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Otago staff grace Mary Poppins stage

Friday, 26 May 2017 1:46pm

Playing Mary Poppins is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, says Nadya Shaw Bennett. The Otago Theatre Studies graduate and Executive Assistant to Richard Blaikie is one of three Otago staff members in the popular musical, currently on at Dunedin’s Regent Theatre.

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Implications of a mobile society explored

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 9:30pm

People are on the move more now than ever before, but what is the true effect of mobility on society?

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Brookes delighted at recognition for women’s history

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 2:10pm

It is “so good” to see recognition for women’s history, says Professor Barbara Brookes, reacting to her major literary win for her book A History of New Zealand Women.

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Quiet leaders supported in new Otago programme

Monday, 22 May 2017 12:29pm

Year 12 girls with leadership potential are being supported by a new University of Otago programme aimed at fostering young leaders.

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Otago historian wins coveted book award

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:52am

Leading Otago history researcher Professor Barbara Brookes was last night named as a winner of a major literary honour in recognition of the excellence of her book on New Zealand women’s history.

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Environmental Adjudication in the 21st Century

Monday, 15 May 2017 12:58pm

On 11 April, Environmental-Adjudication.org, the Environment Court of New Zealand and the University of Otago - with generous support from the Royal Society of New Zealand, hosted a Symposium on 'Environmental Adjudication in the 21st Century' at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.

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Department of History & Art History Research Seminar

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 1:09pm

Prof Sarah Carter. "From Auckland to the Motherland: Journalist and Imperial Enthusiast Jessie Weston/ C. de Thierry”

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Otago to host the NZPSA 2017 annual conference

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 10:02am

The Department of Politics is very pleased to be hosting the 2017 New Zealand Political Studies Association Conference in Dunedin as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. The conference will be held on the 29 November - 1 December, with a postgraduate workshop on 28 November.

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Opportunities to improve Dunedin’s energy efficiency

Monday, 8 May 2017 3:02pm

Dunedin residents are still far from efficient with their use of energy, a University of Otago Centre for Sustainability study says.

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University and iwi collaborate on protecting critical sites

Tuesday, 2 May 2017 1:00pm

Hawke’s Bay iwi are working closely with University of Otago experts to learn how to record and protect sites with crucial cultural and archaeological values.

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Introducing the soon-to-be-Dr Tim Ferner

Monday, 1 May 2017 10:02am

The Department of Politics congratulates Tim Ferner who will graduate with his PhD at the 20 May graduation ceremony. 

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Applications for Teaching programmes now open

Sunday, 30 April 2017 3:54pm

The University of Otago College of Education now welcomes applications for study in 2018

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Launch of Centre for Global Migrations

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:15am

The Centre for Global Migrations at the University of Otago held its launch on Wednesday 26 April 2017. The event also paid tribute to our friend and colleague, Associate Professor Jacqueline Leckie.

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The Global South: from victims to agents of change

Monday, 24 April 2017 9:07am

For the past 50 years, the Global South has been accorded a peripheral role in world politics. In the 1960s, states across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East had just emerged out of centuries of colonial subjugation and exploitation.

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50th anniversary speaker series begins tomorrow

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 12:45pm

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, the Department of Politics is hosting a speakers series throughout the year.

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Nationwide study finds news exposure linked to greater anger towards Muslims, regardless of political ideology

Monday, 3 April 2017 2:02pm

New Zealanders – whether liberal or conservative – show both increased anger and reduced warmth towards Muslims if they are more avid news consumers, a new scientific study has found.

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Better understanding South Dunedin’s rising waters

Monday, 3 April 2017 1:10pm

Our response to sea-level rise affecting South Dunedin should not wait until the science is settled, the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability says.

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Take part in the Humanities Photo Competition

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 9:01am

Show us what being a Humanities student at Otago means to you and win $500!

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Martin Luther exhibition opens at Special Collections

Monday, 27 March 2017 1:05pm

An exhibition celebrating Martin Luther (1483-1546) and his role in initiating the Protestant Reformation has opened at Special Collections at the University’s Central Library.

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Disentangling Race: Re-narrating apartheid sport?

