Monday, November 14, 2011

Second half of November 2011

CANBERRA BRAIN FOOD

SECOND 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.

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. He will discuss the book with radio presenter Genevieve Jacobs. [Note: An interview with Ham is at http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/interview-paul-ham-20111103-1mxa1.html]

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’. [Note: Saul Eslake’s brief review of the book is at http://www.themonthly.com.au/too-much-luck-mining-boom-and-australia-s-future-paul-cleary-saul-eslake-3626]

Wednesday 16 November
Title: King O’Malley: Director’s Floor Talk
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Canberra Museum and Gallery
Cost: Free

The Director of ACT Museums and Galleries, Shane Breynard, will present the exhibition on the life and legacy of King O’Malley, a member of Australia’s first federal parliament and an important figure in the founding of Canberra.

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, Garran Road, ANU
Cost: Free, registration 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.

Thursday 17 November
Title: South Sudan: Independence and Beyond
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: Acton Theatre, Crawford School of Economics and Government, ANU
Cost: Free

South Sudan became an independent nation on 9 July this year. How did this come about and how can it tackle the huge challenges of establishing a new nation, not to mention responding to the aspirations and developmental needs of its population? A forum including Sue Moore, Program Manager from the Africa division of AusAID, and Yen Gai, an emigrant from Sudan, will try to answer these and other questions.

Thursday 17 November
Title: Beyond the Intervention
Time: 7:15 – 9:30pm
Venue: Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall St, Barton
Cost: Free

John Paterson, CEO of the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT, and Jon Altman of the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University will lead a panel discussion on ‘Aboriginal development in the Northern Territory’. [Note: I recently attended a talk by Jon Altman. He is a provocative thinker, whether or not you agree with his conclusions and prescriptions]

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.

Monday 21 November
Title: Digger Smith and Australia’s Great War
Time: 4:00 – 5:30pm
Venue: Conference Room, National Library
Cost: Free

Dr Peter Stanley is one of Australia’s foremost military historians. He is the Head of the Centre for Historical Research at the National Museum and was previously principal historian at the Australian War Memorial. In his latest book he uses the device of telling the story of a few Australians with the surname ‘Smith’ during the First World War to illustrate the range of experiences of soldiers, nurses and civilians in various fields. Dr Stanley will be joined in this talk by Roger Lee, Head of the Australian Army History Unit.

Tuesday 22 November
Title: The Vanished Musicians: Dr Albrecht Dümling
Time: 5:00 – 6:30pm
Venue: School of Cultural Inquiry Conference Room, AD Hope Building, ANU
Cost: Free

Many Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany made their way to Australia. Some stayed only briefly while some remained permanently. In his book The Vanished Musicians: Jewish refugees in Australia, renowned musicologist Albrecht Dümling has told the stories of these musicians and the mixed reception they received in Australia.

Wednesday 23 November
Title: Syria at a crossroad: political change and obstacles to democracy
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Building 23, University of Canberra
Cost: Free

Jamil Sawda - PhD candidate at the Institute for Governance at the Australia-New Zealand School of Government – will discuss the current situation in Syria, the relationship with unrest and change across the Middle East and international reactions.

Thursday 24 November
Title: Bringing the House Down
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Paperchain Bookstore, Manuka
Cost: Free

Barry Cohen, columnist and former Member of Parliament and Minister, talks about his new book – a memoir of some of the funniest moments he experienced in parliament.

Thursday 24 November
Title: All That I Am
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Venue: Theatre 1, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Anna Funder – author of the 2004 book “Stasiland” about East Germany’s secret service – will present “All that I am”, her debut novel about individuals who challenge the rise of the Nazi regime in 1930s Germany. [Note: The Guardian newspaper damns the novel with faint praise. “The story is very interesting” writes Joanna Kavenna at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/01/funder-all-that-i-am-review Ouch! Simon Schama was also critical: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/a98d6582-d89e-11e0-9089-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1dMx8aTpS].

