Monday, November 7, 2011

First half of November 2011



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

Monday 7 November
Title: Why did we get the collapse of the Soviet Union so wrong?
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre, Garran Road, ANU
Cost: Free

Paul Dibb, Professor in the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies at the Australian National University, will speak about the collapse of the Soviet Union

Tuesday 8 November
Title: Flying angels by Heri Dono: an eccentric low-tech chorus
Time: 12:45pm
Venue: East Asian Gallery, National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Free

Melanie Eastburn, Curator, and Roy Marchant, Objects Technician—Conservation, will speak about Indonesian artist Heri Dono’s Flying angels 2006. Learn more about Flying Angels at:

Tuesday 8 November
Title: The Global Unity of the Common Law of Torts?
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Venue: Sparke Helmore Theatre 1, ANU College of Law, Fellows Road, ANU
Cost: Free

Tort law draws upon precedents and principles from legal systems around the world. There are factors that encourage this cross-pollination but also factors that cause fragmentation between countries. Professor Ken Oliphant, Director of the Institute for European Tort Law at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, will discuss.

Thursday 10 November
Title: The UN Security Council, NATO, the European Union, the ICC and Libya
Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue: Sparke Helmore Theatre ANU College of Law (Bldg 5), Fellows Road, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

What does international law say about the intervention of NATO and the European Union in the conflict in Libya? How can the Transitional Council be recognised? What might be the basis for criminal prosecutions of the Gaddafi regime? Hear what Professor Władysław Czaplinski of the Institute of Legal Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences has to say.

Thursday 10 November
Title: Gay Marriage: As Important as Race?
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: Coombs Lecture Theatre, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Why is full recognition of a right to marriage important to gay couples? Why would anyone resist this right? Raimond Gaita is one of Australia’s foremost moral philosophers. He is a Professorial Fellow in the Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at King’s College London.

Saturday 12 November
Title: Defending Bligh
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Venue: Liangis Theatre, National Portrait Gallery
Cost: $10 general public

William Bligh had the misfortune to be thrown out of his job not once but twice. First, when he was captaining the Bounty, his officers mutinied against him. And then when he was Governor of New South Wales, he suffered a similar fate in what has come to be known as the Rum Rebellion. Should we therefore judge Bligh a huge failure? Russell Earls Davis – author of Bligh in Australia: A new appraisal of William Bligh and the Rum Rebellion – thinks not.

Sunday 13 November
Title: 'Nasho' – citizenship and duty in 1960s Australia
Time: 2pm
Venue: National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace
Cost: Free, booking required

National service was reintroduced in Australia in 1964 during the war in Vietnam. All 20-year-old males (with some exceptions) had to register and they were selected for service by the "birthday ballot" under which they would be required to serve for two years full-time in the regular army and three years part-time in the reserves. Conscription provoked debate within the community and there were large anti-conscription demonstration. (Drawn from the AWM website)

In her talk, Dr Christina Twomey, Associate Professor of History at Monash University, will look at why most Australians actually supported the reintroduction of national service ('Nasho') in the 1960s.

Monday 14 November
Title: Melanesia
Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm
Venue: Conference Room, National Library of Australia
Cost: Free

What are the meanings of ‘Melanesia’? Stephanie Lawson, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University, will examine the geographic, cultural and racial meanings of this term and look at its significance in the politics of the Pacific islands.

Monday 14 November
Title: Public Capital, Growth and Welfare
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre, Garran Road, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Professor Pierre-Richard Agénor is Professor of International Macroeconomics and Development Economics at the University of Manchester. His talk will focus on the macroeconomics of growth, poverty reduction and human development drawing on his forthcoming book.

Tuesday 15 November
Title: Hiroshima Nagasaki: A Conversation with Paul Ham
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
Venue: Foyer, National Library of Australia
Cost: Free, registration required

Why did the United States use atomic weapons against Japan in 1945? Australian historian Paul Ham challenges accepted ideas in his most recent book. An interview with Ham is at He will discuss the book with radio presenter Genevieve Jacobs.

Wednesday 16 November
Title: The Slowing Down of Long-term Growth in Asia: Natural Causes, the Middle-Income Trap and Politics
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Acton Theatre J.G. Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Are countries in South-East Asia suffering from a ‘middle income trap’? That is, are they losing competitiveness and therefore are their economies slowing down as incomes rise? James Riedel, Professor of International Economics at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, discusses this and what can be done about it.

Wednesday 16 November
Title: Too Much Luck
Time: 5:15 – 6:30pm
Venue: Co-op bookshop, ANU
Cost: Free

The ‘resources boom’ has insulated Australia’s economy from global turmoil. But how long will it last? What will happen when it ends? And what are the implications for the rest of the economy? Paul Cleary’s talk will be based on his new book ‘Too Much Luck’. Saul Eslake’s brief review of the book is at

Wednesday 16 November
Title: Switching the immune system off: the keys to autoimmunity, allergy, immune deficiency and cancer
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Venue: Finkel Lecture Theatre, JCSMR, Building 131, Garran Road, ANU
Cost: Free, RSVP required

The immune system protects us from infection and disease. However, it can also be the cause of auto-immune disorders, allergies, transplant rejections and other conditions. Professor Christopher C. Goodnow of the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment will deliver the second annual John Curtin lecture.

Friday 18 November 2011-11-07
Title: Faithful Representations: 100 years of the Historic Memorials Collection
Time: 12:15 – 1:15pm
Venue: Main Committee Room, Parliament House
Cost: Free

Kylie Scroope, Director of Art Services at the Department of Parliamentary Services, will talk about the Historic Memorials Collection at Parliament House which comprises portraits of Governors-General, Prime Ministers, Chief Justices and other distinguished Australian and paintings of significant events in Australian parliamentary history.

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