16 - Australian Wildlife Conservancy: How we are effectively achieving our mission for the protection of Australian animals and the habitats in which they live - Fully booked Bianca Friend – 1 session from 2.00 to 3.30 on Monday 25 May
Few people realise that Australia already has the worst mammal extinction record in the world. Scientists are predicting that Australia will lose an entire suite of native species within the next 10 to 20 years unless urgent action is taken. This is a matter of national and international significance! AWC is successfully halting and reversing this tide of extinctions by taking a ground-breaking approach to transform conservation. This is an inspiring and award-winning story of hope. Link to newsletter of Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Link to video Hope for Australia's wildlife.
30 - Cholesterol and Fatty Acids - Fully booked Prof Louis Roller – 1 session from 12.00 to 1.30 on Tuesday 26 May
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolaemia) is a major risk factor along with smoking, hypertension and diabetes for developing atherosclerosis. Coronary heart disease is almost entirely due to atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries. This talk will discuss the nature of cholesterol and other fats and the use of medications to reduce their negative effects. Course notes are available here.
71 - Mongolia: land of the Mongols - Fully booked George Golvan QC – 1 session from 12.00 to 1.30 on Thursday 28 May
Mongolia is not on the usual tourist agenda, but is well worth visiting. The illustrated talk will concern an extensive trip I took to Mongolia in June July 2019, including, travelling through the vast Mongolia steppes and the Gobi desert by 4 wheel drive vehicles. And attending the colourful Naadam Festivals, traditionally held in mid-summer, where the traditional sports of Mongolia, wrestling, horse riding and archery are conducted. We also visited the eagle hunters of north-west Mongolia, members of the largely Muslim Kazakh minority, hunting with eagles in the Altai Mountains, made famous by the 2016 film, ‘The Eagle Huntress’. I propose to talk about the proud history of Mongolia, and its customs and cultu
19 - Civilisations of the Ancient Maya 300 BC to 1300 AD - Fully booked Frank Devlin – 1 session from 10.00 to 11.30 on Monday 1 June
The talk covers Mayan sites in the Yucatan province of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize with an emphasis on their architectural and sculptural virtuosity together with some insights into their rich and distinct culture. It will also cover a private flight from Caye Caulker on the reef off Belize to the Great Blue Hole made famous by Jacques Cousteau, swimming in the remarkable cenotes near Merida (provincial capital of Yucatan province) and wild life in the tropical rainforest in Tikal National Park, Guatemala.
36 - Madeira: Portugal’s Island Paradise - Fully booked Ian Singleton and Elspeth Ferguson – 1 session from 10.00 to 11.30 on Tuesday 2 June
A jewel in the Atlantic, Madeira was discovered in 1421 and has always been part of Portugal. A volcanic island it is a flower paradise, and famous for its “Madeira” fortified wines. It has World Heritage Laurel forests and “Levadas” (Irrigation canals). Ian and Elspeth will take you on a tour of this sub tropical Eden. We will also visit and enjoy the delights of Lisbon and Porto, as well as World Heritage sites in Evora, Coimbra, and Guimaraes. Finally we will pay a visit to the remote Peneda Geres National Park, and a village that time forgot. Here barter is the norm, even in the 21st century. Course notes are available here.
48 - Anxiety - Fully booked Prof Louis Roller – 1 session from 12.00 to 1.30 on Tuesday 23 June
Anxiety is an emotion characterised by apprehension and somatic symptoms of tension in which an individual anticipates impending danger, catastrophe, or misfortune. Muscles become tense, breathing is faster, and the heart beats more rapidly. Anxiety may be distinguished from fear both conceptually and physiologically, although the two terms are used interchangeably. This talk will discuss the effects of anxiety on everyday living. Course notes are available here.
41 - Miscellany of Short Talks - Fully booked Dr James Keipert – 1 session from 2.00 to 3.30 on Tuesday 16 June
1. What do boards, CEOs and executives of modern companies actually do? 2. Are we sleepwalking towards the next financial crisis? 3. Are things any better for the poor and disadvantaged in Australia? 4. More asylum seekers arrive by air now than they did by boat. 5. Some problems starting to arise in aspects of modern life.
20 - The Crusades: an alternative view - Fully booked Albert Isaacs – 1 session from 12.00 to 1.30 on Wednesday 17 June
These days, people are starting to look at the Crusades in completely different ways to how they did previously. This talk looks at the history of the Crusades through the perspective of the many negatives, particularly the way the Muslims and Jews were treated in both the Middle East and in Europe. The talk will even cover some events in the 21st century. Course notes are available here.
45 - The Widowhood Explosion - Fully booked Helen Wolfers – 1 session from 10.00 to 11.30 on Tuesday 23 June
Her own frightening and debilitating initiation into widowhood prompted Helen Wolfers to embark upon an extensive research into widowhood: its history, sociology, psychology, demography and politics. The Widowhood Explosion, recently published, is the result of that endeavor. The book also seeks to assist women to proactively prepare for widowhood in order that it may become a positive and productive life experience. 80% of all married women in the Western world experience widowhood. Yet few, if any, ever prepare to meet the challenge of this substantial period of their lives. This interactive session will broadly outline the past history, and present 21st century challenges of widowhood and how best to meet these challenges.
21 - The Samaritans - Fully booked Albert Isaacs – 1 session from 12.00 to 1.30 on Wednesday 24 June
All that many people know about the Samaritans is the New Testament story of The Good Samaritan. However, the Samaritans were a religion that lived side by side with the Jews in ancient Israel; in the time of Jesus and for many centuries before that. Did you know that the Samaritan religion still exists in the 21st century, although numbers of adherents has dwindled significantly? This talk looks at: Samaritan theology; its history; and the present-day situation for the Samaritans. Course notes are available here.