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Aspects of Social Discourse in Light of the Trump Experience

Consider the ways in which the information we need to build up a healthy society can be influenced, and even distorted by various factors including our own bias, implicit or conscious. We consider past examples as well as some of the egregious cases of recent times. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE OUTLINE What do we want from our societies?... [More]
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<p>Consider the ways in which the information we need to build up a healthy society can be influenced, and even distorted by various factors including our own bias, implicit or conscious. We consider

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08 Jun

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50 Years Ago: The World's First Green Ban

On 16 June 1971 the world’s first ‘green ban’ was imposed by the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation in order to protect an area of bushland called Kelly’s Bush on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. The term ‘green ban’, however, would not be coined until two years later by the union’s leader Jack Mundey. Other green bans followed throughout... [More]
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<p>On 16 June 1971 the world’s first ‘green ban’ was imposed by the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation in order to protect an area of bushland called Kelly’s Bush on Sydney’s Lower North

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22 Jun
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<p>On 16 June 1971 the world’s first ‘green ban’ was imposed by the New South Wales Builders Labourers’ Federation in order to protect an area of bushland called Kelly’s Bush on Sydney’s Lower North

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22 Jun

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasing rapidly in society. But (outside Hollywood) it is not getting the attention it deserves. This speculative presentation will help us to think about the unthinkable. Humankind is clearly on the edge of a new revolution. But will it be to our advantage? DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face... [More]
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<p>Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasing rapidly in society. But (outside Hollywood) it is not getting the attention it deserves. This speculative presentation will help us to think about the

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25 Jun

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Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation: A Brief Introduction

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an inter-governmental forum for 21 member economies in the Pacific Rim that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. APEC was founded in 1989, following the success of a series of post-ministerial conferences that were launched in the 1980s by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations... [More]
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<p>The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is an inter-governmental forum for 21 member economies in the Pacific Rim that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region. APEC was founded

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28 Jun

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Who Wins the New Space Race?

The Chinese Mars Probe is due to land in May. It is expected to relay data back to Earth immediately. There is little doubt - given the state of geo-political play between Xi's China & the West - that such an event will provoke significant world-wide speculation. We discuss its relevance to, and impact on, global relations. DELIVERY MODE... [More]
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<p>The Chinese Mars Probe is due to land in May. It is expected to relay data back to Earth immediately. There is little doubt - given the state of geo-political play between Xi's China &amp; the West

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02 Jul

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George Kennan and The Long Telegram: Communism and Containment

George F. Kennan (1904-2005), one of America’s most famous diplomats, served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the USA to the USSR from 1944 to 1946. On February 22, 1946, in a document now known as the ‘Long Telegram’, Kennan outlined a policy response to Soviet Communism which is called ‘containment’. Kennan’s telegram (subsequently expanded and... [More]
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<p>George F. Kennan (1904-2005), one of America’s most famous diplomats, served as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the USA to the USSR from 1944 to 1946. On February 22, 1946, in a document now known

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12 Jul

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Remembering 1921: 100 Years Later

1921 was dominated by the impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919-1920. The newly established Weimar Republic in Germany was floundering under the savage clauses of the post WWI Treaty of Versailles. The race riots in Tulsa, Oklahoma shocked the world. Communist Parties were formed in several nations in the wake of the Russian... [More]
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<p>1921 was dominated by the impact of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919-1920. The newly established Weimar Republic in Germany was floundering under the savage clauses of the post WWI

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19 Jul

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What Have We Learned from the Pandemic of 2020?

The ethical, moral, economic and social consequences of the 2020 global pandemic have been monumental. We were confronted with many stark images of death and suffering across the world as the contagion spread early in 2020. As the world and Australia moves towards recovery in 2021 we need to take heed of valuable lessons for the future regarding... [More]
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<p>The ethical, moral, economic and social consequences of the 2020 global pandemic have been monumental. We were confronted with many stark images of death and suffering across the world as the

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21 Jul

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Iran from Ancient Times to Modern Theocracy

As part of Ancient Persia, Iran shared in the greatness of the great empires of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. But, after the Muslim advance out of Arabia, it became an Islamic state, following the minority Shi’ite belief. This has had a profound effect on modern times, with Iran being a theocracy since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Today it is a... [More]
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<p>As part of Ancient Persia, Iran shared in the greatness of the great empires of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. But, after the Muslim advance out of Arabia, it became an Islamic state, following the

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21 Jul
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<p>As part of Ancient Persia, Iran shared in the greatness of the great empires of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. But, after the Muslim advance out of Arabia, it became an Islamic state, following the

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21 Jul

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Hugh Wilford and America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists in the Middle East

Hugh Wilford (b. 1965) is a British historian who was trained in the UK but is currently based at California State University. His recent works have mainly been concerned with the role of the CIA in shaping Cold War culture in America and the West. However, in ‘America’s Great Game’, Wilford turns his focus towards American covert operations in the... [More]
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<p>Hugh Wilford (b. 1965) is a British historian who was trained in the UK but is currently based at California State University. His recent works have mainly been concerned with the role of the CIA

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26 Jul

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