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Natural Climate Variability and Australia’s Summer from Hell

Australians have known for decades that our “droughts and flooding rains” are largely driven by the vaguely cyclic variations in the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino/La Nina (and the Southern Oscillation). In the past 20 years or so, science has realized that this is not the only “mode of variability” which affects our weather. In particular, changes... [More]
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<p>Australians have known for decades that our “droughts and flooding rains” are largely driven by the vaguely cyclic variations in the Pacific Ocean known as El Nino/La Nina (and the Southern

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21 Aug

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The Elements of Music

Have you ever wondered if you could understand more about how music works? This lecture allows you to dip your toe into the water of music theory, and discover the craft behind the magic of music. We will explore the basic elements of music’s inner workings, and hear how they apply to both classical and contemporary styles. No prior musical... [More]
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<p>Have you ever wondered if you could understand more about how music works? This lecture allows you to dip your toe into the water of music theory, and discover the craft behind the magic of music.

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21 Aug

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Beyond Mountains and Clocks - The Elegance & Luxury of Switzerland in the Arts

Switzerland is usually associated with snow-covered Alps and 19th century Tuberculosis cures for the unwell. But beyond this image there exists a culture of artisans and artists. Why did the gold & silversmiths focus on making watches as reaction to the Calvinists in 1541, from which sprung an amazing watch & clock-making tradition. From rich 18th... [More]
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<p>Switzerland is usually associated with snow-covered Alps and 19th century Tuberculosis cures for the unwell. But beyond this image there exists a culture of artisans and artists. Why did the gold &

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25 Aug

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Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Superwoman

What can a Benedictine abbess who lived over 900 years ago contribute to our lives today? When that abbess St Hildegard of Bingen, the answer is, “plenty”. Polymath, visionary, leader, traveller, orator, composer, theologian, natural scientist. Be surprised by Hildegard in this talk on the texts and works of this extraordinary woman of the 12th... [More]
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<p>What can a Benedictine abbess who lived over 900 years ago contribute to our lives today? When that abbess St Hildegard of Bingen, the answer is, “plenty”. Polymath, visionary, leader, traveller,

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28 Aug

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Ghost States of the Former USSR

The collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991 has been described by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century. One important component of that catastrophe relates to unresolved ethnic, religious and territorial conflicts that have manifested themselves... [More]
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<p>The collapse of the former Soviet Union on December 25, 1991 has been described by Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, as the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth

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31 Aug

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Raphael - A Re-Evaluation

One of the supreme artists of the Renaissance, Raphael’s work has assumed iconic status as the ideal expression of classicism in the 500 years since his death. We present an overview of his achievement – assessing his life, personality and his artistic work within the context of the lively Renaissance societies in which he lived in Urbino, Florence... [More]
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<p>One of the supreme artists of the Renaissance, Raphael’s work has assumed iconic status as the ideal expression of classicism in the 500 years since his death. We present an overview of his

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04 Sep

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The Case for a Human Rights Act in Australia

Australia is the only western democracy that does not have a bill of rights or statutory equivalent. Hear the case in favour of a human rights act for Australia and explore some of the features that should be included. DELIVERY MODE This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. This course requires students to have an email, a... [More]
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<p>Australia is the only western democracy that does not have a bill of rights or statutory equivalent. Hear the case in favour of a human rights act for Australia and explore some of the features

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07 Sep

Three English Music Cities: London, Liverpool and Manchester

The onset of Beatlemania in the 1960s, put London and Liverpool on the map as iconic rock music cities. In the same decade, Manchester made its mark with the emergence of the Hollies and Herman’s Hermits. Punk, new wave, ‘Madchester’ and ‘Britpop’ saw all three cities consolidate their reputations as dynamic creative hubs. In this course we will... [More]
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<p>The onset of Beatlemania in the 1960s, put London and Liverpool on the map as iconic rock music cities. In the same decade, Manchester made its mark with the emergence of the Hollies and Herman’s

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08 Sep

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Who Do You Think You Might Be? - A Taste of Family History Research

A brief introduction to the types of records you can use to document your family history. These records will include both Australian and overseas sources, many on the web and some cost-free.... [More]
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A brief introduction to the types of records you can use to document your family history. These records will include both Australian and overseas sources, many on the web and some cost-free.

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10 Sep

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The History of the Ghost Story: from Homer to Susan Hill

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! Tales of one who has seen the dead have been part of storytelling from the time of Homer and Plautus, as “true stories” as well as the fine craft of literary manipulation, brimming with the terror of suspense and the horror of shock.... [More]
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<p>From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! Tales of one who has seen the dead have been part of storytelling from the time of

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11 Sep

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