Enduring Legacies

23 April 2015

In a year that marks the centenary of the battle of Gallipoli and the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, Sydney Ideas presents a panel of contributors, including the US Studies Centre's James Brown, to Griffith Review No 48 Enduring Legacies. Exploring the consequences of Australia's involvement in war with a critical and inquiring eye, and shifting the focus away from battles and commemorations, they shine new light on the legacy, and long shadow, of the great wars of the twentieth century.

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An Evening with George Takei

16 April 2015

The Centre and Sydney Ideas at the University of Sydney presented an evening with George Takei, actor, author, social justice activist, and social media mega-power. The man best known for his portrayal of Mr Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, reflected on his life, work and personal history.

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Bringing Order to Cyber's Wild, Wild West: The Future of Data Privacy and Data Security

14 April 2015

Former US Ambassador to Australia and Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich will discuss Bringing Order to Cyber's Wild, Wild West: The Future of Data Privacy and Data Security at a Centre event in April. The event will discuss the security and privacy challenges facing internet users, and how the United States plans to address them.

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Student Roundtable with The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich

14 April 2015

Selected Centre students will attend a special student roundtable with The Honourable Jeffrey Bleich, former US ambassador to Australia and visiting professor at the United States Studies Centre.

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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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