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Friday 22 September 2017
The Abdication Crisis of 1936  
Judy King discusses King Edward VIII's decision to abdicate the throne in December 1936 which plunged the nation and the British Empire into a constitutional crisis.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Sep 22 Cost: $48 incl light supper
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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Sunday 24 September 2017
An Afternoon with James Alison  
James Alison is a British Catholic priest and theologian who has been developing a positive understanding on LGBTI issues in faith contexts for many years. He has written many books on God, religion and LGBTI people. Come and hear James speak on this important topic of LGBTI issues and religion.
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Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Sep 24 Cost: Free
Venue: CB 06.03.028, UTS Guthrie Theatre, enter 702 Harris Street , level 3, Ultimo
Submitted by: University of Technology futures.uts.edu.au/blog/2017/07/25/meet-..
Enquiries: 02 9514 2523   joanna.thyer@uts.edu.au; uts.chaplaincy@uts.edu.au
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Monday 25 September 2017
Public Talk: Making the most of your presentation  
Do you want to know how to prepare and deliver presentations? CUDOS and the SPIE.OSA University of Sydney student chapter are pleased to introduce, for the very first time in Australia, Jean-luc Doumont who trains rational minds in effective communication  Join us for his free public talk.
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Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm Sep 25 Cost: Free
Venue: Harry Messel Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nanoscience Hub, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: CUDOS bit.ly/2x4Ho7U
Enquiries: 0293512637   cudos@physics.usyd.edu.au
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Tuesday 26 September 2017
Author Talk: Jane Rawson on From the Wreck  
Jane Rawson talks about From the Wreck, a speculative novel which  jumps off from the true story of her great-great grandfather, George Hills, who survived a shipwreck in 1859. In Jane’s re-imagining, George is obsessed with a fellow survivor, unaware that she from another dimension and seeking refuge on earth.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Sep 26 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/
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300  Bookings: tkc@smsa.org.au
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What’s Happened to the University?  
Trigger warnings, cultural appropriation and safe spaces. Will the proliferation of politically correct ideals become the norm, prescribing, censoring or banning texts, gagging speech and curbing exchange of ideas? Join us for an engaging, informed and robust look at the issues. Speakers include Frank Furedi, Marguerite Johnson and Steven Schwartz.
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Time: 5:45pm-7:00pm Sep 26 Cost: Free
Venue: The Centre for Independent Studies, Level 1, 131 Macquarie St, Sydney
Submitted by: The Centre for Independent Studies www.eventbrite.com.au/e/whats-ha..
Bookings: (02) 9438 4377   mhawkeweaver@cis.org.au
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No History, No Future - George Shipp Memorial Talk  
The inclusion of history in the national history curriculum suggests a central role and respect of history in our society. Public historian Dr Lisa Murray will consider the current situation for history in our community and reflect upon Australian history and the role of history in planning for the future.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 26 Cost: Free but bookings are essential
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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Wednesday 27 September 2017
Pop Culture & the (False) Death of Feminism  
According to the media, feminism is dead. When feminists appear on TV, they are portrayed as devoid of humour. Young people are taught that discrimination no longer exists. Are sex and sexism all that consumer culture is selling? Join Penny Griffin for a rousing discussion on feminism and pop culture.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Sep 27 Cost: Free
Venue: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA), Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts www.smsa.org.au/events/
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   marketing@smsa.org.au
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Renewable Reinvention - Global Green Shift?  
Global energy markets are in process of rapid change and transformation. Expert speakers discuss the potential for renewable reinvention and a global green shift: John Mathews, Macquarie Uni; Emma Herd, Investor Group on Climate Change; Tony Vassallo and Christopher Wright, University of Sydney.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Sep 27 Cost: Free
Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, 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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Thursday 28 September 2017
An evening with nature photographer Jess Bray  
Jess Bray, a finalist in this year’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Exhibition, talks about the process of taking amazing photos. Jess’s shoots have taken her to the world’s most exciting wildlife hotspots, including Kenya, Alaska, the Galapagos, Patagonia, Iceland and Greenland. The Exhibition displays over 100 stunning photos.
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Time: 5:45pm-7:45pm Sep 28 Cost: $20 / $18 concessions / $16 AM Members
Venue: Theatre, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Australian Musuem australianmuseum.net.au/event/an-evening..
Enquiries: (02) 93206000   tanya.goldberg@austmus.gov.au
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A Younger Generation's Perspective on Social Justice  
Join Isabella Brook, President, SRC, University of Sydney, Aislin Stein-Magee, President, SRC, University of New South Wales and Harsha Kadkol, Palestinian student from Socialist Alliance, as they discuss social justice issues from our youths' point of view.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:15pm Sep 28 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 29 September 2017
Shakespeare's Richard III  
Shakespeare wrote Richard III, one of his best known plays, over 100 years after Richard was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. So how did he know what had happened? Yvette Debergue examines the textual evidence that Shakespeare would have had access to and how reliable these sources were.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm Sep 29 Cost: $48 incl light supper
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 3 October 2017
The Future of AI in the Arts  
Can a robot produce art? Prof Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo) delivers an eye-opening talk on developing the world’s first android-led opera “Scary Beauty”, and considers the deeper implications and future possibilities for AI in the arts. Part of talk series Human Meets Robot, running from September 21 to November 2: https://jpf.org.au/events/human-meets-robot/
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Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Oct 03 Cost: Free, bookings essential
Venue: The Japan Foundation Sydney, Level 4, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney jpf.org.au/events/the-future-of-..
Enquiries: (02) 8239 0055   reception@jpf.org.au
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Wednesday 4 October 2017
All Creatures Great and Small  
Spirituality in the Pub, Paddington. What impact do animals have on our lives? Speakers: Margaret Rose, Associate Professor of Veterinary Science, UNSW, and Allan Pronger PR and motivational speaker from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT with his guide dog Archie MC: Fr Paul Ghanem OFM, Parish Priest St Francis Catholic Church Paddington
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Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm Oct 04 Cost: Donation
Venue: Paddington RSL, 220-232 Oxford Street, Paddington
Submitted by: Paddington Spirituality in the Pub www.catalyst-for-renewal.com.au
Enquiries: (02) 0414873910   Dfdlaw@infolearn.com.au
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Thursday 5 October 2017
Larry Buttrose in conversation with Elizabeth Farrelly  
Join author Larry Buttrose, whose bestselling book, A Long Way Home, was the inspiration for the movie Lion, in conversation with The Sydney Morning Herald’s Elizabeth Farrelly as they discuss Larry’s work. Includes the launch of his Selected Poems.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Oct 05 Cost: Free - Incl. light refreshments
Venue: Balmain Library, 370 Darling St, Balmain
Submitted by: leichhardt library www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/library
Enquiries: (02) 9367 9211   library@lmc.nsw.gov.au
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Monday 9 October 2017
Doing Justice  
Barrister Julian Burnside’s commitment to justice runs long – with a pronounced commitment to asylum seeker and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues. He’ll lead a panel conversation about justice – what it means to him, and what it should mean to all of us –with host Benjamin Law.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Oct 09 Cost: $15 concession / $19 full
Venue: Upstairs Theatre, Belvoir Theatre, 18 & 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Submitted by: Sydney Writers' Festival www.swf.org.au/festivals/programs-2017-2..
Bookings: 8355 1574
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