Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016

Science and Pseudoscience in Everyday Life: A Field Guide to Evaluating Extraordinary Claims

The modern world is a bewildering mix of fact and fiction, and of wellsupported, dubious, and downright outlandish claims. Nevertheless, the media rarely helps the public to distinguish science from pseudoscience in everyday life. In this talk, Dr...

Gender and Sexual Diversity: a Question of Humanity? - Professor Dianne Otto

The Wednesday Lectures 2016 hosted by Raimond Gaita It is striking how often people now speak of 'a common humanity' in an ethically inflected register, one that expresses a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth. More often than not, however...

Thursday, 25 Aug 2016

World Trade Disconnect

International House Frank Larkins Oration 2016 Former Deputy Prime Minister, the Honorable Timothy Fischer AC will speak about World Trade Disconnect: rebranding and revamping before renewed protectionism destroys all. The Honourable Tim Fischer...

Saturday, 27 Aug 2016

Booked out

Flourishing in the 21st Century: The rise of contemplative science

A century of unprecedented scientific and technological innovation has given humanity the potential to resolve many of its material challenges. Nevertheless, fear and greed have perpetuated exploitation and inequity of a massive scale, while diss...

Presenter(s)

Basil Sellers Art Prize: Ten Minute Talks

The fifth and final Basil Sellers Art Prize presents the work of seventeen Australian artists working across a range of mediums. The exhibition encourages contemporary artists to develop their practice, to engage with the many themes within sport...

Monday, 29 Aug 2016

Influence and Anxiety: Translating Shakespeare's 'The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra' into Chinese

Comparing translations and retranslations of Shakespeare's plays at home, or abroad (even in China) is a striking way to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Former translators instilled various styles and interpretations int...

Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016

There Is No One Way for Indigenous Education: Reflections on the Māori experience

There is no one way for Indigenous education. Rather, there are multiple approaches occurring simultaneously across every context and every level, and these must occur while sustaining momentum, investing quality resources, building future capacit...

Science and Technology: New Frontiers for Helping People with Mental Illness

Mental illnesses are amongst the most common, disabling, and costly disorders in all of medicine. In contrast to most medical disorders, mental illnesses (including depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder) usually begin...

Presenter(s)

Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016

The European Union – Beacon of Hope or a Values Community in Crisis? - Professor Philomena Murray

The Wednesday Lectures 2016 hosted by Raimond Gaita It is striking how often people now speak of 'a common humanity' in an ethically inflected register, one that expresses a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth. More often than not, however...

Thursday, 1 Sep 2016

In the Saddle on the Wall

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear In the Saddle on the Wall exhibiting artist, Patrick Mung Mung from the Warmun Art Centre give a floor talk about his work Boornoolooloo (Purnululu) 2013. This is a Kimberley Aboriginal Artists touring ...

Sculpture and the Museum: From Fortunate Son to Runaway Child

In 2005, the Director of the National Gallery, London, signalled the longstanding eclipse of sculpture in favour of painting when he noted that "sculpture is what you fall over when you step back from the paintings". The expanded field of contempo...

Secrets Hidden Behind the Walls: The Tomb of Tutankhamun and Nefertiti?

The 2016 Marion Adams Memorial Lecture In summer 2015, British Egyptologist Dr Nicholas Reeves announced that he believed the burial of Queen Nefertiti, great wife of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten, whose image is an archetype of ancient world bea...

Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016

When the High Court Went on Strike

The 2016 Allen Hope Southey Memorial Lecture: "When the High Court Went on Strike" presented by the Hon. Justice Stephen Gageler. This lecture covers a little known historical episode from the early history of the High Court when the justices wen...

Creating Future Leaders Series

The Honourable John Brumby and Andrea Myles will share their own personal experiences of leadership, the role of the Australia China Business Council and its context within the AustraliaChina strategy and the China Australia Millennial Project (CA...

Wednesday, 7 Sep 2016

Measuring global health and the Global Burden of Disease Study: history, highlights and recent update

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study originated in the early 1990s in order to quantify premature death and disability worldwide from various causes, initially as a key input into the 1993 World Development Report of the World Bank. Annual upd...

Musical States: how governments make music and music makes governments

Places are often known by, and for, their distinctive musical sounds and associations. Is this just a coincidence or is there an explanation for it? This discussion, led by Professor John Street, will explore this phenomenon as a product of politi...

