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Tuesday 19 February 2019
Quitting plastic  
Discover how to reduce plastic in your everyday life, starting with small and easy changes. Clara Williams-Rolden and Louise Williams answer the tricky questions, like ‘How will I wash my hair?’, ‘Do I have to give up crackers?’, ‘What about my bin liner?’ and ‘Is this going to be expensive?’
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Feb 19 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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Climate wise communities  
Jenny Scott will explain Ku-ring-gai Council's award-winning initiative that builds local community strength and preparedness for extreme weather events.
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Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm Feb 19 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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Wednesday 20 February 2019
The Xinjiang crackdown  
As many as one million Uyghur people and other Muslim minorities in China have reportedly been detained indefinitely in "re-education camps" since 2017. Erkin Sidick, David Attwill and Ruth Gamble will explore these issues from a range of perspectives.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Feb 20 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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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Steel and Design Process: In Conversation with Korban/Flaubert  
The creative team of Janos Korban and Stefanie Flaubert have created a distinctive practice that spans furniture design and sculpture. Andrew Simpson talks in depth with Korban and Flaubert, uncovering their design processes.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Feb 20 Cost: $15/ $10 Concession incl refreshments
Venue: Gallery, Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William St, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Submitted by: Object: Australian Design Centre australiandesigncentre.com/lates..
Enquiries: (02) 93614555   hello@australiandesigncentre.com
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Australian Geographic Awards Roadshow  
Australian Geographic is proud to present 'Perspectives of Antarctica' - your unique chance to hear inspiring stories from four extraordinary Australian adventurers and conservationists about their interactions with this great frozen land. Presenters include  Pat Farmer, Lisa Blair, Heather Swan and Sophia Skarparis
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Time: 6:30pm-8:45pm Feb 20 Cost: Free
Venue: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Submitted by: Australian Geographic www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-geogr..
Enquiries: (02) 0434712105   agpresents@australiangeographic.com
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Thursday 21 February 2019
The Geopolitics of the Quantum Race  
Following a packed house in 2018, the Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney presents the annual Q Forum on the Geopolitics of the Quantum Race. Join our panel of international experts to discuss the possibilities – and the perils – that await us in a quantum future.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Feb 21 Cost: Free
Venue: General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle Building, The University of Sydney, Camperdown
Submitted by: The Centre for International Security Studies www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-geop..
Enquiries: 0293517663   ciss@sydney.edu.au
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Friday 22 February 2019
50 Shades of Greying — sex and older people  
Our panel include sexologist Jocelyn Klug and ACON’s Russ Gluyas. They discuss the challenges and joys of physical intimacy later in life, dispelling myths about sex and ageing. Topics include sexual expression, expanding our definition of sex, and couples in residential aged care. Presented for Seniors’ Festival.
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Time: 10:30am-12:30pm Feb 22 Cost: FREE — BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
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
Bookings: 0292627300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Saturday 23 February 2019
The Aussies of East Nanjing Road  
Hear how descendants of Chinese peasants established thriving businesses in Sydney, and after Federation moved between Australia and China establishing businesses, including the first Chinese-owned department stores in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Dr Scott MacArthur explores the intertwined histories and built heritage of Victorian Sydney's Haymarket and Shanghai's Art Deco golden age.
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Time: 10:15am-12:00pm Feb 23 Cost: Free
Venue: hall, Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville
Submitted by: Marrickville Heritage Society
Enquiries: (02) 9557 3823   blairitage@optusnet.com.au
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Tuesday 26 February 2019
Speaking of Music: Jazz & Democracy  
Join founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project® (J&D), Dr. Wesley J. Watkins, IV as he explains how the jazz masters are practitioners of American democratic ideals, advocates for live jazz and jazz education in the classroom, and ponders how these ideas translate to the Australian experience.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Feb 26 Cost: SMSA & ROYAL SOCIETY MEMBERS/FELLOWS - $15 / GUESTS & GENERAL ENTRY - $20
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
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   marketing@smsa.org.au
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From apolitical engineer to lobbyist  
Retired Engineer Howard Witt will tell us how the impending climate catastrophe led him to give up his engineering consultancy and devote himself to lobbying for climate mitigation action. All welcome to share a light meal from 1:15 pm; look for Citizens' Climate Lobby T-shirts.
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Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm Feb 26 Cost: Free
Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Level 1, Sydney
Submitted by: Sustainable Population Australia au.citizensclimatelobby.org
Enquiries: 0467004892   brian@ccl.org.au
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Wednesday 27 February 2019
Marvels of engineering and industrial heritage  
Join John August for a fascinating exploration of the many marvels of human ingenuity he has encountered during his travels, including extraordinary engineering works, antique machines, scientific curiosities and strange objects.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Feb 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 smsa.org.au/events
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Thursday 28 February 2019
Author Talk: Nadia Wheatley on Her Mother's Daughter  
As a child, Nadia Wheatley had a sense of the great divide between her parents, who had met and married while working in Germany on the front line of the Cold War. Growing up in 1950s Australia, Nadia became a player in their deadly contest.
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Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm Feb 28 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 5 March 2019
Quarantine Unmasked: surviving the 1918-19 influenza pandemic at North Head  
Thousands of returning soldiers were detained and some died at North Head Quarantine Station in 1918-19 during the worldwide ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic. Drawing on the carvings and gravesites at North Head, this presentation by Dr Peter Hobbins shares stories of life in quarantine while influenza killed millions around the world.
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Time: 10:30am-11:30am Mar 05 Cost: Free, but online bookings are essential as limited seats are available.
Venue: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Head Office, Building 28, Best Ave, Mosman
Submitted by: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust www.harbourtrust.gov.au/learn/trust-talk..
Enquiries: 8969 2112
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Accessible Tours of STEEL: art design architecture  
Free Access Tours of STEEL: art design architecture Aged Care Tour – Tuesday 5 March, 11am - 12pm Deaf & HOH Tour, AUSLAN Interpreted – Tuesday 5 March, 2 - 3pm School Tours - Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 March, 11 - 4pm
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Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Mar 05 Cost: Free
Venue: Gallery, Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William St, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Submitted by: Object: Australian Design Centre www.eventbrite.com.au/e/accessible-tours..
Enquiries: (02) 93614555   hello@australiandesigncentre.com
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Globalising Australian Law Schools  
Join us for another Affinity Law Panel with Professo Colin Picker, Dean, School of Law at the University of Wollongong and Professor George Williams, Dean, School of Law at the University of NSW, Sydney. Light lunch will be served at 12pm. The talk will begin at 12.30pm.
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Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm Mar 05 Cost: Free
Venue: Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Suite 502, Level 5, 51-57 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Affinity www.eventbrite.com.au/e/globalis..
Enquiries: (02) 8065 2502   info@affinity.org.au
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