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Paul Brunton 2: Phillip Parker King on the coasts of South America

Wednesday 23 August 2017 - 11am to 12pm

King surveyed, from 1826 to 1830, in Adventure and Beagle, the wild southern coasts of South America and the Strait of Magellan, surviving extreme conditions and near shipwreck

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: A Good Life to the End

Friday 25 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ken Hillman (Professor of Intensive Care at UNSW) will talk about his new publication, A Good Life to the End. This book asks why so many elderly people linger in pain and confusion in ICU when often, all they want is to manage their passing at home in peace, surrounded by their loved ones.

Paul Brunton 3: Phillip Parker King - A most admirable Australian

Wednesday 30 August 2017 - 11am to 12pm

King returned to Sydney in 1832, living at his estate ‘Dunheved’ at St Mary’s. In this lecture Paul Brunton will discuss  the active role King played in Sydney's colonial life and culture.

Researching early Chinese Australian families

Wednesday 30 August 2017 - 2pm to 3:30pm

In this talk you will learn about the history of Chinese Australian families from the 1860s to the

Scholarly Musings: Single Female Missionary

Tuesday 5 September 2017 - 11am to 12pm

‘The only white woman among 300 Aborigines at Bonny Well, 266 miles north of Alice Springs, Miss Annie Lock is “Big Boss” to the natives, to whom she is schoolmistress, evangelist and doctor.’

Exploring Colonial Sydney

Wednesday 6 September 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Discover the story of Sydney from 1788 to 1900, as we look at manuscripts, maps, paintings and artworks that tell stories of early Sydney.

Author talk: The Twentieth Man

Thursday 7 September 2017 - 2pm to 3pm

The Twentieth Man. Jones’ debut novel is an exciting thriller that focuses on terrorism, politics and betrayal, taking the reader from the savage mountains of Yugoslavia to Canberra’s brutal yet covert power struggles. Join Tony and David as they talk about the book and writing fiction.

Thinking out Loud - Strangers in Europa: Migrants, Terrorists, Refugees

Monday 11 September 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Thinking out Loud: Strangers in Europa (Full Series)

How has Islamophobia shaped Western identity? In this timely and important series of lectures, Aamir Mufti puts Europe’s new strangers into a necessary long-view perspective in which Europe’s past is inescapably conjoined to the present.