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Past

2018

  • Robert Burns Annual Lecture: Professor Liam McIlvanney (Stuart Chair, Scottish Studies, Otago), '"Whaur Extremes Meet": A Tale of Two Burnses in Early Otago.' Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 5.30-6.30pm, Castle C seminar room.

2016

  • St Andrew's Day Public Lecture: Dr Dougal McNeill (Victoria University of Wellington), 'For Honest Poverty: Robert Burns and the poetry of the early New Zealand Labour movement.' Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 1-2pm, Burns 5 Lecture Theatre.
  • Public lecture by Dr Doug Gay (University of Glasgow): 'Scotland, Independence and the Ethics of Nationalism: Post-Referendum Reflections', 5 September.
  • Dr Matthew McGuire (University of Western Sydney), public lecture: 'The national longing for form: from Scotland to Ireland, Ian Rankin to Seamus Heaney,' 10 May.
  • 'Murder in the Library.' A panel of crime writers – Vanda Symon, Paddy Richardson, Matt McGuire and Jane Woodham – discussed all things noir, at The Dunedin Public Library, 11 May. See the poster for more details.

2015

  • Dr Nikki Hessell (Victoria University of Wellington) and Tai Ahu (Waikato and Te Paatu), 'Rēweti Kōhere and Ropata Purana: Reading Robert Burns in Te Reo Māori'. See the poster for more details.
  • Professor Will Storrar (Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton), ‘The Art of Citizenship: The Role of Artists in the Scottish Independence Referendum’

2014

  • Kirsty Gunn in conversation with Vincent O’Sullivan, Monday 13 October, 5.30pm, Dunningham Suite, Level 4, Dunedin Public Library, 230 Moray Place.
  • ‘Is Dunedin Still a Scottish City?’, Panel discussion featuring Prof Liam McIlvanney, Mayor Dave Cull and curator Seán Brosnahan, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Wednesday 3 September, 7pm (Part of Dunedin Scottish Festival 2014).
  • Scottish Symposium on Robert Burns, featuring Prof Michael Schmidt (University of Glasgow), Dr Peter Matheson, Prof Lawrence Jones and Prof Liam McIlvanney, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Wednesday 3 September, 10am-12.30pm (Part of Dunedin Scottish Festival 2014).
  • 'Janice Galloway in conversation with Liam McIlvanney', Saturday 10 May, 9.30-10.45am, Dunedin Public Art Gallery. This event was part of the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival. For information on the 2014 festival visit the DWRF website.
  • Professor Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow), '"Sung Versions of Pastoral": Robert Burns's Songs of Love and Courtship', Thursday 8 May, 5.30pm, Marama Hall. Click here to see the poster for this event and click here to read the Otago Daily Times' report on the event.
  • Professor Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow), 'Poetry, Politics and Patronage: Editing Robert Burns's Scottish Tour for the new Oxford Edition', Tuesday 6 May, 5.30pm, Burns 2. Click here to see the poster for the event.
  • An Evening with Adrian McKinty, Wednesday 30 April, 5.30pm, Moot Court, Richardson Building. Click here to see the poster of the event.
  • Professor Joseph Farrell (University of Strathclyde), 'Robert Louis Stevenson and the South Seas', Wednesday 16 April, 5.15pm, Burns 5. Click here to see the poster for the event.
  • Michael Russell MSP, 'Scotland's Choice: The Referendum on Independence', Tuesday 25th March 2014, 5.30pm in Burns 2 Lecture Theatre. Click here to see the poster for the event and click here to read Scotland Now's report on the talk and here to read an ODT report on Michael Russell's visit.
  • 'Introduction to Gaelic Language', 3-8 February 2014. An immersive course in Scottish Gaelic for beginners, was offered through the University's Continuing Education unit. Click here for more details.
  • Robbie Rocks Dunedin: Robert Burns Song Competition 2014 (in partnership with Toitu Otago Settlers Museum). Click here for more information about the competition.