Friday, 24 March 2017 3:54pm

This presentation involves a search for interracial entanglements in South African sporrt and considers how these experiences may be narrated.

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Honeymoon with rise of China is well and truly over

Friday, 24 March 2017 10:53am

A review of Beijing's relations with a variety of states in East Asia suggests that the honeymoon surrounding China's rise is well and truly over.

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Teaching Excellence Awards for three Humanities staff

Thursday, 23 March 2017 4:01pm

Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald, Ms Haruko Stuart and Associate Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, recipients of the 2017 Teaching Excellence Awards, were formally congratulated at a ceremony at the Clocktower building yesterday.

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Award ceremony celebrates teaching excellence

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 8:58pm

The four recipients of University of Otago Teaching Excellence Awards for 2017 were formally congratulated at a ceremony at the Clocktower building yesterday afternoon.

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World afloat in sea of debt

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 8:58am

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates 50 years of teaching and research this year. This is the third in a monthly series of celebratory reflections on politics during the past 50 years. This month Professor Philip Nel and PhD candidate Can Cinar discuss global debt.

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For better or worse?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 2:03pm

The Family Disputes Resolution Act, passed in 2013, fundamentally changed the way children’s post-separation care arrangements are made. An Otago study is now looking at the impacts of this on children and families.

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Opinion: How to have an argument with someone you just don’t get

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 8:44pm

The recent and seemingly sudden polarisation of politics and public debate is deeply concerning, says Associate Professor James Maclaurin of Philosophy. In this opinion piece, written for the Otago Bulletin Board, he offers eight tips for having successful arguments with someone whose opinions are radically different from your own.

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Otago’s flagship research centres confirmed

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 9:56am

The University of Otago has reconfigured the line-up of its flagship research centres after a rigorous evaluation process.

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Find out about the School Ambassadors programme

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 2:29pm

Travel reimbursements are provided for senior students in the Division of Humanities to return to their secondary schools to talk to students there. The closing date for applications is Thursday 13 April 2017.

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Redistribution with African Characteristics

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 11:21am

New paper on redistribution in Africa, by Professor Philip Nel

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David Clark visits the Department of Languages and Cultures

Monday, 13 March 2017 2:15pm

David Clark visits the Department of Languages and Cultures

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Double book launch for the Department of Languages and Cultures

Friday, 10 March 2017 10:05am

The Department of Languages and Cultures celectrated a double book launch...

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Otago Historian named Book Awards finalist

Thursday, 9 March 2017 9:55pm

Professor Barbara Brookes of the Department of History and Art History has made the finals of the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards with a book that explores the role of women in founding and creating the New Zealand we know.

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Otago key partner in Asia-Pacific ties-strengthening initiatives

Thursday, 9 March 2017 2:11pm

The University of Otago is a key partner in three inaugural Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPE) announced today by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith.

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Humanities subject areas do well in 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 3:40pm

The 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject were released on 8 March and a large number of Humanities subject areas ranked very well.

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Otago welcomes world university subject ranking results

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 4:13pm

The University of Otago welcomed today’s release of the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, in which Otago ranked among the top 50 institutions in the world in five subject areas and among the top 100 in 12.

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Reflections from the USA: Sophie Ross

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 3:19pm

I was one of 14 university students selected from around New Zealand to attend the UN Youth US Leadership Tour in February, this year. Over the month, we visited San Francisco, Washington D.C, Boston and New York to meet with government, non government and UN bodies.

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Reflections from Antarctica: Tom Lord

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 10:41am

Thinking back to the hours spent sitting in POLS104 lectures a few years ago, there is no way I could have guessed then that studying politics could take me to Antarctica.

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Cups for Excellence in Postgraduate Culture go to Humanities departments

Monday, 6 March 2017 10:54am

These inaugural cups celebrating postgraduate culture within University departments were awarded to the Department of Theology and Religion and the Centre for Sustainability.

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A national security master stroke from Trump

Monday, 6 March 2017 9:00am

With Tillerson and Mattis, McMaster's appointment completes a formidable line-up

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Otago’s 2017 Arts Fellows welcomed

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 9:40pm

Five new Otago Arts Fellows have been officially welcomed at a function at the Hocken Library.

