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

Audio 55.84MB

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

NCPACS: Heart and mind in the quest for justice and peace

Video 362.32MB
Audio 67.41MB

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Professor Peter Matheson has led a rich life of theological and historical scholarship, reflection, pastoral care and radical activism. He has urged Churches and States in the UK, Germany and New Zealand to confront violence and war and to work for peace, justice and a more compassionate world while also engaging with many of the major issues of the 20th century. In this talk with Professor Kevin Clements, he discusses his life growing up, his experiences in peacemaking and the heart and mind in the quest for justice. 20 May 2015

NCPACS: Public Conversation with Kennedy Graham, Green Party MP

Video 219.74MB
Audio 68.37MB

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

In this conversation with Professor Kevin Clements, Dr Kennedy Graham discusses the subject of 'Human Security and Global Order: A 21st Century Agenda'. Kennedy Graham served in the New Zealand Foreign Service for 16 years, and has lectured on International Politics and International Law at both the University of Canterbury and Victoria University. He was elected to Parliament for the Greens in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, and holds portfolios of Global Affairs, Defence and Disarmament, and Constitutional Affairs. 13 May 2015

IPL: Reshaping the Baton: The enduring relevance of intellectual history

Video 217.52MB
Audio 66.28MB

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Professor Takashi Shogimen of the Department of History & Art History delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Reshaping the Baton: The enduring relevance of intellectual history”. 21 April 2015

CTPI: Faith and Reconciliation: Insights from the South African Experience

Video 140.82MB
Audio 65.17MB

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Piet Meiring, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Missiology at the University of Pretoria, and a former member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission chaired by Desmond Tutu, speaks about the role of faith and theology in the post-apartheid reconciliation process, and offers insights from the South African experience. 16 April 2015

NCPACS: What constitutes a hero? A discussion with author Linda Hansen

Audio 43.45MB

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Linda Hansen is a New Zealand author and professional storyteller whose most recent book, “An Unexpected Hero” tells of a young boy’s encounter with the story of Archibald Baxter and the other conscientious objectors in World War I. Linda has worked extensively in the communications industry, as a lecturer and trainer and in this seminar, aims to challenge participants to reflect on what constitutes a hero. 15 April 2015

Faculty of Law: Advocacy to Expand Autonomy at the End of Life in the US: Evolving Law, Medicine and Policy

Video 96.56MB
Audio 51.40MB

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Professor Kathryn Tucker, Executive Director of The Disability Rights Legal Center, Los Angeles, discusses the rights of terminally ill patients to make choices to ensure a dying process that is consistent with their values and beliefs; these rights have been rapidly evolving in the US. Professor Tucker, a veteran of nearly every effort to protect and expand end of life choice in the US for more that two decades, will share insight on advocacy strategies, progress, challenges and predictions. She also discusses advocacy in the courthouse, the statehouse and in various policy forums. 17 March 2015

Faculty of Law: Global Animal Law and New Project

Video 113.27MB
Audio 53.12MB

Monday, 16 March 2015

In this talk, Sabine Brels explores these questions in providing a global overview of animal law at three levels: National, European and International. What is animal law, where does it come from, and how is it evolving? Why can we say that it is progressing worldwide? What are its main strengths and weaknesses in order to protect the welfare of animals against cruelty and suffering, either legally or illegally perpetrated? She also looks at current efforts to set up a universal protection of animal welfare. Lastly, she presents the new Global Animal Law (GAL) Project, aiming to improve the law for animals all around the world. 16 March 2015

Matariki Humanities Colloquium 2014: Communicating the Humanities: a perspective from the University of Otago

Video 204.27MB
Audio 74.49MB

Monday, 8 December 2014

This lecture, given by Professor Tony Ballantyne, Head of the Department of History and Art History, University of Otago, explores some of the challenges and opportunities that are facing scholars in the Humanities in New Zealand. It is particularly concerned with questions of communication, from the classroom to policy debates, from the changing infrastructure for publication and review to questions of language itself. In exploring these issues, it argues for the continued importance of some key aspects of the traditional idea of the University (especially 'the lecture'), makes the case for a much more co-ordinated drive to make Humanities research accessible and also identifies some significant ways forward for the Humanities in New Zealand in a 'digital age'. 8 December 2014

NCPACS: Prospects for Peace in the Middle East

Video 175.23MB
Audio 68.41MB

Monday, 10 November 2014

In 2008, despite active opposition from Jewish groups, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Richard Falk to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. Professor Falk, Emeritus Professor of International Law at Princeton University, is described as ‘a critical analyst of the role of international law in global politics’. In this talk he discusses prospects for peace in the Middle East. 10 November 2014

NCPACS: A Rights Based Approach to Food Security: An Urgent Challenge

Video 146.62MB
Audio 38.67MB

Monday, 10 November 2014

Professor Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food, evaluates the human rights based approach in relation to the right to adequate and healthy food given the reality and impact of the political, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century. Professor Elver discusses the strong resistance by global market forces to rights based approach to food security as it supposedly interferes with free market principles; and moreover, the right to food as embedded in the Covenant of the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights is not taken nearly as seriously by many developed countries as is the companion treaty, Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. 10 November 2014

Faculty of Law: From Hypatia to Victor Hugo to Larry and Sergey: “All the world’s knowledge” and Universal Authors’ Rights

Video 118.32MB
Audio 57.19MB

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Professor Jane C. Ginsburg of the Columbia University School of Law discusses two utopian goals: universal access to knowledge, and universal authors’ rights. She also addresses the clash of utopias epitomised by the Google book-scanning programme and the legal responses it has inspired, including the recent decision by the SDNY upholding Google’s fair use defence. 23 October 2014

NCPACS: Public Conversation: The role of nonviolence in the Save Aramoana campaign

Video 438.04MB
Audio 86.44MB

Monday, 20 October 2014

In this conversation, panellists Claire Carey, Gregor Morgan and Allan Cumming join Professor Kevin Clements to discuss the role of nonviolence in the Save Aramoana Campaign and the lessons for other communities around the world. 20 October 2014

CTPI: 2014 Quaker Lecture: Standing in this Place

Audio 73.36MB

Friday, 17 October 2014

In Aotearoa New Zealand many Quakers have been involved in supporting, in diverse ways, the achievement of Maori self-determination, or tino rangatiratanga, as guaranteed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi. In this lecture David James, Jillian Wychel, Murray Short and Linda Wilson, reflect on their own experiences working as allies with Maori. The term working as allies has been used by author Jen Margaret to describe ways that non-indigenous persons work for and support justice for indigenous peoples. Together these four Quakers explore opportunities for Pakeha to work for justice for indigenous people through political and social change in very different ways on a day-to-day basis. 17 October 2014

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