2013

  • Professor Will Storrar (Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton), 'The Scottish Referendum: A Question of Conscience', Thursday 28 November 2013, 5.15pm, Burns 2. Click here for the poster of the event. Click here for the podcast.
  • Panel Discussion on Scottish Independence, Tuesday 26 November 2013, 5.15pm, Burns 2. Click here for the poster of the event.
  • Reading by Doug Johnstone, Wednesday 28th August 2013, 5.30pm, Burns 2 lecture theatre (see the poster and a photo of the event). Click here for the podcast.
  • Erin Grant (University of Otago), 'The Great Cover Up: Ladies' Pipe Bands in the British World', Wednesday 29 May, 5.15pm, Burns 7.
  • Professor Rod Edmond (University of Kent in Canterbury), ‘Places that history can’t reach: using literature to reconstruct obscure lives in nineteenth-century rural Scotland’, Tuesday 14 May, 5.15pm, Quad 6.
  • Professor Liam McIlvanney (University of Otago), 'Benjamin Britten and Scots Song', 19 April 2013, 5.30pm, Marama Hall.
  • Kim Ross (University of Glasgow), 'Landscapes of Care: Uncovering the Locational Histories of Scotland's Lunatic Asylums', Thursday 18 April, 5.15pm, Burns 5.
  • Dr Esther Breitenbach (University of Edinburgh), 'Perceptions of Empire in Inter-war Scotland: Alliances, Trade and Friendship between the British Commonwealth of Nations', Thursday 21 February 2013, 5.15pm, Burns 5 lecture theatre.

2012

  • A Celebration of John Buchanan: New Zealand Artist, Botanist & Explorer, 29-30 November 2012, Salmond College, Knox St, Dunedin. Click here for symposium brochure
  • Reading with Ian Rankin, Wednesday 14 November, 5.30pm, College of Education Auditorium. (see Flickr photo gallery); (see image) Click here for the podcast
  • Debate chaired by Dougal Stevenson: 'An Irish Identity is Better than a Scottish Identity' (Team Ireland v Team Scotland), Thursday 8 November, 5.30pm, College Tower Lecture Room G07, College of Education, 155 Union Street East.
  • Professor Graham Walker (Queen's University Belfast), 'Ireland and Scotland: From Partition to Peace Process', Wednesday 7 November, 6pm, College Tower Lecture Room G07, College of Education, 155 Union Street East.
  • Professor Gerard Carrurthers (University of Glasgow), 'The Unspeakable Scot: The Image of the Scot in the Media', Thursday 23 August, 12.30pm, Dunedin Public Library.
  • Professor Gerard Carruthers (University of Glasgow), 'Robert Burns in the 21st Century', Tuesday 21 August, 5.15pm, Burns 2 lecture theatre.
  • Pat Kelly, 'Scotland's Radical Exports: How Scots Abroad Shaped Politics and Trade Unions', Wednesday 29 February, 5.15pm, Burns 5.

2011

  • Alistair MacLeod, 'Holding Fast: From Scotland to the New World, 1791-2011', Wednesday 30 November, 5.15pm, Archway 1 lecture theatre. (see image)
  • Reading by Alistair MacLeod, Tuesday 29 November, 2pm, Otago Museum.
  • Professor T. M. Devine (University of Edinburgh), 'The Puzzle of Scottish Sectarianism', Tuesday 22 November, St Paul's Cathedral.
  • Unveiling by Professor T. M. Devine (University of Edinburgh) of the Dunedin-Edinburgh stone, esplanade reserve beside Waters of Leith, Ravensbourne Road, 2.30pm (see image).
  • Professor T. M. Devine (University of Edinburgh), 'The Lowland Clearances and the Scottish Exodus to New Zealand', Monday 21 November, 5.30pm, Dunedin City Library followed by book launch.
  • Professor T. M. Devine (University of Edinburgh), 'The "Death" and Reinvention of Scotland', Saturday 19 November, 4pm, Otago Settlers Museum (see Otago Daily Times feature).
  • Unveiling by Professor Devine (University of Edinburgh) of plaque on Robert Burns statue, Saturday 19 November, 2.30pm, the Octagon (see image).
  • ‘In Search of Scotland’ Exhibition, Special Collections, de Beer Gallery, 1st floor, Central Library, University of Otago, 30 September to 16 December 2011, 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Professor Tom Mullen (University of Glasgow), ‘Devolution: The Story So Far and Scotland’s Constitutional Future’, Wednesday 19 October 2011, 1pm, Seminar Room 5, Law Faculty, 10th Floor, Richardson Building.
  • Dr Colleen Batey (University of Glasgow), ‘The Islands of Scotland: Life on the Edge’, Thursday 29 September 2011, 5.15pm, Burns 5.
  • Dr John McAuliffe (University of Manchester), ‘Northern Irish Addresses? Form and Language in Kathleen Jamie, Don Paterson and Other Contemporary Scottish Poets’, Thursday 15 September 2011, 5.15pm, Burns 5.
  • Dr Duncan Sim (University of the West of Scotland), 'Devolution and the Diaspora', Thursday 21 July 2011, 5.15pm, Archway 1.
  • Professor John Kerrigan (University of Cambridge), '"By Crish Law" and "By Jeshu": Binding Language in Henry V', Tuesday 15 March 2011, 5.15pm, Archway 1 lecture theatre. (see image)
  • Professor John Kerrigan (University of Cambridge), 'Louis MacNeice among the Islands', Monday 14 March 2011, 5.15pm, Burns 2 lecture theatre.
  • Professor Alan Riach (University of Glasgow), Poetry reading, Wednesday 2 March 2011, 12.30-1.30pm, at the City Library, Dunedin (Poster); (Photo); (Video).
  • Professor Edward J. Cowan and Professor Alan Riach (both from the University of Glasgow), 'The Polar Twins: Scottish History versus Scottish Literature in the Study of the Diaspora', Tuesday 1 March 2011, 6.30pm, Otago Settlers Museum (Poster) (Photo).
  • Professor Edward J. Cowan (University of Glasgow), 'The Scottish Wars of Independence', Tuesday 1 March 2011, 5.15pm, Otago Settlers Museum (Poster).
  • Professor Alan Riach (University of Glasgow), 'Modern Scottish Poetry and Paintings: Arts of Resistance', Monday 28 February 2011, 5.15pm, Burns 2 lecture theatre (Poster).
  • Global Scots symposium, 23-24 February 2011. Featuring keynotes by Professor Edward J. Cowan (University of Glasgow) and Professor Alan Riach (University of Glasgow) (Poster) (Programme).
  • Professor Dauvit Broun (University of Glasgow), 'A New Approach to the Origins of Medieval Scotland', Monday 7 February 2011, 5.15pm, Burns 2 lecture theatre (Poster) (Otago Daily Times coverage).

