The Cold War and the Anthropocene: 1945-25,945 A.D.

John McNeill Georgetown University Public Lecture Tuesday 26 October 5-6.30 pm Venue: Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 1, ANU We live in an era of unprecedented human impact on earth systems and the biosphere, sometimes called the Anthropocene.  This lecture explores the ways in which international political conflict, specifically the pressures of the Cold War, lay behind the environmental tumult of the Anthropocene.  It considers the consequences of nuclear weapons programs in the USA and USSR, of transportation infrastructure programs mainly in the USA, China, and USSR, and of campaigns to boost agricultural production such as the Green Revolution in South and Southeast Asia and the Virgin Lands scheme in the USSR. Listen to the lecture (MP3 31MB) View the presentation...

The Big Wet: History, Art, Science and Community in the Desert Channels

Friday 22 October 2010, 12.30pm to 2pm Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia One of Australia’s best known artists, Mandy Martin, together with historian Libby Robin and zoologist Chris Dickman will join conservation-pastoralist Guy Fitzhardinge, deputy chair of Desert Channels Queensland, to explore the impulse to protect the country where Australia’s desert rivers rise. At a time when Lake Eyre is filling fast, and biodiversity is booming, they discuss conservation partnerships in Desert Channels Country and display new art and writing about the region. Free Bookings essential (02) 6208 5021 or...