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CTPI: Faith and Wisdom in Science

Video 331.35MB

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

In this talk Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics at Durham University. Tom discusses themes from his recently published book ‘Faith and Wisdom in Science’ (Oxford University Press, 2014). In this book, Tom takes a scientist’s reading of the Old Testament’s Book of Job and uses this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about the human desire to understand the natural world. Drawing on stories from the modern science of chaos and uncertainty, alongside medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources, Faith and Wisdom in Science challenges much of the current “science and religion” debate as operating with the wrong assumptions and in the wrong space. There are immediate consequences for how we treat science in government, the media, in education and in churches. 22 September 2015

2015 Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust Peace Lecture – Professor David Tombs

Video 110.96MB
Audio 73.66MB

Monday, 21 September 2015

Professor David Tombs, Director, Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of Otago, speaks about the US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture (2014), which has strongly criticised the interrogation programme overseen by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. He connects this to studies of torture practices under authoritarian regimes in Latin America, and suggests that it is also relevant to the field punishment of Archibald Baxter, and other conscience objectors, in World War I. 21 September 2015

Peace Lecture 2015: Pursuing peace in a time of peace and a time of war

Video 343.46MB
Audio 92.41MB

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The twelfth annual peace lecture, organised by the Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy and the Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group, is given by Rabbi Fred Morgan, Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. In this talk Rabbi Fred Morgan will address a number of questions – Does the notion of pursuing peace have to be modified according to the time in which we find ourselves? How do the dynamics of pursuing peace change from one context to the other? What is the role of religions in times of peace and times of war? And how do the dynamics of pursuing peace under different circumstances impact on interfaith relations? 9 September 2015

IPL: Latin American Liberation Theology and its Ongoing Legacy

Video 180.77MB
Audio 64.90MB

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Professor David Tombs holds the Howard Paterson Chair in Theology and Public Issues and is Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago. His Inaugural Professorial Lecture discusses Latin American liberation theology and its ongoing legacy. 8 September 2015

CTPI: Can there be a unified theory of religious freedom?

Video 242.97MB
Audio 69.96MB

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

In this talk Professor Peter Danchin, Professor of Law and Director of the International and Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law discusses the three key concepts in modern religious freedom discourse – neutrality, universality and legality. What is increasingly recognised, however, is the extent to which these concepts are inextricably entangled, historically and substantively, with theological concepts and categories. In drawing out these connections and assessing their implications for three central questions concerning the subject, object and justification of the right to religious liberty, this talk asks whether there can be a unified theory of religious freedom and in what sense we can say the right is independent of religious traditions and the contested notions of freedom within them. 19 August 2015

College of Education: Becoming Dishuman: Re-thinking social policy through disability, Paul Gibson

Video 153.36MB
Audio 49.50MB

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

This presentation given by Paul Gibson, Disability Rights Commissioner, follows on from Katherine Runswick-Cole’s talk on her research project ‘Big Society? Disabled people with learning disabilities and civil society’. In this talk he focuses on the journey of understanding, and the role of research in making disability rights real. 12 August 2015

College of Education: Becoming Dishuman: Re-thinking social policy through disability, Katherine Runswick-Cole

Video 35.83MB
Audio 26.88MB

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Katherine Runswick-Cole, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, discusses her research project ‘Big Society? Disabled people with learning disabilities and civil society’ which she completed in collaboration with Dan Goodley of the University of Sheffield, UK. In this paper they seek to develop an understanding of social policy driven by a commitment to the politics of disability, especially the politics of people labeled with learning disabilities. 12 August 2015

2015 Hocken Lecture: 'Archives, Public Memory and the work of history'

Video 292.42MB
Audio 94.89MB

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Professor Tony Ballantyne, former Head of the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, Chair of the Hocken Collections Committee and Director of the University’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture has been engaged in a long-running research project on the production of colonial culture. This lecture explores the nature of archives, the possibilities of digitisation, and the role of both archival collections and historical writing in the making and remaking of cultural memory. 6 August 2015

CTPI: Changing our mind on the LGBT issue

Video 146.45MB
Audio 54.94MB

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Dr. David P. Gushee is a Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. His research interests focus on the ethical teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian theological-ethical tradition, together with its contemporary implications for Christian discipleship and public witness. In this talk he speaks on his personal journey toward a change of his own heart and mind in becoming an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inclusion in the Church, and his recent book ‘Changing Our Mind’ and the impact that it is having. 30 July 2015

Philosophy: 2015 Dan & Gwen Taylor Lecture: Profound Disability and Distinctive Human Dignity

Video 196.32MB
Audio 55.66MB

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Professor Jeremy Waldron, Professor of Law at New York University speaks on the topic of ‘Profound Disability and Distinctive Human Dignity’. What does it mean to say we are all one another’s equals? Does a sense of equality distinguish humans from other animals? On what is this human equality based? Is it a religious idea? Is it a practical commitment? Is it just a matter of human rights? Is there supposed to be some shared feature that all human beings have in common? And if we take that approach, what are we to say about our brothers and sisters who suffer from profound disability—whose human claims seem to outstrip any particular description that they satisfy or any capacity that they have? 28 July 2015

Faculty of Law: Magna Carta in a Handcart, From 1215 to 2015 and Far Beyond

Video 204.97MB
Audio 90.51MB

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

What’s Magna Carta — legal icon, myth, or misconception? When was Magna Carta —1215, say the historians, the lawyers (were they to agree) might say 1297. In this talk Dr Nigel Jamieson, Faculty of Law at the University of Otago discusses what Magna Carta might mean for us today — being in Latin most modernists would shrug it off; some cynics say it means nothing much, since it’s only called the Great Charter because in 1215 they couldn’t text it down to twenty words; others say it’s not for us today because we’re far more up with the political play; and then there are those today who extol it to divert our attention away from the fact that they’re fiddling the books behind our backs. 21 July 2015

Faculty of Law: Against Written Constitutionalism

Video 238.81MB
Audio 82.18MB

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Professor Jim Allan is the Garrick Professor of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland and previously belonged to the University of Otago Faculty of Law for 11 years. In this talk Professor Allan discusses four key points, what an unwritten constitution amounts to, the point of written constitutionalism and what you are being promised when offered a written constitution. Finally he explains why a written constitution has limited choice and the process of making a decision between a written and unwritten constitution. 15 July 2015

Meet the 2015 Otago Fellows

Video 307.71MB
Audio 86.93MB

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The 2015 University of Otago Fellows: Louise Wallace (Robert Burns Fellow), John Ward Knox (Frances Hodgkins Fellow), Jeremy Mayall (Mozart Fellow), Uzoamaka Nwankpa (Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance), and Robyn Belton (University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence) discuss their work and aspects of the creative process. Chaired by Nicholas McBryde, the Director of the Otago Festival of the Arts and former General Manager at Fortune Theatre. Jennifer Beck who is sharing the University of Otago College of Education/Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence, was unable to attend. 12 July 2015

NCPACS & CTPI: Non-Toxic Religion: The Churches in the Peace Movement in 1980’s New Zealand

Video 188.16MB

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Reverend Dr Peter Matheson studied in Otago, (History) Edinburgh, and Tübingen (Theology); edited Critic and taught religious history in New College Edinburgh, Otago and Melbourne. He has been active in the peace movement in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany and New Zealand and is the author of fifteen books and countless articles on reforming movements, radical and women's history in the Early Modern Period in Germany, and on aspects of New Zealand and Third Reich history. He is a Presbyterian minister and Honorary Fellow of the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago. In this talk, he discusses the churches in the peace movement in 1980’s New Zealand. 28 May 2015

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