Roundtable on the ANZUS alliance in an ascending Asia

13 July 2015

The US Studies Centre's Alliance 21 Program hosted an on-the-record roundtable discussion with Dr Michael J. Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Zack Cooper, fellow with the Japan chair at CSIS, Dr Brendan Taylor, head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre a the Australian National University (ANU), and Dr Peter Dean, senior fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at ANU, about the joint CSIS-ANU report The ANZUS Alliance in an Ascending Asia.

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A Masterclass with Dr Azar Nafisi

6 July 2015

The Centre is hosting a masterclass with Dr Azar Nafisi, author of the international best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, and currently the Director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. Dr Nafisi will lead an in-depth and interactive discussion on the radical power of literature.

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Azar Nafisi: The Power of Literature

5 July 2015

Author of the international best seller Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi will share her thoughts on the necessity of imagination, the economic and political dangers of living in a society that lacks vision, and the utility of the humanities in a time of crisis.

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Immersion and Subversion: Azar Nafisi on the Radical Power of Literature

4 July 2015

Presented in partnership with Wheeler Centre and Sydney Opera House, Iranian–American writer and memoirist Azar Nafisi will share her thoughts on the necessity of imagination, the economic and political dangers of living in a society that lacks vision, and the utility of the humanities in a time of crisis

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Celebrating 10 years of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement

2 July 2015

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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Get Smart: How the CIA Shapes Hollywood Images

25 June 2015

Following on from the State and US Culture Industries conference, the Centre invites you to this talk by Associate Professor Tricia Jenkins from the Texas Christian University. She will be talking about what motivated the CIA to begin collaborating with Hollywood in the mid-1990s, how its efforts have helped redefine its public image, as well the legal and ethical ramifications of the Hollywood-CIA relationship.

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The State and US Culture Industries

25 June 2015 - 26 June 2015

Following recent scholarship 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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Soil, Big Data and the Future of Agriculture Conference

25 June 2015

As the Australian agriculture sector looks for new ways to dramatically increase productivity, improving and maintaining soil security will be paramount to increasing food and fibre production. With new digital technology rapidly transforming the sector in the United States, the Centre hosted a conference in June to help share knowledge between the two countries on this important issue.

Soil, Big Data, and the Future of Agriculture drew together the world’s commercial and scientific leaders in agriculture, soil science, and soil conservation to discuss how the latest technological advancements can enable a sustainable intensification of food production to meet the needs of a growing global middle class.

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An Evening with Dr Cornel West

13 June 2015

One of America's most provocative public intellectuals and prominent champion for racial justice and progressive politics, Dr Cornel West, will be touring Australia for the first time this June. At this event presented by Think Inc., West will discuss the role of race, gender, and class in today’s society. He will draw comparisons between both country’s cultural issues and the means by which we act and react to our "radical conditionedness”.

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Curiosity Season: Micro-Talks at the Sydney Film Festival Hub

6 June 2015

US Studies Centre and University of Sydney film experts will take centre stage at the Sydney Film Festival in a dedicated Micro-Talk session Upstairs in The Hub. This very popular session features four leading film academics, including US Studies Centre lecturer Rodney Taveira. Each will present short and informative 15-minute talks followed by a Q&A.

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