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Tuesday 12 February 2019
Paddington: a history with Garry Wotherspoon  
Paddington has been everything from a home to the colonial gentry, the site of Australia’s first military establishment, a slum due for demolition, a haven for ‘New Australians’, one of Sydney’s first 'gentrified' suburbs, and a site of resident action. Join historian Garry Wotherspoon sharing the history of Sydney’s heritage suburb.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Feb 12 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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Tracking digital espionage  
How much do governments know about our online history? Join Ron Deibert, digital detective and founder of Citizen Lab, as he reveals the hidden surveillance systems used to spy on civil society.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Feb 12 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
Venue: ABS Lecture Theatre 1110, The University of Sydney, Darlington
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/sydne..
Enquiries: 0293512943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Wednesday 13 February 2019
Roanna Gonsalves explores Literary Selfies: the importance of telling your own story  
Roanna Gonsalves will address The Society of Women Writers NSW monthly Literary Luncheon. Author of The Permanent Resident, Roanna won the 2018 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award. Her book is studied in fields of Australian Literature, Postcolonial Literatures, and Creative Writing at a number of Australian and international universities.
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Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm Feb 13 Cost: Members: $45 - Non Members: $50. Includes light lunch.
Venue: Dixson Room, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of NSW, Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Submitted by: Society of Women Writers NSW Inc www.womenwritersnsw.org/
Enquiries: Jan Conway 0402 755 768  Bookings: swwlunchbooking@gmail.com (close Friday prior)
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Truth, bullshit and weasel words  
How post-truth politics is wrecking public discourse. Hear from Don Watson, award-winning author and former speechwriter for Paul Keating, as he decodes political language and reveals its influence on democracy and civil debate.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Feb 13 Cost: Free and open to all with online registration required
Venue: Abercrombie Business School Building, ABS Lecture Theatre 1130, The University of Sydney, Darlington
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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Author Talk: Debbie Malone  
Join one of Australia’s most gifted and acclaimed psychic mediums, Debbie Malone, as she shares her most challenging and life-changing stories of healing and love from her recently published book Always With You.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Feb 13 Cost: Free, but bookings are essential via www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/library
Venue: Library auditorium, Margaret Martin Library, Level 1 Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Belmore Road, Randwick
Submitted by: Randwick City Library Service www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/library
Enquiries: (02) 9093 6400   contactus@randwick.nsw.gov.au
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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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