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Otago announces recipients of James Wallace Residency

Thursday, 21 December 2017 1:07pm

The University of Otago has announced five new recipients of its prestigious three-month James Wallace Residency and Scottish Writers Fellowship, based at the historic Pah Homestead in Auckland.

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UO and UOCE Scholarship and Award Recipients announced

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 2:50pm

We are pleased to acknowledge all scholarship and award recipients for 2017.

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Māori research leader among Otago’s new professors

Monday, 18 December 2017 2:36pm

Associate Professor Merata Kawharu is one of 23 academics promoted to the position of Professor across Otago’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses, taking effect from 1 February 2018; a further 41 academics are being promoted to Associate Professor level.

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Meet Otago's 2017 Rhodes Scholar, Jean Balchin

Thursday, 14 December 2017 3:12pm

The best way to end a year of career highlights is to win one of the most prestigious scholarships in the academic world, and 2017 Oxford Rhodes Scholar Jean Balchin says she can’t wait to get started.

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Fantastic end to the year for the Hocken

Monday, 11 December 2017 11:08pm

The last few weeks of 2017 have been a busy time for staff at Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena.

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New Zealand 'Amazing' to Refugees

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 6:59am

Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts at the University of Glasgow, appears in the Otago Daily Times, 5 December 2017, ahead of her public talk in Dunedin.

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Major French honour for Otago teacher

Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:48pm

Many years of service to Dunedin’s French community to French culture in the city have earned Otago’s Dr Christiane Leurquin the French National Order of Merit.

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Fifth Hocken collection recognised by UNESCO

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 9:15pm

From Larnach Castle to the Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, a rich collection of architectural drawings of many prominent Dunedin buildings has been recognised by UNESCO for its outstanding value.

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NZPSA Conference

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 8:54am

The Department of Politics is very pleased to be hosting the 2017 New Zealand Political Studies Association (NZPSA) Conference in Dunedin on 29 November - 1 December.

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Humanities conferences attract over 1000 delegates to Dunedin

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:59am

Keynote talks were translated into New Zealand Sign Language and live captioned, while programmes were provided in Braille, as day one of a major international conference into disability issues got under way at the University of Otago yesterday.

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Marsden grant for eviction research

Friday, 24 November 2017 3:23pm

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin is part of a team studying eviction in New Zealand, which has secured a Marsden Fund grant.

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NZ Law Foundation funding for Aotearoa’s Future Courts project

Thursday, 23 November 2017 2:02pm

Can online courts aid the struggle to provide affordable and accessible ways to resolve civil disputes? To help answer this question, the New Zealand Law Foundation has awarded the University of Otago Legal Issues Centre team, led by Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin, a grant of $101,000 to examine how litigants can explain their disputes clearly enough for use in an online resolution process.

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College of Education lecturer wins Marsden Fund grant

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 9:57am

Associate Professor Karen Nairn, of the University of Otago College of Education, has received a $840,000 Marsden Fund grant for her project "Putting Hope into Action: What inspires and sustains young people’s engagement in social movements?"

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Climate Change a 'key' factor in Migration

Monday, 6 November 2017 8:57am

Our member Dr Dennis Wesselbaum appears in the New Zealand Herald, 11 October 2017, examining climate change as a key driver for migration.

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Marsden Fund backs Otago’s research in best ever round

Thursday, 2 November 2017 11:13am

University of Otago researchers have gained around $24m for 33 world-class research projects in the latest Marsden Fund annual round – the University’s most successful round ever.

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Tally Ho! For a concert with a Dunedin and University flavour

Monday, 30 October 2017 1:35pm

Tally Ho! 2, a Dunedin Symphony Orchestra concert celebrating the Dunedin Sound pop music genre, is also a showcase for University of Otago music talents.

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Opinion: Election 2017 – Coming first is not the same as winning

Thursday, 26 October 2017 1:38pm

The 2017 general election is likely to be remembered for two things: the extraordinary rise of Jacinda Ardern from deputy Labour Party leader to Prime Minister, and as the first MMP election when the largest party did not form the government, writes the Head of Otago’s Department of Politics Professor Janine Hayward.

