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Monday 27 May 2019
The Politics of Moral Panics  
Media frenzy over various perceived social problems and deviant behaviour is used by politicians to deflect attention from their failed policies. But such ‘Moral Panics’ may actually exacerbate the problems and behaviours they are a responding to. Prof Alec Pemberton discusses The Politics of Moral Panics.
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Time: 12:15pm-1:15pm May 27 Cost: $20
Venue: Room 311, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781
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The Abys (Sydney) to Antarctica  
Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest continent on Earth. The uniquely harsh environments of Antarctica and surrounding islands are home to unique microbial ecologies, Associate Professor Belinda Ferrari presents her team's exciting discoveries including microbes literally surviving on air, and her first scientific expedition to Casey Station.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm May 27 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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Tuesday 28 May 2019
Athens - Classical, Diverse, Exhilarating  
Steeped in modern history as well as classical reminders of the birthplace of democracy, a visitor to this wonderful city can find peaceful places, authentic and inexpensive food, good shopping and fabulous museums and galleries. Athens will win over your heart. Presented by Byron Comninos.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm May 28 Cost: $38
Venue: Room 204, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781
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The role of oceans in our warming planet  
UNSW Oceanography expert Dr Veronique Lago will discuss the important part the oceans play in the global climate, a subject that deserves more attention than it usually gets. From 6 pm optionally meet at Cellini's QVB (opp Hobbyco Level 2) look for Citizens' Climate Lobby T-shirts.
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Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm May 28 Cost: Free
Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Level 1, Sydney
Submitted by: Sustainable Population Australia au.citizensclimatelobby.org
Enquiries: 0419973952   brian@ccl.org.au
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Plant adaptation to Climate Change  
Katie Rolls, PhD student at Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University will talk about progress with her research on the adaptive capacity of acacia species to climate change.
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Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm May 28 Cost: Free
Venue: St Andrews Uniting Church, Corner Vernon and Chisholm Sts, South Turramurra
Submitted by: STEP Inc www.step.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 94898256   secretary@step.org.au
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Thursday 30 May 2019
Researching family history  
This interactive workshop will be presented by A/Prof Tanya Evans (Macquarie University) and Dr Ian Hoskins (North Sydney Council Historian), and will look at the practice and meanings of family history. Participants are asked to bring along examples of their research/their writing about family history and objects.
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Time: 10:00am-1:00pm May 30 Cost: Free
Venue: Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney
Submitted by: History Council of NSW historycouncilnsw.org.au/researc..
Bookings: 9936 8400   library@northsydney.nsw.gov.au
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Street signage, design and lived behaviour  
Four design and environment experts discuss the use of typography and signage in an urban context, looking especially at how signage is used to influence, modify and comment on human behaviours. Panel speakers: Annabel Stevens, Carlo Giannasca, Isabelle Aileen Toland, Stephen Goddard.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm May 30 Cost: $10 concession/ $15 general admission/ ADC Friends gain free entry
Venue: Gallery, Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William St, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Submitted by: Object: Australian Design Centre www.eventbrite.com.au/e/street-s..
Enquiries: (02) 93614555   hello@australiandesigncentre.com
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Friday 31 May 2019
Leonardo Da Vinci: The Artistic Genius  
Leonardo da Vinci was without doubt one of the greatest men who has ever lived. This illustrated lecture will present an overview and assessment of his achievement, interpreting his life, personality and his artistic work within the context of the vibrant Renaissance societies in which he lived. Prsenter Robert Forgacs.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm May 31 Cost: $49
Venue: Room 204, WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney
Submitted by: WEA Sydney www.weasydney.com.au/course/LDVAG
Enquiries: (02)9264 2781
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Boiling Buddhism down to four key points  
Dungse Jampal Norbu is the son of Buddhist teachers: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and American-born Elizabeth Mattis Namgyal. In four simple, profound lines, the Four Seals reveal the clear logic of the Buddhist view. Dungse brings the best of the Tibetan tradition to Western students with his pragmatic, curious, and creative approach.
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Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm May 31 Cost: $35
Venue: Rigpa Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, 158 Australia St, Newtown
Submitted by: Rigpa Sydney sydney.rigpa.org.au/events-home/..
Enquiries: 02 9211 5304  Bookings: sydney@rigpa.org.au
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: romantic science, romantic fiction  
It is now more than two hundred years since Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was first published, its influence never abating. This strange and wonderful novel can help us uncover the triumphs and catastrophes of Romanticism, and cause us to reflect on the Romantics' lessons for us today. With Dr Olivia Murphy.
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Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm May 31 Cost: Members: $15/Non-Members $20 (incl. light supper)
Venue: Small Meeting Room, Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Street, Balmain
Submitted by: Friends of Balmain LIbrary fobl.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 0419 127 919   info@fobl.org.au
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Tuesday 4 June 2019
Western Guilt?  
A panel with: legal academic Australians for Constitutional Monarchy’s David Flint; writer, poet, academic researcher and public speaker Luke Torrisi; specialist in history, politics, international relations and Member of Australian Conservatives Geoff Grimshaw; and former MLC for the Australian Democrats Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans.
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Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm Jun 04 Cost: Free. Cash donations always welcome
Venue: Jubilee room, NSW Parliament House, macquarie st sydney, sydney
Submitted by: western heritage
Enquiries: 0409666642   theroundtableforum8@gmail.com
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Wednesday 5 June 2019
In the Closet of the Vatican: power, homosexuality, hypocrisy  
Geraldine Doogue interviews Frédéric Martel about his controversial book In the Closet of the Vatican which exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican. It reveals the culture of secrecy that has restrained action against pedophiles and helps explain the widespread phenomenon of child abuse by Catholic priests.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Jun 05 Cost: $20/$17
Venue: Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: BAD19SydneyCrimeWritersFestival www.badsydney.com/
Enquiries: 0412517885; 407 861 534   contextcpm@bigpond.com; michael@optusnet.com.au
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Sharing the journey through addiction  
Spirituality in the Pub, Paddington. Speakers: Dr. Anant Sharma, Psychiatry Registrar, RPA Hospital, Julie Sneddon, CEO of CANA communities and Kieran, a participant in Addiction Recovery.
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Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm Jun 05 Cost: Donation
Venue: Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford Street, Paddington
Submitted by: Paddington Spirituality in the Pub catalystforrenewal.org.au/
Enquiries: (02) 0414873910   Mareadonovan@gmail.com
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Thursday 6 June 2019
Conflict on the North Shore  
Hosted by the North Sydney Council and the History Council of NSW as part of the Gai-mariagal Festival, Dr Stephen Gapps will be giving a talk on the conflict between the Gai-mariagal people and the European settlers which took place on Sydney’s Lower North Shore.
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Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm Jun 06 Cost: Free
Venue: Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney
Submitted by: History Council of NSW historycouncilnsw.org.au/conflic..
Enquiries: (02) 9936 8400   library@northsydney.nsw.gov.au
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Does language control us?  
In this event we bring together Nick Enfield a linguist, Joanne Arciuli a psychologist, and Aim Sinpeng a political thinker, to examine the ways in which speaking is more than saying something to people, but actually acting upon them.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Jun 06 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
Venue: Wallace Theatre, Western Ave, The 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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