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Thursday 14 November 2019
Rime of the Ancient Mariner  
Peter Rainey will introduce and discuss Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which will be read by Poetry at SMSA. Considered a masterpiece of world literature, Rime is a poem that can be enjoyed for its lyricism as much as its meaning.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Nov 14 Cost: Free - Bookings Essential
Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Screening: Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946)  
One of the most beloved films of all time, It's a Wonderful Life stars Jimmy Stewart as a businessman who is contemplating suicide until an angel shows him what the world would have been like without him in it. The film will be introduced and given context by Peter Rainey.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:15pm Nov 14 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   tkc@smsa.org.au
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2019 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture and Award Ceremony  
Global women-led movement against sexual violence and harassment Me Too has won the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize. The movement's founder Tarana Burke will deliver the Lecture, and will be awarded the Prize alongside Tracey Spicer and the awarding by Lord Mayor Clover Moore! To buy tickets, stickytickets.com.au/SPP
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Nov 14 Cost: 35$ for adult, 25$ for concession, 45$ for peacemaker
Venue: Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Peace Foundation www.sydneypeacefoundation.org.au/
Enquiries: (02) 9351 4468   katie.gabriel@sydney.edu.au
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Friday 15 November 2019
An Operating System for a More Beautiful World  
Digital Storytellers and InCollaboration with Post-Growth Institute discuss what might come after capitalism? How can we work together to rapidly transform our system for the better? How do we nurture each other through these difficult times? Discussion will be followed by an Offers and Needs Market. With international guest, Donnie Maclurcan, from the Post Growth Institute.
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Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm Nov 15 Cost: $15
Venue: Suite 301, Impact Story Lab Sydney,, 101 William St, Darlinghurst
Submitted by: InCollaboration events.humanitix.com.au/an-opera..
Enquiries: 0413 230 486   tirrania@incollaboration.com.au
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What's really happening to Julian Assange  
On the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, join award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Quentin Dempster in conversation with the legal adviser to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, Jennifer Robinson to dig deeper into the story of one of the world’s highest profile political prisoners.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Nov 15 Cost: $30 / $20 early bird / $15 students and members
Venue: Quay Street Theatre, University of Technology Sydney, 1 Quay Street, Haymarket
Submitted by: Sydney PEN International www.eventbrite.com.au/e/75281120..
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Edith Sitwell: A Flamboyant Life  
Join Walter Mason to discover Edith Sitwell, the 20th century bohemian in the Gothic style, poet, historian, muse and the world’s worst house guest, who was a genuine style icon and fabulously flamboyant figure.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Nov 15 Cost: $49 incl. a light supper.
Venue: David Stewart Room, 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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Sunday 17 November 2019
Disentangling the McGirrs of colonial NSW  
Dr Colin Fowler, former parish priest of Pyrmont, speaks to the Australian Catholic Historical Society on the priests in the McGirr family in 19th century NSW (related to the later Premier of NSW, James McGirr).
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Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm Nov 17 Cost: Free
Venue: Crypt, St Patrick's Church Hill, Grosvenor St, The Rocks, Sydney
Submitted by: School of Mathematics australiancatholichistoricalsociety.com...
Enquiries: (02) 93857093   j.franklin@unsw.edu.au
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Monday 18 November 2019
Chekov’s Guns, McGuffins and Red Herrings  
Tropes like ‘the butler did it’ provide touchstones for readers but can veer towards cliche. As part of our 'Kills & Thrills' Mystery and Crime Day, Michael Wilding, Gabrielle Lord and Barry Maitland discuss the changing tropes of crime writing and how to revitalise and use them to your advantage.
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Time: 10:00am-11:30am Nov 18 Cost: $20 SMSA Members / $30 Non-Members
Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events/event/kills-t..
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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International Law: A brief introduction  
Consider the purpose of International Law (IL), the institutions which seek to defend IL, and what IL does well, badly, or not at all with Ian Michie.
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Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm Nov 18 Cost: $20
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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Playing with the Past: Writing Historical Crime  
As part of our 'Kills & Thrills' Mystery and Crime Day, Meg Keneally discusses the challenges of writing historical crime, including creating period appropriate characters who are relatable and conveying historical information without giving a history lesson.
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Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm Nov 18 Cost: $20 SMSA Members / $30 Non-Members
Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events/event/kills-t..
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Tuesday 19 November 2019
After the Apology: Sorry means you don't do it again  
Professor Larissa Behrendt made a landmark documentary exploring the continued practice of child removal and community responses. Join us for the panel discussion with filmmaker, barrister and Professor Larissa Behrendt and special guests Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM and Boe Rambaldini, Director of The Poche Centre for Indigenous Heath.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 19 Cost: Free, with registration
Venue: Lecture Theatre 200, SSB (Social Sciences Building), University of Sydney, Camperdown
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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Wednesday 20 November 2019
Agamemnon comes to the Antipodes: early drama at the University of Sydney  
In 1886 students and staff from the Classics department of the University of Sydney staged – to considerable acclaim – a production of Aeschylus' Agamemnon in the Great Hall. This marked the first time a Greek play had been performed in the colony, and Dr Laura Ginters explains its legacy.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Nov 20 Cost: $40, $30 for Friends of the Nicholson Museum, $10 students
Venue: Nicholson Museum, Quadrangle A14, The University of Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney University Museums www.eventbrite.com.au/e/agamemnon-comes-..
Bookings: (02) 9351 2812   nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au
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Thursday 21 November 2019
Who should govern environmental disasters, and how?  
As global warming heats our planet, the likelihood and frequency of environmental disasters - from bushfires to floods - rises substantially. Are we equipped to manage these disasters? The speakers: Professor Linda Hancock, Deakin University Associate Professor Susan Park, University of Sydney, Francisco Molina Camacho, CIGIDEN. Chair: Professor Abbas El-Zein, University of Sydney
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Nov 21 Cost: Free
Venue: SSB Lecture Theatre 200, 200 Science Rd, Camperdown
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943
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Women and Science: Anne Green - An Accidental Astronomer  
Anne Green talks about her groundbreaking career as one of the first women radio astronomers, tracking her trajectory alongside the evolution of the Molonglo Radio Telescope. Anne’s journey has produced some exciting discoveries and rewarding collaborations in the study of the structure and ecology of the Galaxy.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Nov 21 Cost: $15 SMSA and Royal Society Members, $20 General Entry and Guests
Venue: Tom Keneally Centre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), 280 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events/
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Friday 22 November 2019
The Irish Rebellion of 1798: Ireland, Empire and Australia  
Peter Moore discusses the most significant Irish uprising for 200 years which had Imperial implications as well as Australian outcomes. It set patterns of policy, organisation and execution that transcended Irish class, religious and regional differences and forged the brand of nationalism that inspired later rebellions.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Nov 22 Cost: $49 incl. a light supper.
Venue: David Stewart Room, 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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