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Saturday 28 April 2018
Until you see the original again: Lam Qua, Chinese export artist  
The first Sydney Asian Art Series event for 2018 features Winnie Wong, Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, discussing the Chinese painter known to Europeans as “Lam Qua". Presented with the Power Institute, VisAsia and the China Studies Centre.
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Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm Apr 28 Cost: Free
Venue: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, the Domain, Sydney
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Sunday 29 April 2018
Eyewitness from Manus Island  
Greens Senator Nick Mc Kim Nick McKim visited the Manus Island detention centre during the siege last November to support the asylum seekers and refugees, describing it as an “escalating humanitarian emergency”. He will give a first hand account of conditions there and what he learnt.
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Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Apr 29 Cost: Free
Venue: Building 11, UTS, Broadway and Jones Sts, Ultimo
Submitted by: Solidarity www.refugeeaction.org.au
Enquiries: 0417 275 713   info@refugeaction.org.au
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Tuesday 1 May 2018
Dialogue of the Titans: Megan Davis and Michael Kirby  
Since the foundation of the UN in 1945, human rights leaders have worked to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of all people. But what is the reality of working with the UN? Is it possible to achieve for human rights given the nature of politics?
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Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm May 01 Cost: Free
Venue: Leighton Hall, G19, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney, Kensington
Submitted by: UNSW Events www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dialogue..
Enquiries: (02) 93854832   centreforideas@unsw.edu.au
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Wednesday 2 May 2018
Engineering for understanding  
Join UNSW Sydney and the Royal Society of NSW as we celebrate Professor Andrea Morello, who was awarded the 2017 Pollock Memorial Lectureship for his ground-breaking research in quantum computing. His talk will be on the topic Engineering for understanding: how building quantum devices unveils the meaning of quantum mechanics.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm May 02 Cost: Free, with online registration requested
Venue: Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington
Submitted by: UNSW Events www.unsw.edu.au/events/2018-poll..
Enquiries: 9385 4832   engineering.events@unsw.edu.au
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The war on journalism –: how 9/11 changed everything  
Academic and journalist Peter Greste, who was himself imprisoned in Egypt on terrorism charges, examines the way press freedom has steadily eroded to its worst point this century, and how Australia’s new national security laws are a troubling continuation of that trend.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm May 02 Cost: $20 concessions / $35 adults
Venue: Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, CHIPPENDALE
Submitted by: Sydney PEN International www.swf.org.au/festivals/festiva..
Enquiries: +6142187439
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Saturday 5 May 2018
Digging Australia: Tales from the Australian trenches  
Since the early 2000s archaeologist Ben Churcher has been involved with Australian archaeology, principally investigating Aboriginal cultural heritage sites. Ben talks about his day-to-day work: from rock engravings in the Blue Mountains and cave deposits outside Gunnedah to burials near Narrandera and axe grinding grooves in the Hunter Valley.
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Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm May 05 Cost: Free
Venue: Nicholson Museum, Quadrangle A14, The University of Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney University Museums wordvine.sydney.edu.au/files/2259/20361/
Bookings: (02) 9351 2812   nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au
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Monday 7 May 2018
Martin Luther King: Life & Legacy  
Fifty years ago the leader of the American Civil Rights Movement was assassinated. Burkhard Jahnicke explores the life and legacy of the man who made history when he said: ‘I have a dream’.
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Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm May 07 Cost: $18
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 8 May 2018
Utzon Lecture Series: Alternative Nature  
Our guest Jungyoon Kim, Founding Principal of PARKKIM will present on the topic Alternative Nature. The term ‘alternative nature’ was first introduced in Jungyoon Kim and Yoon-jin Park's essay ‘Gangnam Alternative Nature: the experience of nature without parks’.
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Time: 6:15pm-8:00pm May 08 Cost: Free
Venue: Leighton Hall, G19, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Sydney, Kensington
Submitted by: UNSW Events www.eventbrite.com/e/utzon-lectu..
Enquiries: (02) 93854832   be.events@unsw.edu.au
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Wednesday 9 May 2018
Glamorous Paris: Colette  
The glorious Colette was one of France’s best-loved writers. Her astute, charming novels had a big impact in the English-speaking world. In this installment of the Glamorous Paris series, Walter Mason looks at the many-lives of Colette, from being her husband’s ghost-writer to managing her own chain of beauty salons.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm May 09 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events/
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   marketing@smsa.org.au
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Harry's Heroes: Hanbury Brown, Twiss and the experiment that shook physics from photons to stars  
Professor Peter Tuthill explores how the 1960's were a belle epoch for Sydney's School of Physics. Brokered by Harry Messel, an experiment took shape at an unlikely location: Narrabri. The results bridged the micro-scale physics of photons and the light years to the stars, forming an entirely new field.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm May 09 Cost: Free
Venue: Nicholson Museum, Quadrangle A14, The University of Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney University Museums wordvine.sydney.edu.au/files/2259/20396/
Bookings: (02) 9036 5253   macleay.museum@sydney.edu.au
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Thursday 10 May 2018
North Korea: human rights and security  
Join The Honarable Justice Michael Kirby AC, CMG for a thought provoking talk on the human rights record of North Korea and a discussion on whether human rights and security are mutually incompatible.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:15pm May 10 Cost: Free/Donation welcome
Venue: Level 1, Gaelic Club, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
Submitted by: Politics in the Pub www.politicsinthepub.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 96749179/94890530
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Friday 11 May 2018
Convicts, castaways and the long voyage to New South Wales: 231st Anniversary of First Fleet  
Guest speaker, Dr Nigel Erskine, is the curator and head of research at the Australian National Maratime Museum. As a curator, Dr Erskine has developed several major exhibitions, and developed interpretive narratives for the ANMM's core galleries. RSVP: Friday 4 May 2018 Dress: Lounge Suit
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Time: 6:00pm-7:45pm May 11 Cost: $35 incl light refreshments. Dress: Lounge Suit
Venue: Lord Mayor's Reception Room, Sydney Town Hall, 483 George St, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney-Portsmouth Sister City Committee
Enquiries: 02 4285 5685 or 02 9286 3111  Bookings: kjsptonge@bigpond.com
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Saturday 12 May 2018
The Good Old Bad Old Days  
For the Australian Heritage Festival cultural historian Warren Fahey gives a fascinating history of Sydney’s high life, low life and, very low life including a romp through Rushcutter Bay’s White City amusement park; mischief at the ‘Loo; ‘peeping Toms’ at Elizabeth Bay; and cabaret at the Silver Spade, Potts Point.
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Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm May 12 Cost: $3 for members $6 non members incl refreshments
Venue: Level 1, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street,, Sydney
Submitted by: City of Sydney Historical Association Inc. www.sydneyhistorical.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 0423149522
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Thursday 17 May 2018
Rachel Carson's Ocean Trilogy  
  Rachel Carson’s Ocean Trilogy cannot be underestimated. Written between 1941 and 1955 it empowered readers to understand the fragility of nature. Learn about this inspiring American scientist whose message is more relevant than ever with Janine Kitson.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm May 17 Cost: $28
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 29 May 2018
Saving the World: Australian innovation in solar heat and power  
Debbie Rudder will discuss important contributions Australian engineers have made to all three types of solar water heater: flat plate, evacuated tube, and heat pump. The suite of photovoltaic technologies developed here that have hugely reduced the cost of photovoltaic panels, making solar the world’s fastest-growing source of power.
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Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm May 29 Cost: $12/$10 Members incl refreshments
Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: ASHET ashet.org.au
Bookings: (02) 9247 8001   history@rahs.org.au
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