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Love tokens performance and talk with Elena Kats-Chernin

Elena Kats-Chernin, composer and performer

13 May 2010

Listen to part of Elena Kats-Chernin’s 2009 composition Garden of Dreams, inspired by the convict love tokens held in the Museum’s collection, performed in the Australian Journeys gallery.

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collection, music

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Parliament for the people

Jennifer Wilson, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 12 May 2010

Curator Jennifer Wilson tells us how Australia’s first purpose-built home for the Commonwealth Parliament was opened with suitable pomp and ceremony in Canberra on 9 May 1927.

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architecture, ceremony, politics

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Matthew Flinders in the Recherche Archipelago

Pip McNaught, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 14 April 2010

Matthew Flinders sailed through the Recherche Archipelago in 1802 and 1803 on board the Investigator. Curator Pip McNaught shares her work developing a Landmarks’ exhibit and talks about Matthew Flinders and his cat, Trim.

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collection, colonial, exploration, place, science

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The Age of Stupid – film screening and discussion

Julian Cribb, Julian Cribb and Associates Science Communicators, and Professor Will Steffan, Australian National University

10 April 2010

Dr Jenny Newell hosts a public screening of Franny Armstrong’s drama documentary about climate change, The Age of Stupid. This audio consists of her introductions and the ensuing discussion led by a climate change scientist and a science communicator.

environment, media, science

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How can museums help history teachers?

Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

31 March 2010

Dr Peter Stanley, the head of the National Museum’s Research Centre, asks teachers ‘How can museum historians and curators best support history teachers?’

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museums, ways of knowing

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Curating Australian histories

Dr Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia

31 March 2010

What can objects tell us about the past? Kirsten Wehner talks to history teachers about the nature of exhibitions as histories.

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collection, exhibition, museums, ways of knowing

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The language of power and persuasion

Julian Burnside, barrister, activist and writer

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Julian Burnside reflects on the importance of words in his life as a barrister, an activist, and a writer.

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language, politics

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The case against recycling water for drinking

Dr Peter Collignon, Canberra Hospital

Recycled water discussion: A nice drop, 20 March 2010

Peter Collignon explains why he believes that recycling water is a bad idea – particularly where there are other options – for various reasons including the health risks.

disease, food, science

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A life in dictionaries

Dr Bruce Moore, Australian National Dictionary Centre

Weekend of Ideas, 20 March 2010

Bruce Moore describes how his life in dictionaries, and in Australian English, began when he was teaching army cadets old and middle English languages.

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language

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Tasting and discussion

Mark Juddery, Dr Simon Toze, Dr Kelly Fielding and Dr Peter Collignon

Recycled water discussion: A nice drop, 20 March 2010

Mark Juddery, National Museum of Australia, facilitates the recycled water taste test and discussion among the panellists and audience.

food, science

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