovery, personal healthcare, and health system management. Millions of genome sequences integrated with millions of clinical records an...Show More
Truth, Evidence, and Reason: who can we believe?

1:28:17 | Nov 20th, 2017

The international panellists who are at the forefront of current debate on rational discourse and the post-truth crisis, dissect the current state of public discourse around truth, evidence, and reason, and associated questions including trust, faith...Show More
Which Comes First: overeating or obesity?

1:18:30 | Nov 14th, 2017

Conventional treatment for obesity assumes that all calories are alike, and that to lose weight one must simply “eat less and move more.” However, this prescription rarely succeeds over the long term. According to an alternative approach, the metabo...Show More
Rediscovering Elizabeth Harrower

34:09 | Nov 14th, 2017

Elizabeth Harrower’s writing has engaged and challenged her readers since she began publishing in the late 1950s. Her work is concerned with the moral and existential challenges that arise from experiences of romance, family life, and personal aspira...Show More
Water, Energy, Food and Conflict: regulation and security in the Indian Subcontinent

1:08:38 | Nov 8th, 2017

Water, energy and food security are fundamental strategic challenges for India and its neighbours. In this Sydney Ideas conversation Professor Brahma Chellaney from the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and Professor Bill Pritchard from the Unive...Show More
Sleep: the new health frontier

1:14:59 | Nov 8th, 2017

A recent report by Deloitte Access Economics found that some 40% of Australians experience some form of inadequate sleep. Sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnoea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and shift work disorder, are also highly pr...Show More
The 19th Party Congress: what will Xi Jinping use his power for?

1:30:51 | Nov 8th, 2017

The just-held 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has conferred President Xi Jinping with unprecedented authority. He is now the Party’s second more powerful leader after Mao Zedong. Xi has solid control over the Party, the St...Show More
A moment or a movement? Black Lives Matter and the future of US race relations

1:16:16 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Protesting police brutality, mass incarceration and racial disparities in all areas of American life, Black Lives Matter has spanned two very different presidencies, transforming political debate and making visionary demands for justice. The founder...Show More
David Cay Johnston - Trump's U$A: ways to fix a dishonest system

1:28:15 | Nov 1st, 2017

The United States, like Australia and other countries with modern economies, gets played by multinational corporations who earn profits in their country, but siphon profits out as tax-deductible expenses – expenses companies pay to themselves. It is ...Show More
Mathematical heroes and social justice

1:01:34 | Oct 31st, 2017

One of the best kept secrets about mathematicians is that we are often at the tip of the spear in the struggle for social/political causes. We are inspired by the mathematical hell raisers of previous generations, but we are also shaped by their pers...Show More
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health

1:14:44 | Oct 26th, 2017

The forum brings together expert First Nations Community and University speakers to discuss the importance of increasing awareness about mental illness within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Joe Williams, a First Nations menta...Show More
Learning Lessons from Europe’s Multiple Crises

1:19:39 | Oct 26th, 2017

Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens, Loukas Tsoukalis looks into the reasons behind the successive crises in the EU in recent years. Does the European Union suffer from overstretch? Was the creation of the euro a terrible ...Show More
Unwinnable Wars: Afghanistan and the limits of western military power

1:25:41 | Oct 26th, 2017

The 2017 Michael Hintze lecture presented by the Centre for International Security Studies At sixteen years and counting, Afghanistan is the longest war for western states of the post-Cold War period, and NATO’s first overseas war. At its height, th...Show More

1:31:22 | Oct 25th, 2017

There is no word with more purchase in present political discourse than Globalisation. But what does it mean, and why is it so important? This panel surveys the extent of today’s globalisation, and asks: How globalised is the world really? What is t...Show More
Australia and China: Before and Below the Nation

1:09:47 | Oct 25th, 2017

December 2017 marks 45 years since Australia and the People's Republic of China established formal diplomatic relations. In celebrating such anniversaries, it is common for politicians and diplomats to note how the Australia–China relationship has de...Show More
Demarchy for Better Public Policy

1:34:55 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Democracy depends on sound public opinion about the major issues of the day. Today these issues are of unprecedented complexity and difficulty, requiring serious deliberation and decision making, and the need to move beyond the factional struggles an...Show More
Food Choices and their Determinants: an economics perspective

50:16 | Oct 19th, 2017

The study of food choice is at the forefront of research in economics today due to its repercussion on nutritional issues for the population and consequently on public health. Consumers display varied preferences towards food, and react sometimes con...Show More
50,000 years of Australian History: a plea for interdisciplinarity

1:05:02 | Oct 19th, 2017

How do we understand, imagine, visualise and create narratives for 50,000 years of Australian history? As commonly presented, Australia’s past seems to consist of 230 years of European colonisation and over 50,000 years of Aboriginal culture, the fo...Show More
Omar Musa: reflections on writing

57:40 | Oct 17th, 2017

The 2017 ASAL Patron's Lecture (with special thanks to the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency) Malaysian-Australian author, rapper and poet from Queanbeyan, Australia, Omar Musa combines readings from his own work with his thoughts about his writ...Show More
Professor Mark LeVine: Year 51. Alternative Futures for Palestine-Israel

1:43:27 | Oct 16th, 2017

Professor of Middle Eastern History at University of California, Irvine, Mark LeVine asks us to engage in the process of thinking outside the box, and move towards enabling Palestinians and Israelis to imagine a shared future that is no longer a zero...Show More
Your Smartphone and You: how technology can impact our mental health

1:23:23 | Oct 16th, 2017

Are you addicted to social media? Is this such a big deal? Or can you improve your mental health with technology? Our panel of experts from the Brain and Mind Centre join special international guests to discuss the pros and cons of technology when ...Show More
An Analysis of Western Images of China

47:54 | Oct 16th, 2017

Professor Colin Mackerras surveys how the West has viewed China over time. He notes distinct worsening over the last half decade or so, both in the United States and in Australia, and argues that there is a good deal of politics in the images and tha...Show More

1:35:12 | Oct 11th, 2017

Historians these days probably get less sleep than anyone else – kept up by the echoes of the past in the radically shifting world political landscape. The historical allusions of contemporary governments in the US, and in Europe, are driving all man...Show More
Fighting Corruption in Indonesia: current issues, challenges and prospects

