Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Arts and Society

Influencing the cultural conversation

Australia’s population hits 25 million earlier than expected
This week on August 7, Australia’s population reached 25 million, more than two decades faster than predicted.
Video games could make us better people
There is much hand-wringing about negative effects of video games. But what if they can actually develop the ethics of those who play them?
PODCAST: Prof Ingrid Piller on how bilingualism can help strengthen communities
Professor of Linguistics Ingrid Piller talks to us about her research into migrant English language learning, generational patterns of language transmission, and how bilingualism can be an asset for Australian communities.
Big History gets even bigger, with help from Bill Gates
Professor David Christian hopes his new book can encourage a global approach to solving the grave problems faced by planet Earth. And the founder of Microsoft is right behind him.
The strict media diet that helps fight screen addiction
Approaching technology in the same way we look at nutrition is key to preventing screen use becoming an addiction, says leading psychologist and family researcher.
Review: Sydney Theatre Company's new play, St Joan
Medievalist Professor Louise D'Arcens - who researches how the Middle Ages continue to influence modern society and culture - reviews the STC's new production of St Joan.
Toddlers in child care need rich conversation: new study finds
Research shows the number of words toddlers hear daily from carers influences the way they learn to speak and ultimately their readiness for school.
Why does a nation of republicans care about royal romance?
Take a medieval fantasy, add a dash of Markle sparkle, and many of us are hooked on the idea that the commoners' time has come.
Review: Glad I'm not a Kennedy
How would any one of us act when confronted by extraordinary events or the demand to demonstrate our true values? Philosopher Robert Sinnerbrink reviews a new movie on a 1969 car crash that some say changed the course of American politics.
Dark days ahead if refugees turned away
A new book foreshadows dire outcomes for asylum-seekers if countries like Australia don’t rethink their harsh refugee policies.
Children who have music lessons are quick learners
Music lessons may one day be used for treating children and adults with certain kinds of learning impairment, researchers say.
The Avenger effect and the rise of superhero cinema
Co-inciding with the release of the latest Avenger movie this week, Faculty of Arts cultural critic Dr Anthony Lambert discusses the influence of Marvel characters in society and how diversity is reflected in pop culture.