Raising the Bar Sydney [TUESDAY – 20.10.2015]
Drink a beer. Have a laugh. Learn how to build a spaceship.
Raising the Bar is a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture. We create one of a kind, knowledge-driven events in unusual locations. Our goal is to raise the bar on the content people consume in their everyday lives.
Raising the Bar is an initiative aimed at making education part of a city’s popular culture. The first Raising the Bar event saw 20 talks given in 20 bars across New York City. The NYC team have since expanded to 50 talks and 50 bars all on one night. Since its inception Raising the Bar has gone global with events cropping up in San Francisco and Hong Kong. We are partnering with Raising the Bar to deliver their first Sydney event. On Tuesday 20 October we will hold 20 free public talks by University academics in bars around the city.
The aim is to make education accessible by bringing an interesting academic perspective to hot topics that will attract a broad audience. The talks will range on topics from “Did Doping Ruin the Tour de France” to “The Real Women of Westeros”.
The hashtag for social is #RTBSYD
Sydney’s speakers is Vannessa Hearman
Her topic is Troubled Waters: Fixing Australia’s relationship with Indonesia
What happens when a relationship is in crisis, but it’s impossible to break up? Australia and Indonesia are neighbouring countries with different histories, ways of thinking and levels of development. How can we better co-exist with our neighbour and why might we want to? What does Indonesia have to offer Australians beyond the purchase of live cattle or a cheap holiday in Bali? This talk sheds light on the stumbling blocks between the two countries and provides an insight into the links occurring between the two countries that can help put the crisis into perspective.
Dr Vannessa Hearman is lecturer in the Department of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. She is an historian whose PhD thesis dealt with one of the worst cases of mass violence in the 20th century and was jointly awarded best PhD in Asian Studies by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) in 2014. Vannessa researches activism and human rights in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. She has published research articles in books, academic journals and publications such as Inside Indonesia, The Conversation, The Diplomat and New Mandala. Born in Indonesia, Vannessa has worked in East Timor and Indonesia in the areas of translating / interpreting, organisational capacity building, training, advocacy and program management in the aid sector. She is a nationally-accredited translator and interpreter in Indonesian.