MFU@City Square

The Melbourne Free University launches a series of seminars at City Square on Tuesday evenings through summer in collaboration with Occupy Melbourne. This series begins on Tuesday 6 December and will explore questions of how our economy, society and politics can be organised differently, which have again taken centre stage in the context of the global Occupy movement.
In the context of the global Occupy movement, questions of how our economy, society and politics could be organised differently have once again taken centre stage. This series of seminars will invite speakers to explore radical practical ideas on how our world might be, in relation to topics as diverse as inequality, Indigenous politics, democracy, law, gender, climate change, economics and more. This series will run throughout summer on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm. Each session will follow the usual MFU format, and involve a 40 minute lecture followed by a 40 minute open discussion.
When: Tuesdays 18th of August – 22th of September 2011 6.30 – 8pm
Venue: Alderman (upstairs gallery) 134 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Co-ordinator: Jasmine-Kim Westendorf

week 1

6th of December 2011

On Democracy and Human Rights
(Justin Clemens, Melbourne Uni and Jessica Whyte, Monash Uni)

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week 2

13th of December 2011

On Climate Change and Environmental Politics
(David Spratt, Author, Climate Code Red)

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week 3

20th of December 2011

On The Anti-Corporate Movement and Occupy
(Jeff Sparrow, Victoria Uni)

week 4

10th of January 2012

Peak Oil, Energy Descent, and the Fate of Consumerism
(Samuel Alexander, The Simplicity Institute & Melbourne Uni)

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week 5

17th of January 2012

Gay, Lesbian, Queer: The Movement that Won
(Graham Willett, Melbourne Uni)

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week 6

24th of January 2012

Money in Politics: The Challenge for Democracy
(Joo-Cheong Tham, Melbourne Uni)

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week 7

31st of January 2012

It’s not cricket: Governing in the Public Interest in 21st Century Australia
(Leslie Cannold, Author)

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week 8

7th of February 2012

Asylum Seeker Policy: Solutions Instead of Problems
(Pamela Curr, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre)

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week 9

14th of February 2012

Utopia, Fantasy and Reality in Radical Politics
(Ghassan Hage, Melbourne Uni)

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week 10

21st of February 2012

Why Australian Banks are so Profitable, and the Australian Parliament is Determined to do Nothing About it
(Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute)

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week 11

28 of February 2012

MABO and Native Title
(Lee Godden, Melbourne Uni)

week 12

6th of March 2012

Whatever Happened to Gay Liberation?
(Dennis Altman, La Trobe Uni)

week 13

13th of March 2012

MABO and Native Title
(Lee Godden, Melbourne Uni)

week 14

20th of March 2012

Beyond Emissions Reductions: Looking ‘Upstream’ for Climate (and Societal) Solutions
(Fiona Armstrong, Climate and Health Alliance / Centre for Policy Development)

week 15

27th of March 2012

Raging Against the Rich: the Occupy Movement and it’s Antecedents
(Verity Burgman, Melbourne Uni)

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