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Today Wednesday 28th June, 2017

A Perfidious Distortion of History

Wednesday 28 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Nearly on hundred years to the day since the signing of the Versailles Peace Treaty, author and historian Jürgen Tampke will speak on his new book, A Perfidious Distortion of History: the Versailles Peace Treaty and the success of the Nazis. This fascinating new work calls into dispute the traditional version of the role of the Versailles Peace Treaty in the rise of Nazism and the unleashing of World War II.

Grattan Institute: Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s Review of the Security of the National Electricity Market

Wednesday 28 June 2017 - 6pm to 7:15pm

This Forward Thinking event follows the release of the Final Report of the Finkel Review. Hear from Dr Finkel and a panel of experts on how Australia can respond to challenges that our electricity system faces.


Scholarly Musings: The Reorientation of the Archive as Multidirectional and Multi-vocal

Tuesday 4 July 2017 - 11am to 12pm

Archives hold information that can fill in large gaps of missing culture, language and kin for affected communities. Lauren Booker will speak on the notions of the ‘participatory archive’ and re-using archival documents, relating this to projects that she has worked on with the Library’s Indigenous Services branch.

Bitesize Lunchtime Talk: In Plain View - The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (SOLD OUT)

Thursday 6 July 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Paul Irish and Michael Ingrey will discuss the poorly understood period of Sydney’s shared history when Aboriginal people were ignored in colonial narratives but in reality were living lives on their own terms.

Fergus Hume Society Annual Lecture

Wednesday 12 July 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join Rachel Franks for the Third Annual Lecture of the Fergus Hume Society. This year’s lecture will focus on Madame Midas (1888). The lecture will be immediately followed by an open discussion of this ‘realistic and sensational story of Australian mining life’.

Author talk: The Last Man in Europe

Thursday 13 July 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

 Dennis Glover explores Orwell’s life with a unique and extraordinary new book. Combining history and drama Glover presents the reader with a unique portrait of Orwell, one of literature’s most unique and beloved writers.

Why We Should Still be Reading Austen

Tuesday 18 July 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join Susannah Fullerton as discusses the endless appeal of Jane Austen and her new memoir, Jane & I: A Tale of Austen Addiction.

Walkley Media Talk: Interactive Storytelling

Thursday 20 July 2017 - 6pm to 7:30pm

In the digital age newsrooms are experimenting to capture readers’ attention.  So what’s next in storytelling, and how are different organisations faring with the growth of interactive content? Our panel talk user experience and information curation.

John Gould: the Bird Man

Wednesday 26 July 2017 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

John Gould was a British ornithologist and artist. It is estimated over half a million individual hand coloured plates of birds and animals were produced under the Gould name.

Talking Deadly with Dr Clint Bracknell

Wednesday 26 July 2017 - 6pm to 7pm

Join Dr Clint Bracknell for Talking Deadly on the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project.