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

  1. 2 July 2019 – Australia, Brexit, Economics, European Union, Trade

    Negotiating trade post-Brexit

    Australia will show little nostalgia for the 'old country' in talks on any post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  2. 30 June 2019 – Art, Art History, Artists, Italy, Sculpture

    The perfection of David

    Michelangelo’s statue of David is an iconic statement on physical perfection and continues to inspire emerging artists, says a University of Melbourne expert.

  3. Podcast26 June 2019 – Commuting, Culture, Migration, Travel, anthropology

    Movement, mobility and identity

    University of Melbourne anthropologist Andrew Dawson has taken to the road, joining people in cars and on buses to better understand culture and communities.

  4. 11 June 2019 – Australian Politics, Freedom, Journalism, Media, Media Policy

    Defining the power of public interest journalism

    A University of Melbourne expert says the recent police raids on Australian journalists highlight the modern importance of public interest journalism.

  5. 7 June 2019 – Ancient History, Australian History, History, History Wars, Nationalism

    What history can really teach us

    History is too intricate to teach simple lessons, but studying it helps in understanding the complexities of the present says a University of Melbourne expert

  6. 4 June 2019 – China, Democracy, Protest, Tiananmen Square, Violence

    The whispers of Tiananmen

    A University of Melbourne expert says the Chinese government hasn't acknowledged the violence of Tiananmen Square 30 years ago; but many whisper its history.

  7. 30 May 2019 – Antarctic, Antarctica, Cold War, International Relations, Politics

    The geopolitics of Antarctica

    In 1959, countries around the world came together to establish the Antarctic Treaty; a University of Melbourne expert says it came at a time of frosty politics.

  8. 23 May 2019 – Australian Indigenous History, Indigenous, Indigenous Health, Mental Health, Suicide

    When there is no ritual to dream: The silence of Indigenous suicide

    A University of Melbourne academic says the high rate of Indigenous youth suicide can only be addressed if all Australians confont historical and modern racism.

  9. 20 May 2019 – 2019 Australian Federal Election, Australian Politics, Democracy

    Voter aspiration delivers for Coalition

    Scott Morrison’s "aspirational individualism" resonated with voters, leaving the polls behind and forcing a Labor rethink, says University of Melbourne expert.