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Judge McElrea Restorative Justice Collection

Thursday, 26 October 2017 3:01pm

The Judge McElrea Restorative Justice Collection has been officially launched at the Napier Library.

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Division of Humanities celebrates teaching

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 9:48pm

The Division of Humanities last week held its inaugural Celebrating Teaching symposium – aiming to shine a spotlight on teaching and look at ways to enhance and refresh it.

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Te Poutama Māori appoints new co-chair

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 9:08pm

Te Poutama Māori – the University of Otago’s Māori Academic Staff Caucus – has appointed a new co-chair. Dr Diane Ruwhiu from the Otago Business School is joining co-chair Professor Jacinta Ruru (Law).

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Bioethics and Christian Theology paper in Summer School

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 3:18pm

This inter-disciplinary paper offers the opportunity to discuss a range of contemporary bioethical issues from the standpoint of Christian Theology.

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Otago Humanities thinkers bring ideas into the mix at Queenstown’s Jazzfest

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 9:49am

'MindJam', a new exciting collaboration between the University of Otago Division of Humanities and Queenstown’s Catalyst Trust will form part of this weekend’s 40th Queenstown JazzFest, giving the chance for festival-goers to feed their minds when not otherwise occupied filling their ears with the sweet sounds of jazz.

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Party of contradictions leads China into the future

Monday, 16 October 2017 4:05pm

The Department of Politics at the University of Otago celebrates its 50th year in 2017. This is the 10th in a series of reflections on politics over the past 50 years. This month, Nicholas Khoo writes about China.

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College of Education secures multi-million dollar research contract

Friday, 13 October 2017 2:31pm

A contract for a substantial research project to be implemented by EARU was recently signed by the Ministry of Education and the University of Otago.

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The inaugural Humanities Teaching and Learning symposium

Thursday, 12 October 2017 9:32am

'Revisiting, Refreshing, Re-envisioning' is the theme for the inaugural Division of Humanities Teaching and Learning symposium, on Tuesday 17 October.

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Mental Health Series: A journey into anxiety

Monday, 9 October 2017 9:29am

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, staff members from across the University have kindly agreed to share their own mental health stories. In the first of a three-part series we hear from Philosophy’s Sally Holloway.

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Panel Discussion: 100 years since the Russian Revolution 1917 - 5 October

Thursday, 5 October 2017 11:47am

Panel discussion hosted by Dr Rosemary Overell.

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Share your Lawyer Story

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 11:24am

The University of Otago Legal Issues Centre are inviting New Zealanders who have either tried to find the help of a lawyer or who have used a lawyer to assist them, to share stories of their experience.

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Join us at the Digital Humanities Expo II on October 6

Friday, 29 September 2017 4:27pm

Featuring 15 minute talks from Otago researchers demonstrating different aspects of Digital Humanities including virtual reality prisons, drones as mapping tools, building a digital archive, analysing text to detect bias, understanding the effects of climate change. . .

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Book launched to celebrate 50 years of Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:12am

A book celebrating and commemorating 50 years of the University’s Frances Hodgkins Fellowship was officially launched last night, as part of an alumni event at the Link.

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Otago researcher examines the nature of trust

Monday, 25 September 2017 12:44pm

Dr Mariska Kappmeier has been trying to define the nature of trust, and the five dimensional model she has come up with is a global first for intergroup conflict studies.

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ACC’s computer-aided decision-making questioned by Otago experts

Monday, 25 September 2017 9:45am

University of Otago researchers are warning of the potential pitfalls in government departments using computer-based risk prediction models, as has been recently revealed through a controversial new tool used by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) to profile and target clients.

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Clocktower event honours teaching award recipients

Thursday, 21 September 2017 9:30pm

Three Otago academics were honoured for receiving national sustained excellence awards at a ceremony with the Vice-Chancellor this week.

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University celebrates Hanami festival

Thursday, 21 September 2017 8:20am

The University once again celebrated the Japanese cherry blossom viewing festival of Hanami yesterday – welcoming spring and new beginnings.