1:55:31 | Oct 10th, 2017

Indonesia’s anti-corruption commission has investigated and prosecuted many big-fish corruption cases, and has secured many dozens of convictions, including very senior judges and politicians. This represents real progress; even a decade ago, many of...Show More
Future Imperfect: integration in the time of change

1:14:18 | Oct 10th, 2017

A Sydney Ideas talk by Dr Mark Stafford Smith, Chief Coordinating Scientist – Adaptation, CSIRO. Co-presented with the Planetary Health Initiative at the University of Sydney. Mark Stafford Smith from CSIRO Australia is chair of the Future Earth’s S...Show More
Dr Keith Devlin - Finding Fibonacci

1:24:37 | Oct 3rd, 2017

In 2001, Stanford mathematician Dr Keith Devlin, also known as ‘The Math Guy’ on NPR’s Weekend Edition, set out to research the life and legacy of the thirteenth century mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci. Leonardo introduc...Show More
Reimagining Home in 21st Century

1:15:54 | Sep 28th, 2017

Is home a closed-off and self-sufficient place, or can it be reimagined to be where we find our connections to others and the world? By exploring home in relation to the figure of the stranger and public space, as well as with a focus on practices o...Show More
Dean's Lecture Series: Consumer Directed Care: myths and mysteries

1:11:37 | Sep 28th, 2017

There are many accounts of consumer directed care (CDC )in England. Some focus on its ambitions, some on its achievements, some on its problems and some on its experiences. A series of 'myths' is being constructed around all four of these dimensions....Show More
Alzheimer's: Where we've come from and where we're going

1:20:13 | Sep 22nd, 2017

As part of World Alzheimer’s Day, four dementia experts from the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre share the latest research breakthroughs on Alzheimer’s disease. Speakers: Dr Rebekah Ahmed, Staff Specialist Neurologist Memory and Cogniti...Show More
Health Hacks: how to keep the mind and body sharp

1:28:41 | Sep 20th, 2017

‘Health hacks’ telling us how to stay young in mind and body are everywhere these days, but are they true? Can we trust their advice? In this health forum, our expert panel will highlight helpful insights that are changing people’s lives for the bet...Show More
Journalism, Resistance and Metadata

1:06:13 | Sep 14th, 2017

Paul Farrell (Buzzfeed Australia), Benedetta Brevini (Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media), Julie Posetti (journalist and academic) and Gabor Szathmari (CryptoAustralia co-founder) discuss the extent of data collection revealed by Edward Snowd...Show More
Gatekeeping (forum at the launch of 'ab-Original' magazine)

1:23:48 | Sep 14th, 2017

'Gatekeeping' continues to be a rousing and provocative word with regard to Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations. Gatekeeping pertains to the various forms of apartheid in Australia, some of which still apply, if in a veiled and insidious way. But...Show More
Battlefields of Memory: Contested Narratives of the Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey

1:14:34 | Sep 11th, 2017

Professor Ayhan Aktar from Istanbul Bilgi University discusses the turning points in the Turkish process of rewriting the history of the Gallipoli Campaign since the 1930s.
Space, Urban Conflict, and the Future of Urban Society: A Comparative View

1:48:52 | Sep 7th, 2017

For many years now, anthropologists and urban scholars alike have identified ‘gentrification’ as a process of class conflict in which poorer people get pushed to the margins of urban life in the name of ‘urban renewal'. Using examples from Thailand, ...Show More
The Physics and Philosophy of Time: Jonathan Tallant and Elay Shech

1:36:15 | Sep 4th, 2017

Join visiting philosophers Jonathan Tallant (University of Nottingham, UK) and Elay Shech (Auburn University, USA) in a conversation with Associate Professor Kristie Miller from the University of Sydney, as they discuss what implications contemporary...Show More
Tibor Molnar: Scientists and Philosophers ... Need to Talk!

1:18:46 | Sep 1st, 2017

Science used to be 'natural philosophy'; but Francis Bacon and the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries saw a parting of ways. Many scientists now consider philosophy to be largely irrelevant; while many philosophers consider science ...Show More
Dean's Lecture Series: Contact and Openness in Adoption

1:26:41 | Aug 31st, 2017

Sydney Ideas co-presented with the Institute of Open Adoption Studies, School of Education and Social Work Join us for a panel discussion to explore the complex issue of contact in the context of open adoption. Adoption is one of the pathways for th...Show More
Wrongful Conviction and Truth

1:27:14 | Aug 29th, 2017

When does evidence obscure the truth? Join us for a forum on the avoidable causes of wrongful conviction. Wrongful convictions can and do happen – it's a sad fact of the Australian legal system. This panel looks at how evidence in legal proceedings ...Show More
Tools for Truth: A 2017 Storyology event

1:28:10 | Aug 28th, 2017

Forget what you think you know about fake news. Our neighbours in Asia have been dealing with fake news, lies and propaganda for years. More recently, the same technology and social media platforms that have enabled political participation and social...Show More
Hong Kong Twenty Years after the Handover: developments since 1997 and prospects for the future

1:28:18 | Aug 22nd, 2017

This forum examines developments in Hong Kong in the 20 years since it became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and prospects for Hong Kong's future under Chinese rule. Presentation #1: Twenty Years of Int...Show More
An Afternoon with Glenn Greenwald

1:55:23 | Aug 20th, 2017

Journalist Glenn Greenwald discusses his favourite subjects: power and accountability, surveillance and privacy, Trump and fake news, threats to democracy, courage, and the role of journalism in giving a voice to perspectives and events that are igno...Show More
Why we need a Universal Basic Income

1:40:21 | Aug 16th, 2017

Karl Widerquist discusses an idea which is increasingly viewed as the only viable way of reconciling poverty relief and full employment. A Sydney Ideas event on 16 August 2017 More
The Future of Work

1:23:16 | Aug 15th, 2017

The World Economic Forum estimates that young people can expect to change careers at least seven times over the course of their lives, and 35 percent of the skills required today will be different in five years. The complexity and uncertainty of the...Show More
Alice P Albright: The Global Education Opportunity Faces a Financing Challenge

