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November 2016
$15 - $30

Homer Prepares: a Performance in Two Parts (Session 2, Books 3 & 4)

November 20, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Library at the Dock,
107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands, Victoria 3008 Australia
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Homer Prepares - Session 2, Books 3 & 4 In this, the second session of Homer Prepares, Homer prepares to sing the third and fourth “books” of The Iliad. He divides the story the single combat between Paris and Menelaos into two episodes…

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Free

Australia’s Homeric Heroes

November 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture,
168 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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When the Anzacs landed on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915 they were entering the epic landscape of Homer’s Trojan War fought across the Dardanelles approximately three millennia earlier. Almost immediately after the landing, comparisons between ancient warrior heroes and Anzac soldiers were…

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$15 - $30

In the Mirror, Darkly

November 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Who are our heroes? Our villains? Are they the same thing these days? Angus Cameron's In the Mirror, Darkly takes the Elektra narrative as its blueprint and twists it around, and around, and around - so as to make it, at once, both familiar…

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Free

Closing Ceremony: Australian Odyssey

November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Xenia Dolopoulou, Stathis Grapsas, Panagiotis Anagnostatos, and students from The Melbourne Greek Cultural Centre. A chance to bid farewell to the Festival of Homer - until next year! Dramatised readings from The Odyssey and The Iliad will frame "The Return Home": Ithacan Australian Panagiotis…

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December 2016
Free - $15

America: What Now? An Autopsy of the 2016 Election

December 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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TICKETS HERE As the dust settles on the 2016 United States election, the complex process of preparing to govern a bitterly divided nation begins for President-Elect Trump. And the long, slow process of post-mortem begins for political scientists, who along with pollsters,…

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March 2017
Free - $15

Dr Steven Curry: Crossroads of Civilisation

March 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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TICKETS HERE All nations rely on foundation myths and heroic legends to shape their identity. One of the founding myths of Western societies (and by extension Australia) is that our cultures descend directly from Classical Greece and its traditions of science, democracy,…

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May 2017
Free

AI and the Future of Work

May 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Morgans at 401,
401 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Sure, the future sounds great, but will we have jobs? Join Dr Tim Dunlop, Dr Veronica Sheen, and Alexar Pendashteh to discuss how automation affects employment. Will technology lead us to an Orwellian dystopia or leisure-filled utopia? Will we end up with…

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June 2017
$12

Boo Radley Book Club: June – To Kill A Mockingbird

June 29, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Stone & Chalk,
710 Goods Shed North, Collins Street, Docklands
Melbourne, Victoria 3008 Australia
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Join us for the first Boo Radley Book Club, as we examine Harper Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird! Wine, beer, and nibbles will be accompanied by a fascinating discussion of the novel, led this month by Rahul Soans, founder of the Disruptive Business Network.…

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July 2017
Free - $15

Emoji as the Face of Language Change

July 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
BCG,
Level 52, 101 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The internet has created a space of rapid and widespread human communication. With the breakneck speed of linguistic innovation, how do you tell your emoji from your emoticons? Your WhatsApp from your SnapChat?

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$12

Boo Radley Book Club: July – Zorba the Greek

July 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Stone & Chalk,
710 Goods Shed North, Collins Street, Docklands
Melbourne, Victoria 3008 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the second edition of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will delve into Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis. In his novel, Kazantzakis explores perhaps the oldest question in philosophy: 'what does it mean to live a…

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August 2017
$12

Boo Radley Book Club: August – Animal Farm

August 31, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Stone & Chalk,
710 Goods Shed North, Collins Street, Docklands
Melbourne, Victoria 3008 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the August edition of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will examine Animal Farm, George Orwell's barnyard allegory of communism, Stalin, and the Soviet Union. Wine, beer, and nibbles will be accompanied by an interactive discussion…

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September 2017
Free - $15

Representing the Holocaust

September 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tonic House,
386 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The Holocaust is widely represented in popular media as well as in traditionally ‘historical’ contexts, such as museums and archival spaces. In this talk, Dr Noah Shenker engages with critical debates surrounding those representations, and questions why – in a period marked…

