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22 Aug 3:30pm 5:00pm

51 newly promoted and recruited Professors are taking part in the 2018 Professorial Inaugural Lecture series at UNSW Sydney to mark their achievement and showcase their specialist knowledge. Please join us for the fourth Inaugural Lecture for the 2018 series.

Professor Brigitta Olubas  
Lecture 1: Reading Australian Literature 

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22 Aug 6:00pm 7:00pm

Ethics is the philosophy of human conduct. How should we act? That's the question of ethics. Throughout most of history, the repertoire of actions available to us was very limited, as was their reach and complexity. Likewise, power structures were largely independent and trade was slow, which contained the impact of actions in both space and time.

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23 Aug 6:00pm 7:30pm

Evidence matters. Yet even  before “fake news” became a political weapon, it’s been notoriously difficult to get evidence into the policymaking process. How can we keep good evidence from being overwhelmed by bad politics? 

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31 Aug 10:00am 11:30am

LGBTIQA+ in Science @ UNSW

For Wear it Purple Day on the 31 August 2018, UNSW’s Faculty of Science is delighted to be hosting a panel discussion about the experiences of LGBTIQA+ staff and students in Science. We are very lucky to have Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith (astronomer, author, speaker & TV presenter) hosting the panel, joined by panellists:

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31 Aug 2:00pm 3:15pm

He arrived in Canada at 16, a Somali seeking asylum, and now Ahmed Hussen is the country’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Join this lawyer, refugee and national leader on Friday 31 August, at UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, to hear his singular insights into Canada’s efforts to successfully integrate new citizens.

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6 Sep 4:00pm 6:00pm

Words are only music in a language you don’t understand. Meaning changes when you don’t know the culture from which a poem comes from. We often hear the phrase “Lost in Translation” because it is easy to fail a poem, its music and meaning in the act of moving it from one language and culture to another. Hence, a good translation is often a re-creation. But what if we took a poem in its original form and let it inspire us? Take us to a place we might otherwise never go?

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6 Sep 6:15pm 8:30pm

UNSW Law presents the 2018 Hal Wootten Lecture with Noel Pearson.

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7 Sep 7:00pm 9:00pm

Can literature save the world? According to celebrated 12th century Iranian Sufi mystic poet, Attar, it is not the world that needs saving, rather it is we who are in dire need of rescue—from the clutches of our own ego, that “cyclone of calamities.”

Sholeh Wolpé, accompanied by musician Siavash Sadr on the santoor, presents poems and selections from her translation of The Conference of the Birds in an uplifting performance that moves the soul.

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3 - 4 Nov 10:00am 8:00pm

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas brings together thinkers, writers and culture creators to tackle the deep and challenging questions of our time. It allows us to push ideas to the extreme, disagree in public and shine a light on what is too hard to talk about. Dangerous ideas challenge mainstream thought and opinion, upset the status quo, surprise us and make us think.   

Watch and listen to the best of our past events right here