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Explore and analyse all aspects of the human condition. Delve into stories about our culture and society.

  1. 13 September 2019 – Cultural Diplomacy, K11 Art Foundation, Museums, Soft Power, State Hermitage Museum

    Treading softly in power diplomacy

    Museums have emerged as effective agents of cultural soft power globally, including outside the West, like China and Russia, says University of Melbourne expert

  2. 6 September 2019 – Ancient Rome, Masculinity, Narcissism, Narcissus, Ovid

    Narcissus and the drawbacks of being a hot teenage boy

    The myth of Narcissus isn’t so much about narcissism as about what it is to transgress society's norms of male sexuality, says a University of Melbourne expert

  3. 29 August 2019 – 2019 Indian Elections, Australia India Institute, Democracy, Elections, India

    Making India’s democracy even bigger and better

    India is committed to inclusive elections and allowing absentee voting would make the world's biggest democracy even bigger, says University of Melbourne expert

  4. 23 August 2019 – Cultural Conservation, Etching, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Rembrandt

    Faithfully conserving a Rembrandt

    The Three Crosses is Rembrandt’s powerful depiction of Christ’s crucifixion. University of Melbourne expert explains how it is faithfully conserved for exhibit

  5. 21 August 2019 – Hate speech, Social Media, Terrorism, White Supremacists

    How the toxic went mainstream

    By use of social media, including memes, ideologies of hate are gaining currency. A University of Melbourne expert examines how hate speech became the everyday

  6. 14 August 2019 – Art, Critical Thinking, Fake News, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare

    Friends, Romans, Fake News

    In a world of 'alternative facts' and spin, Shakespeare helps teach us how to grasp complexity and expose manipulation, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  7. 12 August 2019 – Health, History, Politics, Sugar, Trade

    A bittersweet history

    Sugar has a bitter history of slavery and exploitation, but University of Melbourne researchers say it's also transformed politics and our modern-day diet.

  8. 9 August 2019 – Economics, Ethics, Fashion, Marketing, Sustainability

    Revealing the true value of fashion

    Entrepreneurs, designers and fashion businesses are rethinking the human and environmental costs of clothing says a University of Melbourne researcher.

  9. 2 August 2019 – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, Australian Economy, Garma Festival, Indigenous, Indigenous Policy

    The power of Garma

    The Garma Festival is more than policy talk. University of Melbourne academics discover it is about connection between Aboriginal and non-Indigenous Australia.