Booked out

Major Depression: an update on the latest research with a world leader in the field

Professor Patrick McGorry AO presents the latest research around depression. Professor Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and a Director of the Board of the Nation...

Natural Features in Greek Cult Places and Ritual: the Case of Athens

Greek sanctuaries have been connected with monumental architecture for a long time, especially with temple architecture, altars and functional buildings. But natural features were sometimes predecessors of architectural elements; in other cases, e...

Svetlana Alexievich Didn't Make it to the Royal Commission

The Wednesday Lectures 2016 hosted by Raimond Gaita It is striking how often people now speak of 'a common humanity' in an ethically inflected register, one that expresses a fellowship of all the peoples of the earth. More often than not, however...

Presenter(s)

Joseph Lyons - and the management of adversity

Joseph Lyons was the tenth Prime Minister of Australia, serving from 1932 to 1939. He governed Australia through adverse social and economic circumstances, and for a time held the offices of Prime Minister and Treasurer simultaneously. This 2016...

Thursday, 8 Sep 2016

China as a Polar Great Power

In the last five years China has emerged as a member of the unique club of nations who are powerful at both poles. Polar states are global giants, strong in military, scientific, and economic terms. The concept of a polar great power is relatively...

Friday, 9 Sep 2016

South Asia Research Seminar - Beef Trade in India: Intersections of Religion and Informality

India is uniquely placed in having cow protection laws that criminalise slaughter and beef, but intriguingly, is also the leading global exporter of beef, producer of milk, and the largest producer of leather in Asia, all of which can only be sust...

Saturday, 10 Sep 2016

Skin and Bone: Surface and Sunstance in Anglo-Colonial Portraiture

This lecture takes an exploratory, speculative tour around physiognomies of politics and sensibility, class and race in Britain and Australia, from the late eighteenth to the midnineteenth centuries. It considers the relationship between the coa...

Sunday, 11 Sep 2016

The Two Titans of Australian Portraiture: Roberts and Lambert

Tom Roberts was the preeminent portrait painter in Australia in the late 19th century and George W. Lambert was Australia’s most successful portrait painter in the early 1900s. Portraits were central to both artists’ work and played a major role i...

Presenter(s)

Monday, 12 Sep 2016

Green Growth and Green Trade - Opportunities for Australia

Sustainable economic growth requires countries to shift their production to 'green products' that will drastically reduce environmental damage. EU Centre Visiting Fellow and Oxford economist Dr. Alex Teytelboym shares his experiences in compiling ...

Presenter(s)

Japanese security policy under Prime Minister Abe: A revival of militarism?

The predisposition of international relations scholars to examine the evolution of Japanese security policy through the prism of realism has been challenged by constructivist approaches. Whereas the former has recently paid attention to the change...

What Can Governments Do to Prevent Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorders?

Young Australians identify body dissatisfaction and eating disorders as major concerns, so focus has turned to possibilities for prevention. Importantly, effective prevention requires reaching whole communities rather than a small number of indivi...

Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016

Asylum Seeker Pathways Forum: Overcoming Barriers and Creating Pathways into Higher Education and Training

Young people seeking asylum in Victoria are among the most severely disadvantaged in our state. They face significant challenges: the ongoing uncertainty of their visas, the need to develop their English skills and the apprehension generated by th...

Wednesday, 14 Sep 2016

Songs to Live By: the Arrernte Women's Project

Join Rachel Perkins and Myfany Turpin as they discuss the Arrernte Women's Project. In 2015 senior women from across the Arrernte nation in central Australia gathered with their families to record what was held in their living memory of their so...

International Refugee Law: Yesterday, Today, but Tomorrow?

The international refugee law regime is currently facing fundamental challenges.We are witnessing unprecedented levels of forced displacement, and yet many developed states continue to implement a raft of policies, including securitisation, restri...

How to do a reform in a 'second best world': the case of Indonesia

The word of reform has become a mantra to solve many economic problems in developing countries. Nevertheless, only a few reforms have been successful. When economists are asked why, they usually blame on politics or institutional setup as the culp...

Thursday, 15 Sep 2016

Another part of the desert: The first Melbourne performance of Antony and Cleopatra

In this free public lecture Dr Mimi Colligan discusses the first Melbourne production of Antony and Cleopatra in 1867, beginning by taking a look at Melbourne theatre in 1867, which she arguse inherited the English provincial tradition. Dr Colliga...

