The Australian National University's Centre for Continuing Education is offering a series of FREE taster sessions in language, art and culture throughout Adult Learner's Week. One hour online and face-to face tasters are available each week night from September 1 to 8 2021.
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Ethics is the most important area in philosophy because it most affects our lives and our decisions.  As well as introducing the major schools of ethics within the western philosophical tradition, this session will encourage participants to reflect on their own ethical motivations and decision-making processes.

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Popular culture has the power to reflect, shape and subvert the prevailing political anxieties of its time.  Through the lens of popular geopolitics, this taster event explores how ordinary citizens engaged with the concept of a Cold War through a myriad of cultural mediums.  From novels like Nineteen-Eighty Four and On the Beach to films such as Andromeda and Dr Strangelove, we will navigate the growing tensions post-WWII; the red scares of the 1950s; the Space Race; the Cuban Missile crisis; the pervasive nuclear fears of MAD; détente; and the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Hindi is the primary official language of India, and as such is crucial for a student with a passion for India and its culture and society. India lies just over the horizon of most Australians' perceptions, but the coming rise of this massive nation and its concomitant importance for Australia means that a knowledge of Hindi will be economically invaluable in the very near future.

Savour a “taste” of Hindi in this hour-long class and find out how it can enrich your life.

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For many, Italian is debatably regarded as the most beautiful of the romance languages. However, it is also one of the youngest within the Latin language family. For centuries, Italy was a collection of individual kingdoms and city states with separate cultures and languages, constantly vying for power over the Italian peninsula. As such, the emergence of modern Italian played a pivotal role in unifying the country we now know as Italy.

Learn about the different language groups still used in Italy today, and how the levels of Italian varies between regions.

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Cinema tells stories through montage, where different characters, scenarios, and actions are juxtaposed into a sequence. While montage is an incredibly powerful tool, one that effectively allows us to manipulate and compress different times and spaces onto a single timeline, there is also a compelling history of cinema and video art which avoids the use of montage and instead uses just a single shot as the primary tool for telling a story or taking the viewer through a visual experience.

This taster will introduce the single shot, in various forms and contexts within cinema and video art. We will look at examples of how artists and filmmakers have created memorable works with just one take, a technique that isn’t necessarily as simple as it sounds!