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Opinion: The myths and maybes of government formation

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 4:51pm

This election campaign, like most others, has been rife with speculation about possible governing arrangements after 23 September. In this Opinion Piece written for the Otago Bulletin Board, the Head of Otago’s Department of Politics and expert in MMP Janine Hayward offers her views.

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Student-made election series great resource for voters

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 4:48pm

An interview series put together by University of Otago Politics students asks tough and light-hearted questions of some of the candidates in this weekend’s general election – from what led them into politics to whether they believe spaghetti has a place on a pizza.

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Otago graduate gains opportunity to be a leader in his field through Woolf Fisher scholarship

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 3:53pm

An Otago alumnus is among three outstanding young New Zealanders with the potential to be leaders in their field who have each been awarded a life-changing Woolf Fisher Scholarship to study at Cambridge.

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World-renowned Cambridge historian visiting New Zealand

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:37am

One of the world’s foremost historians will be in New Zealand next month to talk about truths and myths surrounding the Holocaust of World War II.

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Inaugural presentation of the Neville Marquet Prize in Resource Management and Environmental Law

Friday, 15 September 2017 6:52pm

On Monday 11 September, the Faculty of Law presented the inaugural Neville Marquet Prize in Resource Management and Environmental Law at a special ceremony at the Dunedin Club.

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2017/18 Summer Scholarships available

Friday, 15 September 2017 10:18am

The Legal Issues Centre is pleased to offer two Summer Scholarships to develop videos to assist people who do not have a lawyer with understanding legal process.  

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Otago research examines #Gigatown

Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:29pm

On 26 November 2014 Dunedin was named New Zealand’s first Gigatown – winning a 13 month-long competition to receive the fastest internet in the Southern Hemisphere. Now, a Senior Lecturer from Otago’s Department of Media Film and Communication has been examining the use of a competition to allocate broadband resources and digital infrastructure.

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Dr John Guthrie wins 2017 OUSA teaching awards

Thursday, 14 September 2017 1:13pm

Marketing Senior Lecturer Dr John Guthrie says he was “blown away” to win this year’s Premier Lecturer award at the OUSA Teaching excellence Awards held at the OUSA Aquatic Centre last night.

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2018 Otago Arts Fellowship recipients named

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:44am

The recipients of Otago's coveted Arts Fellowships for 2018 were named during yesterday’s meeting of the University Council.

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Prestigious University of Otago Arts Fellowships announced

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 9:32am

The University of Otago’s coveted Arts Fellowships for 2018 have been announced.

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Māori research focus of Te Wiki o te reo Māori at Otago

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:06am

Celebrations for Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) began at Otago yesterday with an opening event held at Hocken Collections.

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Otago hosts Jane Austen 200

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:00am

Professor Paul Tankard will kick off the University’s commemorations of the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s death this evening with a talk exploring the times, life, works and legacy of the 18th century novelist.

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Coursework MA - Information session

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 3:56pm

Find out more about this 12-month pathway for BA graduates.

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Are the US and China on the road to war?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 9:58am

A public panel discussion will be held tomorrow to discuss US and China relations – part of a lecture series organised to celebrate 50 years of Politics at Otago.

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Climate Change:  Ethical Issues and Implications

Friday, 1 September 2017 3:58pm

Professor Jonathan Boston from Victoria University of Wellington delivered a guest lecture on 'Climate Change: Ethical Issues and Implications' to the Law Faculty and students from the ENVI312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change class.

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Prioritising "Order" and Causing Chaos: The International Subversion of Sovereignty in Kosovo - 31 August

Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:28am

Open lecture: Prioritising "Order" and Causing Chaos: The International Subversion of Sovereignty in Kosovo

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Politics PhD candidate gets lecturing position even before she graduates!

Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:42am

The Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at Rangsit University in Thailand was so impressed with Otago PhD candidate Nutthathiratta (Jib) Withitwinyuchon that they appointed her to a full-time teaching position in February 2017 even before she completed her PhD.

