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Who will marry my daughter? Shanghai Parental Match Making Corner and Zhiqing Generation

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Three decades after the launch of market reforms, Shanghai is a leading exemplar of China’s embrace of globalisation and modernisation. Yet every weekend since 2005 in the centre of metropolitan Shanghai, middleaged parents have gathered in People’s Park to find mates for their collegeeducated children. This “matchmaking corner” (xiangqinjiao; 相親角) seems a jarring revival of “tradition” in China’s most cosmopolitan city. This seminar explores the prevalence of the parental Matchmaking Cor...

Moctezuma: the question of headdress and heritage

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Controversy has always surrounded Moctezuma II, one of the most fascinating figures in the history of Mexico. As the Aztec emperor who welcomed Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortés, who eventually conquered the Aztec empire, Moctezuma II is considered a traitor by some Mexicans, and a great leader by others. It has long been alleged that amongst the silver and gold Cortés took back to Spain to lay before his king was the headdress of the Aztec emperor, now displayed in all its finery at the We...

Philosophy and its History

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The history of philosophy seems integrally related to philosophy in a way that, say, the history of mathematics or psychology is not so related to those disciplines. This poses two interrelated questions. The first is 'Why?'. The second is 'In what sense, if any, does philosophy make progress if we are still reading texts that are hundreds or thousands of years old?'. Professor Priest will address these two questions.

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Friday, 1 Aug 2014

Ethically Slippery Arguments for Geoengineering

"If a Climate Emergency is Possible, is Everything Permitted? Reflections on Some Ethically Slippery Arguments for Geoengineering" In the face of escalating climate change, some scientists are pushing for a serious research program on a dramatic ...

Monday, 4 Aug 2014

Antigen presentation: the link between innate and adaptive immunity

This seminar forms part of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute postgraduate seminar series running from March to August this year. Members of the public are welcome to attend at no charge. Dr Justine Mintern completed her PhD at the Walter and El...

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Programming T-cell division number – it’s as easy as 1 + 2 + 3!

Tcell responses are initiated by antigen (Signal 1) and promoted by a range of costimulatory signals (Signals 2 and 3). These signals control multiple aspects of immune cell behaviour including cell activation, proliferation, survival and differen...

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Cultural and Global Mental Health Film Initiative - Collected Thoughts 3: Richard McLean

Collected Thoughts 3 is a film about Richard McLean. As well as a trained exhibiting multimedia artist and mental health advocate, Richard is also a published author of Recovered not Cured: a journey through schizophrenia and Ego and Soul.   ...

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Tuesday, 5 Aug 2014

Rapid, Facile and Automated Polymer Assembly Techniques for the Preparation of Layer-by-Layer Capsules

Layerbylayer (LbL) assembled films and capsules have shown potential application in diverse fields such as energy and drug delivery, because they can be prepared from various polymers and loaded with numerous materials. Although film deposition ...

Indigenous women in Canada and the criminal justice system

Joint seminar Centre for Mental Health, Onemda and Centre for Health Policy. Abstract: For millennia, Indigenous people have lived on the land that has become Canada. They organized into their own nations and societies, and enjoyed excellent ...

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Shan Shui City by Ma Yansong, MAD Architects

As part of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning Dean's Lecture Series, Founding Principal of MAD Architects, Ma Yansong will present the architectural idea of Shan Shui City with examples from his own work. To Ma, Shan Shui City doe...

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Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Seminar - Alcohol as an issue for public health

Abstract: Taking into account the history of changes in drinking volumes and alcohol policies, public health responses to alcohol problems in Australia and internationally are discussed.  Compared to alcohol’s large contribution to health and so...

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New insights into selective regulation of interferon signaling

Professor Paul Hertzog is the Director of the Centre for Innate Immunity and Infectious Diseases; Deputy Director of the recently merged MIMRPHI institute; Senior Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Au...

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The Future of Power - will it be 'soft power'?

As we witness the power shift from the West to the East, Indian leaders from all fields, including science, media, politics, business and the arts, are being brought into dialogue to explore what kind of power India will bring to the world. Can In...

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The 2014 Corden Lecture

We live in a new world economy characterized by deep financial integration and asset bubbles that pop in and burst periodically. This year's Corden Lecture will provide a nontechnical discussion of some new and exciting frontier research that st...

When Hollywood was Right

Hollywood was not always a bastion of liberalism. Following World War II, an informal alliance of movie stars, studio moguls, and Southern California business interests formed to revitalize a factionalized Republican Party. Coming together were st...

Whatever Happened to Democracy?

Two weeks or so before the last election, when Joe Hockey had good reason to believe he would be treasurer in a new Coalition government, he ridiculed the demand that he should explain how the Coalition would pay for its policies. Such disdain fo...

Between the local and the global: Foreign languages in the crossfire

The teaching and learning of foreign /second languages today is caught between the need to acquire 'usable skills' in predictable cultural contexts and the fundamental unpredictability of global contexts. It has become difficult to reconcile the l...

