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Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies: Scotland’s Choice: The Referendum on Independence

Video 207.83MB
Audio 58.70MB

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning, the Scottish Government discusses the upcoming Scottish debate in September 2014, “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Michael has been Education Secretary in the Scottish Government since 2009, having previously served as Minister for Environment, and Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University and the author of seven books, including Edinburgh: A Celebration (1992), In Waiting: Travels in the Shadow of Edwin Muir (1998), and The Next Big Thing: A Fable of Modern Scotland (2007). He represents the Argyll and Bute constituency for the Scottish National Party in the Scottish Parliament. 25 March 2014

NCPACS: Challenging perceived wisdom in communes, schools and governments: Developing critical consciousness in Aotearoa-New Zealand

Video 330.85MB
Audio 87.47MB

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Marian Hobbs, former Labour MP, in conversation with Professor Kevin Clements about her life and times growing up through the 1960’s. She talks about education, teaching, life in communes and her experiences as an MP. 17 March 2014

Centre for Sustainability: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency

Video 83.05MB
Audio 39.44MB

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

John A. “Skip” Laitner is a resource economist based in Tucson, Arizona. In this talk, Skip looks at the constraint imposed on the global economy by the inefficient use of energy. He discusses ways to improve the current level of efficiency and how the next generation of efficiency improvements will move away from device efficiency to system, infrastructure and social optimization. 10 March 2014

OZONE presentation 2013: Unattended moments

Video 31.20MB
Audio 11.74MB

Monday, 24 March 2014

Simone Celine marshall discusses the medieval imagery used by Modernist writers to explain metaphysical experiences. The Ozone research talks were presented in September 2013

Philosophy: 2014 Dan & Gwen Taylor Lecture: Doing Good and Doing Evil

Video 359.28MB
Audio 92.08MB

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Professor Philip Pettit (Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University) speaks on the topic of ‘Doing Good and Doing Evil’. Are doing good and doing evil on a par? It may at first seem so: doing good to others means conferring a benefit, doing evil means imposing a harm. But first impressions are misleading this case, as in many others. For it turns out that while we expect goodwill in those who do us good, we do not often expect malice in those who do us evil. The difference proves to be significant since it helps to explain some of our most ingrained habits of moral thought. 11 March 2014

Languages & Cultures: Thirty Years of Spiritual Pollution

Video 173.01MB
Audio 63.35MB

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Professor Geremie Barmé, Director, Australian Centre on China in the World, Australian National University presents his lecture “Thirty Years of Spiritual Pollution” as part of an all day workshop held at the University of Otago on ‘Chinese soft power and culture: between complicity and independence’. The workshop was jointly sponsored by the NZCCRC (New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre), the CIW (Australian Centre on China in the World), the Chinese Programme of the Department of Languages and Cultures, Division of Humanities, University of Otago, and the Confucius Institute in Auckland, Otago Office. 20 November 2013

Music: Dr Ian Chapman talks about his research

Video 33.43MB

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

One of the primary areas of research for Dr Ian Chapman, Executant Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the University of Otago, is early 1970’s glam rock, featuring performers like David Bowie. Ian talks about his research in music iconography and how musical performance is conveyed visually. January 2014

Music: Dr Ian Chapman talks about his teaching

Video 32.44MB

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Dr Ian Chapman, Executant Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the University of Otago talks about teaching performers and practising as a performer. He has first-hand experience of how it is possible to use a performance persona to overcome nervousness and stage fright because of ongoing practise with his own performative alter-egos, including the 1970's inspired "Dr Glam".

English & Linguistics: Poetry with a Pulse II: David Howard and Lisa Samuels

Video 86.00MB
Audio 57.15MB

Friday, 10 January 2014

These readings feature poems by David Howard and Lisa Samuels. David Howard is a poet, the 2013 University of Otago Robert Burns Fellow, and a winner of the Gordon & Gotch Poetry Award, the NZ Poetry Society Competition, the NZSA Mid‐Career Writers Award, and the University of South Pacific Press Poetry Prize. Lisa Samuels is a poet, critic and is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland. She released her first poetry collection 'The Seven Voices' in 1998 and has authored a number of books in the USA, UK and New Zealand. Loveday Why, poet and postgraduate student at the University of Otago, accompanies David on some readings. 31 July 2013

2013 Three Minute Thesis Competition Second Place – Helen Alderson

Video 124.48MB

Friday, 10 January 2014

Second place in the 2013 Otago Three Minute Thesis competition went to Helen Alderson, a Master’s student from the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, whose presentation was called ‘Geochemically sourcing the architectural basalt of Nan Madol.’ 29 August 2013

2013 Three Minute Thesis Competition Winner – Daniel Wee

Video 30.21MB
Audio 6.00MB

Friday, 10 January 2014

Winner of the 2013 Otago Three Minute Thesis competition, Daniel Wee is a PhD candidate from the Department of Philosophy, whose talk entitled ‘Talking to oneself: Is it still a language if only one person understands it?’ earned him the Supreme Award. 29 August 2013

CTPI: Severing the Link Between Alcohol and Prison

Video 218.36MB
Audio 71.53MB

Friday, 10 January 2014

This open forum, jointly hosted by the Centre for Theology & Public Issues and the Howard League for Penal Reform, is chaired by Dunedin Barrister Anne Stevens. The panellists include Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Major Campbell Roberts, Director of Social Policy, Salvation Army and Professor Jennie Connor, Head of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago. The link between alcohol consumption and criminal offending in New Zealand is well established. Police estimate that about one third of all offending involves alcohol and that about half of all violent crimes are alcohol-related. The link between alcohol and crime is but one indicator of the serious problems caused by alcohol consumption in our society. The panel considers the nature and extent of the problem and the legal, behavioural and cultural changes that are needed to make a difference. 31 October 2013

IPL: Educating Undergraduates for Uncertain Futures

Video 154.93MB
Audio 63.38MB

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith, Dean of the Graduate Research School, delivers her Inaugural Professorial Lecture: “Educating Undergraduates for Uncertain Futures”. 3 December 2013

English & Linguistics: The Scottish Referendum: A Question of Conscience

Video 222.45MB
Audio 66.37MB

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Hosted by the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, Professor Will Storrar presents this lecture on the Scottish Referendum. Professor Storrar is Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton and formerly Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh. He holds visiting professorships at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Professor Storrar was active in the campaign for a Scottish Parliament in the 1980s and 90s, and has been involved in public debates in Scotland in the run-up to the 2014 independence referendum. 28 November 2013

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