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Join Director and CEO Kim McKay AO in conversation with scientists from the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) and experts in First Nations and Pacific cultures. When not 'in conversation', AMplify will bring the best from the AM’s live talks, giving you a front row seat at enlightening presentations from inspirational people.
 
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Recorded at the Australian Museum Thursday 2 June 2022.The ways in which we consume media have shifted, offering us extraordinary opportunities to inform people, bring them together and evoke action. But in this digital era, too much of one thing – or the wrong thing – can make people just scroll on. How do we balance images of loss and devastation…
 
We're shining a light on the amazing contributions that women are making to science right now in this special interview with Dr Elizabeth Reed. Dr Reed is a lecturer and researcher in Palaeontology at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide and a research scientist in Palaeontology at the South Australian Museum. She special…
 
In this week's episode, we'll hear from Dr Philip Jones, Senior Researcher at the South Australian Museum and curator of the exhibition, Illustrating the Antipodes: George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand, 1844-1845. In 2009, Dr Jones undertook a fellowship at the National Library of Australia, where he researched works by 19th Century art…
 
Aboriginal Education Coordinator Eva Wilson talks to artists Clem Newchurch and Peter Turner about their new exhibition, KAURNA: Still Here.First Nations artists Peter Turner and Clem Newchurch have worked with the South Australian Museum’s collections to inspire their exhibition KAURNA: Still Here. Drawing on their Ancestors’ practices prior to Eu…
 
Artists from Warlayirti Art Centre in Balgo, Western Australia, discuss their painting and culture in the new exhibition at the South Australian Museum, Balgo Beginnings.Audio production for this episode was by Jake Holmes, theme song by Peter Saunders and Kaurna Welcome by Uncle Michael O’Brien. Thanks to all the Balgo artists for their time. Balg…
 
Happy Feast Festival! Join us for an audio version of It's In Our Nature: A Queer Trail of the Museum. Prominent South Australians share their stories and perspectives on Museum objects, all of which you can visit in our permanent galleries. There is a wide variety of objects to find, from the Rosetta Stone to elephant social circles and fabulous c…
 
We wrap up our Wonders from the South Australian Museum exhibition with a story about the iron lung, as well as favourite Wonders from Museum staff. This episode is made possible by the Department for Energy and Mining. Audio production is by Jake Holmes, theme song by Peter Saunders, and Kaurna welcome by Uncle Michael O'Brien. Wonders from the So…
 
This episode features Dr Alessandro Palci, Honorary Researcher at SAM and Research Associate at Flinders University. We talk about using CT scans to reconstruct ancient snakes, and how Jurassic World got the mosasaur slightly wrong.This series is made possible by the Department for Energy and Mining. Our Wonders from the South Australian Museum exh…
 
NITV’s Yokayi Footy presenter Bianca Hunt and Professor John Maynard, Chair of Aboriginal History at the University of Newcastle, talk opportunities, barriers and responsibilities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sportspeople past and present.Sport has allowed First Nations people to compete as equals on the field. Success offers possibili…
 
Artist Daniel Boyd and Academic Dr Stephen Gilchrist discuss the legacy of Emily Kame Kngwarreye and the importance of place and ceremony in art today. When Emily Kame Kngwarreye died in 1996, she was recognised as one of the world’s great painters. Her work was inherently tied to deep, layered understanding and interpretation of her Country’s stor…
 
Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO and Dr Jason DeSantolo explore the legacy of David Unaipon and how traditional systems and knowledge are helping solve contemporary issues.על ידי Australian Museum
 
Arts leaders Wesley Enoch and Rhoda Roberts AO reflect on the legacy of writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal and activism in the arts.The first published Aboriginal poet in Australia, the writings of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), captured both the strength of Aboriginal culture and the impacts of colonisation on her people. A charismatic, strong leader fr…
 
Last episode we listened to Mark Pharaoh's exciting story of Mawson's journey across Antarctica. This week we're getting stuck in the ice with SA Museum's Dr Peter Shaughnessy.This episode is made possible by the Department for Energy and Mining. Our Wonders from the South Australian Museum exhibition (featuring Weddell seal parasites and other ite…
 
This episode features Mark Pharaoh, Polar Collection Manager at the South Australian Museum, telling the epic story of Sir Douglas Mawson's journey across Antarctica.This episode is made possible by the Department for Energy and Mining. Audio production is by Jake Holmes, theme song by Peter Saunders, and Kaurna welcome by Uncle Michael O'Brien. Ou…
 
