Thursday, 28 Jul 2016

Writing Histories of Gender in Australia and the World

In this roundtable conversation, featuring Mary Tomsic, Kat Ellinghaus, Catherine Kevin and Jacinthe Flore, the panel will discuss the ways in which gender histories have been, and can be, written. Each speaker will reflect on their own practices ...

Stalin’s Defectors: How Red Army Soldiers became Hitler’s Collaborators, 1941-1945

The question of Red Army soldiers crossing the line to the Germans during the GermanSoviet war of 194145 has long obsessed historians. Some have treated all Soviet prisoners of war as deserters to the enemy, while others have tried to minimize the...

Inspiring India: Challenges for Environmental Democracy in the Worlds Largest Democracy

India's developmental strategy is obsessively focused on economic growth with GDP being the central focus. This obsession has led to massive exploitation of forests, rivers and land, as well as increased conflict between the State and the corporat...

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Political Islam and the Challenge to International Law

Professor Naz Modirzadeh and Professor Andrew March will explore some of the challenges posed by the rise of militant forms of political Islam to international law. The speakers will explore what transnational Jihadis may have contributed to Islam...

How to be a Pragmatist

The 2016 Barry Taylor and David Lewis Philosophy Lecture is presented by Professor Elizabeth Anderson. Pragmatism is often loosely characterized as the view that people should adopt "whatever works." This seems like empty and useless advice, sinc...

Friday, 29 Jul 2016

Einstein’s Gravity: Black Holes, Dark Matter and Gravitational Lensing

The General Theory of Relativity describes how mass distorts how we observe space and time. Two spectacular examples of this are provided through gravitational lensing and the predictions of black holes. Gravitational lenses provide our strongest ...

Tuesday, 2 Aug 2016

Trusts – constructive, resulting and the importance of definition and doctrinal approach

For the third event in the 2016 ‘Judges in Conversation’ series, the Hon James Leslie Bain Allsop AO (Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia) will be in conversation with Professor William Swadling (University of Oxford) to discuss Trusts – con...

Dynamic Patterns

Join us for the third Melbourne School of Design Dean's Lecture, which will showcase the work of eminent international professionals in the built environment. Dynamic Patterns will discuss the work of Philadelphiabased PEG office of landscape + ar...

Ideology Beyond Belief: Social Practices and the Persistence of Injustice

Racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice are more than just bad attitudes; after all, such injustice also involves unfair distributions of goods and resources. But attitudes play a role. How central is that role? Tommie Shelby argues that r...

Wednesday, 3 Aug 2016

Immunity: Harnessing the Power and Specificity of the Immune System to Beat Killer Diseases

From 2126 August 2016, over 3000 experts in the field of immunology will descend on Melbourne for the International Congress of Immunology 2016 (ICI 2016). To celebrate and showcase some of the cuttingedge research being conducted in the Melbourn...

Climate impacts at 1.5° and 2° - where half a degree makes a difference

The ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system”. In this context, the Paris Agreement sets a longterm temperature goal of hol...

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The Pig and the Peace: Defining Imperial Order in the Age of Revolutions

This lecture begins with the execution of a “very fine pig” in Sydney in 1795. Pigs made notoriously disorderly colonists – procreating, trespassing and damaging public property at will. But this particular pig caused an unusual amount of trouble....

White Concepts - Ghassan Hage

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...

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What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?

Did you know that Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells die in the brain? This causes the chemical dopamine to decline and has many other effects. In this presentation, Professor Malcolm Horne will discuss brain changes and possible symptoms...

Thursday, 4 Aug 2016

International Law and Global Non-International Armed Conflict

How is international law involved in what the US has called the ‘global noninternational armed conflict’ against al Qaeda and associated forces? In this lecture, Professor Naz Modirzadeh will analyse the legal arguments developed by the US to just...

Revenge in the Age of Empire: Civilisation and Violence in the Nineteenth Century

Presented by Dr Jan Rüger: ‘Revenge is a kind of wild justice’, Francis Bacon wrote four centuries ago. It was a form of retribution, he thought, ‘which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out’. Blood feuds and revenge ki...

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International Human Rights and Australian Exceptionalism

The Sir Anthony Mason Honorary lecture was inaugurated in 1995, the year of Sir Anthony Mason's retirement as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. The lecture serves to celebrate Sir Anthony Mason's outstanding contribution to the legal p...

Friday, 5 Aug 2016

Life as a Young Musician in the USSR

In tandem with the Dorcas McClean Travelling Scholarship for Violinists 2016, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is proud to host 'Life as a Young Musician in the USSR', a panel discussion featuring distinguished guests Oleh Krysa, Alice Waten,...

Tuesday, 9 Aug 2016

Scorsese's Women

The films of Martin Scorsese are internationally recognised as platforms for male actors such as Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and the pantheon of underworld misanthropes they create. In this lecture, Mark Nicholls considers the...

