7 November 2013
Government representatives, NGOs and international experts met in Sydney to consider improvements to consider improvements to global governance of the high seas at a time of increasing concern about ocean conservation. The seminar was led by Co-Director of the Alliance 21 project, the Hon. Robert Hill and the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada, both of whom are Commissioners with the recently formed Global Ocean Commission.
4 November 2013
Dramatic shifts in the media industry threaten traditional reporting. What is the new journalism, does it inform the public, and what does this mean for democracy?
This November, the Public Knowledge Forum brought together distinguished opinion leaders from technology, politics, and the press to help answer pressing questions about the future of journalism and its impact on governance and public policy. How has the technological and economic disruption of the media business affected journalism’s ability to hold institutions accountable? In a world of fragmented audiences and time-shifted media consumption, can the new media still create the common pool of knowledge on which democratic self-government depends? Is our usage of the internet as a platform for news degrading or enhancing the quality of our public conversations?
15 October 2013
Do you want to advance your international career prospects? Increase your understanding of American politics, foreign policy, business, media and culture? Then come to our Postgraduate Information Evening and learn how to launch your international career with the Master of US Studies. Find out more at our Postgraduate Information Evening with an expert panel discussion on the Syrian crisis
8 October 2013
This one-day event, organised by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, took place in the Hall 3 Auditorium within the PACIFIC 2013 Exhibition Hall, on Tuesday 8 October. During the morning session, representatives of the US Department of the Navy (USN), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and Australian and international shipping and aviation discussed the production of sustainable, high-energy-density liquid fuels for shipping, aviation and heavy logistics vehicles. The afternoon session was an interactive session on how to make the biofuel future happen.
1 October 2013 - 3 October 2013
The International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI), Australia 2013, is hosted by the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong and marks the commencement of a co-ordinated global infrastructure research program focussed on long term infrastructure and land use planning.
9 September 2013 - 12 September 2013
The Green Leaders Summit brings together the world’s most influential Sustainability Leaders for inspiring thought provoking days of exchange and solution collaboration. This summit is structured to not only deliver a global picture of current sustainability challenges and innovations, but also to afford international leaders the opportunity to gain insights on solutions from some of the world’s leading minds.
3 September 2013
Writing about music was never a route to riches, but the digital era has made it an even tougher livelihood. There are more public spaces for music discourse than ever, thanks to webzines, blogs, message boards, and other online forums. At the same time, analogue forms of music criticism are also thriving: specialist and small-run print magazines proliferate as the golden age for serious books about music continues, from weighty macro-narratives mapping eras and genres to micro-studies that focus on individual albums or songs. What to make of this paradoxical situation where it’s never been easier to voice your opinion about music, but never harder to make a career out of it? Join author Simon Reynolds, critic Anwyn Crawford, journalist Craig Mathieson and cultural historian Rebecca Sheehan for a discussion about the past, present and future of music writing.
16 August 2013 - 17 August 2013
The US Studies Centre joined with the Art Gallery of New South Wales to mount an international symposium on the Gallery's American art collections of the 60s and 70s. This period of radical experiment gave rise to many practices and aesthetics underpinning contemporary art. Enriched by the John Kaldor gift of 2009, the Gallery boasts the world’s finest museum collection of Sol Lewitt. Major pieces by Lewitt, Carl Andre, Christo, Donald Judd, Edward Ruscha, Richard Serra, Frank Stella and Laurence Weiner were on display during the symposium.
13 August 2013
International speaker Mr David Gottfried, Chief Executive Officer of Regenerative Ventures & Network and founder of the US Green Building Council and World Green Building Council, along with a panel of Australian experts in innovation and sustainability, the visitor economy, and global labelling and certification, discussed the Green Visitor Economy at a conference in Sydney.
1 August 2013
This public forum, which was the only public event with Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller during her visit to Australia, featured a moderated conversation with business and academic leaders on the future of technology enabled higher education.
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
Senior lecturer Harry Melkonian offers his memory of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and says the tragic reality of JFK's death at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald should not undermine his important legacy.
Convener of the Public Knowledge Forum and national correspondent at The Atlantic James Fallows discusses tensions between the media business model and its public service function. Is the media failing to inform us?