Wednesday, April 4, 2012

APRIL 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 this month.

For example, the national folk music festival takes place over the Easter long weekend at the Exhibition Park:

Sunday 8 April
Title: Faithiest: How an atheist found common ground with the religious
Time: 4:30 – 67:00 pm
Venue: Manning Clark Centre, Australian National University
Cost: Free

A great event for Easter Sunday! Chris Stedman – with the amazing titles ‘Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University’ and ‘Emeritus Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue’ will speak about his work promoting mutual understanding between religious and non-religious people. Check out his blog at:

Tuesday 10 April
Title: Something from Nothing: Lawrence Krauss and Richard Dawkins
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Childers Street
Cost: Free, registration required

Two of the world’s greatest thinkers and public communicators on science in their respective fields will share the stage in this not-to-be-missed event! Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss will discuss biology, cosmology, religion, and a host of other topics. In case you don’t know, Richard Dawkins is Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford and is the author of ground-breaking (and sometimes controversial books) such as The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker  and The God Delusion. Lawrence Krauss is Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the author of more than three hundred scientific publications as well as books including The Physics of Star Trek and his most recent work, A Universe from Nothing.

Please note that the event is fully booked, but the editors of Canberra Brain Food recommend you turn up on the day to take advantage of no-shows.

!!Recommended event!!

Thursday 12 April
Title: Titanic and Europe on the eve of the Great War
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Venue: Manning Clark Centre, ANU
Cost: Free

Dr Ben Wellings - Deputy-head of the School of Politics and International Relations and Convenor of European Studies at the Australian National University – will analyse the situation in Europe on the eve of the First World War through the prism of the sinking of the Titanic one hundred years ago this month with the loss of over 1500 lives.

Wednesday 18 April
Title: Real Food Security
Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Venue: Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 1, Garran Road, ANU
Cost: Free

Professor Lindsay Falvey - Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science at the University of Cambridge- will bring a fresh perspective to the concept of ‘food security’ by looking at the centrality of good governance to the capacity of a country to feed its people and examining the relationship between aid donors and small farmers.

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