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Darwin and social Darwinism: the political use and abuse of natural selection

Tony Barta, La Trobe University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Tony Barta examines to what extent Charles Darwin’s ideas were misused by others and discusses the tragic effect of Darwinian eugenics in Australia and Germany.

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darwin, science

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A lunatic idea: British science and evolution on the eve of Darwin’s Origin of Species

Professor Iain McCalman, University of Sydney

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Iain McCalman explores the dominant scientific attitudes to ideas of evolution in Britain in the years before Darwin’s Origin is published. He explains why evolution was widely regarded as a lunatic theory and was resisted so fiercely.

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darwin, science

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Evolutionary change in agriculture – the past, present and future

Dr Jeremy Burdon, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

The impact of adaptation and evolution on the development of modern agricultural crops and the use of genetically modified technologies is outlined by evolutionary biologist Jeremy Burdon.

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agriculture, darwin, science

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Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories

Arturs and Guna Kinne, Carmelo Mirabelli, Karen Schamberger and Sylvie Stern

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 31 January 2009

Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories feature in the National Museum’s Australian Journeys gallery. They join curator Karen Schamberger and broadcaster Sylvie Stern in a discussion about their lives in Europe and Australia.

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biography, collection, exhibition, journeys, migration

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Animated conversation with Geoff Pryor

Michael McKernan and Geoff Pryor

13 December 2008

Historian Michael McKernan celebrates the life and work of much admired political cartoonist and Canberra identity Geoff Pryor, who retired after three decades with The Canberra Times.

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art, biography, politics

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Darwin exhibition opening

Dr Barry Jones

Charles Darwin series, 9 December 2008

Writer, lawyer and former science minister Barry Jones opens the Charles Darwin exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

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darwin, exhibition, science

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History in the baking

Dr Adele Wessell, Southern Cross University

Historical Interpretation series, 30 November 2008

Historian Adele discusses cookbooks as historial resources, drawing on the National Museum’s collection in her time as a Visiting Fellow with the Museum’s Centre for Historical Research.

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collection, domestic, food

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Peter Sculthorpe, Threnody (1991)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Dedicated to Stuart Challender.

art, music

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Introduction to the AE Smith collection

Robin Tait, National Museum of Australia

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

The AE Smith string quartet held by the National Museum is outlined by conservator Robin Tait. She also discusses the conservation strategy of display and occasional use for functional museum objects.

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collection, conservation, music

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Carl Vine, Inner World for Solo Cello and Electronics (1994)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. This piece was dedicated to David Pereira.

art, music

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