China's conflicted policies toward its periphery

16 March 2015

The US Studies Centre and China Studies Centre was pleased to host a roundtable discussion with special guest Professor Michael Yahuda, Emeritus Professor of the London School of Economics and a Visiting Scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, the Elliott's School, George Washington University on the following topic "China's conflicted declared new policies towards its periphery". 

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Comedy and Morality: Satire, Censorship and Dirty Words

12 March 2015

What’s the relationship between comedy and morality? Is there one? Should there be? This talk by David Misch explored these question by examining satire, taboos, and censorship. Misch’s talk and the ensuing discussion was a taster of the new American Studies undergraduate unit of study, Stand Up USA: American Comedy and Humour. The unit’s coordinator, Dr Rodney Taveira, moderated the talk and was hand to answer any enquiries about the unit.

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Academic Seminar with Dr Benjamin Kahan

10 March 2015

The United States Studies Centre was pleased to host an academic seminar with visiting fellow Dr Benjamin Kahan, Assistant Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University, on his paper "Volitional Etiologies".

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The Role of the United States in Asia-Pacific Security

6 March 2015

The well-being and future of the United States is inextricably connected to the peaceful development of the Asia-Pacific region. President Obama has made engagement in the region a strategic priority for the United States of America. Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security discussed the United States rebalance to Asia and its efforts to further strengthen the security in the region.

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Housing Affordability: Lessons from America applied in an Australian Context

5 March 2015

The Future Cities Collaborative was pleased to host a roundtable discussion with special US guest Dr David Rosen on housing affordability. The discussion was moderated by Professor Edward Blakely and explored financial models for affordable housing in the Australian context.

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Can You Afford to Live Where You Choose?

4 March 2015

How do we respond to the challenge to deliver housing that is affordable relative to household incomes for first homebuyers, renters, key workers and the disadvantaged? Dr David Rosen, a US authority on affordable housing finance discussed the strategies they are using in the US at this event co-presented by the Future Citites Collaborative and Sydney ideas.

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Transformation in Energy Technology Innovation: Actually Making the Smart Grid

16 February 2015

As part of its Alliance 21 program the US Studies Centre hosted a roundtable discussion with special guest James L. Connaughton, Executive Vice President at C3 Energy in Redwood City, California. Connaughton was the senior energy, natural resources and environment advisor to President George W. Bush.

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Looking Ahead: Next Steps for the Deepening Australia-US Alliance in the Asia-Pacific

21 January 2015

Looking Ahead: Next Steps for the Deepening Australia-US Alliance in the Asia-Pacific took place at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC. The full-day conference featured expert panels and keynote presentations by political, business, and academic leaders from both sides of the Pacific, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific strategic environment, trade and investment opportunities, and defence ties.

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International Dialogue on Women in Leadership

16 November 2014 - 17 November 2014

A partnership between the US Studies Centre and Griffith University, the International Dialogue on Women in Leadership was an official G20-related event and followed the G20 Leaders' Summit. The conference explored and discussed important issues around women’s participation and global growth, women in leadership in government and politics, and business.

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Digital Nudging: How we think and behave differently in a world full of screens

14 November 2014

Ground-breaking behavioural economist, Professor Shlomo Benartzi from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, spoke at this event presented by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, University of Sydney Business School and US Studies Centre. Professor Benartzi is a leading authority on behavioural finance and (along with Professor Richard Thaler, co-author of Nudge) pioneered the Save More Tomorrow program (SMarT). The program has encouraged millions of people in the US and the UK to start saving to boost their retirement savings, and is now being offered by the majority of large companies in the US and a growing number of plans in Australia and the UK.

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