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The politics of reproduction

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 9:29am

The department of politics at the University of Otago celebrates 50 years of teaching and research this year. This is the eighth of a monthly series of reflections on politics during the past 50 years. This month, Carla Lam asks what reproduction has got to do with politics in 2017.

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From Global Slump to Trump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis, Resistance and Reaction

Tuesday, 29 August 2017 11:23am

The 2017 NZPSA conference features a keynote lecture by Prof David McNally of the University of York (Canada).

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Otago and Southland families asked for WW1 Passchendaele stories

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 10:25am

Otago and Southland people are being encouraged to come forward to the University of Otago with their family stories, photos, and letters about the disastrous WW1 Campaign at Passchendaele.

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Screenwriters coming to Otago next week

Monday, 21 August 2017 9:39pm

Some of the most prolific and central figures of the New Zealand film industry will be in Dunedin next week to attend the country’s first international conference dedicated to screenwriting.

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Otago’s research environment “exceptional” says award winner

Monday, 21 August 2017 11:08am

The University’s 2017 Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award winner, Dr Kourken (Kirk) Michaelian of Philosophy, credits the exceptional research environment provided by Otago for the rapid progress he has made on his work.

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Open lecture: Japan's Quest for a More Assertive Foreign Policy

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 1:16pm

Open lecture by Professor Toshihiro Nakayama, Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Chair 2017, Victoria University

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Top supervisors go above and beyond

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 2:05pm

Don’t underestimate the small things, and always give timely feedback. Two valuable pieces of advice for those supervising postgraduate students, from this year’s OUSA Supervisor of the Year Award winners.

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Otago memory philosopher receives prestigious medal

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:32am

An internationally leading philosopher of memory, Dr Kourken (Kirk) Michaelian, is the latest recipient of the University of Otago’s Carl Smith Medal and Rowheath Trust Award.

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Politics PhD receives exceptional recognition

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 8:47am

Luca J. Uberti’s will graduate with a PhD at the next graduation ceremony of the University of Otago. His PhD thesis has been placed on the Dean’s List of Exceptional Theses, a rare honour bestowed only on the very best of PhDs.

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Teenagers book launched by Otago academic

Monday, 14 August 2017 9:48pm

Associate Professor Chris Brickell of Gender Studies celebrated the launch of his new book Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture at the Staff Club recently.

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New undergraduate prize established

Monday, 14 August 2017 11:46am

A new book prize has been established to celebrate the highest achieving Pacific female student in a 200-level paper in the Humanities.

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Otago teachers thrilled with national awards

Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:44am

Three Otago teachers who received national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards at an event at Parliament this week say they are humbled and honoured to be recognised in this way.

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Productive time for Children’s Writer in Residence

Thursday, 10 August 2017 9:42pm

Academic, writer and illustrator Mere Whaanga has spent six fruitful months at Otago, completing the first novel in a trilogy for young adults. The Otago Bulletin Board spoke with her about the residency, her Treaty work and the Māori world view she shares through her books.

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Early Career Award springboard for international collaboration

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 9:17pm

Dr Ting Wang of Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics hopes her Early Career Award will help her build new international collaboration and strengthen the bridge between statistics and geoscience.

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World renowned drummer gives final Otago performance

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 9:07pm

One of the most renowned jazz drummers in the world gave his final recital at Marama Hall last month, as part of his University of Otago Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.

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National excellence of Otago University teachers recognised

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 4:05pm

The sustained contributions of three leading University of Otago staff were recognised in the annual national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards held last night.

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Opinion: Jacinda Ardern and the upcoming election

Monday, 7 August 2017 1:02pm

Last week’s selection of Jacinda Ardern for leader of the Labour party has major implications for both the upcoming election campaign and for democracy in New Zealand writes the Head of Otago’s Department of Politics Professor Janine Hayward.

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Otago staff invited to take part in separation research

Monday, 7 August 2017 9:42pm

University staff are being invited to contribute to Otago research into how separated parents make arrangements for the care of their children.

