8 September 2014
At a time when the world is coming to grips with tragic fate of MH17, and looking for answers, it is more important than ever to discuss how to deal with Vladimir Putin and the Russian regime. This Festival of Dangerous Ideas event is a broad discussion with Russian journalist and activist Masha Gessen and Centre research associate Tom Switzer, looking at how to approach Vladimir Putin and his regime.
6 September 2014 - 13 September 2014
The Future Cities Program was developed to assist leaders of both regional and metropolitan cities in New South Wales in meeting the challenges of building liveable and sustainable communities. The Study Tour is an integral component of the Future Cities Program, with the learnings gained and contacts formed creating a lasting partnership between the participating cities and our American partners. The focus for the 2014 Study Tour will be revitalisation of districts and neighbourhoods within cities, and also sustainable and workable transport management. In 2014, the Future Cities Program will travel to San Francisco and New York City and surrounds.
14 August 2014
Local government councils throughout Australia are struggling to pay for the increasing demands for services, maintenance and renewal of existing facilities, and new infrastructure investments required to keep their cities productive and attractive places to live, work and play. In order to address this issue, a number of state and local government agencies are investigating the application of value capture methods to help fill the rising funding gaps in their transport infrastructure and urban renewal programs.
6 August 2014
In this public forum The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich, former US Ambassador to Australia, will talk about how the rising middle classes in Asia will have the opportunity to take advantage of certain new disruptive technologies that could give them tremendous economic power. Drawing from Silicon Valley examples, he will discuss how technology might fundamentally change the trajectory of the region as well as challenge certain cultural norms.
24 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
Most of us have a sense of belonging to a region or nation that’s physically beyond our capacity to experience it firsthand. Yet, as Benedict Anderson describes in Imagined Communities, a host of media creations and communication technologies overcome that distance and integrate us into a coherent political entity like a nation. The Pop West research project will analyse a range of popular media–film, music, radio, television, storytelling, maps and novels–to explore how different political formations come to popularise and understand their own wests.
17 July 2014
In 1940, Winston Churchill called for a special relationship between the United States and the British Empire and Commonwealth. He called for one again whilst speaking in Fulton, Missouri on the 5th of March 1946, the same speech in which he described the ‘iron curtain’ dividing Europe. Has there in fact been an Anglo-American special relationship since 1945? If so, what is it? Has it benefitted either country? And if it exists, will it continue to do so? Join Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at University College London Kathleen Burk for a discussion on the Anglo-American special relationship.
24 June 2014
Planning reform is a key part of making New South Wales number one. Strategic, integrated, and effective urban planning is a critical part of the state's economy, society, and environment. As we seek to improve the integrity and performance of the planning system in NSW, it is worthwhile to consider lessons from our Trans-Pacific neighbour. Join us for this public forum where you will hear from American urban design and planning expert, Peter Park.
21 May 2014
Since its English translation in March, French economist Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century has become a global phenomenon. Not in decades has an academic book had such immediate and wide-ranging attention and effect. This event, held in partnership with the University of Sydney's Laureate Research Program in International History, brings together a variety of scholars to discuss the book, its findings, and the question of why global attention is now turning to economic inequality.
14 May 2014
The enduring idea that the US president is all-powerful is directly at odds with the facts. The reality is that the nature of the US system of government makes it very difficult for any president to pass domestic reforms. Our expert panel of US Studies Centre academics will discuss the Affordable Health-Care Act and Obama’s attempts to address the issue of inequality in the US. The event will also be an information session for those interested in postgraduate study, with academics, alumni and current students on hand to answer questions about our innvotive and internationally focused program.
9 May 2014
The US Studies Centre is hosting a panel presentation Of Trials and Trains: New Work in Police and Justice Studies, with panelists Mark Finnane, Professor of History in the School of Humanities at Griffith University; Dr Amanda Kaladelfos, Research Fellow at Griffith University, Ethan Blue, Associate Professor of History at the University of Western Australia; and Micol Seigel, Associate Professor of American Studies and History at Indiana University, Bloomington.
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
With Australia raising its terror alert level to high and Obama announcing a plan of action in the Middle East, debates about the alliance and its role in the War on Terror are re-emerging. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor joins an expert panel to discuss the next steps in Iraq and Syria.
Barack Obama's major address on his Islamic State strategy promised air strikes but can a satisfactory resolution be reached without ground troops? Research associate Tom Switzer joins a panel to read between the lines of the President's speech.