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Thursday 21 March 2019
Prescription for Mr Charles Dickens  
What ailed Charles Dickens? What about some of his sickly and invalid characters? This talk delves into such diagnostic dilemmas and explores some of the treatments used in Dickens' time, including taking a holiday, which many Victorians believed to have health-giving benefits. Presented by Dr Vasudha Chandra.
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Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Mar 21 Cost: Free
Venue: Sans Souci Library, 104 Russell Ave, Sans Souci
Submitted by: Bayside Council www.baysidelibrary.eventbrite.com
Enquiries: 02 9562 1821
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Mary Shelley, Scientist, and her creation, Frankenstein  
As a feisty 18 year old, Mary Shelley had read every important scientific treatise of the time. Author Suzanne Burdon joins us to discuss Shelley’s inspiration for Frankenstein and Frankenstein's influenced by both the Romantics and the dramatic advances in science during the early 19th century.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Mar 21 Cost: $15 members/$20 non-members; 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: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Seven seconds and beyond  
First impressions are made within the first few seconds. Everything from appearance to tone of voice matters. What's the secret to making the best first impression? How can you go beyond this into stronger relationships? Join Duncan Robinson and Dr Jenny Brown as they unpack these fundamental questions of human connection.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:45pm Mar 21 Cost: $25
Venue: Dendy Opera Quays, 2 East Circular Quay, Sydney City
Submitted by: City Bible Forum citybibleforum.org
Enquiries: 02 9251 1166   info@citybibleforum.org
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On hate and race politics  
How is hate shaping society? And what must we do about it? Join us for this conversation with political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane, as he reflects on race relations and multiculturalism in Australia and beyond, and what it means for democracy worldwide.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Mar 21 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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Monday 25 March 2019
Diving among the penguins  
Join marine biologist Matthew McArthur as he talks about his experiences diving in Antarctica at the world’s southernmost dive near Scott Base, Ross Island. “On many levels, diving in Antarctica is the strangest experience of my life: cold, dark, beautiful, terrifying and satisfying all at once.” — Matthew McArthur, Absolutely Antarctica
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Mar 25 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 26 March 2019
The revolution of man  
Journalist Phil Barker talks about his new book The Revolution of Man in which he unpacks the myth of Australian masculinity, invites us to rethink what it means to be a man and urges men to reconnect with their emotions.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Mar 26 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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The carbon threat to human survival and what can be done about it  
Labor candidate Chris Gambian will talk about the coming global warming catastrophe and what is politically possible to mitigate it. All welcome to a light meal from 6 pm at Cellini's Restaurant, Queen Victoria Building (opposite Hobbyco Level 2) look for Citizens' Climate Lobby T-shirts.
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Time: 7:00pm-8:45pm Mar 26 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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Wednesday 27 March 2019
Moving to a gender-equal world  
What are the pathways to cultural change? Join Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, leading gender equality advocate Elizabeth Broderick and ABC journalist Sarah Ferguson as they share insights into how society can successfully embed cultural change into our daily lives and workplaces.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Mar 27 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
Venue: MacLaurin Hall, The Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
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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G-force and Sydney’s secret wartime research  
Early in World War II, University of Sydney medical scientist Frank Cotton developed a war-winning idea. His inflatable rubberised flying suit proved highly effective in stopping pilots from ‘blacking out’ during aerial combat. So why was this Australian innovation set aside by Allied air forces? Dr Peter Hobbins explores wartime science.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Mar 27 Cost: Free
Venue: Nicholson Museum, Quadrangle A14, The University of Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney University Museums wordvine.sydney.edu.au/files/2259/22931/
Enquiries: (02) 9036 5253   macleay.museum@sydney.edu.au
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Unmasking the Ninja  
Since 1700s, ninja have fascinated the world, but modern pop culture has re-imagined them as superhuman assassins. Yuji Yamada and Katsuya Yoshimaru from Japan’s International Ninja Research Center reveal the origins and history of ninja as well as its modern representation. Held on 27 & 29 March.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Mar 27 Cost: Free
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Level 4, Central Park (access via lifts), 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney jpf.org.au/events/unmasking-the-..
Enquiries: (02) 8239 0060   arts@jpf.org.au
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Thursday 28 March 2019
Bushwalking & the great outdoors for everyone  
Did you know that more Australians love bushwalking than play organised sports? Join passionate bushwalker Matt McClelland from the National Parks Association of NSW to discover ways we can all enjoy the great outdoors and learn about the vastly improved access to bushwalking for older people and people with disability.
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Time: 10:30am-12:00pm Mar 28 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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Writing contemporary Australia  
How does fiction enable us to understand the world we live in? What forms of belonging does it explore? Please join us for this panel with writers Michelle de Kretser and Roanna Gonsalves in conversation with Suneeta Peres da Costa. Presented by UNSWriting.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Mar 28 Cost: $10 Full Price and $5 Concession and includes a free drink from our Foyer Bar
Venue: Io Myers Studio, Gate 2 High Street, UNSW, Kensington
Submitted by: Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts & Media, UNSW sam.arts.unsw.edu.au/events/Writ..
Enquiries: (02) 93855684   cpl@unsw.edu.au
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The 2030 agenda: Is Australia on track?  
Where are we at with Sustainable Development Goals, and where to from here? Join us for a conversation with John McArthur, UN Foundation senior advisor and Brookings Institution senior fellow, about global efforts towards Sustainable Development Goals and what it will take for Australia to rise to a leading role.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Mar 28 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
Venue: CPC auditorium, Charles Perkins Centre, 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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Friday 29 March 2019
Unmasking the Ninja  
Since 1700s, ninja have fascinated the world, but modern pop culture has re-imagined them as superhuman assassins. Researchers Yuji Yamada and Katsuya Yoshimaru from Japan’s International Ninja Research reveal the origins and history of ninja as well as its modern representation. Held on 27 & 29 March.
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Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm Mar 29 Cost: Free
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Level 4, Central Park (access via lifts), 28 Broadway, Chippendale
Submitted by: Japan Foundation, Sydney jpf.org.au/events/unmasking-the-..
Enquiries: (02) 8239 0060   arts@jpf.org.au
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Tuesday 2 April 2019
Responsible leadership in politics and religion  
Join us for another Affinity Lecture with international guest speaker, Prof Simon Robinson, Professor of Applied and Professional Ethics at Leeds Beckett University (UK), as he will be delivering a talk on Responsible Leadership in Politics & Religion: Diverse Communities in an Age of Anxiety.
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Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm Apr 02 Cost: Free
Venue: Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Suite 502, Level 5, 51-57 Pitt St, Sydney
Submitted by: Affinity www.eventbrite.com.au/e/responsi..
Enquiries: (02) 8065 2502   info@affinity.org.au
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