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Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016

Ready for Action: strengthening the role of non-violence and conflict resolution in the UN and its agencies

The idea of readiness for action is usually associated with military intervention. But peace, nonviolence and conflict resolution also require careful preparation and training. Changes that build peace can come from dramatic top down decisions....

The Fragility of the Idea of A Common Humanity - Professor Raimond Gaita

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, 11 Aug 2016

Litigating the War on Terror: Smith v Obama and the Place of Islamic Law

Since 2014, the United States has participated in military operations in Syria against 'The Islamic State' as part of its 'Operation Inherent Resolve'. The US government claims that its use of force against IS in Syria is authorised domestically o...

Was it An Intellectual Genocide? The Elimination of ‘Leftist Elements’ in the Indonesian Higher Education, 1965-1980

The anticommunist violence of 1965 is a political caesura that affected almost every aspect of the Indonesian state and society. So far there is a rich body of literature devoted to understanding the violence with a strong focus on: the political ...

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Leveraging technology to improve the wellbeing of the world

Ample research shows the benefits of happiness for personal wellbeing, as well as workplace wellbeing and physical health. Dr Acacia Parks will provide an overview of some of these benefits, including the idea of happiness as “contagious,” then ta...

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Friday, 12 Aug 2016

Remembering Indian independence: model, exception, and re-remembering

This talk situates collective or shared memory of Indian independence in the comparative context of remembering the 'moments' of independence of other new nations emerging from colonial rule after the Second World War. It suggests that the Indian ...

Monday, 15 Aug 2016

Indonesia's future economic prospects

What is the outlook for the Indonesian economy in the midst of global economic pressures, and how is President Joko Widodo's administration tackling the country's key domestic and international economic challenges? Join us for a public lecture by ...

Master Talk: Chinese Violinist - Lu Siqing

Hailed by Strad as “an outstanding talent”, award winning Chinese violinist, Lu Siqing has performed to acclaim in more than forty countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and South Africa that has taken him to some of the world’...

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Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016

Rejecting normal: Reversing the relationship between large-scale and classroom assessments

Melbourne Graduate School of Education Dean's Lecture presented by Mark Wilson, Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, and Assessment Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. There is an imbal...

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Brexit, Trump and the Future of Globalisation

The rise of populist and antiglobalization movements, such as the candidacy of Donald Trump in the U.S. and the recent vote for Brexit in the U.K., have been interpreted as an unprecedented, global threat to the existing liberal economic and polit...

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The Art of Travel in the Name of Science

This public lecture explores the significance of mobility to an understanding of visual culture in the colonial period, focusing in particular on the works of art produced on board Matthew Flinders' inaugural circumnavigation of Australia between ...

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Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016

Seeing the Old, the Weak and the Afflicted - Karen Hitchcock

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...

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Thursday, 18 Aug 2016

Deception and Revelation: Shakespeare at the National Gallery of Victoria

How have artists depicted key scenes in Shakespeare’s plays? This conversational talk will highlight how artists reinterpret the drama through powerful visual inventions. It will ask what these scenes meant to viewers in the 18th and 19th century....

Half Baked Ideas: Indian Democracy in Heterogeneous Times: Disenchantment, Coercion & History

Much of the political science literature dealing with Indian democracy alludes to its success and argues that democracy has taken deep roots within its polity. In order to account for the success of the democratic experiment in India, analysts hav...

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Fidgety Phil and head in the air Johnny: What is ADHD and why is it still so controversial?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been recognised as an important cause of impairment for children and young people for many years for adults yet it remains very controversial within the public domain. Much of this controversy stems fro...

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...

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Citizens, Criminologists and Wayfarers: On Crime in the Open City

The city has long been a space of industry, commerce, pleasure and connection. Cities are also places that require defence, their territories vulnerable to outsiders; and a city was declared ‘open’ when its defenders conceded it for occupation by ...

Monday, 22 Aug 2016

Roundtable Seminar: Natural Resources and Crony Capitalism in India

In recent years, there has been considerable controversy in India over the manner in which natural resources like telecommunications spectrum, coal, iron ore, natural gas and land have been allocated and priced. The government (at the federal and ...

Jokowi’s Foreign Policy and Australia-Indonesia Relations

Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s contrasting approach to foreign policy compared to his predecessor Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stands to reshape AustraliaIndonesia ties. The bilateral relationship developed robustly under Yudhoyono, considered by many to be a...

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Lives lived in out-of-home care: Using research evidence to improve outcomes for children

Despite the growing emphasis on research evidence use, the link between evidence use and better outcomes for children has yet to be firmly established. There are several reasons why. Definitions of research evidence have tended to emphasize rand...

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Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016

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

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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...

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Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016

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...

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Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016

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

Wednesday, 7 Sep 2016

Svetlana Alexievich Didn't Make it to the Royal Commission - Dr Maria Tumarkin

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...

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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...

Monday, 12 Sep 2016

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...

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, an ethnographic project documenting the songlines of Arrernte women's culture for future generations. Presented by the Research Unit for Indigenous Language.

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...

Wednesday, 5 Oct 2016

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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....

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, ha...

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...

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

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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

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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 paper...