by Anastasia Mortimer

On Tuesday 21 February 2017 , Sydney Ideas presents a special public lecture by Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, which will discuss Dr. Whyte’s work on climate and environmental justice and writings on the #No DAPL movement.

In the lead-up to the event, I spoke to Dr. Whyte about his research on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). I am incredibly honoured to have this opportunity, not just because Kyle has published invaluable research on the DAPL, but because over the past year I have followed the case and Kyle’s research closely.

The case of the DAPL is a familiar story, one which marks the continued dispossession and oppression of First Nations people in resource development decisions.

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My heart is pounding as I make my way from Hanoi Airport to my hotel in the front passenger seat of a car that is speeding along a highway and darting haphazardly through traffic, at times centimetres away from a collision. Looking into the distance through the hazy air I can see the bright lights of Hanoi city looming closer and the reality of living and working in a foreign country for a month slowly begins to dawn on me.

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As undergraduate vet students, marching dutifully from wildlife lectures to clinical pathology tutorials to overnight shifts caring for racehorses, rabbits and rottweilers, we were told that our degree could take us anywhere. We would be open-minded, multi-skilled problem-solvers. Little did I know, however, that within four years of graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science I would be taking a job on a research project aiming to improve children’s nutrition in rural African communities.

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As undergraduate vet students, marching dutifully from wildlife lectures to clinical pathology tutorials to overnight shifts caring for racehorses, rabbits and Rottweilers, we were told that our degree could take us anywhere. We would be open-minded, multi-skilled problem-solvers. Little did I know, however, that within four years of graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science I would be taking a job on a research project aiming to improve children’s nutrition in rural African communities.

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Through Global Voices and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences I attended the UN climate change conference in Morocco. Joining two other Australian students, I completed a research paper on the Paris Agreement and met with policy experts and members of parliament in Canberra before flying over to Morocco for the two-week summit.

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Xin chao! My name is Rachel Haines and I have just finished my first year of the Master of Physiotherapy at USYD. I am currently in Hanoi, Vietnam, with three other students after we received a scholarship from the Hoc Mai Foundation to practice our newly acquired physiotherapy skills abroad. I am here for four weeks over November and December and am practicing at the Bach Mai Hospital.

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By Maddie Cox

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On Friday 7th October 2016, I had the honour of interviewing Dr Zahi Hawass in anticipation of his Sydney Ideas lecture at the Seymour Centre on Pyramids, Mummies, and Cleopatra held the following day. Having previously studied Egyptology, I was eager to meet the person who inspired me to study Egypt.

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