1:13:01 | Aug 10th, 2017

Alice P Albright, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education speaks about global education crises and how the Global Partnership for Education partnership is innovating to address the funding challenges and offer quality educatio...Show More
Dava Sobel: The Glass Universe

1:16:58 | Aug 9th, 2017

An exclusive Sydney Science Festival presentation by acclaimed science writer Dava Sobel. In conversation with Jessica Bloom, a young University of Sydney astrophysics PhD student, Dava speaks of her love for science and what it took for a women to b...Show More
Pop Up Justice. Reflecting on Relationships in the Temporary City

1:20:24 | Aug 8th, 2017

From community gardens to pop-up cinemas, from outdoor art installations to mobile libraries, temporary urban interventions are increasingly visible in contemporary cities. A burgeoning literature has highlighted ways in which these transient practi...Show More
In Conversation with Christina Lamb

1:22:33 | Aug 7th, 2017

Christina Lamb, a multi award-winning foreign correspondent for the UK Sunday Times in conversation with Aparna Balakumar, a final year Media and Communications student at the University of Sydney. Christina Lamb has acted as Washington Bureau Chief...Show More
Australian Book Review: Meditations on Mortality, Sorrow and Lament

1:09:57 | Aug 7th, 2017

The winners of the Australian Book Review prestigious Calibre Essay Prize this year, Michael Adams and Darius Sepehri, read extracts from their Prize-winning essays, and discuss the themes of grief and mortality found in both pieces. Michael Adams, ...Show More
Addiction: is it the new normal?

1:28:30 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Causes of compulsive behaviour are complex and unexpected. What are they? Our researchers reveal the mental, physical and social origins of addiction and highlight discoveries that are improving people’s lives. Panelists: - Professor Nick Lintzeris,...Show More
New International Orders (The Thinker’s Guide to the 21st Century)

1:36:25 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Experts in law, security, and international relations consider why have cultural, religious, and national issues reappeared in the new international order. Speakers: - Professor James Der Derian, Centre for International Security Studies, the Unive...Show More
The Films of Mohamed Al-Daradji

1:10:10 | Jul 31st, 2017

A multi-award Iraqi film director, producer and civil activist in in conversation with Dr Lucia Sorbera from the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures on social power of cinema.
Professor Devoney Looser : The Making of Jane Austen

53:31 | Jul 20th, 2017

How did Jane Austen, a no-name author in her own day, become an international literary icon? It started long before Colin Firth’s wet-white-shirt Darcy. Devoney Looser will introduce you to some of the unsung innovators who first turned ‘Miss Austen’...Show More
Portraits and Place

1:06:59 | Jul 19th, 2017

This forum explores the shifts in assumptions, mindsets and ways of thinking that are required to achieve gender equality and how symbols, such as portraits may assist. The topics are discussed by Professor Emerita Margaret Harris, Dr Ann Stephen, D...Show More
Millennials Strike Back

1:28:28 | Jul 12th, 2017

Millennials, those born in the final decades of the twentieth century, have come of age in an unsettled world – one that offers few clear or established pathways to a secure future. But what exactly are they up against, and how are they responding to...Show More
Dr Ruth Harley: my life and times in the trans-Tasman screen trade

33:28 | Jul 7th, 2017

Our culture is our identity. It is multiple expressions of plural identities. Nobody owns it. We share it with each other. More…or less. The stories that resonate, the luminous moments, are our inheritance from the past and our bequest to future gene...Show More
Fusion: the perfect energy source

1:01:26 | Jul 6th, 2017

Fusion power is one of a very few sustainable options to replace fossil fuels as the world's primary energy source. Although the conditions for fusion have been reached, much remains to be done to turn scientific success into commercial electrical po...Show More
The extraordinary life of Hanna Neumann, Australia’s first female professor of mathematics

48:06 | Jul 5th, 2017

A phenomenal mathematician, Hanna Neumann achieved her success in the face of the Nazis, an imprisoned husband, and entrenched misogyny. She arrived in Australia in 1963 to take academic positions at the Australian National University, and was made c...Show More
The War in Syria: abuses of human rights and the destruction of culture

1:56:46 | Jun 27th, 2017

The civil war in Syria has entered its seventh year. With death toll estimates ranging from 220,000 to 400,000 casualties and more than 11 million civilians internally displaced or seeking refuge abroad, it has been described as the world’s deadliest...Show More
Anna Greenberg: Women in politics

59:22 | Jun 21st, 2017

What is the impact of Hillary Clinton's loss and will it discourage or motivate women to become more politically engaged? In conversation with Geraldine Doogue, current host of ABC Radio National’s Saturday Extra, Anna Greenberg who has over 15 year...Show More
Turning Urban: strengths and vulnerabilities of China’s collectives in the process of urbanisation

1:21:12 | Jun 20th, 2017

What does it mean to urbanise? Are industrialisation and urbanisation two aspects of the same process? How do villages have a chance to thrive if a state is determined to urbanise the country? Drawing on cases in the peri-urban area of the Pearl Riv...Show More
Belkis Wille: Abuses in the Fight Against ISIS

1:03:42 | Jun 15th, 2017

Belkis Wille is senior Iraq researcher in the Middle East and North Africa division, Human Rights Watch. She discusses the worsening situation for civilians in Mosul, the prospects of justice for victims of ISIS abuses, the prospects for reconciliat...Show More
Yolanda Moses: Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion in the Age of Trump

41:57 | Jun 9th, 2017

Professor Yolanda Moses, Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Cultural Competence, National Centre for Cultural Competence. Based on an article ‘Confronting the Trump Effect on Our Campuses’, recently published in Inside Higher Education, Fulbright Dist...Show More
Dean's Lecture Series : How can schools be relevant in the 21st century?

1:52:35 | Jun 8th, 2017

The challenges that face schools are not simple but there are local, national and international models that may provide some pathways to changing school learning and teaching practices, leadership and governance. This panel considers how schools and...Show More
The Future of the Auto Industry with Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO, Renault-Nissan Alliance

55:25 | Jun 8th, 2017

Carlos Ghosn, one of the world’s most influential business leaders and was the first executive to run two Fortune Global 500 companies simultaneously, discusses the future of the automotive industry, the importance of innovation in business, and what...Show More
Civil Wars: a history in ideas

1:28:15 | Jun 6th, 2017

We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and what it isn’t, have a long and contested history, from its fraught origins in republican Rome to debates in early modern Europe to our present day. Defining the term is acutely p...Show More
What's Wrong with our Kidneys?

