04 Feb
7:00pm - 8:15pm
The Fight for Human Rights
2020 Gandhi Lecture   Despite taking steps towards becoming a more equal and inclusive society for all, Australia has a problem with human rights. Indigenous Australians are the most incarcerated in the world. More than one woman is killed every week by a partner or former partner. Over half of Australians living with a disability lack access to support services they need. The proposed Religious Discrimination Bill threatens to undermine inclusive workplaces for LGBTQI+ people.   Fighting to address these issues are five fearless human rights champions. From the Australian voice to the United Nations for people living with a disability, to leading the #KidsOffNauru campaign which saw every child detained offshore brought to Australia, their resumes are enviable and inspiring portfolios of human rights advocacy.    The 2020 Gandhi Lecture brings together Pat Anderson AO, an Alyawarre woman known for her powerful advocacy for the health of Australia’s First Peoples; former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty AO, human rights lawyer Anna Brown OAM who fights tirelessly for LGBTQI+ rights; Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Rosemary Kayess; and GetUp! Campaign Director for Shen Narayanasamy. Delivering a series of short talks, these fearless faces share their experiences at the frontline for the fight for human rights.  About the Gandhi Lecture   The annual Gandhi Lecture is hosted by UNSW Sydney close to India’s Martyrs’ Day, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination in 1948. The event features people making significant contributions to the major human rights issues of our time. Speakers have included journalist Shoma Chaudhury, author Dr Hugh Mackay AO, journalist Peter Greste and Senator Pat Dodson. Access Sir John Clancy Auditorium is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus, C24 on this map (PDF). The closest accessible parking is available at Gate 9, High Street.  Hearing Loop / Assisted Listening Hearing Loop is accessible in the venue. Please see staff for assisted listening seats and for more information. Please turn your hearing aid to T for reception. Closed Captions / Live Remote Captioning Service The Centre for Ideas will be providing captions for this talk. Please select this requirement when you book your ticket as there is allocated seating to use this service. Please see staff to be seated when you arrive and for more information. Auslan The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request.  Contact To discuss your access requirements and to book selected access services, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9385 9844 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au.  The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9385 9844. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9385 9844. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 9385 9844.
10 Feb
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Legaltech Venture Day Sydney
Connecting and fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem to discover the startups disrupting the legal sector. UNSW Law and The Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation are proud to host the Australian round of the Global Legaltech Venture Day – a worldwide competition to discover the startups disrupting the legal sector.  Law is undergoing a true revolution due to globalization and technology. Legaltech is booming and new players and startups focused on legal technology are disrupting the industry in incredible ways, providing powerful opportunities for law firms, corporations, private and public institutions About LegalTech Venture Day Sydney This cutting-edge, highly competitive global competition is designed to identify and support those startups that have the ability to have a positive impact on major challenges faced by legal operators – whether private or public – as well as legal systems, so as to improve their operations thereby furthering the cause of justice. At the event, hosted on campus at UNSW Sydney, five selected startups will pitch their projects to a jury who will then deliberate and name the winning startup for the region. Winners of the Sydney round will then go on to compete at the final deliberation with other candidates from across the globe in spring 2020 at IE Law School in Madrid.  As well as hearing from selected startups the event will feature an exciting keynote presentation by Alex McCauley, CEO of StartupAUS.  This event hosted by UNSW Sydney is part of the second edition of the Global Legaltech Venture Days competition that was launched in 2018 by IE Law School, Ontier and Law School's Global League (LGSL).  This event is free to attend although places are limited, please register to secure your place. Light refreshments will be served.  
13 Feb
12:30pm - 2:00pm
CIBEL Lunch Seminar: Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Progressive Opening-up Pattern
Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre invites you to attend the next CIBEL Lunch Seminar "Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Progressive Opening-up Pattern" given by Professor Xinya Mao on 13th February 2020.   Abstract Since late 2013, the Chinese government, led by President Xi Jinping, has introduced a new policy initiative – the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). BRI firstly aimed at building up a closer economic relationship with China’s neighbouring countries, but now, it can be regarded as an inclusive platform for infrastructure connectivity and practical cooperation between Asia, Central Asia, Europe and whichever regions and countries provided it has the will to participate in. This seminar will examine the significance of BRI for both Chinese economic development and regional economic cooperation in the aspects of infrastructures, trade, finance, etc. in the past six years. It believes that BRI has created a new pattern of China’s opening-up at capital flows, enterprise innovation, and geographic connectivity, and so on. Going forward, China would take a series of measures during the construction of BRI and Free trade zones (FTZs) to widen its door to the outside world and boost higher-quality opening-up.   Speaker's bio Prof. MaoProfessor Xinya Mao obtained her PhD in Economics from Fudan University (Shanghai) in 2006. Since then, Prof. Mao has been working at Department of Academics, China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP). She is currently a professor of Economics, and the director of the Belt and Road Research Centre, CELAP. Prof. Mao’s research activities have covered the Belt and Road Initiative, Pilot FTZs in China, and economic development and urbanization in China. She is an author and editor of five books, and over 50 academic articles and book chapters. Prof. Mao has received academic grants from China National Philosophy and Social Science Foundation, China Scholarship Council, Shanghai Municipal Government, Fudan University Creative Foundation, and CELAP Research Foundation.  Registration closes on 1 Feb 2020. REGISTER HERE
05 Mar
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Democracy in the Digital Age: Jamie Susskind
It is one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform society and the way we govern? There is no doubt that technological advances have transformed our lives for the better. There is little doubt too, argues bestselling author Jamie Susskind, that digital systems have the potential to control us.  In his ground-breaking analysis, Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech, Susskind calls for a fundamental change in the way we think about politics in the digital age. Reminding us of the very real ability of digital technology to shape the way we think, feel and behave, Susskind puts forward a clear warning: those who control these technologies will increasingly control us all.  This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and is a part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Trust. Supported by Adelaide Writers' Week. Access Leighton Hall is located inside the John Niland Scientia Building at UNSW Sydney's Kensington campus, G19 on this map (PDF). If you are traveling via the University Mall, there is a lift to the right of the large set of steps at the John Niland Scientia Building. There is ramp access to Leighton Hall via the Scientia Lawn. You can be dropped off close to this ramp. Vehicles need to arrive via Botany street, Gate 11 and drive down Library Walk. The closest accessible parking is available in the Barker Street Parking Station (N18 on map).  Auslan The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request.  Contact For event enquires or to discuss your access requirements, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9385 9844 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au.  The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9385 9844. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9385 9844. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 9385 9844.
