When: Wednesday 16 April 2014, 6:00-7:30pm
Where: CSIRO Discovery Centre
Australia’s combined dependency on crude and fuel imports for transport has grown from around 60% in 2000 to over 90% today. Air Vice-Marshal (Retd) John Blackburn AO, will discuss how, in an ever-changing world, we need a plan to stop our import dependency growing to 100% in the future if we are have an acceptable level of fuel security.
When: Thursday 13 March 2014, 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Canberra Club
The cruelty of the Inquisition, the horror of the plague, the filth and squalor of everyday living — popular depictions of the European Middle-Ages typically revolve around dystopian images. As a historian of pre-modern Europe, Dr. Bishop is fascinated by these representations and their place in contemporary culture, particularly those of comicbooks and comicbook cinema. Why are these stereotypes so immune to scholarship and what function do they serve in our modern consciousness?
When: Wednesday February 19 2014, 6:00-7:30 PM
Where: Optus Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre
How much is the recent interest in palaeodiets the result of an understanding of what our distant ancestors consumed? Focusing on the Australasian region, Dr Mat Prebble (ANU) will examine fossil records from the region in order to outline what foods were available to humans in the Pleistocene. In this lecture, Dr Prebble will argue that contrary to “Paleo Diet” advocates, carbohydrates were a major part of the Pleistocene palaeodiet in this region.