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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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Sunday 14 June 2020
ONLINE A comic perspective on the coming climate catastrophe  
Melbourne’s Living Treasure, stand-up comedian Rod Quantock OAM, will tell us how laughter helps persuade people that global warming/climate change is serious. Rod was a founding member on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Board. Giving talks is Rod’s living, so please donate.
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Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm Jun 14 Cost: Donation toCitizens Climate Lob, BSB 633000, A/C 160389524, label CCLQuantock
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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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 Road to recovery: building an inclusive future  
How might education help us temper the long term impacts of continued social distance? Hear from Professor John Buchanan; former mental health commissioner Allan Fels; Catherine Luckin, CEO; sustainability advisor and gender equality campaigner Sam Mostyn; Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallap AC; and the Brain and Mind Centre’s Professor Ian Hickie.
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Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm Jun 18 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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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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Tuesday 23 June 2020
ONLINE Environmental manipulation to counteract anthropogenic climate change  
Professor Michael Box will discuss geoengineering. He will highlight one method, which is to inject aerosols into the stratosphere to increase the amount of reflected sunlight. Michael is co-author of The Physics of Radiation and Climate and is also an expert at non-technical science communication. From 7 pm at zoom.us/j/7868786878.
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Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm Jun 23 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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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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Tuesday 7 July 2020
ONLINE From the Majestic to the Mundane with Richard White  
With no expense spared on lavish decor, luxuries and all the mod cons, the Hydro Majestic was the epitome of Australian spa culture. Travel historian Richard White surveys the history of mineral spas in Australia from the 1860s onwards and dips into some of the excellent Australian spas in operation today.
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Time: 12:30pm-8:00pm Jul 07 Cost: Free - Everyone Welcome
Venue: Virtual talk via Zoom, Virtual talk via Zoom, Sydney
Submitted by: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts smsa.org.au/events/event/from-ma..
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.org.au
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Wednesday 8 July 2020
ONLINE Patti Miller: The Search for Wild Beauty  
The Society of Women Writers July KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Patti Miller: The Search for Wild Beauty Patti will talk about The Joy of High Places and the longing for wild beauty. ZOOM MEMBER SPEAKER: 12.40pm - 1.00pm - Cindy Davies: From Iran to the Illawarra, NSW BOOK HERE - https://www.trybooking.com/BKEDM
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Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Jul 08 Cost: members $10 non-members $15
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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Wednesday 15 July 2020
ONLINE Ann Howard: How to Tame your Data  
Using her recently published book Eisteddfod to Stage, which covers 30 years of history and thousands of entrants, popular author and historian and writer, Ann Howard demonstrates how to crack the whip on chaotic data and photographs for non fiction. Many of her tips are useful for writing fiction as well.
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Time: 10:00am-11:45am Jul 15 Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members
Venue: online, online, online
Submitted by: The Society of Women Writers NSW womenwritersnsw.org/news/2-x-onl..
Enquiries: (02) 0409224216   j.thorndyke@bigpond.com
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Monday 27 July 2020
ONLINE The Changing Face of Sydney with Thang Ngo  
Diversity expert and food blogger, Thang Ngo shares insights on Sydney’s demographics and how they have changed dramatically over the past two decades. But beyond the numbers, Thang will also explore the allure of our modern city and its multicultural communities through taste, touch and fragrance.
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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm Jul 27 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/tJIodOi..
Enquiries: (02) 9262 7300   tkc@smsa.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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Tuesday 22 September 2020
Family and Faith in a Multicultural Society – Family  
Can we have a healthy and tolerant multicultural Australia? Prof Patrick Parkinson, Dean of Law at the University of Queensland, will be exploring this at the New College Lectures. 'Family' is the first lecture of three. All welcome to our opening canapés event at 6pm. The lecture will start at 7:30pm.
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Time: 6:00pm-9:30pm Sep 22 Cost: Free
Venue: Main Common Room, New College, UNSW, New College, UNSW, Sydney
Submitted by: New College, UNSW www.newcollege.unsw.edu.au/lectures
Enquiries: (02) 9381 1999   enquiries@newcollege.unsw.edu.au
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