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)
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Coming to Australia: The first migration - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
How and when did people first arrive in Australia? Peter Hiscock assesses the current thinking and the archaeological evidence.
It’s generally thought that the first humans arrived on this continent somewhere around 50,000 years ago. But how did they get here and what light can archaeology shed on the process?
Was there a gradual movement out of Africa, through the Middle East across to Asia and then finally arriving in Australia by boat? Or was there a rapid dispersal, multiple waves and different origins ?
Archaeologist Peter Hisock summarises and assesses the current thinking and evidence.
Highlights of Coming to Australia: The first migration of humans to Australia and its global significance. The final talk in the 2013 Insights lectures series presented by the Arts and Social Sciences Alumni, University of Sydney, October 2013.
Professor Peter Hiscock, The Tom Austen Brown Professor of Australian Archaeology, University of Sydney
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)
The Tin Sheds were a hothouse of art, music, ideas and politics. They were one of the most radical and memorable ‘alternative art spaces’ in Australia during their heyday from the late 1960s to the end of the 1970s. A group of dilapidated corrugated iron sheds across a busy city road from the University of Sydney were a place where — for a time — it seemed anything was possible.