Night-time Design: Envisioning Luminous Cities

28 April 2015

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Leni Schwendinger is a lighting designer with expertise in the illumination of architectural and public spaces around the world. She will present her creative illuminated environments, ones that highlight infrastructure and neglected spaces – opening up fresh ideas for local districts. Leni will guide the audience through a community-based design process with international case studies.

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Grounded: a play by George Brant

1 May 2015 - 16 May 2015

Time: 12:00am

Seymour Centre, Red Stitch and the United States Studies Centre at The University Of Sydney present Grounded by George Brant. Coming to Sydney from Melbourne, Grounded has just been nominated for 5 Victorian Green Room awards (including best theatre of 2014). It was also nominated by the Guardian and the London Standard as one of the top 10 plays of 2013.

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Unholy Fury: Whitlam and Nixon at War - Book Launch

1 May 2015

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Centre would like to invite you to the launch of Centre research associate James Curran's book Unholy Fury: Whitlam And Nixon At War. His book uses previously classified documents to reveal the inside story of just how close Australia came to losing the US alliance.

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Inside the 2016 Presidential Election

11 May 2015

Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

The US Studies Centre and the Australian American Leadership Dialogue will host a bipartisan dialogue with Anthony T. Podesta, former advisor to President Bill Clinton and Barry Jackson, former Chief of Staff for Speaker John Boehner and key advisor to President George W. Bush. The discussion will focus on the 2016 presidential election race, domestic politics, and the future of US engagement in the Indo-Pacific.

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Drones, gender and identity in the new American way of war

12 May 2015

Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The US Studies Centre together with Sydney Ideas and Seymour Centre presents a panel discussion following a performance of Grounded, a play by George Brant. Dr David Smith will moderate the panel discussion, which will explore drones, gender and identity in the new American way of war.

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Low Carbon Transport on the Move

14 May 2015

Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

The Centre, in partnership with the New South Wales Government, is holding a conference in Sydney on Low Carbon Transport on 14 May 2015. Convened by adjunct professor in sustainability at the Centre Dr Susan Pond, the conference will feature leaders from industry, academia, and government from the USA and Australia.

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W21 Workshop: Leadership for Gender Equality and Organisational Excellence

27 May 2015

Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney together with the Behavioral Insights Group, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School and the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School invite you to participate in the inaugural W21 workshop on Leadership for Gender Equality and Organisational Excellence facilitated by Professor Iris Bohnet of Harvard University, a world-leading scholar on women, leadership and gender equality.

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The State and US Culture Industries

25 June 2015 - 26 June 2015

Time: 9:00am

Following recent scholarship (Erin G. Carlston, William J. Maxwell, Timothy Melley) that renews questions of state power, national security, and cultural production, this conference seeks to appraise critically, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, the contemporary and historical interrelations between the state and the culture industries in the United States.

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Celebrating 10 years of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement

2 July 2015

Time: 8:00am - 2:30pm

The Australia-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) marks its 10th anniversary this year. To celebrate this landmark agreement, the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Centre will bring together leading Australian and American business representatives, government officials, and policy experts to reflect on its past successes and its implications for the future bilateral trade agenda.

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Three minutes with George Takei

What do Moreton Bay Bugs and Hillary Clinton have in common? We found out when we spoke to George Takei about his life, what he wish he'd studied at university, and his thoughts on US politics.


Troops in Iraq, and US campaign under way

Former US ambassador to Australia and visiting professor Jeffrey Bleich discusses the latest in US politics, including the ongoing fight against IS in the Middle East and the current US presidential field.


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