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Drawing inspiration from the collections of the National Library of Australia, the Society and Culture talks keep you in touch with the Australia of the past, present and future. From the history of settlement through to studies of the environment, these talks will inspire and challenge you.
 
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An annual extravaganza of lights has given an extra sparkle to historic royal gardens in Warsaw's Wilanów neighbourhood.
 
The ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party won the most votes in a race for regional assemblies as Poland held local government elections on Sunday, according to an exit poll.
 
Polish President Andrzej Duda was on Monday scheduled to embark on a trip to Berlin to discuss some key issues in bilateral relations with German leaders.
 
The voteinwarsaw.eu website has been disseminating information about the right of EU citizens to cast their vote in local elections
 
Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating counter-clockwise around a track.
 
State-run Polish gas firm PGNiG has agreed to purchase a multi-million dollar stake in a Norwegian gas field amid efforts to diversify supplies.
 
Despite speculation by some, it appears to be unlikely that ongoing Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union will end in a complete fiasco.
 
The 3rd edition of the International World Travel Show is taking place at the PTAK Warsaw Expo on the outskirts of Warsaw this weekend, giving visitors a chance to get to know interesting tourist destinations.
 
EU leaders and top officials discussed on the first day of their EU summit in Brussels the current state and prospects of Brexit negotiations.
 
October 18 is EU Anti-trafficking Day, bringing together European states in the fight against traffic in human beings.
 
Polish state-run gas company PGNiG says it has signed a long-term agreement with two American companies for the purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States amid efforts to make Poland independent of Russian supplies.
 
More and more countries have been arriving at the conclusion that the concept of a winter and summer time switch has not fully provided the desired effects.
 
Poland and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg have signed a deal on cooperation in the space sector.
 
More than a dozen Polish companies have been honoured by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency during a gala in Warsaw.
 
The New Earth International Festival has launched in the southern Polish city of Kraków, showcasing a collection of films from the world over dedicated to environmental issues.
 
In an exclusive interview for Radio Poland, Michał Senk, the director of the Warsaw-based Centre for Thought of John Paul II, recalls the late pontiff's historic pilgrimages to Poland.
 
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution calling on Moscow to return the wreckage a Polish presidential plane that crashed in western Russia in 2010.
 
A new sculpture in the western Polish city of Poznań pays tribute to an interwar period traveller from the area while allowing people to charge their mobile devices.
 
Rising Polish tennis star Iga Świątek has won a gold medal at the Youth Summer Olympic Games with her Slovenian partner Kaja Juvan in the women’s doubles competition in Buenos Aires.
 
Derek Wrigley, Meredith Hinchcliffe and Amy Jarvis discuss the work of furniture designer Fred Ward, whose work was commissioned for the Library building in the 1960s.
 
Yanti Ropeyarn, from the Library's Newspapers and Family History area, shares a digitisation project close to her heart. ‘Back to School at Bamaga High’ saw 22 issues of Karbai magazine—from Yanti's high school, Bamaga State High School—digitised and made available online via Trove.
 
Join Pictures Acquisition Officer and 2017 National Library Indigenous Graduate Jodie Dowd as she shares her experience as the first Indigenous Australian to undertake a placement in collections management at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.Jodie will reveal how this experience enabled her ...…
 
Dr Lucas Jordan reveals the story of the six Australian souvenir hunters who crossed the Somme River and captured Chipilly Spur during what was arguably the most decisive battle of the war.
 
Join curators Dr Guy Hansen, Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll and Dr Walter Kudrycz as they discuss the making of the Library's current exhibition, 1968: Changing Times, sharing their discoveries from the Library’s collections and revealing the challenges they faced in producing a history exhibition using just a single year as a frame of reference.…
 
Dr Beatrice Bijon explores the British suffragette movement through the papers of feminist Bessie Rischbieth, followed by a viewing of the exhibition Deeds Not Words: Women's Suffrage in Britain.
 
Treasures Curator Nat Williams explores the infamous life of George Barrington, celebrity pickpocket, convict and chief of police.A Treasures Gallery Access Program, supported by National Library Patrons.
 
The industrial innovation of chilling or freezing perishable produce transformed relationships between climates and the production and consumption of food across the globe. This talk considers how refrigeration was adapted to open up new trades, notably in meat, dairy and fruit, between Australia and the Pacific Islands from the late nineteenth ...…
 
Emeritus Professor Lesley Johnson explores the history of institutions that have shaped the humanities, and how complex forces continue to create uncertainty about their value today.
 
