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Island of Ideas.

Island life may have changed a little, but the ideas don't stop flowing.

With COVID-19 restrictions likely to be in place for some time, we’ve taken our Public Lecture Series online – and the results have produced a few surprises. More than 5000 people have registered for webinars, or caught up on our videos, in the first three months of our Island of Ideas series.

Speakers and audiences have logged on from Tasmania and around the world as the ideas continue to be shared and debated. From world-leading Antarctic research to international relations and the fallout from the pandemic, researchers have continued to engage our community with creative new thinking. Central to this has been our response to COVID – socially, medically and economically.

The University of Tasmania has a proud history of sharing ideas through the hundreds of lectures, forums, seminars and workshops it provides free of charge to students, alumni and the wider community each year. With online events likely to be part of life for the foreseeable future, these will continue with Island of Ideas.

Ideas, debate and discussion - for and from Tasmania.

You will need to register for our public lectures from the University's Events Calendar.

You will then be sent a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar via Zoom. When you click the link, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app, a quick and easy process. You can also click a link in the email to easily add the event to your calendar. More information is available from these Zoom FAQs.

If you do not wish to register, events will be available later as videos on YouTube and podcasts on SoundCloud.

Next Webinars

‘Tragedy of the Inarticulate’: Exploring the politics of Indigenous knowledge

Tuesday November 10 | 5pm

Associate Professor Sana Nakata delivers the 2020 Japanangka errol West Lecture for NAIDOC Week. Sana will reflect on the difficult entanglements between the construction of Indigenous peoples as a not-knowing people and the academy’s sustained desire to know Indigenous peoples.

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Planning, Cities and Economic Recovery: Mobility in a time of global disruption

Thursday November 12 | 1pm

The biennial Abercrombie Lecture will be co-delivered by world-recognised economist Rana Roy, and world authority on parking and cities, Donald Shoup. They’ll discuss what we build and how we get around after COVID-19 and join a panel discussion with Natasha Cica, a change expert and cultural leader.

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Power of Preservation: The economic value heritage creates for Hobart

Monday November 16 | 6pm

Global expert in heritage economics, Donovan Rypkema, and a panel of experts will talk about the value of Hobart’s heritage – how reusing heritage buildings and protecting streetscapes is the smart way to develop.

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