What does it mean to have a museum on Kaurna land? Kaurna ambassador Michael O'Brien and SAM's Aboriginal Education Coordinator Eva Wilson talk about the Museum on Kaurna Land section of our Wonders from the South Australian Museum exhibition.This episode is made possible by the Department for Energy and Mining. Wonders from the South Australian Mu…
 
We interview Dr Andrea Crowther, Senior Collection Manager of Marine Invertebrates, about symbiosis, beautiful sponges and tiny shrimp.This episode is made possible by the Department for Energy and Mining. Our Wonders from the South Australian Museum exhibition is on until August 8th 2021.על ידי South Australian Museum
 
Join Indigenous systems ecologist Chels Marshall and facilitator Dr Mariko Smith to discuss how deep cultural knowledge not only overturned the legal fiction of terra nullius but may help reverse the damaging effects of 200 years of Eurocentric land and sea management practice into the future.Eddie Mabo’s native title claim changed the foundation o…
 
Professor Tim Flannery outlines his manifesto for humanity’s survival of the “climate emergency” in the Australian Museum’s (AM) inaugural Talbot Oration. The event was held free to the public on Thursday 3 June 2021 at 6:30PM in Hintze Hall at the Australian Museum. In his speech, Professor Flannery made the case for using Australia’s approach to …
 
We talk to curator Nat Williams, Research Fellow Stephen Zagala and Fijian women Talica and Naomi about Pacific cultures, material objects, relationships and whether objects have meaning.Celebrate the SA Museum's 165th birthday with Wonders from the South Australian Museum, on until August 8th 2021. This episode is made possible by the Department o…
 
Did you know that our coastal environments are very effective at storing carbon? In this episode of the podcast, SAM's Dr Rachael King talks to Dr Alice Jones about her work on blue carbon – carbon found in salt marshes, mangroves and seagrass.This episode's carbon was offset through Carbon Positive Australia.…
 
In this special NAIDOC Week episode, Eastern Arrernte woman Dr Jennifer Caruso and Adnyamathanha/Barngarla woman Rebecca Richards talk about the Museum's upcoming Women's Work exhibition, as well as Jennifer's experiences as a member of the Stolen Generation. This episode contains discussion of forced removal and deaths in custody, and one unbleepe…
 
What makes a dog a dog? We explore the world of defining and naming species within the South Australian Museum's biological collection. This episode features scientists Dr Shirley Sorokin, Dr Steve Donnellan and Dr Cath Kemper, as well as photographer Paul Stokes and Collections Data Manager and Coordinator Keith Maguire.…
 
Animal life is remarkable in its diversity, particularly in the variety of shapes and sizes we see around us today, and in some ways even more remarkably in those life forms that have long gone extinct. How does this variation come about? And is it limited in its possibilities, or infinite?Dr Emma Sherratt is an Australian Research Council Future F…
 
Travel back in time to the Ediacaran Period to learn about life when SA was covered by ocean. Honorary researcher Dr Jim Gehling tells us about his palaeontology career here at the SA Museum, and what it’s like to uncover life from over 500 million years ago. And do you know what Foraminifera are? Dr Mary-Anne Binnie, Collection Manager of Palaeont…
 
How do you find what you need in a collection of over four million objects? This week’s podcast episode is all about record keeping at the Museum. We’ll talk with Keith about maintaining the collections database. We’ll also visit Dr Matt Shaw who takes care of our spiders, Eleanor Adams who is working to photograph every object in the Humanities co…
 
This week we're going behind the scenes in the Humanities department at the South Australian Museum. This episode features collection managers Alice Beale and Tara Collier, curator Dr Jared Thomas, and Senior Kaurna man Michael O'Brien.על ידי South Australian Museum
 
We take you behind the scenes at the South Australian Museum, starting with the biological sciences. This episode features scientists David Stemmer, Dr Rachael King and Dr Mark Hutchinson, as well as Senior Kaurna man Michael O'Brien.על ידי South Australian Museum
 
Glenn Murcutt AO (with Sandra Sully)Architect Glenn Murcutt is globally acclaimed for his environmentally sensitive, sustainable and quintessentially Australian designs. The sole practitioner, teacher and critic, counts his childhood in Papua New Guinea and his father’s inspiring guidance, informed by the ideas of Henry David Thoreau, as profound i…
 
Albert Namatjira by Franchesca Cubillo (with Tracey Holmes)Born on the Hermannsburg Lutheran mission in the Northern Territory in 1902, the life of iconic master painter and Western Arrernte man Albert Namatjira was entangled in virulent racial politics. Franchescha Cubillo, Churchill Scholar and Senior Curator Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander A…
 
