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    What a magician taught me about politics – The AFoI Opening Oration and dedication

    When: Friday 21 October at 7.30PM

    Speakers: Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones

    How political debate, from the local to the global, is confused and controlled by conjuring.
    This event will be one of the few opportunities Phillip has to speak his mind at a point in his career when he has given platforms to so many people’s ideas, beliefs and ideals. The 2016 AFoI dedication to Phillip will be delivered by Barry Jones.

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    Value. Money. Culture.

    When: Sunday 23 October at 3:45PM

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor

    What is culture worth? Can we put a price on it? Should we? And if we do, what are the consequences for artists and the so-called creative industries? From economic policy to the cultural sector, what does it take to survive in the arts today?

    Presented by: LABORATORY ADELAIDE

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    Dame Roma Mitchell Oration: What would Roma say?

    When: Sunday 23 October at 2:30PM

    Speakers: Hon Dr Robyn Layton

    Dame Roma Mitchell died almost 16 years ago. If she could speak to us today, what might she say about the current state of human rights in Australia? For example, our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers; the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; freedom of speech; domestic violence; women in the legal profession, equal pay and same-sex marriage?

    Presented by: THE OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMMISSIONER

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    Communications collections and cultures

    When: Sunday 23 October at 12:45PM

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof John Long, Dr Paul Willis

    Cultural institutions such as museums and galleries are both repositories and exhibitors of our cultural heritage. They are also hotbeds of active research and immensely popular attractions. But how should they operate in a future with changing cultural and economic values? How will our institutions be valued by the next generation, steeped in digital experience?

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    The Graeme Hugo Memorial Lecture: The future of humanity does not look good

    When: Sunday 23 October at 11:15AM

    Speakers: Prof Paul James

    We have reached a stage in history where we have the capacity to fracture the liveability of this planet, at least for us humans. Increasing global mobility is breaking up communities and places. Intensifying globalization is rendering economics and politics more tumultuous. And climate change will cause increasing chaos. This talk maps the patterns of transformation and makes some hopeful suggestions for alternative pathways.

    Presented by: SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

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    As everything changes

    When: Sunday 23 October at 10am

    Speakers: Nick Drake, Prof Raimond Gaita

    Who are we and what really matters?
    Join a moral philosopher and a poet in conversation as they discuss their journeys out of familiar worlds and into wild landscapes and environments that hold up a confronting mirror to ourselves, to our humanity, our ethics and therefore to our politics.

    Presented by: FLINDERS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN THE HUMANITIES (FIRTH)

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    Humanity is a verb

    When: Saturday 22 October at 5:15PM

    Speakers: Prof Raimond Gaita

    Our humanity is not given to us once and for all, as species membership is, but something to which each of us is called upon to rise, unendingly, even if we lived a thousand years. That’s not a statement of fact: it’s an affirmation. Raimond Gaita explores its moral and political implications.

    Presented by: FLINDERS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN THE HUMANITIES (FIRTH)

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    20th Don Dunstan Oration: The Courage Party?

    When: Saturday 22 October at 4PM

    Speakers: Prof Barry Jones

    Climbing out of the political abyss.
    Australia is in a political abyss. How do we climb out of it? Do we need a ‘Courage Party’ to address major long term issues, such as refugees, climate change and taxation?

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    Presented by: THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AUSTRALIA (IPAA) WITH WALLMAN’S LAWYERS

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    Erin Brockovich

    When: Saturday 22 October at 2.30PM

    Speakers: Erin Brockovich, Phillip Adams

    Erin Brockovich gained international recognition for her courageous efforts to expose the contamination of community drinking water by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Her successful campaign won the largest financial settlement ever paid out in a direct action lawsuit in US history. Erin will be joined in conversation by cultural commentator and 2016 AFoI dedicatee, Phillip Adams.

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    In a post-Brexit world

    When: Saturday 22 October at 12:45PM

    Speakers: Dr Joanna Howe

    Can we manage labour migration without succumbing to fear? We need to completely rethink the way Australia regulates and approaches labour migration. Joanna advances three proposals which would improve both the regulatory design and enforcement capacity of Australia’s labour migration program. This session will provide a roadmap of how Australia can successfully manage its temporary labour migration program in a post-Brexit world.

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    Making better cities

    When: Saturday 22 October at 11:15am

    Speakers: Jane Jose, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith, Kirsteen Mackay, Dr Elisa Palazzo

    Women are under-represented in town halls across the country. Except in the City of Adelaide, where half of current elected members are women. South Australia is also home to the nation’s first female Government Architect. What’s going on in Adelaide? Something in the water?

    Presented by: ADELAIDE CITY COUNCIL

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    Sleepwalking to the future

    When: Saturday 22 October at 10AM

    Speakers: Prof Justin O’Connor

    Why Australia needs a cultural policy.
    Australia is surrounded by a world in transformation but is refusing to face up to it. Neo-liberalism is collapsing around us. Manufacturing and mining are in decline, with agriculture a minor sector. Culture has, at the federal level, been reduced to a rump of state-funded elite arts happy to see their poorer colleagues go under. Justin will propose a way for culture to articulate a new sense of the change beyond ‘disruptive innovation’, and allow us to reimagine the future.

    Presented by: LABORATORY ADELAIDE

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