Saturday Seminars


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Kevin English

Victoria’s Transition to Electric Vehicles 17 February 2024 The February 2024 Saturday Seminar, entitled Victoria’s Transition to Electric Vehicles, was a fascinating presentation by Kevin English, a long-term U3APP member and EV enthusiast and owner of a Tesla Model Y. Kevin was...

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Diseases, Medicines in Shakespeare’s plays

I returned home yesterday from rehab after a left hip replacement, perhaps one of the few medical conditions that cannot be identified in Shakespeare’s plays. What a treat to tune into today’s seminar. Associate Professor Louis Roller’s encyclopedia knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays...

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Artificial Intelligence: Hype & Reality

Artificial Intelligence: Hype & Reality Dr Maurita Harney 19 August 2023 Artificial Intelligence: Hype & Reality What is it about recent advances in AI that generates so much excitement as well as fear? How concerned should we be? Can AI develop human...

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Trump’s Australia

This month the guest in the Saturday Seminar was Bruce Wolpe, an academic from the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney. He is the author of a recent book; Trump’s Australia. Rather than the usual paper or talk delivered, then questions,...

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World Heritage

A video of the seminar is available for viewing HERE. The Saturday Seminar held on 17 June addressed the topic of World Heritage listing, one of the most widely recognised UNESCO programs. Dr Bill Logan AM has a background in cultural heritage and has...

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A Life in Botanic Gardens

A LIFE IN BOTANIC GARDENS PROFESSOR TIM ENTWISLE 13 MAY 2023 A Life in Botanic Gardens Melburnians are rightly proud of their Royal Botanic Gardens, so it was not surprising that Saturday’s seminar, A Life in Botanic Gardens drew a big audience....

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Myanmar: Democracy in a complicated country

MYANMAR: DEMOCRACY IN A COMPLICATED COUNTRY CHRISTOPHER LAMB 15 APRIL 2023 Myanmar is now a “failed state with an economy in shambles”, said our Saturday seminar speaker Christopher Lamb. According to him Myanmar (Burma) was once the wealthiest country in southeast Asia....

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Is it through politics that we define the soul of a nation?

IS IT THROUGH POLITICS THAT WE DEFINE THE SOUL OF A NATION? PROFESSOR FRANK BONGIORNO 18 MARCH 2023 Frank Bongiorno is an acute observer of the Australian political “soul”. He spoke to his most recent publication, Dreamers and Schemers; a political history...

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