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Student roundtable with Ambassador Dennise Mathieu

12 December 2013

Ambassador Dennise Mathieu is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and is now the deputy assistant secretary for Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs. Previously, she has served as the US Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia and US Ambassador to Niger. She visited the US Studies Centre for a roundtable discussion with University of Sydney students.

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Placemaking in Woollahra and Waverley

6 December 2013

A site visit to Woollahra and Waverley as part of the United States Studies Centre's Future Cities Collaborative.

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Placemaking workshop

5 December 2013

Representatives from five Sydney metropolitan local governments met at the University of Sydney for a workshop on placemaking. This strategic forum was the inaugural workshop presented by the Future Cities Collaborative, launched on 2 December 2013 at the US Studies Centre.

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Placemaking as a social movement: What if we built our cities around places?

4 December 2013

Placemaking is a catalyst for building healthy, sustainable and economically viable cities for the future. Transformative approaches help people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities encompassing economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance and design. Ethan Kent is an authority in the practice of placemaking, working to support placemaking projects and organisations around the world through his work for Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a non-profit planning, design and educational organisation. At this public forum presented by the Future Cities Collaborative and Sydney Ideas, he shared his learnings from his broad spectrum of placemaking efforts, where he has provided comprehensive public engagement, planning and visioning for many important public spaces.

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Launch of the Future Cities Collaborative

3 December 2013

The Future Cities Collaborative brings together policy, practice and research to inform our city leaders into inspired action to build great cities. The Collaborative is an initiative of the US Studies Centre, with its primary role to promote sustainable urban development by supporting city leaders with leadership and strategic management tools, creating a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information, and develop skills and knowledge in building sustainable cities.

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Book launch: In the Interest of Others

3 December 2013

To celebrate the publication of Margaret Levi and John S. Ahlquist's new book, In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism, the US Studies Centre held a function at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

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Developments in Global Oceans Governance and Conservation

7 November 2013

Government representatives, NGOs and international experts met in Sydney to consider improvements to consider improvements to global governance of the high seas at a time of increasing concern about ocean conservation. The seminar was led by Co-Director of the Alliance 21 project, the Hon. Robert Hill and the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada, both of whom are Commissioners with the recently formed Global Ocean Commission.

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Public Knowledge Forum

4 November 2013

The Public Knowledge Forum brought distinguished opinion leaders from technology, politics, and the press to help answer pressing questions about the future of journalism and its impact on governance and public policy. How has the technological and economic disruption of the media business affected journalism’s ability to hold institutions accountable? In a world of fragmented audiences and time-shifted media consumption, can the new media still create the common pool of knowledge on which democratic self-government depends? Is our usage of the internet as a platform for news degrading or enhancing the quality of our public conversations?

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Women in Leadership project launch

31 October 2013

The US Studies Centre launched its Women in Leadership program at a dinner with special guest Arlie Hochschild, a professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Hochschild's research explores emotion, emotion management and feeling rules as these appear in the American family, workplace and in relations between people placed differently across the globe.

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Advanced Biofuels Industry Day at PACIFIC 2013

11 October 2013

This one-day event, organised by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, took place in the Hall 3 Auditorium within the PACIFIC 2013 Exhibition Hall, on Tuesday 8 October. During the morning session, representatives of the US Department of the Navy (USN), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and Australian and international shipping and aviation discussed the production of sustainable, high-energy-density liquid fuels for shipping, aviation and heavy logistics vehicles.

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Barack Obama preparing for Asia tour

Gordon Flake, founding CEO of the Centre's sister institution, the Perth USAsia Centre, discusses what the President will be seeking to achieve on his upcoming visit to Asia.


Generating renewable energy

Chief executive of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Centre guest Dan Arvizu discusses the future of renewable transportation fuels and the new push for energy productivity.

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