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Carl Rahl’s Orestes Pursued by the Furies (1852). Wikimedia

Guide to the classics: Christina Stead’s The Beauties and Furies

The tale of a married woman who joins her lover in Paris, The Beauties and Furies is a modernist classic. Like Joyce's Ulysses, the action is concentrated in one city, but dreams are nightmarish in this city of night, not light.

A New Democratic Enlightenment?

This is the slightly rewritten text of my address to the opening plenary session, ‘New Enlightenment Neue Aufklärung’, at the European Forum Alpbach, Alpbach, Austria, 28 August 2016. Ladies and Gentlemen…
It’s common for presidential candidates to announce their campaigns 18 months or more in advance of election day. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Everything you wanted to know about US elections but were afraid to ask

Global audiences have heard of US election terms like the primaries, the conventions and the Electoral College. But the history and exact meaning of these terms remains a mystery to many.
The first US presidential debate is scheduled for Tuesday morning Australian time. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

Race to the White House: foreign policy disputes, first presidential debate, and Trump Jnr’s tweet

Race to the White House – Episode Two. The Conversation, CC BY-ND27.6 MB (download)
The second episode of Race to the White House examines the foreign policy differences between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and previews the first presidential debate.
The outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil had Australian travellers on alert but transmission is only possible in tropical Queensland. Cameron Webb

Common Australian mosquitoes can’t spread Zika

New research shows common local mosquitoes aren’t able to spread Zika. This means Australia is unlikely to see a major outbreak of the disease. But a risk remains in northern Queensland.
Feral cats are a major driver of global biodiversity loss, contributing to 26% of bird, mammal and reptile extinctions. T Doherty

Invasive predators are eating the world’s animals to extinction – and the worst is close to home

Cats, rats, foxes and other mammal predators have been implicated in 60% of the world's animals extinctions.
Jack Nicholson gave perhaps his greatest performance as journalist David Locke. Youtube

The great movie scenes: Antonioni’s The Passenger

Michelangelo Antonioni's The Passenger (1975), starring Jack Nicholson, explored time and memory. We look at a single scene, featuring one of the most influential camera moves of '70s cinema.
The high-stakes race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the White House will impact America, Australia and the rest of the world. EPA

Race to the White House – the state of the US presidential race and populist politicians

Race to the White House – Episode One. The Conversation, CC BY-ND27.7 MB (download)
In the first podcast of the series, Brendon O'Connor and Tom Switzer look at the current state of the US presidential race.

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