Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Autonomous vehicles, immigration’s impact on housing affordability, and parent guilt will be among the topics to be discussed at this  at this year’s Adelaide Festival of Ideas from 12–15 July in the city’s West End

Bright minds, including staff from the University of Adelaide, will share their expertise on a range of on trend topics

The University of Adelaide has been a supporter of the festival since it began in 1999 and this year is a major sponsor. Staff and alumni will play a starring role in the line-up of guest speakers and a number of events will be hosted on University grounds.

Experts in their field from across the University’s faculties will lead and contribute to thought-provoking discussion on topics including such as whether guilt makes us better parents, big data’s influence on health, and the impact of traumatic stress in modern society.

This year’s Graeme Hugo Memorial Lecture: Does migration drive up house prices?, will be presented by the University’s Chris Leishman,Director of the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide, on Saturday 14 July at Adelaide Health and Medical and Sciences building (AHMS).

Other speakers from the University include: 

  • Dr Zygmunt L Szpak (Senior research fellow, Australian Institute for Machine Learningwho is part of a panel discussing Can big data help you age well? on Saturday 14 July at SAHMRI.
  • Dr Fiona Kerr (Industry professor, neural and systems complexitypresenting The best of both worlds on Saturday 14 July at AHMS, Joe Verco lecture theatre.
  • Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann (Chair of linguistics and endangered languagespresenting Should we reclaim dead languages on Sunday 15 July at the Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA.
  • Professor Stephen Muecke (Jury chair of English language and literature) presenting The art of paying attention on Saturday 14 Julyat the Allan Scott Auditorium, UniSA.
  • Professor Jon Jureidini (Child psychiatrist, Robinson Research Institute) who is part of a panel discussing Parent guilt on Sunday 15 July at AHMS.
  • Associate Professor Nick Falkner (Foundation Director, University of Adelaide’s Australian Smart City Consortium) who is part of a panel discussing Autonomous vehicles on Sunday 15 July at the Bradley Forum, UniSA.
  • Professor Alexander McFarlane AO (Director, Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies) presenting Understanding the impact of traumatic stress in modern society on Sunday 15 July at AHMS.
  • Dr Amy Milka (Researcher, ARC Centre for the History of Emotionswho is part of a panel discussing Are animals people or possessions? on Sunday 15 July 2018 at AHMS.

     The University will also host the Edward Said Memorial LectureAnti-blackness, settler-colonialism and the question of Palestinepresented by Assistant Professor Noura Erakat, George Mason University, Virginia, USA on Saturday 14 July at the Adelaide Town Hall.


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Adelaide Festival of Ideas from 12–15 July in the city’s West End.


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