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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US Ambassador's Innovation Roundtable

28 May 2015

The United States Embassy and United States Consulate General Sydney, in partnership with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and Vivid Ideas Festival, present the US Ambassador's Innovation Roundtable.

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What works to close gender gaps in organisations and what are we doing about it?

27 May 2015

Insights from Harvard, business, government and academia

Melissa Grah-McIntosh, Director of W21: The 21st Century Global Women’s Initiative, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, invites you to a special event co-sponsored by the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership and the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program with Professor Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program, and Co-Chair of the Behavioral Insights Group at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

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Robert Zoellick on the TPP and Greece

Former president of the World Bank Robert Zoellick, who was in Australia to speak at Centre conference on US–Australia trade, discusses the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the US–Australia Free Trade Agreement, and the current economic turmoil in Greece.


Progress of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Former deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization Andrew Stoler, who will be speaking at the Centre's conference on the Australia–US trade relationship, looks back at the benefits of the 2005 free trade deal between the two nations and forward to the potential Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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