A weekly lesson on a specific topic with some of Sydney's greatest teachers.
Self Improvement: Which frogs survive best in human environments?
Do you have a frog in your backyard? Maybe you often hear one at night in your street. Like us, frogs have preferences when it comes to where they live. Take a listen to this week's fascinating lesson with Dr Jodi Rowley from the Australian Museum.
Self Improvement: Floods on the Hawkesbury
Dyarubbin, the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, west of Sydney, has the longest recorded flood history in modern Australia. Written records go back to 1795, but Aboriginal people also told Governor King about floods before that. Your teacher is Professor Grace Karskens from the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales, looking at how "flood-mindedness" in the area has evolved over centuries.
Bees need flowers but flowers need bees, so who came first?
Dr Eliza Middleton on the history of insects
Self Improvement Wednesday: Human-Wildlife Conflict
Everyone has had a nasty encounter with wildlife, even if it’s only getting stung by a bee. Now there is a global discipline of conservation science working on managing Human-Wildlife Conflict. Professor Richard Kingsford form the Centre for Ecosystem Science, at the University of New South Wales talks about how we can better understand our relationship with the world's wildlife.
Self Improvement: the influence of Aristotle
Greek philosopher Aristotle influenced everything from logic to politics. So how was he able to set the tone for over two millennia of philosophical enquiry? Dr Tim Dean, a philosopher from the University of Sydney shares his insights.
Self Improvement: What's the point of Hamlet?
“To be or not to be, that is the question" they're some of Shakespeare's most famous words. But do we know the true meaning of them? Huw Griffiths, Chair of English at the University of Sydney and author of Shakespeare’s Body Parts gives us the answer in this weeks instalment of Self Improvement.
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