Talks & Ideas

Talks & Ideas

A selection of Talks & Ideas events from the Sydney Opera House archive.

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  • Beyond the Binary: All About Women 2022

    Imagine a world with no gender binary.
    Hosted by Yves Rees
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    Captioned and Auslan

    What would our world look like if gender binaries disappeared completely? Yves Rees leads a provocative panel discussion that seeks to imagine this future where rigid binaries and ge...

  • After Consent: All About Women 2022

    Law and Culture: The Latest in Consent
    Bri Lee, Lucia Osborne-Crowley, Amy Thunig & Saxon Mullins
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    This talk is recommended for age 15+.

    Four of Australia's prominent campaigners against sexual violence get together to discuss our changing understanding of consen...

  • The Right to Sex: All About Women 2022

    Amia Srinivasan and Emma A Jane
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    This talk is recommended for age 15+
    Captioned and Auslan

    Consent and power relations, gender justice and the state, pornography and freedom - political philosophy professor Amia Srinivasan refuses to turn away from the hard quest...

  • Why Design Matters: All About Women 2022

    Debbie Millman
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    Captioned

    Debbie Millman is an author, educator, and host of the long-running and wildly popular podcast Design Matters, which has featured the likes of Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Malcolm Gladwell, and Ira Glass. Now, a selection of her mo...

  • For Kate: All About Women 2022

    A friend, a lawyer, and a journalist try to hold power to account.
    Michael Bradley, Jo Dyer & Samantha Maiden hosted by Julia Baird
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    This talk is recommended for age 15+
    Captioned and Auslan

    In a posthumous letter, "Kate" accused federal MP and Minister for Indus...

  • Laura Tingle Explains It All: All About Women 2022

    See Laura Tingle, eyebrows and all.
    Laura Tingle
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    This talk is recommended for age 15+
    Captioned and Auslan

    The tables are turned as the 7.30 journo becomes the interviewee. Expect her trademark blend of political insight, personal observation and wry commentary ...

  • Queerstories: All About Women 2022

    Five incredible LGBTQI+ writers share a personal tale about their relationship to womanhood, intimate, considered and, as always, rooted in community.
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    This talk is recommended for age 15+
    Captioned and Auslan

    Queerstories invites storytellers to share the tale t...

  • Future for Women in Afghanistan: All About Women

    Exploring the reality for women in Afghanistan now.
    Hosted by Diana Sayed
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    Captioned

    At the end of August 2021, Australian and American military forces withdrew from Afghanistan. With the Taliban now in control after the 20-year "war on terror", many are fearful ...

  • Roxane Gay & Nakkiah Lui: All About Women 2022

    The kind of frank talk that we need to hear.
    Roxane Gay and Nakkiah Lui
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    This talk is recommended for age 15+
    Captioned and Auslan

    Nothing is off-limits in this conversation between these two incredible writers whose work challenges us with the hard questions abo...

  • Grace Tame & Rosie Batty: All About Women 2022

    How do we support those who speak out?
    Rosie Batty and Grace Tame hosted by Jamila Rizvi
    Presented at All About Women 2022
    This talk is recommended for age 15+
    Captioned and Auslan

    Rosie Batty and Grace Tame have built their lives around fighting for justice. Together for the first time, they sh...

  • The Wendy McCarthy Effect: All About Women 2022

    Wendy McCarthy
    Hosted by Larissa Behrendt

    Wendy McCarthy is one of Australian feminism's heroes. She shares her remarkable life and achievements, and the lessons she has learned - and taught us all.

    From country schoolgirl to relentless national campaigner for women and children; from passiona...

  • We've Got This: All About Women 2022

    Debra Keenahan, Elly-May Barnes & Eliza Hull
    Moderated by Lisa Cox

    How do two parents who are blind take their children to the park? How is a mother with dwarfism treated when she walks her child down the street? How do Deaf parents know when their baby cries in the night? These are the challen...

  • In Colour - A Dialogue with Rising Artists: All About Women 2022

    Yeena Kirkbright, Aveesha Ash, Winnie Dunn and Randa Abdel-Fatta

    All About Women has partnered with Western Sydney-based literacy movement Sweatshop on an emerging writers mentorship program for women and non-binary First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse writers. For the first time...

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: End of Empire | Afua Hirsch

    When will we outgrow the mother country?
    With Afua Hirsch moderated by Daniel Browning
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 5:15pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    It's been more than 200 years since the British laid claim to our country and called it Australia, but the legacy of colonialism lives on. Who g...

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: Uluru Statement from the Heart

    Voice, Treaty, Truth: Indigenous rights and structural change
    Pat Anderson AO, Megan Davis & Thomas Mayor
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 1.00pm AEST
    Free

    On the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the Uluru Statement from the Heart called for Australians to stand for real chan...

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: Sound and Silence: Deaf Stories

    Deafness is a culture, not a liability
    With Fiona Murphy, Jackie Leach Scully & Alex Jones
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 3.30pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    One in six Australians have some hearing loss, and our Auslan-speaking community numbers at more than 30,000. Deaf culture is thriving. Yet ...

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: Alternative Futures | Yanis Varoufakis

    It doesn't have to be this way - it's time to imagine something new.
    With Yanis Varoufakis moderated by Scott Ludlam.
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 4.00pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    From the GFC to global warming to the global pandemic, the world economy and environment has suffered some major ...

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: “No Lebs”: Anti-Arab racism since 9/11

    Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Randa Abdel-Fattah & Ghassan Hage moderated by Sara Saleh
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 6pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    The 2001 September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City gave rise to bigotry, hate speech, and violence against Arab and Muslim communities around the ...

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: The Moral High Ground

    The good, the bad, and the halls of power
    With Jacqueline Maley, Julia Baird & Osman Faruqi moderated by Edwina Throsby
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 2:45pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    Morally bankrupt, moral challenges, a moral vacuum - commentary on politics often circles around right and wron...

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: Soul Searching in a Post-Truth Age

    What does it mean to be a believer?
    Amal Awad & Sarah Krasnostein moderated by Fenella Kernebone
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 12.15pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    In times of uncertainty, we humans look for answers, and today's seekers have a well-stocked spiritual marketplace at their disposal....

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: The Myth of the Fair Go

    Privilege and disadvantage: confronting systemic injustice
    With Bri Lee, Sheila Ngoc Pham & Rick Morton, moderated by Laura Murphy-Oates
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 1.30pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    Racism, family trauma, poverty - social disadvantage comes in many different and often interse...

  • ANTIDOTE 2021: Racing to the End of the World | Elizabeth Kolbert

    Finding environmental solutions at the brink of extinction.
    With Elizabeth Kolbert moderated by Paddy Manning
    Presented at Antidote, 5 September 2021, 11am AEST
    Tickets $15

    Acclaimed environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert's latest book investigates science's cutting-edge fight against the effec...

  • How smart is Artificial Intelligence? All About Women 2021

    The hidden problems of Artificial Intelligence.
    With Kate Crawford.
    Presented at All About Women, 7 March 2021, 4:45pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    Artificial Intelligence systems are trained to represent, interpret and codify human beings. But does the process of classification itself carry implicit bias? ...

  • White Feminism - All About Women 2021

    How does consumerist liberal feminism leave women behind?
    With Koa Beck.
    Presented at All About Women, 7 March 2021, 1pm AEST
    Tickets $15

    White feminism is an ideology that seeks individual power over community wellbeing. Join author Koa Beck for a look at the racism embedded in much of the mov...