Mark Carey- The Culture and Politics of IceUniversity of Oregon’s Mark Carey explores the fundamental role of glacial ice in global economics and politics and within our imaginative, historical and colonial narratives. Much more than just a barometer for climate change or pristine nature, glacial ice has been an elemental force in human history, fu…
 
HumanNature Series: Lessons on resilience from a bamboo bridgeKatherine Gibson and Juan Francisco Salazar (Western Sydney University) explore life within the rhythms of nature in resilient community economies.For more than half a century, a 1.5 km handmade bamboo bridge spanned the Mekong River in Cambodia. It was constructed annually as the waters…
 
Andrea Gaynor - Armoured histories: radical remembering for the AnthropoceneHold the past to account with Andrea Gaynor, University of Western Australia as she proposes `radical remembering’ to actively confront the challenges of the Anthropocene. Climate breakdown, annihilation of entire species, dwindling topsoil and fresh water, food shocks and …
 
Bruce Pascoe’s ground-breaking research completely reconsiders the notion of pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians as hunter-gatherers.Explore and challenge the colonial myths that have often underpinned efforts to justify dispossession in this fascinating discussion. Reading the diaries of early explorers, both with and against the grain, Pascoe ret…
 
Environmental martyrs put their bodies and lives on the line, risking imprisonment, violence or burial in a shallow grave in the dead of night. Some activists remain anonymous, while others gain posthumous fame and power, their deaths becoming a rallying call for others to join the cause.Rob Nixon, Professor in Humanities and Environment at Princet…
 
Professor Fred Hollows AC by Gabi Hollows AO (with Sandra Sully)New Zealand born, UK trained eye surgeon Fred Hollows’ drive to end the injustice of avoidable blindness emerged from a deep commitment to social equality. The economical approach to ophthalmology – focussing on training local surgeons and reducing the cost of lens - which he and his o…
 
Dr Macarena Gomez-Barris - The Occupied ForestVenture into the cacophonous space of the forest with Macarena Gómez-Barris of the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn USA, as she considers its contested conceptual, indigenous and potentially regenerative narratives.Recorded in the Hallstrom Theatre at the Australian Museum on 25 June 2019…
 
Google Maps began in the spare room of software engineer Noel Gordon’s Sydney apartment in 2003. Today’s instant digital information, directions and street views of almost anywhere on earth has changed our lives, our understanding of the world and how we move and interact within it.Noel Gordon is in conversation with Australian Museum Director and …
 
Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay AO has led the transformation of the nation’s first museum into one of the world's pre-eminent natural history and cultural institutions. Kim also co-founded the Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns, and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the environ…
 
Dick Smith in conversation with Kim McKay as part of the Australian Museum Lunchtime Lecture series. Sydney born Dick Smith is an adventurer, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, political activist and 1986 Australian of the Year. The founder of Dick Smith Electronics became a household name, launching Australian Geographic magazine in 1984 t…
 
This talk took place on Tuesday 21 May 2019 in the Hallstrom Theatre as the first installment of the Australian Museum's Lunchtime Conversation Series.Author Thomas Keneally in conversation with Australian Museum Director & CEO, Kim McKayOne of our most popular and prolific authors, Thomas Keneally has produced more than forty novels, screenplays, …
 
This talk was presented on 14 May 2019 as part of the Australian Museum's HumanNature series.HumanNature Series: Environmental justice and the power of the Pacific wordExperience the award-winning "eco-poetry" of Craig Santos Perez from the University of Hawaiʻi, as he reflects on the vital role of Pacific literature in the environmental movements …
 
This talk was presented as part of the Australian Museum's HumanNature series on 30 April 2019.HumanNature Series: Is green the new white?Lesley Green (University of Cape Town) considers how environmentalism squares with anti-racism and social justice in the sourcing of `green’ commodities from the sands of South Africa.Green explores the impact of…
 
This talk was presented as part of the Australian Museum's HumanNature series on 26 February 2019.HumanNature: Connection and cooperation in a time of climate changeIn his urgent call to action, Birch identifies the powerful roles that First Nations ecological knowledge, environmental activism, scholarship and creativity can play in addressing the …
 
This talk took place at 1pm, Tuesday 2 September in the Hallstrom Theatre at the Australian Museum as part of the Australian Museum's Lunchtime Lecture Series.Australian film legend George Miller traces his multi-award winning engagement with film to the ritual Saturday matinee in his hometown of Chinchilla, Queensland. After a stint at medical sch…
 
Layne Beachley is widely regarded as the most successful female surfer in history, and is the only surfer, male or female, to claim six consecutive world titles (1998-2003); she went on to win a 7th world title in 2006 before retiring in 2008. In this inspiring conversation with AM Director Kim McKay, Layne reveals the source of her drive to be the…
 
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