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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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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.

Rank #1: Alison Gopnik: When (and why) children are smarter than adults, and AI too

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How might understanding childhood development lead to genuinely intelligent machines?

Young children are actually better at learning unusual or unlikely principles than adults. Professor Alison Gopnik's research relates this pattern to computational ideas about search and sampling, evolutionary ideas about human life history, and neuroscience findings about plasticity.

This talk was recorded on Wednesday 11 September at the University of Sydney. For more details, visit the website: http://bit.ly/2kN7CdH

Sep 18 2019

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Rank #2: How We Spend Time

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How does our identity determine how we use our time? Economist Daniel Hamermesh will discuss the role of income inequality and how it affects the things we buy and do. He presents a radical proposal to reassess what we value with our time.

This event was recorded on Monday 12 August at the University of Sydney. More details and to check out our reading list: https://bit.ly/2KXpFab

Aug 19 2019

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Rank #3: Seeing the unseen: from brains to black holes

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What is the limit of our brain capacity and how can we translate potential brainpower into powerful discoveries?

Fernando Calamante from Sydney Imaging talks about mapping structural networks in the brain. Neurologist Michael Barnett, from Brain and Mind Centre, follows on to explain how these networks can be affected in disease. Physicist Céline Boehm explores the recent images of black holes and dark matter. Philosopher David Braddon-Mitchell brings these ideas together, and to close, is a performance by sound artist Benjamin Carey.

This conversation was chaired by Duncan Ivison, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of Sydney.

It was recorded on Tuesday 20 August at a Sydney Ideas event, as part of Innovation Week 2019, which celebrates landmark discoveries and transformative inventions by the University's academics and students. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2Ltpgid

Aug 21 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #4: Living longer: why, and how?

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Ageing is the main cause of chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Given this inexorable link, can we extend our lifespan without risking our health and quality of life?

For further reading, Professor Luigi Fontana from the Charles Perkins Centre shares his key tips on how your dietary habits can help you to live longer and reduce risk of heart attack. Visit the website to learn more: http://bit.ly/2m1alAF

Sep 05 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #5: Arts, health and healing

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Why are the arts critical to public health? How can we embed creative practice into healthcare to improve outcomes for all?

Hear internationally renowned artists and researchers share their insights and case studies of exemplary practice:
- Vic McEwan, The Cad Factory
- Dr Clive Parkinson, Manchester School of Art
- Dr Nicole Reilly, University of Newcastle (UON)
- Akeshia Dart, mental health clinician and PhD candidate at UON
- Dr Claire Hooker, University of Sydney and event chair

This conversation was recorded on Monday 21 October, 2019 at the University of Sydney.

The event marked the launch of the Arts Health Network (NSW/ACT). Connect with this new platform: https://www.artshealthnetwork.com.au/

Oct 22 2019

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Rank #6: Public interest and toxic chemicals

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How do the harmful effects of chemicals go undetected, and what can we do to better protect against this? Public health expert Professor Tim Driscoll and Walkley Award-winning journalists Kerry O'Brien and Carrie Fellner discuss.

This conversation was recorded on Thursday 19 September, 2019 at the University of Sydney and presented in partnership with The Walkley Foundation. Visit the website for more details: http://bit.ly/33SuTNa

Sep 20 2019

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Rank #7: Kevin Rudd: Bold new ideas for Australia's future

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The unprecedented challenges on our collective horizon require a shift in thinking from the factional to the civic.

Are we as a nation prepared to embrace a bold vision to craft a long-term future for our country? What might that vision look like?

The Honourable Kevin Rudd AC and Professor Marc Stears, Director of the Sydney Policy Lab, discuss alternative visions for Australia’s future.

This conversation was recorded on Thursday 29 August, 2019 at the University of Sydney. For more details, visit the website: http://bit.ly/2M5wPMm

Sep 16 2019

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Rank #8: Understanding neurodiversity and living with autism

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Hear experts, including the Brain and Mind Centre's Professor Adam Guastella, explore how we might create cultures and environments that support neurodiversity, and recognise the varying levels of communication and experiences for people with autism.

Featuring:
- Professor Adam Guastella, Michael Crouch Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health and University of Sydney
- Max Prineas, Bachelor of Music student at University of Sydney
- Susannah Gregory, Disability Services Officer at University of Sydney
- MC: Chloe Maxwell, TV presenter, model and founder of 4 ASD Kids

This event was held on Wednesday 25 September, 2019 as part of Disability Inclusion Week. For more details, visit the website: http://bit.ly/2krEDMm

Oct 13 2019

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Rank #9: Can we make food security failsafe?

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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.

Hear from Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food;
OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn and Mario Herrero from CSIRO, as they share insights into how we might address food security.