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University recognises its outstanding early-career researchers

Thursday, 3 August 2017 10:02am

The impressive contributions of seven up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

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Call for applications for the Performing Arts Fund

Thursday, 3 August 2017 9:03am

Applications are open for the University of Otago Division of Humanities Performing Arts Fund which fosters performance-based initiatives in the Arts by students, staff and other members of the University of Otago community.

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UOCE students awarded Kupe Scholarships

Monday, 31 July 2017 4:07pm

University of Otago College of Education students, Kane Johnson and Sammy Seau, have been awarded prestigious Kupe scholarships from TeachNZ.

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From merger to dissolution?

Monday, 31 July 2017 11:20am

On July 1, 1967, the European Communities Merger Treaty came into effect, fusing the executives of the European Coal and Steel Community, the European Economic Community, and the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom).

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Vote17 interviews

Monday, 31 July 2017 11:39am

A team of POLS students will be interviewing MPs and candidates in the lead-up to the General Election on 23 September.

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Dance stories focus of Fellowship

Thursday, 27 July 2017 1:41pm

Community dance groups from around Dunedin will perform at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Sunday – the culmination of Dr Caroline Sutton Clark’s six-month tenure as the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance.

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Exhibition the highlight of Hodgkins Fellowship

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 9:14pm

Miranda Parkes’ tenure as the University’s Frances Hodgkins Fellow was unlike any other – as she juggled the birth of her daughter Olivia with the completion of a significant body of art.

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Panel Discussion: Gender, Feminism and Politics - 16 August

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 8:14am

As part of the 50th birthday of politics at Otago this panel explores the significance of gender to politics, in its various dimensions.

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Open lecture: The Dilemma of the Public Intellectual in the Nuclear Age - 8 August

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 8:17am

This lecture investigates the role and possibilities of the public intellectual in the nuclear age. 

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Music staff thrilled with building announcement

Thursday, 20 July 2017 2:17pm

Staff from the University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Performing Arts say a planned new building will be a focal point for a reinvigoration of their department.

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Success at Legal Research Foundation Awards

Thursday, 20 July 2017 3:52pm

Congratulations to Professor Andrew Geddis and Oliver Hailes – a recent LLB(Hons) graduate – who won the Sir Ian Barker published article award for their article on The Trans-Pacific Partnership in New Zealand’s Constitution.

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Meet the 2017 Arts Fellows

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 9:38pm

Otago staff, students and members of the public will have the opportunity to meet this year’s University of Otago Arts Fellows and learn more about their projects at a Meet the Fellows event at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery this weekend.

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Accent reveals Shakespeare’s meanings

Monday, 17 July 2017 9:21am

Author and actor Ben Crystal visited Otago last month, giving an eye-opening talk about what can be learned from hearing and speaking Shakespeare’s works as they were originally pronounced.

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Report on Geopolitics of Migration conference

Friday, 14 July 2017 8:47am

Our Associate Director, Associate Professor Jacqui Leckie, appears in the Otago Daily Times, 3 July 2017, discussing the 52nd Otago Foreign Policy School on the Geopolitics of Migration.

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New Home for Music, Theatre and the Performing Arts

Thursday, 13 July 2017 9:28am

The University of Otago is building recording studios and refurbishing existing buildings in a $26 million project that will spark multiple benefits for both the University and Dunedin.

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New home for Music, Theatre and the Performing Arts

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 8:47am

The University of Otago is building recording studios and refurbishing existing buildings in a $26 million project that will spark multiple benefits for both the University and Dunedin.

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International screenwriters drawn to Dunedin for conference

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 10:29am

Some of the most prolific and central figures of the New Zealand film industry have been attracted to the country’s first international conference dedicated to screenwriting, being held at the University of Otago.

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The legacy of the Six Day War

Monday, 3 July 2017 10:40am

Fifty years ago, the Six Day War of June 5-10, 1967, in which Israel defeated neighbouring Arab states and conquered the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Syrian Golan Heights, and the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula, changed the face of the Middle East.

