Pop West

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.

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The Anglo-American special relationship since 1945

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.

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Can you create liveable cities without planning controls? Lessons from Denver, Colorado

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.

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The Moment of Inequality: Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century and Global Political Culture

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.

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Obama's Sixth Year: Leader or Lame Duck?

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.

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Of trials and trains: New work in police and justice studies

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.

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US Expectations for the G-20

7 May 2014

William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at Centre for Strategic and International Studies Matthew P. Goodman discusses the outlook for the G-20 Summit in Brisbane in mid-November and U.S. expectations for the forum more broadly.

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Transit oriented development

29 April 2014

The Future Cities Collaborative welcomes Californian urban development expert, Michael Dieden, to the United States Studies Centre on 29 April. Michael, founder and president of Creative Housing Associates, has extensive experience in Transit Oriented Development and will bring his expertise and advice to the Collaborative members.

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Follies and Fiascoes: Why Does US Foreign Policy Keep Failing?

23 April 2014

When the Cold War ended, the United States was in a remarkable position of primacy: far and away the world's most powerful country. Yet it was also on good terms with most of the world's major powers. Despite these advantages, its foreign policy record since then is mostly one of disappointments and sometimes costly failures. Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professsor of International Affairs, looks at the recurring weaknesses of American foreign policy.

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Revitalising cities from the neighbourhood up

21 March 2014

An EcoDistrict is a new model of public-private partnership that emphasises innovation and deployment of district-scale best practices to create the neighborhoods of the future - resilient, vibrant, resource efficient and just. The EcoDistricts Framework, developed by the EcoDistricts in Portland Oregon, aims to guide and support implementation across a diverse range of projects, from large-scale brownfield redevelopments to low-income neighborhood revitalisation.

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David Smith

MH17, Gaza, and immigration

Lecturer David Smith looks at the latest news from Ukraine, Israel, and the commonalities between Australia's asylum seeker politics and the current US border crisis.

Tom Switzer

Russia under pressure over MH17

Associate professor Brendon O'Connor says Russia is under great pressure to permit international access to the crash site of MH17, but it might find it difficult to exert control over rebel forces in Ukraine. Can the Obama adminstration respond rise to meet the foreign policy challenge?

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