Talking Spaces 6: What Works?

Talking Spaces 6 explores the question: ‘What works?’ Via a series of workshops and seminars, the event will interrogate the theory, practice and use of ‘learning environment evaluation’. With the rapid development of new learning spaces and techn...

Thursday, 7 Aug 2014

Molecular and cellular organization of cancer suppressor mechanisms controlling chromosome stability

The stability of the information encoded in the human genome is maintained by the mechanisms that control chromosome duplication, repair and segregation, which act in concert to suppress somatic mutation and tumourigenesis. These mechanisms exhibi...

Innovation and its Challenges

What insights can we derive from a centurylong perspective on the challenges of governance in China today? In any state that has undergone a revolution there are elements of state making and constitutional thinking that survive the revolution. S...

Eating Italian is Speaking Italian: the Language of Food in Renaissance Italy

2014 Walter Mangold Lecture Food and cuisine, like any cultural phenomenon, constitute organized systems with rules and regulations that function much like a language does. Meals, one of the most basic social acts in any society, have a vocabular...

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The Political Origins of Global Justice

Against the background of the broader history of the idea of human rights, this lecture investigates when and why the contemporary field of 'global justice' in philosophy and political theory was invented. Returning to the engagement of American l...

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"Eating Italian is Speaking Italian: the Language of Food in Renaissance Italy"

Food and cuisine, like any cultural phenomenon, constitute organized systems with rules and regulations that function much like a language does. The language of food that developed in Italy during the Renaissance is an elaborate system known to ...

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Friday, 8 Aug 2014

Two Projects of Commercial Interest (Long-Term Digital Data Storage and Thin Layer Chromatography) and a Theoretical One (Using the Equivalent Width to Better Understand XPS Narrow Scans)

In 2007 A/Prof Linford cofounded Millenniata (see www.mdisc.com), which is dedicated to making data storage devices that last for at least centuries. Their first product was a DVD that, based on industry accepted longevity tests, should last for...

The development of Mental Health First Aid for Workplaces

Mental illness is common and costly in workplaces, with the majority of fulltime workers not seeking help. One way that the impact of common mental illnesses can be reduced is through facilitating effective early intervention within the workplac...

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Monday, 11 Aug 2014

From discovery to the clinic

This seminar forms part of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute postgraduate seminar series running from March to August this year. Members of the public are welcome to attend at no charge. Andrew Nash completed his PhD in immunology at The Univer...

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Master of Nursing Science and Master of Social Work "DreamInsight" Information Day for interested Indigenous participants

Ever thought of working in health but not sure how to get there? If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and have an undergraduate degree or are about to finish one, join us at our Health Sciences Indigenous student open day. Meet key st...

India Polaroid: Independent Regional Cinema Elbows Bollywood

Indian cinema today is at an exciting juncture. There’s Bollywood, of course, all sizzle and poutand there’s a rich, independent regional cinema beyond Bollywood. India makes films in an incredible 39 languages and dialects, including Hindi, Malay...

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Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014

Friday 13th Risk Modelling - A New Analytical Tool for Quantitative Process Safety

Despite increasing predictive and control capability, everyone will have experienced one of those Friday 13th (Fr 13) days when everything seems to combine unexpectedly to cause surprise failure; the idea is not new and appears universal in human ...

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Global Media in the 21st Century : Challenges and Opportunities

With the internet and digital technology transforming the media, STAR TV’s CEO, Uday Shankar, will deliver a public lecture on the challenges and opportunities for the media in this rapidly changing environment. A formidable thought leader who h...

Indigenous Australians and universities: Navigating reform in a changing landscape

Since Australia began to develop Indigenous policy as a national priority, higher education has been treated as the ‘boutique’ end of Indigenous policy, and framed as the endpoint of educational improvement – rather than as a critical intervention...

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Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014

Mapping posttranslational mechanisms of cell signalling with mass spectrometry

One of the fundamental goals in molecular biology is understanding the complexity of how cells communicate and function. Recently, our perception of a unidirectional flow of information from DNA to RNA to proteins has been challenged, with many k...

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Chemical bases of life processes revealed by X-ray crystallography

Professor Yonath was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering work in which she determined the structure of the ribosome. The ribosome is central to all life. It is a complex molecular machine that is the main site for the biosynthesis ...

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The Century of Octavio Paz, with Mexican poet Aurelio Asiain

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Literary Nobel Price Octavio Paz (México D.F., March 31st, 1914 Coyoacán, Mexico, April 19th, 1998), the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy in Australia and ...

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Religious Diversity, Dissent and Democracy

Whatever Happened to Democracy? The Wednesday Lectures hosted by Raimond Gaita Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are both parts of the traditional canon of human rights and essential planks of a liberal democracy. Yet tensions between in...

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014

The United Nations and the elusive Quest for Peace

There is much scepticismcumcynicism about the United Nations, some of it justified. Yet the world is a better place because it exists and because of what it does. The UN remains the embodiment of the international community of states, the focus ...

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