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Talking books: Alumni gain insights into lecturer's top reads

Monday, 15 May 2017 3:05pm

Information Sciences Associate Professor Hank Wolfe gave and interesting presentation on cybersecurity and privacy in the digital age at the inaugural ABC event in March. 

Faculty of Law Dean Professor Mark Henaghan is looking forward to discussing a favourite read at the second Alumni, Books and Conversation with Otago Lecturers (ABC) event at Dunedin’s University Book Shop on Tuesday night.

Dean Henaghan’s choice, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari, is a follow-up to the best-selling Sapiens, which has been endorsed by Barack Obama and Bill Gates as a must-read macro-history of human activity.

Homo Deus expands on ideas from the concluding chapter in Sapiens. Change does not always equal progress Harari argues, and humanity’s use of new technologies may be its undoing.

“It’s a very thought-provoking read and gives choices for the future which, if we don’t think about them now, could go very wrong. The book is full of wonderful examples and truly takes a big picture view of our future,” Dean Henaghan says.

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Faculty of Law Dean Mark Henaghan

Alumni Relations Officer (Liaison) Lizzy Lukeman invites other academics to discuss books at the monthly ABC events later this year.

“The events are held in an interesting informal setting, and the book’s aren’t academic texts, to encourage alumni to explore ideas with Otago lecturers and gain insights into their research, and what makes them tick as people. We receive regular requests from alumni wanting to keep learning with their University, and to meet socially with local alumni.

“We are pleased to partner with UBS to satisfy these requests, and provide a relaxed forum for stimulating discussion,” she says.

On 21 June, Summer School and Continuing Education Director Elaine Webster will discuss fashion and the books A Guide to Elegance by Genevieve Antonine Dariaux and Sex and Suits: the evolution of modern dress by Anne Hollander.

The inaugural presentation by Information Sciences Associate Professor Dr Hank Wolfe Hank Wolfe in March was well attended and featured wide-ranging discussion on the complexities of personal privacy in the digital age.

Presentations start at 7pm, doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments, mingling or book browsing. Spaces are limited to about 30, so register now, Email: