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Thu 7 Feb 2013, 9:00am

Where: WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst Street, Sydney, Sydney CBD

Restrictions: All Ages


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WEA Sydney – celebrating 100 years in 2013 – Term One starts with a bang..

A ‘Sex Hygiene’ conference in 1916, stoushes with the Communist Party from the 1920’s onwards and male students banned from feminism tutorials in 1979; WEA Sydney’s centenary in 2013 celebrates its colourful history and significant contribution to the city’s cultural and intellectual life.

“WEA Sydney has played an important role in Sydney’s history and now boasts over 15,000 enrolments per year for over hundreds of courses with over 250 highly qualified trainers and tutors,” says WEA Sydney Chairman Adam Marchant.

The summer term is just starting and runs until 12 April. WEA Sydney offers enticing array of non-vocational courses such as Roman Turkey: The Jewel of the Empire and 50 Years of the Rolling Stones, as well as accredited business training and a wide range of language courses for all levels.

Program highlights for WEA Sydney’s 2013 Centenary Year include 200 Years of Pride and Prejudice (a free session on 19 February); special free sessions for Seniors Week (18 – 22 March), an International Women’s Day session with The Hon Pru Goward NSW Minister for Women, open days, a Keynote Lecture by Hugh McKay in September and more.

“WEA Sydney’s history connects its past to its present, and then lays out its path for the future,” says Executive Director Michael Newton. “The WEA has been a central part of Sydney’s intellectual and cultural life for the hundred years of its existence, as well as providing an educational focus for hundreds of thousands of Sydney’s population.”