09 Mar
6:30pm - 7:30pm
AI and the Bias of Machines: Robert Elliott Smith
How do we stop the internet making bigots of us all? We live in a world increasingly ruled by technology, finding comfort in the idea that this technology is free of prejudice; only its users are fallible. But don’t be so sure, warns author and scholar Robert Elliott Smith. In his book, Rage Inside the Machine: The Prejudice of Algorithms, and How to Stop the Internet Making Bigots of Us All, the 30-year veteran in artificial intelligence challenges the long-held assumption that technology is amoral and apolitical.  Join Robert Elliott Smith as he shines a light on how we’re increasingly being constrained by algorithms – being forced to adapt to technology rather than adapting technology to suit us. Presenting a compelling account of how we got here, Smith treads a fine line between indignation at what can happen and recognition of the scale of technological achievements.  As an eminent computer scientist and machine learning pioneer, Smith reveals how new thinking and research can help us keep our sanity and our humanity.  This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and is a part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Trust. Supported by WOMADelaide Planet Talks. Access The Roundhouse is located at UNSW Sydney's Kensington Campus, E6 on this map (PDF). You can be dropped off close to the Roundhouse north entrance (D5 on map). Vehicles need to arrive via High Street, Gate 2, follow the road to Third Avenue and turn onto 1st Ave West. The closest accessible parking is available in the Western Campus Car Park on Anzac Parade (G2 on map).  Auslan The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request.  Contact For event enquires or to discuss your access requirements, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9385 9844 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au.  The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9385 9844. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9385 9844. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 9385 9844.
18 Mar
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Everybody Can Be Creative: Tina Seelig
Does creativity come naturally to you? Or do you struggle to think in new and different ways? Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are not magical qualities of the lucky few; nor are they inborn traits such as eye and hair colour. Instead they are skills that can be learned and honed.  In her book, Creativity Rules: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and into The World, Stanford University professor and bestselling author Tina Seelig describes a four-step process she calls “the invention cycle”. From imagination to innovation, Seelig postulates that in learning to unlock this pathway, any one of us can gain the power of creativity. Tina Seelig is a prolific teacher and mentor. She is a leader at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, delivers pubic lectures around the world, including some of the most popular TED talks, and hosts a podcast helping young entrepreneurs launch their careers. Seelig advocates that creativity can be taught just like any other skill and with her proven track record doing just that, this talk will equip you with the tools to transform an idea into something extraordinary. This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas in partnership with the Australia Council and UNSW Art & Design as a part of the event series, The Art and Science of Creativity. Tina Seelig is presented by arrangement with the Menzies Foundation.  Tickets Standard – $30 + booking fee Concession (17 years and under, full time students & unemployed) – $20 + booking fee City Recital Hall Members – $20 + booking fee UNSW Students & Staff – FREE (please click here to book via Eventbrite) A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: online $5.95, phone $6.95. There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.  UNSW Students & Staff tickets are only available to currently enrolled students and employed staff who are able to produce their UNSW identification (zID). Such identification must be produced at the event.  Access City Recital Hall has two main entrances. The Pitt Street entrance has level access from the street leading into the ground floor foyer. There is also lift access at the Ash Street entrance to the ground floor foyer. Wheelchair accessible seating, toilet facilities and parking are available. Visit the City Recital Hall website for further information. Hearing Loop Patrons using hearing aids can access the hearing induction loop available in the auditorium. To utilise the loop, please switch your hearing aid to the "T" position. Please note: Seats 51-54 in every row are not serviced by the induction loop. For further information call the Box Office on 02 8256 2222 or email tickets@cityrecitalhall.com Companion Card The Centre for Ideas supports the Companion Card program. For patrons who require assistance of a companion or carer, a second ticket is issued at no cost to the Companion Card holder. Auslan The Centre for Ideas can provide Auslan interpreting services for selected talks upon request.  Contact For event enquires or to discuss your access requirements, please call the Centre for Ideas on 02 9385 9830 or email centreforideas@unsw.edu.au.  The Centre for Ideas is happy to receive phone calls via the National Relay Service. TTY users, phone 133 677, then ask for 02 9385 9844. Speak and Listen users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9385 9844. Internet relay users, visit relayservice.gov.au, then ask for 02 9385 9844.