17 episodes

This year and beyond, Fearless Conversations will continue to tackle a broad range of topics, diving deep into areas such as health, science, politics, the arts, our environment and more, in order to shine an uncompromising light on the issues that affect us all. Bringing together industry leaders and our researchers, the series fearlessly discusses the challenges that face our world and the opportunities available to South Australia.

Fearless Conversations Flinders University

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This year and beyond, Fearless Conversations will continue to tackle a broad range of topics, diving deep into areas such as health, science, politics, the arts, our environment and more, in order to shine an uncompromising light on the issues that affect us all. Bringing together industry leaders and our researchers, the series fearlessly discusses the challenges that face our world and the opportunities available to South Australia.

    Innovative Education and Pedagogy

    Innovative Education and Pedagogy

    Join us for an important conversation about the state of education in South Australia and whether our children and young people are on the right track for a bright, resilient, and successful future.

    Are we designing quality pedagogy - the method of teaching - and supporting our next generation of teachers and educational professionals?

    How are digital technologies and new innovations influencing learning and how do we ensure the outdoors are still a crucial part of a child's learning environment?

    In this engaging discussion, we'll also explore the impact of the massive disruption the COVID-19 pandemic has on education and how it has shifted the physical, social and emotional domains of learning.

    The expert panel includes Martin Westwell, Chief Executive, Department for Education and Flinders University represented by Joss Rankin, a Senior Lecturer in Physical and Outdoor Education, and an advocate for health and wellbeing in young people, and Dr Andrew Bills, Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Your Financial Security: Who is in control?

    Your Financial Security: Who is in control?

    View this important conversation about the factors behind financial security and what might impact the stability of your future. This Fearless discussion explores the hot topics around superannuation, including what retirement looks like for most Australians today and why the medium super balance is more for men than women.

    Our expert panel explores price rises in the cost of essential goods such as electricity, gas, housing and petrol and how this is impacting Australian households today. Finally, we'll delve into cryptocurrencies and NFTs - what exactly is behind the hype, and more importantly, should we still be paying attention?

    This Fearless Conversation is facilitated by 7NEWS Journalist and Presenter, Mark Soderstrom, and Flinders University will be represented by Dr Michelle Yeong, Senior Lecturer in Accounting in the College of Business, Government and Law. Also joining our panel are business leaders David Robertson, Chief Economist, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Nick Peacock, Director of Milestone Project Management and Tristan Barnes, South Australian State Manager, UniSuper Advice.

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    • 1 hr
    Reconciliation for our Future

    Reconciliation for our Future

    Ahead of National Reconciliation Week 2022, this episode will explore how to continue advancing Indigenous participation in higher education and beyond; and will discuss issues of justice, rights and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community priorities and aspirations.

    Facilitated by 7NEWS Journalist and Presenter, Jane Doyle OAM, the panel includes Hon Kyam Maher - Attorney-General of SA and Shona Reid - CEO of Reconciliation SA, along with Flinders University's Associate Professor Simone Ulalka Tur - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) and Uncle Richard Fejo - Senior Elder on campus in Darwin.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Future of Politics

    The Future of Politics

    As our world continues to contend with COVID-19 and recover from recent disasters such as floods and bushfires, the responsibility placed on those in power has no doubt increased. How has the pandemic and other events affected democratic responsiveness? Have the events of the past two years made us question the ability of our political leaders? What do we need from our politicians and changemakers in times of uncertainty – and are we receiving it now?

    Hear from our expert panel including Deputy Premier and Flinders University alumni Hon Susan Close MP, Associate Professor Dr Rob Manwaring, Lucy Hood MP, Rebekha Sharkie MP and facilitated by Channel 7's political reporter Mike Smithson.

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    • 1 hr
    Fearless Women Breaking The Bias

    Fearless Women Breaking The Bias

    Join our Fearless Network to be the first to view an important discussion on women who are challenging industry norms with purpose and passion to help break the bias.

    Learn about the challenges these fearless women have overcome to help pave the way for other women to follow suit. 

    Hear from Professor Maria Parappilly OAM, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, Litsa Adamou, South Australia’s first female building inspector and Melinda Parent, Creative Director and Founder of an all-female led advertising agency, Oranje Creative, in this engaging conversation.

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    • 48 min
    Episode 12: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

    Episode 12: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

    Exploring the state of the arts in South Australia. Are we really the Festival State?

    Our creative industries not only entertain and enlighten us, but they are also a major force in our state’s economy. So, how are they faring? We find out in Fearless Conversations Episode 12: Creative Industries.

    How will the arts industry rebuild after Covid?
    How do we bring our film industry back to the levels of its heydays?
    Is it important that we create films and productions that tell our own Australian stories?
    How critical is diversity in the arts and how do we evolve the arts for the future?
    How do we make the arts an attractive career?

    Facilitated by The Advertiser’s Patrick McDonald and Anna Vlach, join Garry Stewart, Professor in Creative Arts Flinders University and Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Douglas Gautier, CEO & Artistic Director Adelaide Festival Centre, Kate Croser, CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation and Heather Croall, CEO & Artistic Director Adelaide Fringe for a fearless look at the industry that inspires us and reflects who we are.

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    Recorded Wednesday 10th November 10:30am (ACST)

    • 57 min

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