Half-Baked Talk: VR-Enabled Education for EveRyone (VEER)

Achieving a 100% literacy rate among India's growing youth is of paramount importance to the Indian government. VEER is a small step forward in that direction as it offers free education to children across different education levels. VEER is an am...

Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016

The death of penalties in two legal cultures?

The James Merralls Visiting Fellowship in Law public lecture will be presented by Professor Sarah Worthington, Downing Professor of Laws of England. The common law rules on penalties have changed beyond recognition in both Australia and England. ...

Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

Dante at Auschwitz: the Role of Poetry in our World

Is there a degree of suffering and degradation beyond which a man or a woman ceases to be a human being? A point beyond which our spirit dies and only pure physiology survives? And to what extent, if any, may poetry and literary culture be capable...

The Sentient City

Throughout cities of the world today, an explosion in digital information and communications technology is producing a profusion of data as never before. Presented by the EU Centre and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, this provocative ...

Presenter(s)

Monday, 26 Sep 2016

Political Cartoonist Mark Knight in Conversation with Ajit Ninan

The Australia India Institute is delighted to partner with Confluence Festival of India to bring together two renowned political cartoonists Australia's Mark Knight and India's Ajit Ninan. This 'in conversation' style lecture will give the aud...

Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016

ThoughtLAB-14: My Veggie Garden Rules

Competition will be fierce in this series of My Veggie Garden Rules (MVGR). Four new contestants don their gumboots and raise their gardening tools to battle for the title of MasterGrower 2050. From its humble beginnings in 2016, MVGR is now in i...

Presenter(s)

Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016

Booked out

Recovery After Stroke: latest research from the Florey

A stroke is a common and devastating event but Florey research is changing the way rehabilitation is practiced across the world. In this presentation, Professor Julie Bernhardt, discusses the effect of strokes and how life skills can be regained....

Friday, 7 Oct 2016

Chai and Conversation: India Skills - Connecting Demography to Development

By 2025, almost 1 in 5 of the world’s working age population will be Indian. 12 million young, aspiring Indians enter the Indian workforce every year. Skill development has therefore emerged as a key policy priority to leverage India’s demographic...

Presenter(s)

Wednesday, 12 Oct 2016

Minds on the Markets

Neuroscience methodologies are progressing to a point where detailed measures of brain function are being connected to crucial aspects of cognitive function. These methods now reach into domains not even imaginable a short 30 years ago: neurolaw,...

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016

Leading Indicators of Organizational Outcomes

Professor Shane Dikolli will deliver the 77th CPA Australia University of Melbourne Annual Research Lecture. Shane will explore how recent innovations in accounting research such as executive compensation, audit fees, and corporate culture, hav...

Leading Indicators of Organizational Outcomes

Professor Shane Dikolli will deliver the 77th CPA Australia University of Melbourne Annual Research Lecture. Shane will explore how recent innovations in accounting research such as executive compensation, audit fees, and corporate culture, ha...

Thursday, 20 Oct 2016

Scrapbook Shakespeare: James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps and the preparation of a nineteenth-century Shakespeare edition

James Orchard HalliwellPhillipps was responsible for one of the most beautiful and most expensive complete editions of Shakespeare in the nineteenth century. In this talk Professor Paul Salzman will explain how the edition was put together, and ho...

The Great Leaders Masterclass

Great leaders inspire us. They impact culture, business, government and importantly, individuals. Great leaders give us models to look up to and knowing how to apply the lessons they teach can support us to become great leaders ourselves. Who inf...

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016

Booked out

Parkinson’s Disease in the Future: Through the Researcher’s Lens

A huge international effort is driving medical research into Parkinson’s disease. From stem cell therapies to gene therapy and deep brain stimulation – we explore the future. Professor Malcolm Horne is a senior member of the Neurodegeneration lab...

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016

Booked out

Improve Your Brain Health

The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is ending the year on a high. While we are all born with a certain set of genes, every one of us can make the most of environmental factors to stay well for longer. In this presentation, Profe...

Thursday, 17 Nov 2016

Torn clothes, blood stained, half-undressed: The place of costume in Australian Shakespeare productions

In her book The Actor in Costume, Aoife McGrath argues that costumes provoke a range of questions; not least of how the costume relates to the body of specific authors, and how the thenembodied costume evokes responses from an audience. This lec...