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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 9 July 2019 – Cinema, Feminism, Film and Television , Films , Sex

    Sex and the remake

    A new book by a University of Melbourne expert explores the fraught process of remaking a film or TV show, and why updating attitudes to sex may not always work

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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