Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December 2011

* The information below is drawn from the websites of various institutions. The web addresses are supplied below. Check the websites to confirm details.

Thursday 1 December
Title: Shen Jiawei – Gallery talk
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Temporary Exhibition Gallery, National Museum
Cost: Free, registration required

Portrait artist Shen Jiawei will discuss his art including paintings featured in the exhibition ‘A New Horizon’ (http://nma.gov.au/exhibitions/a_new_horizon/).

Thursday 1 December
Title: The Responsibility to Protect – Ten Years On
Time: 2pm
Venue: Law Link Lecture Theatre, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Former Australian Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans, Ramesh Thakur, Professor of International Relations at the ANU, and Anne Orford, Professor of International Law at Melbourne University, will discuss the development of the concept that nations have a responsibility to intervene to protect civilians where they face atrocities at the hands of their own government. This responsibility was one of the factors cited in the United Nations prior to international intervention in Libya. For further reading on this topic, the latest issue of the journal Foreign Affairs looks at the evidence for and against humanitarian intervention.

Thursday 1 December
Title: ‘Australians: Eureka to the Diggers’ by Thomas Keneally
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Venue: Conference Room, National Library
Cost: Free, booking required

Thomas Keneally, one of Australia’s best known writers of fiction and non-fiction presents ‘Australians: Eureka to the Diggers’, the second volume in his history of Australia. In the first volume, ‘Origins to Eureka’, Keneally focused on the experiences of ordinary people to shed light on the major currents of Australian history.

Thursday 1 December
Title: The stories behind the legends – Ray Martin
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Venue: Manning Clark Centre, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Ray Martin is a multi-award winning journalist and TV current affairs host. He will talk about his latest book ‘Favourites’ in which he recounts some of his most memorable interviews, including with Kerry Packer, Don Bradman, Patrick Dodson and Jane Fonda.

Saturday 3 December
Title: Nurses exhibition
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: BAE Systems Theatre, Australian War Memorial
Cost: Free

In association with the War Memorial’s exhibition ‘Nurses: from Zululand to Afghanistan’, Squadron Leader Sharon Bown, a Royal Australian Air Force nursing officer will share her experience including in East Timor and Afghanistan.

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Tuesday 6 December
Title: ‘Reflections’: Dr John Hewson
Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm
Venue: Molonglo Theatre, ANU
Cost: Free, booking required

The inaugural ‘Reflections’ lecture at the Crawford School of Economics and Government will feature Dr John Hewson, leader of the Opposition from 1990 to 1994.  He will reflect on his time in politics and how politics has changed since then.

Wednesday 7 December
Tile: Who's afraid of human rights?
Time: 12:15 - 1:15pm
Venue: Theatre, Parliament House
Cost: Free

Jon Stanhope, former Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, will present the latest in the series of Senate Occasional Lectures arguing for continued political leadership and community engagement on human rights in Australia. Under Mr Stanhope, the ACT Government introduced a bill of rights, legalised civil unions for same sex couples and decriminalised abortion. He is currently a Professorial Fellow in Public Sector Engagement in the Australian and New Zealand School of Government at the University of Canberra.

Thursday 8 December
Title: Australia’s Wild Weather
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Conference Room, National Library
Cost: Free, registration required

Poet Mark Tredinnick will speak about his book on Australia's weather which features photographs from the National Library's collection. The book will be officially launched by Senator Bob Brown.

Saturday 10 December
Title: Renaissance
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: James Fairfax Theatre, National Gallery
Cost: Free

Jaynie Anderson, Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne, will speak about the exhibition ‘Renaissance’ that includes works by Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo Lotto, Andrea Mantegna and Raphael. Information on the exhibition is at: http://www.nga.gov.au/RENAISSANCE/

Saturday 10 December
Title: ‘Smalltown’ – floortalk by the curator
Time: 2pm
Venue: National Archives
Cost: Free, booking required

Inara Walden will present the exhibition Smalltown that she curated in collaboration with photographer Martin Mischkulnig and writer Tim Winton.

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Tuesday 13 December
Title: The Other Dickens
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Conference Room, National Library
Cost: $5, registration required

Lillian Nayder will talk about her biography of Catherine Hogarth, wife of Charles Dickens.  Nayder is Professor of English at Bates College. A review of ‘The Other Dickens’ may be found here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704156304576003393842717666.html

Tuesday 13 December
Title: The role of the ICJ in the formulation and development of fundamental norms of international law
Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Venue: Staff Library, ANU College of Law, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Professor of Public International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, will look at cases before the International Court of Justice and how these have shaped understanding of international law with regard to concepts such as state responsibility, human rights and protection of refugees.

Wednesday 14 December
Title: Bradman Oration – Rahul Dravid
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Australian War Memorial
Cost: $250, booking required

The annual Sir Donald Bradman Oration will be delivered by Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid. Includes four course dinner and music.

Rahul Dravid Rahul Dravid of India bats during day three of the Third Test match between New Zealand and India at the Basin Reserve on April 5, 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rahul Dravid

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