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Upcoming Humanities events

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07 Aug August

Irish Film Night

Wednesday, 7 August 2019 at 5:30pm - Burns 7, Arts Building at 5:30pm.


Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Professor Chris Brickell

Monday, 16 September 2019 at 5:30pm - Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Dunedin Campus (Union Street pedestrian area, opposite the original stone archway)
Professor Chris Brickell delivers his Inaugural Professorial Lecture titled ‘Sherlock Holmes and the History of Sexuality’.

17 Sep September

How do we articulate the value of the Humanities?

Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 4:00pm -

Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Albany Street, Dunedin

How do we articulate the value of the Humanities? A presentation by Tim Cooper, Head of the School of Arts.


Café Babel: September

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 4:00pm - Humanities Common Room
It's the penultimate Café Babel!  Do come along for an informal chat.


Irish Film Night (4) – Breakfast on Pluto

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 5:30pm - Burns 7
As a baby, Patrick (Cillian Murphy) is left by his mother on the steps of the rectory in their small Irish town. He's discovered by Father Liam (Liam Neeson), coincidentally his real father, and placed in an abusive foster home. By the time he's a teen, Patrick identifies himself as transgendered, renames himself Kitten and sets out for London with a rock group in hopes of finding his mother. Along the way he works variously as a magician's assistant, a prostitute and a dancer.


The Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust Annual Peace Lecture 2019

Thursday, 19 September 2019 at 5:30pm - Dunedin
Mark Briggs: Absolutism and the Price of Dissent
David Grant
Thursday 19th September at 5.30pm
Archway 1 Lecture Theatre

On the morning of 14 July 1917, guards ordered conscientious objector Mark Briggs out of his bed in Wellington’s Mt Cook Jail, from where he was frogmarched to the wharf to be sent on board the troopship Waitemata, bound for England the following day. Despite repeated calls for him to fight for the Crown, Briggs refused. This lecture covers Mark Briggs’ experiences of resistance, as he held true to his beliefs. It will also discuss Briggs’ post-war work and politics, and attempts to assess his life in the wider cause of conscientious objection in New Zealand in both world wars.

20 Sep September

Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse

Friday, 20 September 2019 at 3:00pm - RMOOT - Moot Court, 10th floor, Richardson Building.
This two-hour continuing professional development seminar will explore the impacts on family members and the strategies that might be effective in managing distress.

25 Sep September

1869 Conference and Heritage Festival

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 5:00pm - 25 September - University of Otago
26 & 27 September - Otago Museum
28 September - University of Otago

Join us in Dunedin, New Zealand for conversations on topics of wide scholarly and public interest. What happened in 1869 in your field of research or scholarly interest?

26 Sep September

Teaching what you never learnt: Coding and Codable Toys

Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 12:00pm - ERG04 – Education Centre, Union Street East, University of Otago College of Education

Dr Steven S. Sexton's study seeks to address the research question, ‘How effective for teachers is a series of scaffolded professional development and classroom lessons (on coding with codable toys) in addressing the requirement to implement a new subject area that has not been a part of their teaching and learning programme?’


The “Pink Vote” in Aotearoa

Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 4:00pm - Richardson 6.N4
Some queer communities in Europe and the United States are supporting right, and far-right, political parties. Can we see the same trends in Aotearoa?

27 Sep September

Noticing Peter Olds: A symposium on the Dunedin poet

Friday, 27 September 2019 at 2:00pm - OBS119 – Otago Business School Lecture Room 1.19

A symposium on Dunedin writer and former Burns Fellow Peter Olds, whose work has been important to poets and other readers of New Zealand poetry since the 1970s.

09 Oct October

Café Babel: the last for 2019!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 4:00pm - Humanities Common Room (top of the western stairs in the Arts/Burns building)
It's the last Café Babel! Do come along for an informal chat.


Irish Film Night (5) - Brooklyn

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 5:30pm - Burns 7
Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

10 Oct October

What is Celtic Noir?

Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 5:00pm - Burns 7 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building 
Professor Liam McIlvanney explores the long and intertwined history of crime writing in Scotland and Ireland. 

14 Oct October

Digital Humanities Expo 2019

Monday, 14 October 2019 at 1:00pm - BURNS2 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Dunedin campus
Join us for this year's Digital Humanities Expo, where we mix in critique and current events in heavy measure as we think about DH practice in our curiously polarising contemporary moment...