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.
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.
26 September 2013
Throughout 2013, six local governments took part in the inaugural Delivering a Sustainable Future City program, supported by New South Wales Trade and Investment. The final part of the program involved the city leaders reflecting on the challenge that they brought to the program and discussing the strategic direction and actions that need to be taken to progress the city given what they have learnt. Professor Ed Blakely and Associate Professor Rod Simpson facilitated a moderated discussion identifying broader public policy, research and collaboration opportunities to support the implementation of sustainable urban development with New South Wales cities.
17 August 2013
The US Studies Centre joined with the Art Gallery of New South Wales to mount an international symposium on the Gallery's American art collections of the 60s and 70s. This period of radical experiment gave rise to many practices and aesthetics underpinning contemporary art. Enriched by the John Kaldor gift of 2009, the Gallery boasts the world’s finest museum collection of Sol Lewitt. Major pieces by Lewitt, Carl Andre, Christo, Donald Judd, Edward Ruscha, Richard Serra, Frank Stella and Laurence Weiner were on display during the symposium.
13 August 2013
This event presented by the US Studies Centre and Starlab at the University of Sydney featured Mr David Gottfried, Chief Executive Officer, Regenerative Ventures and Network and founder of the US Green Building Council and World Green Building Council, and a panel of Australian experts in innovation and sustainability, the visitor economy, and global labelling and certification.
12 August 2013
Australian War Memorial Boeing Visiting Fellow for 2013 and former President of the Center for a New American Security, Washington DC, John A. Nagl spoke at the US Studies Centre on the topic, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan.
7 August 2013
The Honourable John Olsen AO, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the American Australian Association, and Professor Bates Gill, Chief Executive Officer of the US Studies Centre hosted a farewell reception for The Honourable Jeffrey L. Bleich, US Ambassador to Australia, ahead of his departure from his ambassadorial role in September.
1 August 2013
This public forum featured a moderated conversation with business and academic leaders on the future of technology enabled higher education. Issues addressed included the pedagogical benefits of technology enabled higher education the future of MOOCs, new business models for universities, implications for Australian and NSW higher education, and with our panel of business and academic leaders.
31 July 2013
For the second year in a row, the US Studies Centre partnered with the New South Wales Government to write a report and deliver an event on the future of higher education. The focus this year was on online education, particularly in light of the rapid rise of MOOCs. The Centre’s report and event The technology enabled higher education revolution (PDF) focussed on understanding the opportunities and threats from innovations in online education. Attendees discussed developments led by elite US universities and private online providers, as well as the response of leading Asian and Australian universities.
26 July 2013
The US Studies Centre, in partnership with the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, hosted the Agriculture, Soil Health and Climate Change Forum. Leading experts from the World Bank, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Australian Government and Landcare Research New Zealand provided an update on science, policy and practice in managing soil and soil carbon to improve agricultural productivity and address climate change.
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
Senior lecturer Harry Melkonian offers his memory of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and says the tragic reality of JFK's death at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald should not undermine his important legacy.
Convener of the Public Knowledge Forum and national correspondent at The Atlantic James Fallows discusses tensions between the media business model and its public service function. Is the media failing to inform us?