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Winter Symposium Series 2018

Following the success of our annual Winter Symposium Series, the University of Otago is this year extending the symposia throughout five centres nationally – Wellington, Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch and Auckland.

We are delighted to announce we are teaming up with Radio New Zealand as broadcast partner for both the symposia launch and finale, with highly-regarded journalist Guyon Espiner leading panel discussions which will be recorded by RNZ. Some of the big issues of the day, relevant to each centre, will be discussed by a group of some of our best and brightest leading thinkers in these chosen topics.

Be sure to join us in what will be exciting events on your Winter calendar.

If you are interested in attending, please see details below:

Wellington – Wednesday 13 June 2018

New Zealand and the World: Past, Present and Future

Start: 5:30pm

Venue: Parliament, Theatrette

This event has passed. Radio New Zealand has produced a recording of this event, which can be heard here. It will also air on Radio New Zealand at 4:06pm on Sunday 26 August 2018, and repeated at 9:06pm on Tuesday 28 August 2018.

Panellists

Robert Patman PortraitProfessor Robert Patman

Topic: 'NZ & the world'

Professor Robert Patman teaches international relations at the University of Otago and is a well-known analyst on international political affairs.

He will be launching his latest book New Zealand and the World: Past, present and future at this event. His research interests concern US foreign policy, international relations, global security, great powers.


Tony Ballantyne PortraitProfessor Tony Ballantyne

Topic: 'Changing place of NZ within the British Empire'

Professor Ballantyne is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Humanities at the University of Otago.

His research focuses on the cultural history of the British Empire during the 19th Century and the changing place of NZ within the British empire.


David B Macdonald PortraitProfessor David B. MacDonald

Topic: 'Comparative indigenous politics'

Professor MacDonald is professor in political science at the University of Guelph, Ontario and a former senior lecturer in the University of Otago’s political studies department (2002-2007).

His research interest is indigenous politics in Canada, NZ and the US. He has also worked extensively in the areas of international relations, American foreign policy, Holocaust, genocide studies and critical race theory.


Marcelle Dawson PortraitDr Marcelle Dawson

Topic: 'Social Change'

Dr Dawson is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Otago and a key organiser of the university’s annual Foreign Policy School.

Her research interests are social movements, protest and social change, social identity and alternative futures.


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Guyon Espiner PortraitGuyon Espiner

Radio New Zealand

Guyon Espiner has been a leading journalist in print, television and radio for more than 20 years. He hosts Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report and recently produced The 9th Floor, a pod-cast and video series of interviews with five former New Zealand Prime Ministers, which was also released as a book.

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Invercargill – Thursday 21 June 2018

Sustainability of tourism in New Zealand

Start: 5:30pm

Venue: Ascot Park Hotel

This event has passed. A recording of the Live Stream is viewable here.

Panellists

Brent Lovelock PortraitAssociate Professor Brent Lovelock

Associate Professor Brent Lovelock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Tourism, University of Otago.

His research focus is on sustainable tourism, ethical tourism and outdoor recreation. He has a deep interest in how tourism may benefit communities and the environment.


Susan Houge MackenzieDr Susan Houge Mackenzie

Dr Susan Houge Mackenzie is Lecturer in the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago. Her research broadly focuses on understanding how adventure tourism experiences can enhance wellbeing for tourists, guides, and communities from psychological perspectives.

Susan’s interest in adventure and psychological wellbeing stems from ten years of industry experience as a whitewater riversurfing guide in Queenstown, the US and Chile, and her background in competitive sport and sport psychology.


Juergen Gnoth PortraitProfessor Juergen Gnoth

Professor Juergen Gnoth is based in the University of Otago’s Department of Marketing where he teaches and researches tourists’ behaviour, service marketing, destination branding and the philosophy of social sciences.

He is particularly interested in how tourists create their holiday experience together with tourism service providers and how that adds to their well-being.


Elisabeth SlootenProfessor Liz Slooten

Professor Liz Slooten is from the University of Otago’s Department of Zoology. Her research interests are marine mammals, marine conservation, reproductive and population biology and population viability analysis.

She is currently working with students investigating impacts of fishing, tourism, mining and noise in the marine environment.


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Richard Blaikie PortraitProfessor Richard Blaikie

Professor Richard Blaikie is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) and Professor in Physics at the University of Otago. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Blaikie oversees all of the research and commercialisation activities of the University.

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Queenstown – Thursday 5 July 2018

The Future of Regional Healthcare

Start: 6:00pm

Venue: Copthorne Lakefront Hotel and Resort

This event has passed. A recording of the Live Stream is viewable here.

Panellists

Peter Crampton PortraitProfessor Peter Crampton

Professor Peter Crampton is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Health Sciences and Dean of the Otago Medical School.