1:11:56 | May 31st, 2017

What’s wrong with our kidneys? And what we are doing about it at the University of Sydney. Professor Steve Chadban reviews the state of the nation in terms of kidney health and discusses the spectrum of kidney disease in the Australian population. H...Show More
Arts and Aboriginal Australia: decolonisation or reconciliation?

1:36:06 | May 31st, 2017

In the last 50 years museums have slowly changed from exhibitions ‘about’ Indigenous peoples to exhibitions by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curators. As the University of Sydney embarks on the building of the new Chau Chak Wing Museum, we ...Show More
Susan Faludi in conversation

36:33 | May 25th, 2017

A Sydney Writers’ Festival event presented with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the Nationa...Show More
‘The time-travelling brain’: how we remember the past and imagine the future

55:15 | May 16th, 2017

Associate Professor Muireann Irish, School of Psychology and Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney, gives a fascinating overview of her work exploring autobiographical memory and future thinking across various dementia syndromes. She high...Show More
Renaissance 2.0: the disruptive changes shaping our world and future

56:35 | May 15th, 2017

The extraordinary growth of the past thirty years is due to unprecedented globalisation and accelerating technological change. Connectivity has been associated with rising creativity and accelerating change. The speed, scale and complexity of this in...Show More
Pain: a symptom or a disease?

1:28:34 | May 10th, 2017

Pain is both personal and global and despite all that we know about its origins and treatments, countless people live with chronic pain. In this health forum, University of Sydney experts will highlight new treatments and share insights that are cha...Show More
Eurovision and the European Project: a political guide to the song contest

1:27:49 | May 9th, 2017

With an audience of over 180 million viewers each year, the Eurovision Song contest is one of the longest running and most watched television events in the world. Since its inception in 1956 it has been used as a vehicle to unite Europe, but througho...Show More
Associate Professor Joan Steigerwald - Alexander Von Humboldt: views of nature

1:00:42 | May 3rd, 2017

From 1799 to 1804 Alexander von Humboldt made an extraordinary trip through Spanish America, a trip that resulted in a scientific and an aesthetic vision of the terrestrial globe. Fascinated by the exuberant vegetation and wildlife he encountered in ...Show More
Professor Guy Thwaites - Bad Bugs and Bad Drugs: antimicrobial resistance in Southeast Asia

57:34 | May 3rd, 2017

Part of the 21st Century Medicine Lecture Series. Professor Guy Thwaites, an academic infectious diseases physician and clinical microbiologist, whose research interests focus on severe bacterial infections, including meningitis and Staphylococcus a...Show More
Chido Govera - Growing Change: female empowerment through farming and social enterprise

1:20:58 | May 2nd, 2017

Early in her life Chido Govera realised the importance of food to community. Mushroom farming enabled her not only to feed her family in Zimbabwe and attain independence, but to create a healthier environment through managing food waste. For many yea...Show More
Human Rights and the Rise of Islamophobia: academic responses in the age of populist anger and fear

1:33:29 | Apr 28th, 2017

A special presentation by leading human right scholars, Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Professor Samina Yasmeen, University of Western Australia, with Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh, Deakin Un...Show More
CISS Global Forum: Peace and Security under Uncertainty

1:21:09 | Apr 27th, 2017

Uncertainty, like insecurity, is as much a subjective state of mind as it is an objective condition of reality, raising new and troubling questions for those trying to assess its global impact. Are uncertainty, volatility and precarity actually on th...Show More
Trapped in/Pushed Out: border politics in the US and Australia

1:12:02 | Apr 12th, 2017

From building walls, to stopping boats, to attempts to ‘trade’ refugees between countries, we are witnessing unprecedented efforts by national governments to externalise their borders, absolving rich countries of their international obligations, and ...Show More
Sydney Ideas: LIGO, Gravitational Waves, and the Final Ballet of a Pair of Black Holes

54:20 | Apr 11th, 2017

On September 14, 2015, scientists from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration observed the collision and fusion of the two black holes by directly measuring their gravitational waves. This detection came 100 years after Einstei...Show More
Justin Hastings - A Most Enterprising Country: North Korean in the Global Economy

34:17 | Apr 10th, 2017

North Korea has survived the end of the Cold War, massive famine, numerous regional crises, punishing sanctions, and international stigma. Why is it still here? In this talk, Associate Professor Justin Hastings, of the University of Sydney, explores ...Show More
Forum - Hot in the City: climate and health in urban environments

1:24:03 | Apr 6th, 2017

Sydneysiders have just sweltered through the hottest summer on record. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the mean summer temperature in the city was about three degrees above average. As Sydney’s population expands in the next few decades, how...Show More
Professor Robert L Glicksman: The Trump Administration and the Future of US Environmental Law

58:07 | Apr 4th, 2017

What has happened to the bipartisan consensus on the importance of protecting public health and the environment with environmental law in the United States? P Robert L Glicksman from the George Washington University Law School, updates us on what is ...Show More
Dean's Lecture Series. George Sugai : Addressing the Social and Behavioural Needs of All Students

1:20:18 | Apr 4th, 2017

Professor George Sugai is a world leader in positive behaviour support (PBS), a behaviour management system used to understand what maintains an individual's challenging behaviour, and establishing goals for change. For this presentation he outlines ...Show More
Duncan Green: How Change Happens

1:10:17 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Dr Duncan Green of Oxfam joins Sydney Ideas to share the ideas in his latest book How Change Happens, exploring the topic of social and political change from the perspective of international development. SPEAKER: Dr Duncan Green is Oxfam Great Brit...Show More
Preserving the Past: the Dawkins reforms and the University of Sydney

52:20 | Mar 29th, 2017

The Dawkins reforms to higher education in the late 1980s roused passions at many universities across the nation, over fears for the academic enterprise and Australia’s system of free, public university education. What was the impact of the Dawkins r...Show More
Professor Minxin Pei: the origins and dynamics of crony capitalism in China

