Five talks to catch at Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar takes the class out of the room and puts it in a bar. This one-night event, started by a group of university students in New York, will return to Melbourne on Wednesday 29 November. Taking place at ten different bars across the CBD, there’ll be 20 speakers talking on a range of topics. There’s a lot to learn, so why not have a drink while soaking it all in? Here are five talks worth a pint.

All talks are free but make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment. Find out more about Raising the Bar and how to book at What’s on Melbourne.

A glass of wine on a table and some tickets

Raising the Bar features 20 talks at ten venues across the Melbourne CBD,

‘Sects and the City: How do bugs hook up?

Taking place at the Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo, there’ll be lots of talk about ‘action’. Michelle Harvey is an Associate Professor of Forensic Science at Deakin University. She’ll be talking about her fascination with insects, how they breed and their important role in biodiversity. Oddly enough, insects are randy little things. In every corner of the city, six-legged sex is taking place.

Think like a Hacker

FAD Gallery is entering cyberspace for the night, as Damien Manual and Matthew Warren take a journey through the mind of a hacker. As the internet age continues to grow to infinite realms, it’s becoming more and more important to know how to protect your stuff. Head along with questions at the ready, and (maybe) leave with tape over the camera on your phone…

The Post-Truth Zeitgeist

This venue might be the best place to talk about Donald Trump – The Dog House at Waterside Hotel. Matthew Sharpe, who teaches philosophy at Deakin University, has a particular interest in the minds of politicians, and how they bend the truth to suit their needs. In a world where ‘fake news’ is bandied around, learn about the importance of democratic discourse.

Law vs. Lore

Go into the mind of a true story teller at The Grill, Garden State Hotel, as Hillary Bonney explores the importance of narrative, in any convincing pitch or compelling story. Drawing on her practice as a barrister and work as a television consultant for The Society Murders and Crownies, leave ready to pen your first novel.

Have we forgotten how to remember?

Dr Lynne Kelly is an Honorary Research Associate at Latrobe University and a science writer. Join her at Pilgrim Bar as she goes back tens of thousands of years to share the wisdom of Indigenous cultures and Ancient Greek orators in teaching formal memory methods. In our age of social media, screen saturation and eight-second attention spans, discover techniques that can change your world!