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Lecturing skills taught in unique Humanities course

Monday, 27 February 2017 3:27pm

Otago’s Division of Humanities is running an innovative programme to help doctoral candidates hone the teaching skills they will need if they pursue an academic career.

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Humanities reaffirms its commitment to the Pacific

Friday, 24 February 2017 4:53pm

Otago’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology is looking to strengthen its already impressive commitment to Pacific scholarship over the next five years.

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The turning points of politics

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 9:48am

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates 50 years of teaching and research this year. This is the second of a monthly series of celebratory reflections on politics during the past 50 years. This month Bryce Edwards writes we’re at a another major turning point in authority systems.

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Teaching awards honour four Otago staff

Monday, 20 February 2017 9:00pm

Dedication and passion has paid off for four University of Otago staff, who have each received Teaching Excellence Awards from the University.

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Bachelor of Arts and LLB information sessions

Monday, 20 February 2017 4:55pm

First-year Arts and/or Law students are encouraged to attend one of the presentations to be held on Wednesday 22 February and Thursday 23 February.

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New light cast on past human responses to climate change

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:26am

Researchers from the University of Otago, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Oxford are casting new light on past human responses to climate change.

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Otago Law Career Events 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:03am

Meet the Dean and hear about studying law at Otago and the many opportunities that this will confer.

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Dr Lorraine Wong and Ms Zhen Huang help Otago Museum to decipher documents

Monday, 13 February 2017 1:13pm

Dr Lorraine Wong and Ms Zhen Huang help Otago Museum to decipher documents

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Introducing Dr Eduardo Abou Ltaif

Monday, 13 February 2017 8:26am

The Department of Politics congratulates Eduardo Abou Ltaif, who recently completed his PhD.

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Professor Kevin Clements on Trump and world peace

Thursday, 9 February 2017 12:20pm

Professor Kevin Clements discusses Trump and World Peace with Jesse Mulligan.

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Politics students selected to join US Leadership Tour

Monday, 30 January 2017 9:05am

In just a few days, two BA (Politics) students, Meghan Stewart-Ward and Sophie Ross, will be winging their way to the USA, as part of the UN Youth US Leadership Tour.

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University of Otago to offer City of Literature scholarship

Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:21pm

The University of Otago and Dunedin City Council are excited to announce the launch of a new doctoral scholarship in literary studies.

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Politics student turns DCC internship into summer job

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 8:22am

An email advertising a Humanities internship programme may have been overlooked by many students, but for Will Cosgriff, it was the start of a whole new academic adventure.

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Donald Trump, climate denial and other obstacles to 'science diplomacy'

Saturday, 21 January 2017 11:23am

The most urgent challenges facing the planet will be solved only if governments recognise that knowledge must come before self-interest in policymaking.

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Major new Otago study to tackle artificial intelligence law and policy

Thursday, 19 January 2017 3:42pm

Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming at us before we fully understand what it might mean. Established ways of doing things in areas like transport regulation, crime prevention and legal practice are being challenged by new technologies such as driverless cars, crime prediction software and “AI lawyers”.

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Is there a place for corruption?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:34am

The department of politics at the University of Otago turns 50 in 2017. This is the first of a monthly series of celebratory reflections in the Otago Daily Times on politics during the past 50 years. This month Philip Nel asks, can corruption be beneficial?

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NZ$25,000 MIntSt AUOA Scholarship applications now open

Friday, 13 January 2017 2:48pm

The Department of Politics is pleased to announce that the Alumni of the University of Otago in America have granted a NZ$25,000 scholarship for a US student of the Master of International Studies.

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Open Lecture 9 Feb: Britain and Europe in a Post-Brexit World

Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:30am

Sir Michael Leigh is a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF). He focuses on European Neighborhood Policy, Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East as well as the future of the EU. He runs a program at GMF on the implications of the gas discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Confessions of an academic over achiever

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 11:15am

The ODT speaks to Emeritus Professor Jim Flynn, of Otago's Politics and Psychology Departments.