1:30:33 | Mar 29th, 2017

Corruption in the post-Tiananmen era exhibits distinct characteristics not found in the 1980s, such as astronomical sums of money looted by officials, their family members, and their cronies in the private sector, large networks of co-conspirators, a...Show More
Making dough with Ryan Holmes, Hootsuite founder and CEO

1:07:59 | Mar 23rd, 2017

A Sydney Ideas conversation co-presented with the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship A serial entrepreneur, Ryan Holmes started his first business in high school, ultimately opening a string of ventures - from a pizza restaurant to a digital media ag...Show More
Professor Pavel Pevzner: Life After MOOCs: online science education needs a new revolution

51:49 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Professor Pavel Pevzner from the University of California, San Diego, shares the concerns about the quality of early, primitive MOOCs, which have been hyped by many as a cure-all for education. At the same time, he believes that much of the criticism...Show More
Wadah Khanfar: Speaking Truth to Power in the Middle East and North Africa

1:16:45 | Mar 16th, 2017

As Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network from 2008 to 2011, Wadah Khanfar was in a unique position to observe war, uprisings and revolution in one of the most turbulent regions in the world, the Middle East. He is now President of Al Sharq Fo...Show More
Professor Stuart Kauffman: The Emergence and Evolution of Life Beyond Physics

59:38 | Mar 1st, 2017

Professor Stuart Kauffman is one of the most distinguished scholars of complexity and the author of several acclaimed books, including The Origins of Order: Self Organization and Selection in Evolution (1993), At Home in the Universe: The Search for ...Show More
Forum - Reverberations: the Holocaust, human rights, and the museum

1:15:02 | Feb 28th, 2017

A panel presents fresh perspectives on museums approaches to human rights and the Holocaust, exploring and explicating contemporary international debates. Experts from various disciplinary backgrounds alongside museum practitioners analyse, challeng...Show More
Professor Richard Peiser: Housing Affordability

1:27:02 | Feb 23rd, 2017

International insights on achieving affordability with quality density. Real estate development expert Professor Richard Peiser at Harvard University and guests of the Cities Leadership Institute at the University of Sydney, spoke on how to achieve ...Show More
Forum - Transgender: looking back, moving forward

53:24 | Feb 23rd, 2017

How do theatre plays, such as The Trouble with Harry contribute to advancing contemporary transgender issues? A post-performance Q&A co-presented with the Seymour Centre as part of the 2017 Mardi Gras. The playwright Lachlan Philpott is joined by t...Show More
Forum - Ecological Democracy: looking back, looking forward

1:01:20 | Feb 20th, 2017

Efforts to reconcile theories and practices of democracy with environmental sustainability have long been central to environmental political thought. Since this first wave of scholarship on ecological democracy, there have been numerous crucial dev...Show More
Forum - Drones, Lies, and Privacy: trust and accountability in the era of mass surveillance

1:25:34 | Feb 16th, 2017

Contemporary governments frame surveillance and secrecy as evils necessary to ensure our security. Individual privacy has been trumped by the need for covert behaviour on the part of states and corporations who collect and store our personal metadata...Show More
The Plastiki Expedition

1:36:57 | Feb 15th, 2017

In 2010 environmentalist David de Rothschild sailed from San Francisco to Sydney in 'The Plastiki' , a unique 18.3-metre catamaran made from approximately 12,500 reclaimed plastic soft drink bottles, sails of recycled PET, and masts made from alumini...Show More
Professor Michael Mann - The Madhouse Effect: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump

1:30:56 | Feb 8th, 2017

With the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States, it now seems climate change denial has reached into the most powerful political office in the world. In this special Sydney Ideas public lecture, world-renowned climate scienti...Show More
Paul Mason: Can Robots Kill Capitalism?

55:22 | Feb 6th, 2017

Since the smashing of labour’s collective bargaining power under neoliberalism, how is the transition to a postcapitalist society to be enacted? Are we currently witnessing the zombie state of neoliberalism in its death throes? What is the role of ...Show More
Professor Genevera Allen: Networks for Big Biomedical Data

53:59 | Jan 31st, 2017

Cancer and neurologial diseases are among the top 5 causes of death in Australia. However, there is some good news in this battle against these as new big data technologies now allow scientists to measure nearly every aspect of a cancerous tumor and ...Show More
Professor Elizabeth Loftus: The Fiction of Memory

41:12 | Jan 3rd, 2017

False memories, like true ones, have consequences for people, affecting later thoughts, intentions, and behaviours. Once planted, the false memories look very much like true memories – in terms of behavioural characteristics, emotionality and neural ...Show More
The Arts and Learning Panel Discussion

1:24:20 | Dec 14th, 2016

The recent review of the national Australian Curriculum has recommended reducing arts learning in our schools. Many in the sector see the recommendations as a direct challenge to decades of research and teaching that demonstrates that students who en...Show More
Philosophy in the Age of Democracy

1:26:15 | Dec 14th, 2016

How might philosophical research into apparently non-practical matters be of general relevance to the community? What benefits might tax-payers expect to flow from public support of philosophical research? In the light of comments made in last year’s...Show More
Dr Kieron Rooney on Sugar Sweetened Schools

1:54:11 | Dec 14th, 2016

Sugar Sweetened Schools: a supply chain to childhood obesity? With rates of childhood and adult obesity at all time highs, it’s time to reconsider the delivery of nutrition to children, but where should we start? Establishing a healthy lifestyle fr...Show More
Professor Glenda Sluga on Nationalism, Internationalism and the Legacies of the First World War

1:27:59 | Dec 14th, 2016

What lessons should we draw from the First World War? Professor Glenda Sluga discusses the war's legacies from the perspective of its end, and the twinned principles on which a new postwar international order was to be established – namely nationali...Show More
Professor Lynn Meskell on The Right to World Heritage?