Thursday 24 November
Title: The Second Sex: the first unabridged English translation
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Venue: Finkel Lecture Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Garran Road, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Simone de Beauvoir’s 1949 book “The Second Sex” is one of the most important books in feminist literature. It examines the place of women in society, how that position has changed and evolved through history, how women are treated in art and literature and how they may achieve greater liberation. In 2009, Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevalier published what is described as the first unabridged translation. They will talk about the task of translation and the continuing importance of the book.

Friday 25 November
Title: Carbon markets and international linkage: Australia and the UN Climate Change Conference, Durban 2011
Time: 11:00 – 12:30pm
Venue: Molonglo lecture theatre, JG Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required
On 8 November, the Australian Government’s “Clean Energy Future” legislation passed the Senate, clearing the last parliamentary hurdle before becoming law. The legislation will initially apply a fixed price on carbon for emitters in a number of sectors. In 2015, the fixed price will be replaced by a market-based emissions trading scheme that will allow trading with other international carbon markets. Emissions trading will be one of the matters that will be discussed at the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that will be held in Durban (South Africa) from 28 November to 9 December. Greg Combet, the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, will describe the Government’s position.

Saturday 26 November
Title: Cold Light - book launch
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: House of Representatives Chamber, Old Parliament House
Cost: Free, booking required

‘Cold Light’ is the final volume in Australian author Frank Moorhouse’s trilogy of novels which follows its heroine Edith Campbell-Berry. ‘Cold Light’ is set in Canberra in the 1950s and includes among its characters the prominent political figures of the era. Professor Kim Rubenstein, Director of the Centre for International and Public Law at the Australian National University, will lead Q&A.

Monday 28 November
Title: Family Men in 20th Century Australia
Time: 5:30 – 7:00pm
Venue: Conference Room, National Library
Cost: Free

According to the cliché, Australian men have traditionally played a fairly limited role in family life, coming home from work just long enough to feed before heading out to the pub. Alistair Thomson, Professor of History at Monash University, has used interviews to compile an oral history of men as husbands and fathers in the 1930s in an attempt to understand the complex roles they played, the expectations they faced and the ways in which they managed those expectations.

Tuesday 29 November
Title: Thailand – a troop of 800 pound gorillas
Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm
Venue: PSC Reading Room, Hedley Bull Centre, Garran Road, ANU
Cost: Free

How do you explain the political system in Thailand? What is the role of the military? What is the role of the king? What were the ‘red shirt’ protests last year all about? Roland Rich will try to explain. Dr Rich was formerly Australian Ambassador to Laos. His latest publication: “Parties and Parliaments in Southeast Asia - Non-Partisan Chambers in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand” will be coming out in 2012.

Tuesday 29 November
Title: New media: what do audiences want and how can communicators add value?
Time: 6pm
Venue: CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton
Cost: Free

New media (including social media) opens up opportunities for those wishing to communicate a message to a wide audience. But taking advantage of these opportunities requires a very different approach to that used in traditional media. And there are significant pitfalls for the unprepared. These issues – with a particular emphasis on the communication of science - will be discussed by a panel including Chris Cassella, Derek Muller, Will Grant and Craig Thomler.

Tuesday 29 November
Title: UK workforce participation, welfare reform & social inclusion policies
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Venue: Hedley Bull Centre, ANU
Cost: Free, registration required

Dan Finn - Professor of Social Inclusion at the University of Portsmouth – will discuss policies and strategies to assist people to move from welfare and into employment. He will examine policies in OECD countries including recent reforms in the UK.

Wednesday 30 November
Title: Anomalous occurrences in unusual circumstances?
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: High Court of Australia
Cost: Free, booking required

Under Australia’s Constitution, there is a formal separation of powers between the judiciary, the executive and the legislature. However, justices of the High Court have occasionally served the government of the day directly, for example as diplomatic envoys in wartime. What is the history of this extra-judicial activity and what does it say about our understanding of the separation of powers? These issues will be examined by Fiona Wheeler, Professor and Associate Dean at the ANU’s College of Law.

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 featuring in the exhibition ‘A New Horizon’ (http://nma.gov.au/exhibitions/a_new_horizon/).

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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.

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