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$12

Boo Radley Book Club: September – Fahrenheit 451

September 28, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Stone & Chalk,
710 Goods Shed North, Collins Street, Docklands
Melbourne, Victoria 3008 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the September edition of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will be exploring Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian vision of a world where books are outlawed and burnt. But don't worry, instead of book burning you…

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October 2017
$12

Boo Radley Book Club: October – The Metamorphosis

October 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Stone & Chalk,
710 Goods Shed North, Collins Street, Docklands
Melbourne, Victoria 3008 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the October edition of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will explore Franz Kafka's novella, The Metamorphosis, in which a man finds himself suddenly and inexplicably transformed into a giant insect. Wine, beer, and nibbles will be…

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November 2017
$20 - $25

Is empathy an impediment to success?

November 23, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Museum Theatre, Melbourne Museum,
11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria 3053 Australia
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Does having empathy make you successful? Or is it a hindrance, smothering logic with emotions? This debate will expose how empathy affects our work places, our policy-makers, and which charities we choose to support. In this Oxford-style debate, the audience will decide…

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$12

Boo Radley Book Club: November – The Great Gatsby

November 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Stone & Chalk,
710 Goods Shed North, Collins Street, Docklands
Melbourne, Victoria 3008 Australia
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Join us at the Henley Club for the final edition for 2017 of the Boo Radley Book Club, where we will examine F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the roaring twenties, The Great Gatsby, in which a mysteriously wealthy man yearns for his lost love. Wine,…

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December 2017
$25

Humanities 21 Christmas Cocktail Party

December 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Peter’s House,
64 Tivoli Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3141 Australia
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Merry Christmas Humanities lovers! Humanities 21 invites you to join us on Tuesday 5 December at 6pm, at the home of one of our committee members, at 64 Tivoli Rd, South Yarra. Our Christmas Cocktail Party will have plentiful drinks and nibbles,…

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May 2018
Free

How can we avoid a dystopian future?

May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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THE EVENT Dystopian fiction has surged in popularity over the past decade, and behind that popularity lie anxieties about our real-life future. Our panel of experts will investigate our science-fiction fears – those which are occurring already, and those which may become…

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June 2018
Free - $40

Festival of Homer – opening night cocktail party

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Kelvin Club,
14-30 Melbourne Place
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Our 2018 Festival of Homer begins with a cocktail party celebrating all things Homeric. Humanities 21 presents an evening of drinks, nibbles and inspiration.

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$30 - $40

Festival of Homer – at home with Homer’s heroes: Mycenaean palaces

June 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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The world of the Homeric heroes is partly a fantasy and partly a dim cultural memory of the Mycenaean civilisation, which dominated Greece from around 1600-1200 BC.

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$30 - $40

Festival of Homer – translating the Odyssey: a new perspective

June 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Melbourne-based journalist and podcaster Matt Smith will interview Professor Emily Wilson via videoconference to explore her experience translating the Odyssey, the choices she made when developing her translation, and the importance of new translations to bridge the gap between antiquity and the contemporary world.

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$25

Festival of Homer – pavilion lunch

June 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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Continue the Greek festivities of the Festival of Homer by indulging in a delicious lunch in the Hellenic Museum's Pavllion Cafe. Your pavilion lunch includes a free tour of the Hellenic Museum's current exhibitions.

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$30 - $40

Festival of Homer – debate: was Achilles a Hero or just a Very Naughty Boy?

June 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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THE EVENT The wrath of Achilles is the central theme of Homer’s Iliad. But what kind of person is Achilles? The character presented by Homer is complex and multi-faceted. It is one of Homer’s great strengths that his characters are open to…

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$30 - $40

Festival of Homer – is Ithaka Ithaka?

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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THE EVENT Describing his homeland, Homer’s Odysseus famously says that Ithaka is one of a group of islands but that it lies 'last of all on the water toward the dark while the rest face the Sun.' These few words have ignited…

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$25 - $65

Festival of Homer – Greek Sunday lunch

June 17 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hellenic Museum,
280 William Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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THE EVENT Join us for a long lazy lunch with family and friends in the leafy courtyard of the Hellenic Museum. The Greek Sunday Lunch will feature a delicious selection of food from our bespoke woodfired ovens. To drink, we'll offer you…

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