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Labour in Vain: Does the Party have a Future?

We discuss the future of work in Australia; demographic changes, issues of solidifying inequalities; and the prospects of one, two, three – or more ! - terms of a Coalition government changing the ideological make-up of Australia. What are the prospects now - & in 10-15 years- for serious structural economic reform? And what part, if any, could be played by a Labor Government? [More]
$45 Limited inc GST
Labour in Vain: Does the Party have a Future?

We discuss the future of work in Australia; demographic changes, issues of solidifying inequalities; and the prospects of one, two, three – or more ! - terms of a Coalition government changing the

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Yes We Can: The Legacy of President Obama

The 44th President of the US was also the first African – American President. Obama’s relative youth, his inspiring hope for change and his often-soaring rhetoric, led to comparisons with President John F. Kennedy. SUGGESTED READING Obama, Barack, Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise, Three Rivers Press, 2008 Obama, Barack & Michelle, Farewell Speeches, Melville House Publishing, 2017 Obama, Michelle, Becoming, Viking, 2018 [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
Yes We Can: The Legacy of President Obama

<p>The 44th President of the US was also the first African – American President. Obama’s relative youth, his inspiring hope for change and his often-soaring rhetoric, led to comparisons with President

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Barangaroo Haiku Walk

This is a day to slow down and observe, to refresh the senses, through the medium of haiku. This Japanese form of short poem captures a moment in nature. We’ll meet first at WEA in the CBD to learn about haiku. Then travel by bus to Barangaroo with its plants, birds, the sea, flowers, insects, rocks, to walk, write and picnic. A review of our the poems follows. Please compile 1x A4 page of haiku: 1/2 page classic (ie Japanese, but in translation), 1/2 page modern. Please bring the... [More]
$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Barangaroo Haiku Walk

<p>This is a day to slow down and observe, to refresh the senses, through the medium of haiku. This Japanese form of short poem captures a moment in nature. We’ll meet first at WEA in the CBD to learn

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Jane Austen: A Day in the Life

Jane Austen is an iconic figure for scholars and fans alike. In this day course we will learn more about her life and her enduring reputation. This course reconstructs Austen’s life by examining her personal correspondence with beloved sister Cassandra, studying surviving portraits, and scrutinising the perceptions that others had of her, namely her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. SUGGESTED READING Austen’s letters - can be read online for free at Project Gutenberg and Oxford do... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Jane Austen: A Day in the Life

<p>Jane Austen is an iconic figure for scholars and fans alike. In this day course we will learn more about her life and her enduring reputation. This course reconstructs Austen’s life by examining

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Everyday Culture in Late Byzantine Constantinopolis

A one day lecture as an introduction to a more extended session on Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul. It concentrates on the daily life of late Byzantine Constantinopolis by focusing on manners and lifestyle of its people in that era and how the reflection of their culture of living materialised in the design of daily use objects and living spaces. The influence of cultural exchanges between the Byzantine Empire and its surrounding neighbors will also be in focus as a secondary... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Everyday Culture in Late Byzantine Constantinopolis

<p>A one day lecture as an introduction to a more extended session on Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul. It concentrates on the daily life of late Byzantine Constantinopolis by focusing on manners and

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Are You Determined?

There is recent popularization of the denial of free will known as “Free Will Skepticism.” Libet’s science experiments in the 1980s cast doubt whether we have conscious control of our actions. Philosophers too are skeptical: Galen Strawson writes that free will is just incoherent, therefore impossible. Hard Determinists argue that since universal determinism is true it precludes free choice. These views face the problem answering why most of us have the belief that during the... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Are You Determined?

<p>There is recent popularization of the denial of free will known as “Free Will Skepticism.” Libet’s science experiments in the 1980s cast doubt whether we have conscious control of our actions.

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A Northern Patagonian Expedition

Many associate Patagonia just with the Southern tip of South America, but it actually stretches farther North than one might think and even includes the Chilean provinces of Los Lagos and Los Rios – a scenic area not unlike the European Alps and German, Austrian and Swiss settler heritage is clearly evident. So is in parts the indigenous culture of the Mapuche people. Yet, it is a rather unusual travel destination for Australians and certainly worthwhile exploring. This... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
A Northern Patagonian Expedition

Many associate Patagonia just with the Southern tip of South America, but it actually stretches farther North than one might think and even includes the Chilean provinces of Los Lagos and Los Rios – a

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The Russian Orthodox Church - Before, During and After Communism

The Orthodox Church in Russia traces its origins to the decision of Prince Vladimir of Kiev to adopt the Eastern Orthodox faith as his new state religion in 988 AD. Over more than a thousand years, the Russian Orthodox Church has helped to forge a distinctive Russian national identity, especially during persecution from external or internal enemies. In this course, we will learn how the Church has either endured or enjoyed its relationship with the state, under the various forms of... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
The Russian Orthodox Church - Before, During and After Communism

<p>The Orthodox Church in Russia traces its origins to the decision of Prince Vladimir of Kiev to adopt the Eastern Orthodox faith as his new state religion in 988 AD. Over more than a thousand years

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Understanding Common Medical Conditions

People get sick, include those you care about and those whose care is entrusted to you. In order to empathise properly, but also to have intelligent and constructive conversation with those people involved in their care, you need to have a certain level of medical knowledge. This course is delivered by an experienced medical doctor, and will give you the knowledge needed to understand common but often debilitating medical conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and... [More]
$92 Limited inc GST / $83
Understanding Common Medical Conditions

<p>People get sick, include those you care about and those whose care is entrusted to you. In order to empathise properly, but also to have intelligent and constructive conversation with those people

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Agrippina the Younger

Agrippina the Younger, though not as attractive as her mother, Agrippina the Elder was sister, wife and mother of three Julio Claudian Emperors – Caligula, Claudius and Nero. This made her one of the most influential women in Roman politics in the First Century AD. While women in Rome had no official role to play in male dominated politics, a woman of boundless ambition and a canny understanding of the men in her life could allow her hold sway over their policies and practices.... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Agrippina the Younger

<p>Agrippina the Younger, though not as attractive as her mother, Agrippina the Elder was sister, wife and mother of three Julio Claudian Emperors – Caligula, Claudius and Nero. This made her one of

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