1:11:59 | Dec 14th, 2016

UNESCO’s 1972 Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage is the only international instrument for safeguarding the world’s heritage. Professor Lynn Meskell, Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center, examines ho...Show More
Creativity: Teaching The Teachers

1:33:08 | Dec 14th, 2016

Find out how leading researchers are making a contribution to our understanding of creativity, while at the same time inspiring the next generation through their teaching. If the transformative potential of creativity in the education process is now...Show More
Professor Samuel Moyn on The Political Origins of Global Justice

1:14:56 | Dec 14th, 2016

Why was the invention of the idea of 'global justice' in the 1970s, a sharp break from the theory of the social contract? Leading human rights scholar, Professor Samuel Moyn from Columbia University, traces the origins of the philosophy of global j...Show More
Andrew Campbell on Managing Young People's Mental Health Support

1:17:26 | Dec 14th, 2016

Young people aged 12–25 are the highest at-risk group for experiencing mental health problems. They are also the group most likely to look for help and support online. Using the internet for social networking is their haven – but is it safe, reliable...Show More
Professor Andrew McLachlan on Six Drug Myths you Probably Believe

1:17:48 | Dec 14th, 2016

Have you ever bought a pain reliever that ‘targets’ specific pain? Can pain relievers really target a part of the body? Are ‘natural’ medicines or supplements always better or safer than prescription drugs? Turns out, a lot of what we “know” about o...Show More
Leading Change: Breast Cancer Research and Consumer Advocacy

1:25:28 | Dec 14th, 2016

Professor Sharon Kilbreath and Ms Sally Crossing have a lot of things in common, but perhaps the most striking is their refusal to accept the status quo. When both women were diagnosed with breast cancer over 15 years ago, they discovered a significa...Show More
Food@Sydney Global Food, Nutrition Security and Climate Change

1:12:21 | Dec 14th, 2016

How will a changing climate affect global food production and global hunger? What do we know and what needs to be done? In March 2014, the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change released the 5th Assessment Report of Working Group II, responsible...Show More
Food@Sydney Smallholder Agriculture and the Future of Global Food and Nutrition Security

35:08 | Dec 14th, 2016

At a global level, the people who produce most of the world’s food – smallholder farmers – are also the people who suffer the most food and nutrition insecurity. Why is this so? And what needs to happen to make smallholder agriculture more nutrition-...Show More
Food@Sydney Why don't we eat enough fruit and vegetables?

44:22 | Dec 14th, 2016

Why Don’t we Eat Enough Fruit and Vegetables? This seminar will address the question of why Australians are eating too few fruits and vegetables. National and State governments and NGOs have invested in health promotion programs to increase fruit an...Show More
Food@Sydney Tackling Food Waste

50:52 | Dec 14th, 2016

Too much of the world’s food goes to waste. Wasted food represents a burden on our scarce environmental resources that we can scarcely afford, and loss of product that could (indeed, should) be made available for those in need. The three panellists p...Show More
Food@Sydney Professor Julie Guthman on Lives Versus Livelihoods

1:19:27 | Dec 14th, 2016

Lives versus Livelihoods? fumigants, farmworkers, and biopolitics in California’s strawberry industry 23 November, 2015 There’s been great debate over the years about pesticide use in the production of our fruit and veggies. California’s lucrative ...Show More
Food@Sydney Comprehending the Justice In Food Justice

1:07:34 | Dec 14th, 2016

In recent years, we have seen an explosion in the number of community organisations that orient themselves around the production and distribution of food. These food justice groups often focus on improving the availability and quality of food in urba...Show More
Ben Caldecott on fossil fuels and stranded assets

1:17:11 | Dec 9th, 2016

Stranded Down Under: Are fossil fuels bankrupting our nation both financially and ecologically? Numerous industrialised nations are taking to reduce their emissions and shift the world's energy system from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Yet Austr...Show More
Tom Szaky on Eliminating the Idea of Waste

1:31:17 | Dec 9th, 2016

Tom Szaky dropped out of Princeton University to found TerraCycle, a company that started by selling an organic fertiliser for plants made from worm poo in reused soft drink bottles. Today his company collects and recycles over 100 different kinds of...Show More
Gabriela Ramos on Investing in Gender Equality for Growth

1:11:18 | Dec 9th, 2016

Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20 In the lead up to the OECD G20 Leaders Summit to be held in Brisbane in November in 2014 we we were delighted to welcome Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20, to the Univ...Show More
An Arts Matters Forum - Why Feminism Matters

1:34:56 | Dec 9th, 2016

An Arts Matters Forum - Why Feminism Matters Compared with 30 years ago women are now better represented in politics but there is still more to be done. Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard are examples of women gaining important leadership positions,...Show More
Akala, Artists and Community (Part 2)

38:22 | Dec 9th, 2016

BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip hop artist and writer Akala joins a panel of local hip hop artists, students and activists to talk about the evolution of socially conscious hip hop music, and its inspiration for a new generation of artists and ac...Show More
Akala, Artists and Community (Part 1)

39:02 | Dec 9th, 2016

BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip hop artist and writer Akala joins a panel of local hip hop artists, students and activists to talk about the evolution of socially conscious hip hop music, and its inspiration for a new generation of artists and ac...Show More

1:31:33 | Dec 8th, 2016

If a Climate Emergency is Possible, is Everything Permitted? Professor Stephen Gardiner, Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment, University of Washington In the face of escalating climate...Show More
Professor Peter J. Katzenstein on Why the Clash of Civilizations is Wrong

1:08:15 | Dec 8th, 2016

One of America’s leading political scientists, Peter Katzenstein, is particularly interested in the relevance of cultural categories for the analysis of world politics. In his lecture for Sydney Ideas he offered a critique of the Samuel Huntington’s ...Show More
Loretta Napoleoni on the War on Terror and the Credit Crunch

1:18:51 | Dec 8th, 2016

Loretta Napoleoni is an expert on financing of terrorism and advises governments and international organization on counter-terrorism. In her lecture for Sydney Ideas she outlines how the response of George Bush to 9/11 triggered a chain of events whi...Show More
Professor Esther M Sternberg on Emotions, the Brain and the Body

1:25:58 | Dec 8th, 2016

Professor Esther M Sternberg MD and Professor Ian Hickie AM How do the emotions affect our physical and mental health? What is the science that shows how brain and body interact to make us sick or well? Two of the world’s leading researchers exposed...Show More
Professor Michael Oppenheimer on Global Warming

1:37:25 | Dec 8th, 2016

Michael Oppenheimer was the Lead Author on the Third and Fourth Assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His scientific understanding of global warming provides a framework for developing response policies at the lo...Show More
Paul Gilding on Economic Growth Version 1.0 is Finished

