Expand your mind with the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Each year the Institute hosts or co-hosts public talks and other events by distinguished visiting and local scholars, artists, writers and public intellectuals. These events contribute to our goal of sharing current research, new ideas and encouraging discussion and debate within the broader community.

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Public Talks in 2019

25 June
The Russian Media Landscape, 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall
A public lecture with journalist Yevgenia Albats


28 June
An artist’s preparation for performing the roles of Verdi’s Lady Macbeth and Sondheim’s Mrs Lovett
UWA Conservatorium of Music Distinguished Artist Lecture Series with Antoinette Halloran


1 July
Learning to Love Your Country
The Barry Andrew Memorial Address 2019 by Bruce Pascoe


9 July
Right to Food: A reflection of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Right to Food
A public lecture by Professor Hilal Elver, Global Distinguished Fellow, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA Law School and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


11 July
Current Global Crises: towards a more humane global governance.
A public lecture by Professor Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Princeton University and UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (2008-2014)and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.


18 July
With or Without Body: Feeling, Creating, & Performing Emotion
This public event is part of the Limina 14th Annual Conference HUMANIFESTO: dissecting the human experience, being held at The University of Western Australia, on 19th July 2019.  It is supported by Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.


22 July
Laparoscopes and Leonardo: unveiling the secrets of art using medical imaging
A public lecture by Professor Adam Gibson, Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London (UCL) and 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.


23 July
Pulling Back the Big Blue Curtain: big fish and big parks.
A public lecture by Jessica Meeuwig, Professor of Marine Science, The University of Western Australia and 2019 Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Eminent Speaker.
24 July
Finding Rembrandt in Love and Life
A public lecture by Dr Susan Broomhall, School of Humanities (History), UWA.
31 July
PRISON versus WESTERN AUSTRALIA
A public lecture by Barry Godfrey, Professor of Social Justice,  University of Liverpool and Russell Ward Visiting Professor, University of New England and 2019 UWA Fred Alexander Fellow.


1 August
No Sense of Place?
The 2019 George Seddon Memorial Lecture by Don Bradshaw, Emeritus Professor, Zoology.

6 August

From evidence to empowerment – translating UWA breastfeeding research into practice
A panel discussion with three of UWA’s leading breastfeeding researchers: Professor Valerie Verhasselt, Larsson-Rosenquist Chair in Human Lactology; Associate Professor Donna Geddes, Chief Investigator of the Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group and Melinda Boss, Senior Research Fellow, School of Allied Health.