Unbreakable is the story of Jelena Dokic’s survival, in her own words. How she survived as a refugee, twice. How she survived on the tennis court to become world No. 4. But, most importantly, how she survived her domineering coach and father, Damir Dokic.From war-torn Yugoslavia to Sydney and, later, Wimbledon, Jelena Dokic narrates her hellish ...…
 
The map Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (Eastern or Asian Archipelago) is a historical goldmine; it records the first sighting of Tasmania and the first mapping of the New Zealand coast by Europeans. It became the template for all subsequent maps of 'New Holland', or Australia. After being acquired by the Library in 2013 and displayed i ...…
 
Charles Massy was once like many farmers, unknowingly contributing to the decline of the soil through the use of chemicals. He is now a radically eco-minded farmer who has carefully nursed a 2,000-hectare property back to natural health. He reveals the real story of industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it.I ...…
 
For the first time in history, two Australian Divisions fought a battle side by side in the Battle of Menin Road. Whilst a classic example of how a well-prepared and well supported infantry could take and hold ground, Roger Lee explores why this tactic would never win the war on the Western Front.
 
Random Life finds one of Australia’s favourite cartoonists at the height of her creative career; still making us think and laugh. It is full of all the things we have known and loved about Judy’s work over the years – her concerns for the environment, social justice and feminism, along with her off-the-wall quirkiness and trademark flights of f ...…
 
Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector. She is the author of eight books, including the classic Damned Whores and God’s Police, first published in 1975. She has been editor-in-chief of Ms., the landmark US feminist magazine, and ...…
 
Di Morrissey wanted to tell stories from age 7. Now, she looks back on her years in the Australian media and publishing worlds and speculates on the future. Di Morrissey has worked around the world as a journalist in newspapers and radio and on television. Since publishing her first novel in 1991, Di has written 24 bestsellers, four children's ...…
 
Dr Meleah Hampton, Australian War Memorial historian, explores the allied efforts to capture the OG (Old German) trench line near Pozières, France, in 1916. This was among the most costly battles for Australians during the First World War.In association with the Canberra Great War Study Group, the Estaminet.…
 
Virginia Passmore puts the work of fellow Australian geologist Edgeworth David into context.In association with the Canberra Great War Study Group, the Estaminet.
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members Shannon Sutton, John Morseu and Nicolette Suttor share collection items that have special meaning for them.NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not ...…
 
Paul West, chef and host of River Cottage Australia, shares his passion for locally grown and sustainable produce with founder and editor of HerCanberra Amanda Whitley.
 
Dr Gerard Vaughan AM, Director of the National Gallery of Australia, launches Hegel’s Owl: The Life of Bernard Smith, which reveals the unique character of an exceptional man. Beginning life as a ward of the state, Smith went on to become a pre-eminent figure of Australian art history.About the authorDr Sheridan Palmer is an art historian and c ...…
 
Dr Anne Summers AO and Dr Béatrice Bijon discuss the suffrage movement in Australia and early 20th century women's suffrage material held in the Library's collection.Dr Anne Summers AO is a best-selling author, journalist and thought-leader with a long career in politics, the media, business and the non-government sector in Australia, Europe an ...…
 
Even historical documents can have quirky and complicated pasts. Archivist Michael Piggott investigates the provenance of the manuscripts collected by Sir John Ferguson, focusing on the back stories prior to their acquisition by the National Library.Michael Piggott is a 2016 National Library of Australia Fellow.…
 
The future is almost within reach, but the portents are challenging; rarely has the future seemed so difficult a prospect. One of the sternest challenges we face is to imagine the future before it arrives and then attempt to shape it. Will the buzzwords ‘innovation’ and ‘agility’ come to mean anything more than increased efficiency and wealth f ...…
 
The 1970s were a time of profound social and political transformation when women’s and gay liberation movements sought to reshape the public meaning of private experience. Through 3 case studies (early campaigns for homosexual rights, the emergence of domestic violence as a key issue for women’s liberationists and the 1975 Royal Commission on H ...…
 
Dream of the Red Chamber, also called The Story of the Stone, is one of China's greatest literary works. Professor John Minford discusses the background of this novel, written by Cao Xueqin during the High Qing of the 18th century.Professor Minford is a sinologist and literary translator, primarily known for his translations of Chinese classics ...…
 
Jason Yatsen-Li, an entrepreneur, corporate advisor and opinion-leader, explores how China’s different personalities help explain its seemingly contradictory actions in the South China Sea, climate change stance, stock market gyrations, a revolution in cross-border ecommerce and the massive One Belt One Road strategy.For everyone interested in ...…
 
National Bonsai and Penjing Curator Leigh Taafe teaches the tools of the trade and the principles of the bonsai and penjing practice.
 
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