1:21:10 | Dec 8th, 2016

Paul Gilding argues that we have entered a period of global ecological crisis and economic stagnation that will last for decades. This will lead to an economic and social transformation of significance in the history of humanity. Paul Gilding has be...Show More
Maude Barlow on The Blue Covenant

1:33:03 | Dec 8th, 2016

Maude Barlow is a Canadian activist and author who travels the world telling a simple and compelling truth: we are running out of water. And with that, comes devastating consequences. The author of Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Comi...Show More
Cormac Cullinan on Earth Rights

1:26:18 | Dec 8th, 2016

Environmental laws as presently conceived are incapable of addressing the fundamental challenges of the 21st Century such as climate change and the degradation of ecosystems. Cormac Cullinan makes the the case for an eco-centric approach to law and g...Show More
British Cultural Commentators on Revolutionary Mexico

1:36:18 | Nov 29th, 2016

The Mexican Revolution (1910–20) gave birth to a radical regime which, during the 1920s and 1930s, innovated in terms of state-building, social reform, and cultural policy, thus becoming a magnet for foreign journalists and intellectual tourists. Bu...Show More
The Dark Side of the Universe

1:04:47 | Nov 29th, 2016

Ordinary atoms that make up the visible universe, from the smallest molecules to planets and stars, constitute only 5% of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The remaining 95% is invisible, and comprises two mysterious components commonly dubbed dar...Show More
Stephane Shepherd on Assessing the Needs of Indigenous People in Custody

1:02:49 | Nov 24th, 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people comprise 27% of the prison population but represent only 3 % of the Australian population. Justice health professionals often grapple with providing culturally competent care to Aboriginal and Torres Strai...Show More
Calcium Regulation and Advances in Treatment

1:01:35 | Nov 24th, 2016

Professor Rajesh Thakker FRS FMedSci from the University of Oxford delivers a lecture in the 21st Century Medicine series of public lectures.
Dean's Lecture Series. Comparative Pedagogies and Epistemological Diversity in Education

1:12:45 | Nov 16th, 2016

The educational landscape today is marked by numerous texts for teachers that identify ‘what works’ in the classroom and ‘best practices’ for bolstering student achievement in different subjects. Although these guides may provide valuable information...Show More
Sakdiyah Ma’ruf and The Chaser - The Virtues of Self-Censorship: Islam, Comedy and the (Punch)Line

1:22:14 | Nov 15th, 2016

For our 2016 Chaser lecture we bring you Indonesia’s first female Muslim stand-up comedian and freedom of expression advocate, Sakdiyah Ma’ruf (winner of the 2015 Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent). In conversation with Julian Morrow from The ...Show More
Accelerating Gender Equality: Do we need Male Champions of Change?

1:28:31 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Australian of the Year David Morrison AO leads a panel of researchers, students and academics in this topical debate. Some of the questions they explore include: - Is this model of change the key to accelerating gender equality? Or are we just perpe...Show More
The Three Biggest Challenges Facing the Food System, and How we Fix Them

1:30:04 | Nov 1st, 2016

Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy, City University London The keynote lecture in the Food Governance Conference hosted by Sydney Law School and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney ABSTRACT Everybody...Show More
Future States: Visions for the health of our people, communities and planet

1:13:50 | Oct 28th, 2016

A forum held as part of the University of Sydney Innovation Week 2016. How can today’s research inform tomorrow’s public policy, drive technological innovation and inspire our creative sectors? For this special forum we brought together diverse voic...Show More
Game of Thrones! History, Medievalism and How it Might End

59:22 | Oct 26th, 2016

Carolyne Larrington, Professor of Medieval European Literature at the University of Oxford, talks about watching and writing about HBO’s Game of Thrones as a medieval scholar. She explains some of the medieval history and literature from which George...Show More
Security and Privacy in a Hyper-connected World

58:53 | Oct 20th, 2016

We've created a world where information technology permeates our economies, social interactions, and intimate selves. The combination of mobile, cloud computing, the Internet Things, persistent computing, and autonomy are resulting in something diffe...Show More
Hong Kong and Mainland China: contested realities, future visions

1:28:24 | Oct 19th, 2016

A public forum with Anson Chan and Martin Lee In 1997 the People’s Republic of China assumed sovereignty over Hong Kong, subject to The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which guarantees Hong Kong’s civic freedoms and autonomies and the rule of l...Show More
Professor Herbert Huppert: How to get it right the first time

1:29:33 | Oct 17th, 2016

How can you obtain the best decision from a group of so-called ‘experts’ about future events such as a natural disaster or a stock market crash? Would you trust a family member’s opinion over a highly cited scientist, an economist, a successful entr...Show More
Childhood Infectious Diseases

1:06:01 | Oct 12th, 2016

Which infectious diseases pose the greatest danger to a child during pregnancy, in infancy and adolescence? Most of us are aware of the dangers of whooping cough and influenza, but what about little-known and disabling micro-organisms such as cytome...Show More
Dr Benjamin Veness on Mindfulness

04:20 | Oct 10th, 2016

Is mindfulness all about the individual practice? What is the role of community when it come to the issues of well-being? How could institutions such as universities enhance emotional well-being of its employees and students? Dr Benjamin Veness, the ...Show More
The Rise of the Populists

1:16:42 | Oct 10th, 2016

What is happening in the US election campaign and where does the support for this ‘populist’ political movement come from? On the day after the second Presidential debate, a diverse panel of academics, students and election observers discussed chang...Show More
Can Mindfulness Save the World?

1:32:03 | Oct 10th, 2016

A panel of the University of Sydney experts and practitioners discuss the possible benefits and risks of mindfulness, and how it has been used in education and workplace to produce resilient students and healthy employees. Speakers: Professor Gwynn...Show More
Primo Levi Reads Dante: The role of literature in our world

1:29:23 | Oct 10th, 2016

Is there a degree of suffering and degradation beyond which a man or a woman ceases to be a human being? A point beyond which our spirit dies and only pure physiology survives? And to what extent, if any, may literary culture be capable of preserving...Show More
Don Watson: American Politics in the Time of Trump

1:34:07 | Oct 7th, 2016

Don Watson and fellow Quarterly Essayist James Brown discuss the strangest election campaign the US has ever seen.
Dying Re-imagined: designing a better way to die

1:27:14 | Oct 6th, 2016

Approaching death is an opportunity for individuals and those who care for them to reduce unnecessary suffering and achieve something more human and humane. Sadly, few dying people or their carers achieve these ends. What can we do differently ? In ...Show More
Why Violent Revolutions Lead to the Most Durable Dictatorships

1:23:53 | Oct 5th, 2016

The twentieth century saw the emergence of a number of authoritarian regimes – China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, the USSR – that have both challenged the global order and persisted in the face of massive external pressure and catastrophic economic down...Show More
Gut Microbiome: a new target for managing human metabolic health

1:28:57 | Oct 4th, 2016

Humans are superorganisms with two genomes that dictate phenotype, the genetically inherited human genome (25,000 genes) and the environmentally acquired human microbiome (over 1 million genes). The two genomes must work in harmonious integration as ...Show More
Fighting Corruption in Indonesia’s Natural Resource Sector

1:13:09 | Sep 30th, 2016

Indonesia has struggled with corruption in its natural resource sector, with unchecked environmental destruction the result . Laode M Syarif, the newly elected Commissioner for Indonesia Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) presents recent progress in t...Show More
Punishment as Help and Blaming Emotions

1:28:32 | Sep 26th, 2016

Legal academic Professor Annalise Acorn argues that criminal punishment, devoid of all emotions of blame, is inhuman in relation to the offender and contrary to a morally robust justification for the criminal law. More info about this lecture and th...Show More
Pluto: the pugnacious planet

1:29:01 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Lecture by Professor Fran Bagenal, Co-investigator and Leader of the Plasma Teams for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and Juno mission to Jupiter, and Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado. A Sydney Ideas talk co-p...Show More
Understanding China Today and Tomorrow

1:34:58 | Sep 21st, 2016

What happens in China today – from economic to political and cultural events – already has an impact on the rest of the world. As its global influence increases, what does the future hold? Working closely with China Studies Centre and University of ...Show More
Professor Richard Salomon: Reflections on the study of the oldest Buddhist manuscripts

1:01:41 | Sep 20th, 2016

Professor Richard Salomon from Department of Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Washington presents an overview of his experiences in studying the oldest manuscripts of Buddhism. These manuscripts, written on birch bark scrolls in th...Show More
Dr Barbara De Poli: Doctrinal and Political Roots of the Islamic State

1:16:21 | Sep 12th, 2016

Following its military successes in Iraq and Syria, and especially after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium, the Islamic State (IS), also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has become a focus of media attention as the Weste...Show More
Insights 2016: Professor Catherine Driscoll on Rural Retirement Culture

59:00 | Sep 8th, 2016

Retiring from the city to the country is a popular Australia dream. But what are these retirees’ lives like, and what should we know to help improve them? Speaker: Professor Catherine Driscoll, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies THIS LECTURE...Show More
Festival of Democracy | Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy: Old Visions, New Realities

52:32 | Sep 7th, 2016

For several decades after the Second World War, capitalism regulated by democratic politics proved successful. Rapid growth and equitable distribution supported by open markets ended the pessimism about instability and inequality that permeated Josep...Show More
Five ways your heart can kill you that you did not know

1:40:26 | Sep 7th, 2016

Each year around 55,000 Australians suffer a heart attack, and almost 9,000 will die as a result. We know that obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking can raise the risk of a heart attack - but what about the factors you aren’t aw...Show More
Festival of Democracy | Populism, Race and Democracy

47:15 | Sep 6th, 2016

Western democracies have seen a resurgence in far-right populist movements. Alongside disaffection with mainstream political parties, there has been agitation against immigration and multiculturalism. How are we to make sense of these developments? W...Show More
Australian Book Review: Professor Alan Atkinson on 'The Australian National Conscience '

1:13:29 | Sep 5th, 2016

As a modern idea, national conscience dates back to the anti-slavery campaign of the late eighteenth century. Its origins were Christian, yet they arose from notions of national character. Alan Atkinson’s suggests that, in an age of reviving national...Show More
Schattenkinder: Children born of war in the 20th and 21st centuries

1:31:23 | Sep 1st, 2016

Professor Sabine Lee, the University of Birmingham. Starting from a drawing ‘Schattenkinder ‘ by the Dutch painter Knut Weise, whose half-sister is a Russenkind (child of Russian soldier fathered during or after Second World War in Germany) this pap...Show More
Festival of Democracy | We Need to Talk about Antarctica

1:01:00 | Sep 1st, 2016

For more than half a century, the fragile and frozen continent of Antarctica has been protected by ‘post-sovereign’ governing arrangements that are unusual by global standards. There are now clear signs of their breakdown. State rivalries, environmen...Show More
The Australian Mosque: locality, gender, and spirituality

1:30:26 | Aug 31st, 2016

This panel considers the diverse cultural expressions of mosque design, past and present, in areas where Muslim populations are both minorities and majorities. It explains the history and reasons behind traditional gender segregation in mosques and h...Show More
The Holocaust: the known, the unknown, the disputed and the re-examined

1:31:27 | Aug 30th, 2016

The Holocaust is one of the most researched events of the twentieth century. Yet it continues to spark popular interest and scholarly controversy. In this lecture Professor Michael Berenbaum, former Project Director of the United States Holocaust Mem...Show More
Dr Estelle Lazer on 'Stolen Lives: Returning Identities to Pompeian Victims of the AD 79 Eruption '

1:23:42 | Aug 25th, 2016

Since they were first revealed in 1863, the casts from Pompeii which preserved the forms of the victims in their moment of death have generated huge interest. Stories of their supposed lives and deaths have proved to be persistent not just in novels ...Show More
East West Street: a personal history of the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity

1:04:26 | Aug 24th, 2016

Drawing from his new book - part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller - Professor Philippe Sands QC, explains the connections between his work on 'crimes against humanity' and 'genocide', the events that overwhelmed hi...Show More
Professor Mark Dadds - On the Importance of Time-out in the Era of Empathy and Attachment

1:26:26 | Aug 18th, 2016

Professor Mark Dadds from the Sydney Child Behaviour Research Clinic at the University of Sydney covers some of the current scientific evidence behind the building blocks of evidence-based parenting interventions: including rewards, punishment, and a...Show More