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Thursday 28 May 2020
ONLINE The road ahead: rebuilding Australia’s future  
Join Mark Scott AO from NSW Department of Education, NAB’s Cathryn Carver and University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence AC, as they discuss how we, as a society, rebuild from COVID-19.
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Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm May 28 Cost: Free
Venue: Online, Online, Online
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Friday 29 May 2020
ONLINE In this together  
'In this together' – the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2020 - is now resonating in ways we could not have foreseen. Join Professors Jaky Troy and Linda Jackson Pulver, lawyer Teela Reid and GUIR found Ken Zulumovski as they discuss reconciliation, unfinished business and reckoning.
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Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm May 29 Cost: Free
Venue: Online, Online, Online
Submitted by: The University of Sydney sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas
Enquiries: (02) 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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Tuesday 2 June 2020
ONLINE Geopolitics in a post-pandemic world  
How are the US and China handling COVID-19? What are the impacts of these decisions, particularly for Australia's ongoing relationship? Facilitated by Bill Birtles, ABC's China correspondent. Featuring Jingdong Yuan and Minglu Chen, University of Sydney, with  David Smith, US Studies Centre. A Sydney Ideas and China Studies Centre co-presentation.
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Time: 11:00am-12:00pm Jun 02 Cost: Free
Venue: Online, Online, Online
Submitted by: The University of Sydney www.sydney.edu.au/engage/events-sponsors..
Enquiries: 02 9351 2943   sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au
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ONLINE Tom Keneally on The Dickens Boy  
Join Booker Prize-winning author Tom Keneally for a fascinating talk on his new novel, The Dickens Boy. Keneally masterfully resurrects the story of Plorn, the disappointing tenth child of Charles Dickens who was sent to Australia so as not to tarnish his father’s reputation.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Jun 02 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Virtual talk via Zoom, Virtual talk via Zoom, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqd-q..
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Wednesday 10 June 2020
ONLINE Turning History into Mystery  
Society of Women Writers Keynote speaker Diane Armstrong is a Holocaust survivor s born in Poland. She is the bestselling author of six books. Her latest novel, The Collaborator, was published in September last year. Member Speaker Christine Sykes' will discuss her debut novel The Changing Room.
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Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm Jun 10 Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members
Venue: online, online, online
Submitted by: The Society of Women Writers NSW womenwritersnsw.org/
Enquiries: (02) 0409224216   j.thorndyke@bigpond.com
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ONLINE How to be an Australian  
Ashley Kalagian Blunt joins for a chat about Australian identity and culture through the eyes of a slightly anxious Canadian. Her new book How to be Australian presents a fresh, funny and heartfelt view of Life Down Under from an outsider’s perspective in the tradition of They’re a Weird Mob,
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Jun 10 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Virtual talk via Zoom, Virtual talk via Zoom, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtcuG..
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Wednesday 17 June 2020
ONLINE Plundering the Past  
Writers often use the past to generate our fiction. This talk and hands-on workshop  with Roslyn McFaland will offer ways of transforming your memories to re-invigorate your imagination, which can then fuel your fiction in fresh and exciting ways.
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Time: 10:00am-11:45am Jun 17 Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members
Venue: online, online, online
Submitted by: The Society of Women Writers NSW womenwritersnsw.org/
Enquiries: (02) 0409224216   j.thorndyke@bigpond.com
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Thursday 18 June 2020
ONLINE The Convict Valley  
Join historian Mark Dunn as he reveals the fascinating colonial history of the Hunter Valley, the second British penal settlement in Australia. With stories about convicts, white settlers and the Aboriginal clans who were uprooted, Mark also uncovers the brutal side of the British settlement and a long-forgotten massacre.
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Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm Jun 18 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Virtual talk via Zoom, Virtual talk via Zoom, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.ahttps://zoom.us/meeting/regist..
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Wednesday 24 June 2020
ONLINE Close to Home: Sydney's Marvels  
With travel restrictions being eased, but still in place, this is the perfect time to discover Sydney's hidden treasures online. John August shares the historic, engineering and geological marvels in Sydney and its surrounds that he has discovered over the years, along with some curiosities that we might normally pass by.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Jun 24 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Virtual talk via Zoom, Virtual talk via Zoom, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtfu6..
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Sunday 28 June 2020
Wagner's Ring Cycle  
Dr Antony Ernst, a frequent and popular guest lecturer on opera, will speak about Richard Wagner's epic music drama, "Der Ring des Nibelungen". He has worked as a dramaturg, opera director, translator, writer, lecturer and artistic planner, most recently as orchestra director of the Royal Danish Orchestra, the world’s oldest orchestra.
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Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm Jun 28 Cost: $30/$25 for Wagner Society members/$10 students incl refreshments
Venue: Goethe-Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra
Submitted by: Wagner Society of New South Wales wagner.org.au/events/program-even..
Enquiries: 02 9558 0339   webmaster@wagner.org.au
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Sunday 13 September 2020
POSTPONED Linda Burney's Vision for a Just Transition to a Fossil-Fuel-Free Economy  
Date TBC. Federal Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Linda Burney MP will talk about her vision for the future, including a speedy and just transition to a carbon-free economy.
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Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm Sep 13 Cost: Free
Venue: zoom.us/j/7868786878, Without computer, can use telephone:, 1800893423 or 0280156011 or 0370182005 or 08715011
Submitted by: Sustainable Population Australia au.citizensclimatelobby.org
Enquiries: 0467004892   george@ccl.org.au
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