He started his professional life as a GP at the Porirua Union and Community Health Service, and later specialised in public health medicine.


Garry Nixon PortraitDr Garry Nixon

Dr Garry Nixon has been a Rural Generalist at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde since 1991.

He is currently Associate Dean Rural in the Division of Health Sciences and in this role led the development of a strategic University of Otago Rural Health Plan and has worked with the University of Auckland on a proposal for a National School of Rural Health.


Fiona Doolan-Noble PortraitDr Fiona Doolan-Noble

Dr Doolan-Noble comes from a nursing background with more than 20 years’ experience in burns, cardiac and expedition nursing.

She is a Senior Research Fellow in Rural Health in the Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Director of the Rural Aotearoa Research Network and Deputy Director of the Centre for Ageing Research Excellence.


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Guyon Espiner PortraitGuyon Espiner

Radio New Zealand

Guyon Espiner has been a leading journalist in print, television and radio for more than 20 years. He hosts Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report and recently produced The 9th Floor, a pod-cast and video series of interviews with five former New Zealand Prime Ministers, which was also released as a book.

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Christchurch – Thursday 19 July 2018

Taking the pulse of mental health in New Zealand

Start: 6:00pm

Venue: Rydges Hotel

This event has passed. A recording of the Live Stream is viewable here.

Panellists

Sue Bagshaw PortraitDr Sue Bagshaw

Dr Sue Bagshaw works as a primary care doctor specialising in adolescent/youth health at a community youth health centre for 10-25 year olds, which she helped to set up. She is a senior lecturer in adolescent health in the department of Paediatrics at the Christchurch School of Medicine.


Professor Roger Mulder PortraitProfessor Roger Mulder

Professor Roger Mulder is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch and works clinically in the Consult Liaison Service at Christchurch Hospital. His academic interests include personality disorders, mood disorders, genetics, neurobiology, suicide, substance abuse, psychiatric aspects of medical illness and history and cultural aspects of mental illness.


Richard Porter PortraitDr Richard Porter

Professor Richard Porter is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch and a Consultant Psychiatrist in a service for adults with intellectual disability. He also sees many patients with treatment resistant mood disorder both for second opinions and in his research clinics.


Paul Glue PortraitProfessor Paul Glue

Professor Paul Glue is Department Chair and Hazel Buckland Professor in Psychological Medicine at the Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago and a consultant psychiatrist. Current active research interests include use of ketamine for treatment-resistant depression and anxiety disorders.


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Joe Bennett PortraitJoe Bennett

English by birth, Joe Bennett came to New Zealand to teach in 1987. Since 1998 he has made his living as a freelance writer. He lives in Lyttelton.

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Auckland – Thursday 2 August 2018

The changing face of advertising and effect it’s having on business, particularly media.

Start: 6:00pm

Venue: Rydges Hotel

This event has passed.

Radio New Zealand will be producing a recording of this event; if you would like to be notified of when this is available, please register your interest here.

Panellists

Dr Brett Nicholls

Brett Nicholls

Dr Brett Nicholls is a Senior Lecturer in Otago’s Department of Media, Film and Communication. Brett provides a strong critical analysis of the media landscape and news journalism, and the repercussions of the changing dynamic of the media industry.


Dr Anne BeggAnne Begg Portrait

Dr Anne Begg is a fixed term lecturer at Otago’s Department of Media, Film and Communication. Her research interests include Media culture, media governmentality, neoliberalism, biopolitics and affective biopower.


Dr John Williams

John Williams Portrait

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Marketing, John’s research and scholarly interests include research methods and philosophy of science; consumer behaviour; tourism; business ethics and 'social' marketing; and information technology and its impact on business and society.


John brings some excellent perspectives on the emerging technologies in media, data, and the flow-on effects for business. Fake news, online advertising, the death of journalism; John brings some interesting and challenging perspectives to the table.


Leonie Hayden

Leonie Hayden Portrait

Leonie Hayden (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara, Ngāti Rango) is the editor of Ātea, a Māori and indigenous platform hosted on thespinoff.co.nz, and former editor of Mana and Rip It Up magazines. She is the co-host of podcast On The Rag, a monthly middle-finger to misogyny in culture.


Sam Stutchbury

Sam Stuchbury Portrait

A former Otago graduate – Sam founded the creative agency Motion Sickness and is mastering the art of content creation in this new era of online broadcasting and marketing. Sam brings a fresh perspective and some youthful vigour to the panel.


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Guyon Espiner

Radio New ZealandGuyon Espiner Portrait

Guyon Espiner has been a leading journalist in print, television and radio for more than 20 years. He hosts Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report and recently produced The 9th Floor, a pod-cast and video series of interviews with five former New Zealand Prime Ministers, which was also released as a book.