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Sydney Ideas recommends

Our top picks around the University

Thought-provoking talks and panels are regularly held across the University beyond the Sydney Ideas program. Here are some of our recommendations.

Coming up

Living with Bushfire Seminar Series: Domicide

  • Wednesday 14 April, 3–4pm
  • Dr Fiona Allon and Dr Scott Webster question the unnatural formation of “natural disasters” and the ensuing destruction of homes. Register (Zoom)

Film screening: Wake in Fright

  • Wednesday 14 April, 5–7.30pm
  • Film scholar Bruce Isaacs invites us to witness the embedded violence present in Australia’s hostile landscape and its aesthetic realisation in this landmark 1971 film. Register (in-person event)

Reimagining climate adaptation summit

  • 19-22 April
  • Featuring keynotes from Bruce Pascoe, Dr Marcelo Mena Carrasco and The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP this free, virtual summit will explore Australia’s need for a policy response to the range of threats posed by environmental change. Register (Online).

Public Health at the Forefront of Social Change: 25 Years of Gun Control since Port Arthur

  • Tuesday 27 April, 11am–12pm 
  • The University of Sydney School of Public Health and the Public Health Association of Australia present a seminar to acknowledge 25 years since the Port Arthur Massacre on 28 April 1996. Register (Zoom)

COVID-19, Criminal Justice and Carceralism

  • Thursday 29 April, 6–7.30pm
  • This Sydney Law School event highlights the numerous issues in the justice system laid bare by the pandemic, as well as offering suggestions for a more hopeful, inclusive and just future. Register (online and in-person options)

How Indigenous art shadows the Enlightenment museum

  • Thursday 13 May, 6.30pm
  • Artist Daniel Boyd is joined by a multidisciplinary panel of curators and academics. Book now

Ulster American

  • 13–29 May
  • Set in the jungle of post-#MeToo show business, this ferocious comedy brilliantly skewers the hypocrisy of men in power who trumpet their 'wokeness'. Presented by Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre. Book now


Drawing on the systemic mechanisms of violence they see emerging in their fields, an interdisciplinary panel, including award-winning journalist Jess Hill, share their insights into the ways that cycles of violence endure within our society. Watch the video

International scholar Professor Kari Marie Norgaard from the University of Oregon joins Professor Jakelin Troy to discuss violence and denial, cultural identity and her latest book 'Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People'. Listen now

Dr Bronwyn Bancroft is a proud Bundjalung Woman and Artist. Bronwyn has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over three decades, and has illustrated and/or written 40+ children’s books. Listen now