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Come and meet the 2017 University of Otago Arts Fellows

Monday, 3 July 2017 8:46am

The Fellows will talk about their work and aspects of the creative process, and you can ask them questions. Chaired by Nicholas McBryde, Director of Arts Festival Dunedin.

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Centre's 2017 Visiting Scholar, Dr Yassir Morsi, on Muslims, migration, belonging and becoming

Friday, 30 June 2017 2:09pm

Dr Yassir Morsi, the 2017 Centre for Global Migrations Visiting Scholar, appears in the Otago Daily Times, 30 June 2017, in relation to his public talk on Muslims, migration, belonging and becoming.

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52nd Foreign Policy School to examine closed borders and forced migration

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 10:11pm

Anticipation is mounting for this weekend’s 52nd Otago Foreign Policy School, which is themed “Open and Closed Borders: The Geopolitics of Migration”.

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Shakespeare ‘pops up’ on campus

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 9:18pm

A girl, pretending to be a boy, falls in love with a Duke, who falls in love with a Countess, who loves the girl (the one who’s pretending to be a boy) – the plot may have thickened but the wit of Shakespeare’s convoluted Twelfth Night still shone through during “pop-up” performances at the University of Otago yesterday. 

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Mere Whaanga's latest book shortlisted for the NZ Children’s and Young Adults Book Awards

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 11:36am

Mere Whaanga, The UOCE Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence, latest book has been shortlisted for the 2017 NZ children’s and Young Adults Book Awards.

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Pāho blog highlights Humanities research

Thursday, 22 June 2017 8:53pm

A blog which highlights the new and exciting research happening within the University’s Division of Humanities is gaining popularity.

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DNA tests in schools to study global human migration

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 6:47am

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith, member of the Centre for Global Migrations, brings DNA tests to schools to encourage the study of global human migration.

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Studying global migrations with an eye to history

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 6:09am

Professor Angela McCarthy, Director of the Centre for Global Migrations, explains the importance of studying global migrations with an eye to history while remaining alert to contemporary contexts in an opinion piece for the New Zealand Herald, 16 May 2017.

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Artefacts from early Chinese goldminers in Otago may exhibit in China

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 6:53am

Professor Richard Walter, member of the Centre for Global Migrations, appears in the Otago Daily Times, 21 June 2017, discussing artefacts from early Chinese goldminers in Otago, which may travel to China for exhibition.

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Opinion: Fox News afraid of Shakespeare?

Monday, 19 June 2017 12:53pm

Sponsors of a Donald Trump-themed interpretation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar pulled their funding following a heated media debate recently. However Professor Lyn Tribble argues that the value of Shakespeare’s work is that it can be transposed into modern settings.

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Review shows child protection services need further work

Monday, 19 June 2017 4:24pm

One of the first academic and independent reviews of the Government’s direction on child protection services has raised fundamental concerns that the study author, Otago University’s Dr Emily Keddell, says need addressing.

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Opinion: New Zealand should be firm but friendly with the Trump administration

Wednesday, 7 June 2017 11:21am

In an opinion piece published on and reproduced here on the Otago Bulletin Board University of Otago Professor of International Relations Robert Patman argues that it is possible for Wellington to maintain friendly ties with Washington while frankly acknowledging the policy differences between the two sides.

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South Africa, BRICS, and Global Governance

Thursday, 1 June 2017 10:20am

How South Africa Tried to Change the World and Succeeded in Changing Itself

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Research calls for action on adolescent relationship violence

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 8:42am

Violence and abuse in teenage relationships is a serious problem in New Zealand but does not receive the same level of attention as violence in adult relationships, an Issues Paper released today says.

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Detente and its legacy shaped relations

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:56am

A year before his election as US president in 1968, Richard Nixon wrote in Foreign Affairs that "we simply cannot afford to leave China forever outside the family of nations''. It was an assessment that would have monumental consequences.

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Successful after hours “literary subterfuge”

Monday, 29 May 2017 11:50am

Being led into the University Council Chambers by a security guard added to the fun of Book Night, say those who attended last week’s event.

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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,, 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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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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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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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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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 10:38am

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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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.