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Tuesday 21 November 2017
Fixing the Four Year Term?  
"In no democracy other than Australia are election dates so frequent and unpredictable. The capricious timing of elections engenders public cynicism and political instability. They should be fixed at four years” said Gough Whitlam. Join John Faulkner, George Williams, Paul Kelly and Elizabeth Proust for a debate on the issue.
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Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm Nov 21 Cost: Free, with online booking requested
Venue: Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Level 17, 8 Chifley 8-12 Chifley Square (enter via Hunter St), Sydney
Submitted by: Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University whitlaminstitute-fixing-the-four..
Enquiries: (02) 9685 9210   info@whitlam.org
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Wednesday 22 November 2017
Sydney’s Cryptic Corals: living at the extremes  
Sydney’s corals live in an extreme southerly range and are underappreciated within the harbour ecosystem but yet may hold many clues as to how reefs may look into the future. With Professor David Suggett, ARC Future Fellow, Climate Change Cluster UTS and a coral expert. A Seashore Science talk.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:15pm Nov 22 Cost: Free, with bookings requested
Venue: Manly Library, Market Pl, MANLY
Submitted by: Manly Library tinyurl.com/ycbgx2rb
Enquiries: 02 9976 1743
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Thursday 23 November 2017
The Ethics of Office in Public Service  
Informality is seen as a positive principle within public sector bodies. But what happens when informality starts to be used as an organisational principle? Professor du Gay explores why formality and formal organisations are vital to the structures and performance of public administration, particularly as public distrust in government rises.
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Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm Nov 23 Cost: $49 Members $59 Affiliates $79 Non- Members
Venue: EY, 200 George St, Sydney
Submitted by: Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University www.nsw.ipaa.org.au/events/2017/..
Enquiries: 9685 9210   info@whitlam.org
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Alexander von Humboldt - Lost Hero of Science  
Janine Kitson discusses The Invention of Nature, The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf, which examines the life of Humboldt (1769–1859), a genius in articulating why Nature had to be understood from both a scientific and artistic perspective.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Nov 23 Cost: $36
Venue: Room 311, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781   info@weasydney.nsw.edu.au
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Tuesday 28 November 2017
Inside the Plaster: scanning the victims of Pompeii  
Dr Estelle Lazer, author of Resurrecting Pompeii (2009), is an archaeologist best known for her work on the human remains from Pompeii. She discusses the latest findings of the state-of-the-art CT scans of the plaster casts of human victims and those of other mammals.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 28 Cost: Free
Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Eastern Ave, University of Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Author Talk: Tracey Spicer discusses The Good Girl Stripped Bare  
Popular media personality Tracey Spicer will discuss her tell-all memoir The Good Girl Stripped Bare. A frank reflection upon her career as an anchor for news, current affairs and lifestyle TV programs, Tracey’s ‘femoir’ exposes the blatant sexism and discrimination which women still face in the workplace and media today.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Nov 28 Cost: Free, but bookings are required via www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/library
Venue: Library auditorium, Margaret Martin Library, Level 1 Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Belmore Road, Randwick
Submitted by: Randwick City Library Service www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/library
Enquiries: (02) 9093 6400   contactus@randwick.nsw.gov.au
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Wednesday 6 December 2017
Masters of simplicity. Art historians speak about the art of the Dutch Golden Age  
Vermeer: the god of small things. Art historian Dr Josephine Touma explores Vermeer and the various theories about just why his small body of work attracts such adulation, with a focus on his mesmerising Woman in Blue Reading a Letter.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Dec 06 Cost: Single lecture/Adult: $35 Single lecture/Member/concession: $25
Venue: Domain theatre, Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney
Submitted by: AGNSW www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calend..
Enquiries: (02) 92251700   artmail@ag.nsw.gov.au
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Beyond Veiled Cliches  
Join journalist, author and public speaker Amal Awad as she discusses her fourth book Beyond Veiled Clichés: The Real Lives of Arab Women. A work of non-fiction, her book explores the lives of Arab women both in Australia and in the Arab world.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Dec 06 Cost: $5.00pp
Venue: Castle Hill Library, Sonya Phillips Room, Cnr Castle and Pennant St, Castle Hill
Submitted by: The Hills Shire Library Service www.eventbrite.com.au/e/beyond-veiled-cl..
Enquiries: 02 9761 4510
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Friday 8 December 2017
Cyber Society Meets Economics  
Economics looks at people, firms, governments and their behaviour as independent. The stupendous rise of the internet and cyber society poses serious challenges for this assumption. Professor Paul Ormerod, author, academic and entrepreneur, will discuss what the implications are for economics and for policy when “objective” reality loses its power.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Dec 08 Cost: Free, online registration required
Venue: Civil Engineering Lecture Room 1, Civil and Mining Engineering Building, Shepherd St, The University of Sydney, Darlington
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectur..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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