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IPL: Is the present the key to the past? Lessons from Antarctica and the Southern Alps

Video 127.33MB
Audio 53.71MB

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Professor Sean Fitzsimons of the Department of Geography delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Is the present the key to the past? Lessons from Antarctica and the Southern Alps”. 8 July 2014

Peace Lecture 2014: Believers of the world - unite

Video 142.39MB
Audio 51.58MB

Monday, 7 July 2014

Rev Dr Lord Leslie Griffiths presents this year's Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy and Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group Peace lecture “Believers of the world – unite”. Dr Griffiths, the Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, is a Methodist Minister and Superintendent of Wesley’s Chapel, London, and has been a member of the British House of Lords since 2004. His story begins in real poverty in South Wales. He became the youngest ever staff member at the University of Wales, before the call to ordained ministry led him, via Cambridge, to Haiti to work with some of the poorest people on earth. 7 July 2014

NCPACS: Public Conversation: Professor Ed Garcia with Professor Kevin Clements

Video 218.76MB
Audio 64.74MB

Thursday, 26 June 2014

In this conversation with Professor Kevin Clements, Professor Ed Garcia will reflect on his life's work, on the central dilemmas confronting human rights and peace practitioners and the ethics of peacebuilding. Professor Ed Garcia is a Peace Process Practitioner. He has worked as a peaceworker, specifically as special peace envoy and senior policy advisor at International Alert, a peace-building organisation working in diverse regions of violent conflict. Ed's work has taken him all over Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor, Fiji, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Kashmir. He has worked in conflict zones on the African continent, in Latin America and the Middle East. 14 April 2014

NCPACS: Maata Wharehoka in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements

Video 633.20MB
Audio 83.65MB

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Maata Wharehoka, a tikanga Maori advocate, discusses with Professor Kevin Clements about being born in the 1950’s into a large unwealthy family and her work as an activist and advocate. She talks about living a pakeha life with her aunty from the age of 11, her experiences through nursing school and studying, and raising her own family of five children, and the fostering of 45 children. 12 May 2014

NCPACS: Public Conversation: Professor Kevin Clements with Professor Ed Garcia

Video 216.89MB
Audio 89.47MB

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Before Professor Ed Garcia departed after an extended visit to the Centre, he interviewed Professor Kevin Clements about his life and times. Kevin has had an illustrious career both in academia and as a consultant to a variety of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations on disarmament, arms control, conflict resolution, development and regional security issues. He has written widely on conflict transformation, peacebuilding, preventive diplomacy and development with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region. 24 April 2014

Geography: Becoming an African Chief: 40 years of research and community involvement in Sierra Leone

Video 208.45MB
Audio 67.53MB

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Professor Tony Binns, University of Otago Ron Lister Chair of Geography, has been bestowed with the most remarkable of honours – being named an African Chief. The Paramount Chief and Section Chiefs of Sandor Chiefdom in Kono District, Eastern Province, Sierra Leone, awarded Professor Binns the titles of ‘Sahr Kayima’ and ‘Chief Manjawah of Sandor’ earlier this year. The honour recognises his work and community involvement over a period of 40 years since he first visited as a PhD student in 1974. He explains his personal journey and how he became interested in Africa and specifically Sierra Leone. He discusses his ongoing research and links with the communities and the significance of the honorary chieftaincy. 11 June 2014

CTPI: Child Poverty: Myths, Misconceptions and Misunderstandings

Video 137.67MB
Audio 56.99MB

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Professor Jonathan Boston, Professor of Public Policy at VUW, Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and Co-chair, Expert Advisory Group (2012) on Solutions to Child Poverty discusses the issue of child poverty: myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings. In discussions about child poverty in New Zealand, one often hears the following claims: ‘There is little or no real child poverty in this country’; ‘The fundamental problem is that some people have too many children’; ‘Many parents are lazy or irresponsible and thus deserve to be poor’; ‘The real problem is not poverty but poor parenting’; ‘We can’t afford to reduce child poverty’; and ‘If we give the poor more money, they will simply waste it’. How valid are such claims? What does the available empirical evidence tell us? What can we learn from the experience of other developed countries? And what ethical principles should guide our policy responses to the challenge of child poverty? 12 June 2014

Faculty of Law: Democracy in Decline

Video 206.85MB
Audio 54.27MB

Friday, 30 May 2014

Professor Jim Allan, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, argues that in five of the world’s oldest democracies, the long-established Anglosphere countries of Canada, New Zealand, the UK, the US and Australia, the past few decades have seen a decline in the extent to which democratic decision-making prevails. He outlines the causes of that decline in democracy and then notes the ways that decline is masked and obfuscated. 16 May 2014

Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies: An Evening with Adrian McKinty

Video 102.27MB
Audio 39.56MB

Friday, 30 May 2014

In this address, we hear the prize-winning author of Fifty Grand and The Cold Cold Ground, Adrian McKinty, read from his new Sean Duffy novel, In the Morning I’ll Be Gone. Adrian is an Irish novelist born in Belfast, Northern Ireland who is primarily known as a writer of crime and mystery novels, and young adult fiction. He is the author of 15 novels and has won a number of awards for his writing since he began in 2001 and has been shortlisted for the Crimewriter’s Association silver dagger award, the Theakston Best British Crime Novel award and the Barry award. 30 April 2014

CTPI: Religious Voices in the Public Square: Threatening Democracy or Enriching Debate?

Video 231.53MB
Audio 74.78MB

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

In this conversation two leading public theologians, one from Sri Lanka, Dr Vinoth Ramachandra (Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students), and one from Cambridge, Dr Jonathan Chaplin (Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics) discuss this issue with Professor Andrew Bradstock, Director of the University of Otago’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues. 9 August 2013

English & Linguistics: Milton Marathon, Reading of ‘Paradise Lost’, Book 9

Video 158.69MB
Audio 62.31MB

Thursday, 15 May 2014

This reading of Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, Book 9 is part of a Milton Marathon reunion performance that took place in the Allen Hall Theatre, 100 years old this year. The readers are Lyn Tribble, Lorraine Isaacs, Jeanette Leigh, Alison Finigan, John Hale, Carol Wyvill, Majella Cullinane, Karen McLean and Paul Tankard. 15 May 2014

Faculty of Law: Protecting the Public? An Analysis of Complaints and Disciplinary Proceedings against Doctors in Australia and New Zealand

Video 69.72MB
Audio 45.15MB

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Dr Katie Elkin, Associate Commissioner, Legal and Strategic Relations at the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, discusses the considerable change in the design of health professional regulation throughout Australia and New Zealand since the beginning of the last decade. As well as ushering in significant structural reform, the legislation in both countries is now more explicit regarding its public protection objectives. However, the degree to which regulatory decision-making is actually consistent with public protection considerations is unclear. Through two major empirical analyses of complaints and disciplinary mechanisms in Australian and New Zealand, Dr Elkin has explored these issues and how they impact at throughout the regulatory journey, from registration through to disciplinary sanction. 13 May 2014

IPL: “Pocket Hobbes”

Video 133.15MB
Audio 44.57MB

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Professor Michael LeBuffe, University of Otago Chair in Early Modern Philosophy, of the Department of Philosophy delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Pocket Hobbes” 13 May 2014

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