Visit the website for for information including Hilal's slides and further resources: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/food-security.html

Jul 10 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #10: Economic and social justice in a climate changed world

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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 Makere Stewart-Harawira, as they respond to this question of justice. The discussion was chaired by University of Sydney's David Schlosberg.

This podcast was recorded on Thursday 13 June 2019 at the University of Sydney: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/social-economic-futures-climate-change.html

Jun 13 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #11: Does language control us?

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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 violence. Listener discretion is advised.

This podcast was recorded on Thursday 6 June at the University of Sydney: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/does-language-control-us.html

Jun 06 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #12: How archaeology can help future proof against natural disasters

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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 archaeology, during National Archaeology Week.

This event was held on Wednesday 22 May at the University of Sydney https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/national-archaeology-week-environment.html

May 22 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #13: Made to Measure: Art, science and the obesity epidemic

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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 Alana Valentine, University of Sydney's Professor Stephen Simpson and dressmaker Santina Porpiglia, had a discussion about art and science working together and its contributions in shifting perceptions.

This podcast was recorded on Tuesday 21 May at the Seymour Centre: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/made-to-measure.html

May 21 2019

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Rank #14: The road to Indigenous repatriation

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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 repatriated. This story kicks off our conversation for this event, which focuses on the roles of film, history and culture in advancing the repatriation debate.

'Etched in Bone' is a film that explores the role of Aboriginal leadership in repatriating ancestral remains, and it places film documentary within the complexity of Indigenous knowledge, its preservation and its precariousness.

Hear from the filmmakers and academic experts discuss international repatriation and the ethical complexities of their interaction.

This event was held on Wednesday 10 April, 2019 at the University of Sydney. Learn more: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/etched-in-bone-indigenous-repatriation.html

Apr 30 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #15: Can we prevent diabetes?

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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 middle-old age.

PREVIEW is a landmark study in diabetes prevention and weight loss management. In this talk, leading researchers from the study will draw on the findings and learnings to share new solutions on how to determine risk, avoid developing type 2 diabetes and safely lose a large amount of weight.

This event was held on Tuesday 9 April 2019 at the University of Sydney and was co-presented with Charles Perkins Centre. https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/diabetes-prevention.html

Apr 09 2019

52mins

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Rank #16: On hate and race politics

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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 Soutphommasane analyses the troubling rise of nationalist populism and the return of race politics.

This event was co-presented with Sydney Policy Lab and School of Social and Political Sciences. It was held on Thursday 21 March, 2019 at the University of Sydney: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2019/on-hate-and-race-politics-tim-soutphommasane.html

Mar 21 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: Meet an exceptionally inspirational woman — Tina Tchen

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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 Inclusion team to welcome Tina to our Camperdown campus. She is a leading global voice on issues of gender inequity, sexual harassment, and diversity at work, and co-founder of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, which connects survivors of workplace sexual harassment with legal and public relations assistance.

Tina was joined in conversation with two of the University’s most influential and respected female leaders – Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services) and Professor Annamarie Jagose (Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences). The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, provided closing remarks.

Tina Tchen also appeared at the Sydney Opera House’s annual festival ‘All About Women’ on Sunday 10 March, 2019. https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/all-about-women

Mar 10 2019

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Rank #18: Soil security: running down a dream

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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://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2018/soil-security.html

Dec 12 2018

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Rank #19: From good international citizen to pariah?

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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 event was held on Sunday 9 December 2018 at the University of Sydney. https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2018/from-good-international-citizen-to-pariah-.html

TIME STAMPS:
Start - 01:25 | Clara Edwards welcome
01:30 - 12:00 | Elizabeth Evatt introduction
12:05 - 01:01:35 | Gillian Triggs keynote address
01:01:40 - 01:12:00 | Tanya Plibersek vote of thanks
01:12:00 - end | Danielle Celermajer close

Dec 11 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #20: Human rights: what lies ahead the next 70 years?

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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 Baldwin, Senior Campaigner, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Rights at Getup.

19’37’’ - 25’00’’ Dulce Muñoz, the National Convener of Mums4Refugees Sydney, a grassroots network of mothers that provides social, legal and material aid to people seeking asylum and people from refugee backgrounds.

25’15’’ - 31’49’’ Nas Campanella, a journalist and newsreader with the ABC and triple J. In 2013 she earned a newsreading position at triple J, becoming the first blind newsreader in the world to read and operate the studio for herself live to air.

31’53’’ - 40’16’’ Danny Xanadu has been involved in advocacy and education for the Queer community for 25 years.

40’23’’ - 50’25’’ Dinesh Wadiwel is a Senior Lecturer in human rights and socio-legal studies at the University of Sydney. Here he addresses the need for the alliance between human, animal and environmental rights.

50’30'' - Audience Q&A

More info: https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydney-ideas/2018/human-rights-the-next-70-years.html

Dec 10 2018

1hr 27mins

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