From http://sydney.edu.au/podcasts/2007/index.shtml The future of work is not what it used to be. As recently as the 1970s the prime concern was the coming of leisure society - how were we going to handle all the free time about to be delivered by "technological advances" like automation and computers? Far from facing problems of this nature we now have the reality of "over work" for some and unemployment for others. Can we expect more of the same in the future, or will the predictions of an earlier era ultimately come true? (Running time 71:56)
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From http://sydney.edu.au/podcasts/index.shtml A Sydney Ideas Open/Sydney Humanities Salon Co presentation Dr Kirsten McKenzie and Dr Emma Christopher, Department of History, University of Sydney Many Sydneysiders think they know all about the history of their city, but few know that its convict past links it firmly to Africa, a continent many Australians know little about. Emma Christopher and Kirsten McKenzie uncover a forgotten history of abandoned plans and lost hopes, of political objections to sending convicts to Africa and the sufferings of those who were sent there. By revealing the convict connections to Freetown, Sierra Leone and Cape Town, South Africa, they show how very nearly the stories of Africa and Australia came to taking different turns. They are in conversation with Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney and Professor Deidre Coleman, University of Melbourne. September 9, 2010 (Running time 1 hour 21 min, 37.5Mb MP3)
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Robert Skidelsky, Dr Maurice Glasman
Chair: Dr Jonathan Leape
Recorded on 4 July 2012 in Old Theatre, Old Building.
Why do we work almost as hard as we did 40 years ago, despite being on average twice as rich? Robert Skidelsky suggests an escape from the work and consumption treadmill.
This event marks the publication of Robert and Edward Skidelsky’s new book How Much is Enough? The Economics of the Good Life.
Dr Maurice Glasman is a reader in political theory at London Metropolitan University, author of Unnecessary Suffering and a Labour Peer.
Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three-volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, and he recently published Keynes: The Return of the Master.
From http://sydney.edu.au/podcasts/index.shtml A Sydney Ideas Open presentation ‘The Australian Dream’ is widely accepted in the media, politics and society as a summary of Australian identity, values and aspirations, of what it means to be Australian. So we ask the question – what are the values, hopes, and dreams that inspire and motivate 21st century Australians? The panel of experts included: Dr Fiona Allon, Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney; Dean Economou, Technology Strategist, NICTA (National ICT Australia); Lawrence Gibbons, Group Publisher Alternative Media Group of Australia; Professor Alan Peters, Head of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney; and Lee Rhiannon, former Greens MP in the NSW Upper House and currently NSW Senator-elect. Moderated by Peter Carr, CEO Sydney Development Agency. November 30, 2010 (Running time 1 hour 52 min, 51.5Mb MP3)