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Thursday 15 August 2019
Machine Aesthetics of the Human Body  
Are AIs and autonomous robotics ‘mechanomorphising” us (viewing us as machines), just as we anthropomorphise them? Dr Josh Harle looks at why this is, what it could mean and discusses how artists, working at the forefront of science and technology, can help us engage with and better understand artificial intelligences.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Aug 15 Cost: Free. No bookings required.
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   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Geneva Conventions turns 70  
Australian Red Cross is hosting a free talk bringing together four experts to explore why, 70 years after their adoption, the Geneva Conventions are needed more than ever. Speakers include nurse Cristina de Leon, Brigadier Neil Sweeney AM and lawyer Chris Sidoti.
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Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm Aug 15 Cost: Free
Venue: Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, South, Sydney
Submitted by: Australian Red Cross www.redcross.org.au/stories/ihl-..
Enquiries: (02) 0490219814
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Who controls the internet?  
Growth has outpaced governance, and opportunities to come together online are being undone by threats of division, such as the spread of hate speech and harassment. Hear from Bart Hogeveen, Dr Aim Sinpeng, Dr Damien Spry and Professor Michele Ford.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Aug 15 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations essential.
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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Complex Systems: computer modelling of epidemics  
An influenza pandemic today, of the magnitude of the 1918 Spanish Flu, would cause 33 million deaths globally within six months. Professor Mikhail Prokopenko reveals how realistic computer models can help us understand and deal with flu epidemics and indicate ways to intervene and curtail pandemics through city management.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Aug 15 Cost: SMSA & Royal Society - $15 Non-members and Guests - $20
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/
Bookings: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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The Einstein Lecture: Elisabetta Barberio on Dark Matter  
In the last decade, there has been impressive progress in detecting dark matter interactions. Leading the way is physicist Elisabetta Barberio, who will explain this underground undertaking and outline the impact the findings can have on our understanding of the universe.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Aug 15 Cost: Free
Venue: Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington
Submitted by: UNSW Events www.events.unsw.edu.au/sydney-sc..
Enquiries: 02 9385 1000
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Friday 16 August 2019
Geoengineering: Messing with the climate to counter our current mess  
Michael Box talks about our changing climate and human emissions of greenhouse gases being the major contributor. While mitigation should be our goal, we may need to turn to interventionist measures one day.
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Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm Aug 16 Cost: $25
Venue: Room 204, 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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Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression  
In a remote corner of Arnhem Land the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered. A celebratory exhibition of this print space, Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression opens with talks by Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Emeritus Professor Janice Reid AC and Dr Denise Salvestro.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Aug 16 Cost: Free
Venue: Female Orphan School, UWS, Parramatta, Cnr James Ruse Dr and Victoria Rd, Rydalmere
Submitted by: Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University www.whitlam.org/events/balnhdhur..
Enquiries: (02) 9685 9161   info@whitlam.org
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Saturday 17 August 2019
Australian Ceramics Open Studio 2019  
Australian Design Centre will host a pop-up studio on Saturday 17 August from 10am - 4pm as part of the Australian Ceramics Open Studios 2019. We’re thrilled to have ceramicist Elisa Bartels Designs in the gallery sharing her knowledge in a talk discussing ceramic techniques.
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Time: 11:00am-4:00pm Aug 17 Cost: Free
Venue: Gallery, Australian Design Centre, 101-115 William St, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Submitted by: Object: Australian Design Centre australiandesigncentre.com/
Enquiries: (02) 93614555   hello@australiandesigncentre.com
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Scientists in the Bookshop: Is there such a thing as a healthy brain?  
Why are we so fascinated with brain health? Hear three scientists from UNSW’s School of Psychology talk about their research spanning brain health from toddler to late-life. Speakers inlcude Kaarin Anstey, Susanne Schweizer and Jenny Richmond.
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Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Aug 17 Cost: Free
Venue: UNSW Bookshop, E15 College Road, UNSW, Kensington
Submitted by: UNSW Events gc.events.unsw.edu.au/sydney-sci..
Enquiries: (02) 93850000   university.events@unsw.edu.au
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Scientists in the Bookshop: Tales from the field  
Feathers, frogs and fish; three researchers work in far-flung corners of the globe to collect their data and progress their research. Their stories from the field are fascinating examples of the diversity of the work of a scientist. Speakers: Kate Brandis, Jodi Rowley, Iain Suthers.
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Time: 1:15pm-2:15pm Aug 17 Cost: Free, with RSVP essential
Venue: UNSW Bookshop, E15 College Road, UNSW, Kensington
Submitted by: UNSW Events www.events.unsw.edu.au/sydney-sc..
Enquiries: (02) 9385000   university.events@unsw.edu.au
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Sunday 18 August 2019
Fiction and the moral imagination  
Robin Hughes AO, former CEO of Film Australia, speaks to the Australian Catholic Historical Society on how fiction, including film, expands and challenges the moral sensibilities.
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Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm Aug 18 Cost: Free
Venue: Crypt, St Patrick's Church Hill, Grosvenor St, The Rocks, Sydney
Submitted by: School of Mathematics australiancatholichistoricalsociety.com...
Enquiries: (02) 93857093   j.franklin@unsw.edu.au
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Monday 19 August 2019
Emergency medicine in the Democratic Republic of Congo  
Meet Dr Ken Diango,emergency physician from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He will give a talk on healthcare in the DRC and how the emergency medicine education initiative is making a difference in a vast nation of 80 million people. Free briefing and potluck supper.
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Aug 19 Cost: Free
Venue: Boronia Uniting Church, 93 a Pittwater Road, Hunters Hill
Submitted by: Sydney Development Circle www.handupcongo.org
Enquiries: 0417 272 101   handupcongo@gmail.com
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Tuesday 20 August 2019
Seeing the unseen: from brains to black holes  
How does the mind conjure an idea of something that doesn't exist, or that we haven't experienced? Hear from physicist Celine Boehm, philosopher David Braddon-Mitchell, and more.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm Aug 20 Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations essential (visit website)
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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Wednesday 21 August 2019
An Evening with author Cassie Hamer  
Join us for an evening with local author Cassie Hamer as she discusses the inspiration behind her hilarious, touching, bestselling and highly borrowed debut novel After the Party, and why she decided to move on from a successful career in journalism to write fiction.
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Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm Aug 21 Cost: Free
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/l..
Enquiries: (02) 9093 6400   libraryevents@randwick.nsw.gov.au
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Saturday 24 August 2019
'Abergeldie' and the Dixson family legacy  
Environmental practitioner Mark Sabolch talks about this extraordinary property, owned by Sir Hugh Dixson from 1884 till 1926. Although this part of Dulwich Hill was redeveloped in 1928, the area still has significant heritage value. Learn about the cross municipal wrangling and William Dixson's considerable donation of cultural wealth.
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Time: 10:15am-12:15pm Aug 24 Cost: Free
Venue: hall, Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville
Submitted by: Marrickville Heritage Society www.marrickvilleheritage.org.au
Enquiries: (02) 9557 3823   marrickvilleheritagesociety@outlook.com
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