The Democratisation of the American South and Its Legacies for Contemporary US Politics

4 May 2016

Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

In this talk, Robert Mickey (University of Michigan) will argue that the United States only recently became a democracy. From the 1890s to the 1970s, the eleven states of the Confederacy constituted pockets of authoritarian rule trapped within, and sustained by, a federal democracy. These enclaves — devoted to maintaining a dependable supply of cheap agricultural labor and “white supremacy”— were established by conservative Democrats to protect their political careers and their clients’ interests.

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The American elections: is winning a science or an art?

4 May 2016

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us for an in-depth and interactive discussion with Penny Lee and Noam Neusner on "The Next American Revolution" – how American voters are forcing a major change in American politics, whether American politicians want it or not. 

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What the heck is going on in the US presidential election?

10 May 2016

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

The Fulbright Commission, the University of Sydney and the United States Studies Centre present a public lecture from Professor Carol Weissert, Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Political Science, sponsored by Flinders University.

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US Election Watch 2016: Predicting the Unpredictable

17 May 2016

Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm

The 2016 race has proved to be one of the most unpredictable elections in modern times, with a host of larger than life characters presenting striking challenges to party elites and proving the pundits wrong over and over again. How did we get here and what issues are likely to define the next six months until Election Day? And who is most likely to win the White House? Join us to discuss these important issues and how they might affect Australia.

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A Little Life: An Evening with Hanya Yanagihara

18 May 2016

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join the Centre for an in-depth and interactive discussion with Hanya Yanagihara about her award-winning book A Little Life and the inspiration behind it.

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Sydney Writer's Festival | Emma Sky: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

19 May 2016

Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Join the Sydney Writer's Festival to hear Emma Sky’s insight on Iraq after having been chief advisor to the US military. Facilitated by James Brown 

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Sydney Writer's Festival | The Reality of War: Reconciling Two Worlds

20 May 2016

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the Sydney Writer's Festival for panel discussion on What is war really like and what are the challenges of re-entering civilian life? Facilitated by James Brown

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America: Writers Talk Politics

21 May 2016

Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Join Sydney Writer's Festival and United States Studies Centre for a lively discussion on pressing social and political issues facing America today. Featuring David Smith 

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Simon Jackman

Will Republicans head to a contested convention?

CEO Simon Jackman looks at the US presidential race and whether we can expect a contested convetion in July.

Brad Smith

American philanthropists award millions to Australia

Centre guest Bradford Smith, the president of the Foundation Centre, discusses philanthropy and transparency in light of a new Centre report.

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