Beyond Wikileaks: from an international whistle-blowing platform to a global political movement

5:30pm-7:30pm 11 October 2013
Presented with [email protected], Department of Media and Communications, and the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, the University of Sydney More than three years have…
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Can Democracy Survive a Disappearing Middle Class?

6:00pm 26 August 2013
Conventional wisdom going to back to Ancient Greece holds that democracy and middle-class prosperity are self-reinforcing. A large and comfortable middle class is the best…
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The Merits of Secularity and Contradictions of Theocracy: Religion through civil society

6:30pm 14 August 2013
Co-presented with Sydney Ideas, the Department of Government and International Relations, and the Religion, State and Society Network, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesRecent developments…
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Australian Politics in an Age of Social Media

12:30 - 2:00pm 12 June 2013
Drawing from his recent book, Australian Politics in a Digital Age, Dr Chen’s talk revisits old debates about the internet’s potential for democratisation. The theme…
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Beppe Grillo goes to Rome – The rise and possible futures of the most unlikely winner of Italy’s 2013 election

12:30 - 2:00pm 29 May 2013
A general election always offers an important opportunity for checking the democratic pulse of a country. Italy’s 2013 election was no exception. With no clear…
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"Education Matters", a lecture by His Holiness Dalai Lama

9:30 am 13 June 2013
What is the purpose and value of education? And why does it matter to so many young people worldwide? The Institute for Democracy and Human…
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NSW Politics after ICAC – A Line in the Sand

12:30 - 2:00pm 06 June 2013
The explosive hearings before the Independent Commission Against Corruption represent a challenge to all sides of NSW politics: what can be done to restore faith…
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Contemporary Populism and Crisis – Is the Tail Wagging the Dog?

10 April 2013
It seems today that we are permanently experiencing some sort of political crisis. Suffering the hangover of the Global Financial Crisis, in the midst of…
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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the History of Cosmopolitanism

6pm 08 August 2012
Co-Hosted by Sydney Ideas and Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) This talk revisits the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with an…
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Dissatisfied Democrats?

3.30-4.30pm 24 May 2012
Joint Seminar hosted by the Department of Government and International Relations and the Sydney Democracy Initiative Do Europeans support democracy as a form of government?…
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Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012

17 May 2012
The internationally renowned democracy expert, Professor John Keane, joined a special Sydney Writers’ Festival panel discussion on Thursday 17 May in the University of Sydney’s…
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Democracy and Distribution

3pm 12 March 2012
An enduring puzzle of our time is that democratic political institutions often coexist with great – and even increasing – inequalities in the distribution of…
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What Do Human Rights Demand from You and Me?

6-7.30pm 07 March 2012
Most human beings do not have all their human rights fulfilled. A better world must surely be possible. But who has what obligations to help…
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An Anatomy of Writing and Politics, Memory and Democracy

6.30-8.00pm 29 February 2012
Co-presented with OnDemocracy University of Sydney, and the Instituto Cervantes in Sydney Javier Cercas is Spain’s most celebrated contemporary writer. He was born in Ibahernando,…
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China’s Responses to the Arab Events

4-6pm 16 November 2011
During the past two decades, the Chinese government has been pressured by three distinct waves of democratisation. The first wave happened in Eastern Europe in…
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Spanish Trade Unions at the crossroads?

5.30-7.00pm 01 November 2011
The Sydney Democracy Initiative and the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies As well as the hostile environment faced by most contemporary trade unions…
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Cosmopolitanism and Global Governance

3.00-5.00pm 08 September 2011
In recent decades, we have witnessed the formation of complex, multi-level and multi-actor public authority structures, which are being discussed under such headings as ‘governance’…
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The Spanish Revolution: The Role of the New Media Galaxy

3.30-5.30pm 18 August 2011
This seminar analyses and explains why Spain is today living through remarkable events that no one could have anticipated it just a few months ago.…
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Deliberative Democracy and Climate Governance

3.00-5.00pm 11 August 2011
In environmental political theory and associated fields such as ecological economics, it is now widely accepted that deliberative governance ought to be able to promote…
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Spirited Voices of Muslim Women

28 April 2011
Dr. Amina Wadud, Islamic scholar, feminist and activist will be giving a public lecture on the subject of Spirited Voices of Muslim Women. Dr. Wadud…
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