2010

  • 'Dead Man's Ember': James K. Baxter and Robert Burns: A one-day symposium exploring James K. Baxter's imaginative engagement with the poetry and personality of Robert Burns, 30 November 2010 (Poster, Symposium Programme & Otago Daily Times coverage.
  • Dr Thomas McLean (University of Otago), 'Joanna Baillie: A Scottish Playwright in 19th-century London', 26 November 2010, Dunedin Public Library.
  • Professor Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen), 'Voices from the Scottish Diaspora', 25 November 2010, Burns 2 lecture theatre.
  • Genealogy Workshop: 'Routes to the Roots' of your Scottish ancestry, 24 November 2010, Dunedin Public Library, Professor Marjory Harper (University of Aberdeen) will guide you through sources available in Scotland and how to access them. (Download Sources Handlist)
  • Professor Liam McIlvanney (Stuart Professor of Scottish Studies, University of Otago): 'Imagining Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora', Wednesday 13 October 2010, 5.30pm, College of Education Auditorium, Union Street East (Poster).
  • Iggy McGovern (Trinity College, Dublin): 'Poety and Science: Not So Different?', Archway 2, 14 September 2010, 5:15pm. A joint presentation by the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies and the Centre for Science Communication (Poster).
  • Reading from award-winning Scottish crime writer Val McDermid of her novel Trick of the Dark at the Otago Settlers Museum, Saturday 21 August 2010. See ODT coverage of the event.
  • Scottish Gaelic Workshops, Friday 11 June 2010.
  • The Gaelic Culture in Nova Scotia - concert and talk, Friday 11 June 2010 (media release) (photos).
  • Formal Opening of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, 8 June 2010 (photo).
  • Visit of Ali Bowden, Director of Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature, 6 May 2010 (photo).
  • Eddi Reader in Conversation: 17 March 2010, 5.30pm, Otago Settlers Museum (photo).
  • Professor Ian McKay (Queen's University, Canada): 'Transnational Tartanism', 8 March 2010, 5.15pm, Archway 2.
  • Professor Eric Richards (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia): 'Immigration to Australia Since 1901', 26 January 2010, 2pm, Burns 5 (photo).
  • Professor Eric Richards (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia): 'Debating the Highland Clearances', 25 January 2010, 5.30pm, Otago Settlers Museum (ODT Story).

2009

  • Professor Allan I. Macinnes (University of Strathclyde, Scotland): 'Scotland and Empire, 1707-53: Securing the Union?', 16 November 2009, 4pm, Burns 5.
  • Alex Fergusson, MSP (Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament): 'Ten Years of the Scottish Parliament: The Evolution of Devolution', 22 October 2009, 5pm, Burns 2 (photo).
  • Professor Graham Tulloch (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia): 'What is Scottish Literature Doing in Australia?', 8 October 2009, 5.15pm, Archway 2.
  • Professor Graham Tulloch (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia): 'Literary Resurrectionism: Bringing Walter Scott's Texts Back From the Grave', 7 October 2009, 5.15pm, Burns 6.

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