Friday, March 2, 2012

MARCH 2012

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

Apart from the talks and seminars listed below, there are some other great events coming up in Canberra.

The Canberra Enlighten festival includes music and dance performances but is worth it alone for the video projections on the city’s architectural landmarks.

Screen shot 2012 01 19 at 8.33.50 AM 380x252 My Canberra tales. What are yours? 

And don’t forget that the national folk music festival is coming up in the first week of April.
Folk music isn’t all fiddles and accordions (although there’s plenty of that too). For example, you’ll want to check out bands like Azadoota:

Tuesday 6 March
Title: The Australian moment
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: Manning Clark Centre, Australian National University
Cost: Free, registration required

The Australian Moment is the latest book by Australian journalist and commentator George Megalogenis. It examines what have been Australia’s achievements, its place in the world and what the future might hold for us. Here’s what Prime Minister Gillard had to say in launching the book:

Wednesday 7 March
Title: Fire and Ice – On slow reading, being serious and following your nose
Time: 5:30 – 7:15pm
Venue: National Library of Australia
Cost: $25, pre-registration required

Radio broadcaster Ramona Koval will present this year’s Manning Clark lecture on the joys of reading and her experience over the years interviewing authors and reviewing their works.

Friday 9 March
Title: Conservation in a Human-dominated world
Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Venue: Ann Harding Centre, University of Canberra
Cost: Free, registration required

If you’re a little bit tired (as the editors of Canberra Brain Food are) of the human interaction with nature being reduced to calculations of tonnes of carbon emitted, Richard Fuller of the University of Queensland will present a more rounded picture of the impact of human activity on the environment and also the psychological impacts of the environment on humans and our values.

Sunday 11 March
Title: The Seventh Seal
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Theatre, National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Free

OK, so Canberra Brain Food is not a site for movie listings. But we couldn’t resist drawing your attention to the National Gallery’s screening of Ingmar Bergman’s 1958 masterpiece The Seventh Seal.

Don’t miss it!

Tuesday 13 March
Title: Inspiring Australia
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Venue: CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street
Cost: Free, registration required

Former Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Ian Chubb, presents this annual lecture in which he will describe the inspirations for his career in science. He will also discuss how he plans to promote the study of science at school and at university – one of his tasks in his current role as Australia’s Chief Scientist.

Wednesday 14 March
Title: Russell Drysdale: the paintings
Time: 4:00 – 5:30pm
Venue: Foyer, National Library
Cost: Free, registration required
This year would have been the hundredth birthday of Australian artist Russell Drysdale. Author Lou Klepac will launch his book on Drysdale’s paintings and drawings.

Wednesday 14 March
Title: The accelerating universe
Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm
Venue: Coombs Lecture Theatre, Australian National University
Cost: Free, registration required

You may have heard that an Australian –Brian Schmidt of the ANU – was this year awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics. But do you know what Professor Schmidt actually does? In this lecture, he will describe the work of his team on the expansion of the universe over billions of years that led to the discovery that this expansion is accelerating. Why is this important? Well, acceleration suggests that more than 70 per cent of the cosmos consists of a previously unknown form of matter, called Dark Energy. And the existence of Dark Energy leads to conclusions about what might be the ultimate fate of the cosmos.
!!Recommended event!!

Thursday 15 March
Title: Heroic figures: Italian Renaissance sculpture
Time: 12:45pm
Venue: Theatre, National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Free

Brian Ladd will discuss the development of monumental figurative sculpture in Renaissance Italy: think Donatello and Michelangelo.

Sunday 18 March
Title: The Decameron
Time: 2:00pm
Venue: Theatre, National Gallery
Cost: Free

One final film listing. To coincide with its Renaissance exhibition, the National Gallery is screening Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1971 film The Decameron - “bawdy tales of love and life, wit and practical jokes” adapted from Boccaccio’s 14th century works. Check out the New York Times’ review of the film (from the archives):

Monday 19 March
Title: Making public policy: an outsider’s perspective
Time: 5:30 – 6:30pm
Venue: Molonglo Theatre, Australian National University
Cost: Free, registration required

In this lecture, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy will discuss the process of making public policy and explore the themes of public engagement, accountability and transparency. He will draw upon his experience in bioethics, healthcare policy, scientific research integrity, the conduct of public inquiries and regulation in the public sector.

Professor Kennedy is the chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in the United Kingdom as well as Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Policy at University College London. Check out this article about him:

Tuesday 20 March
Title: Global modernism and the Indian avant-garde
Time: 12:45 pm
Venue: Theatre, National Gallery of Australia
Cost: Free

Historian of Indian art, Professor Partha Mitter, will discuss Indian modernism, drawing on his book ‘The triumph of modernism: India’s artists and the avant-garde, 1922–47’.

Wednesday 21 March
Title: A Steady Hand: Governor Hunter and his First Fleet Sketchbook
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Venue: Conference Room, National Library of Australia
Cost: Free, registration required

John Hunter arrived in Australia in 1788 as captain of one of the ships of the first fleet. He later returned to Australia to become the second Governor of New South Wales. Governor Hunter was an accomplished artist and naturalist and his sketchbooks include drawings of the native fish, birds and flowers of Australia.

Linda Groom will launch her book “A Steady Hand” which traces Governor Hunter’s life as captain, governor and artist and includes full-colour reproductions of every painting in his sketchbook.

The National Library always provides good quality wine and snacks at its book launches, so don’t miss out!

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