Talk 3, Forethought
Friday, 30 September 2016
Steve Barr on subversive messages in Hollywood movies
Dolores Janiewski on the rise and popularity of Trump
Talk 3, Forethought Auckland
Thursday, 25 August 2016
Dr Pani Farvid on the Gender Binary
Michael Parmenter on Choreography and Dance
Friday, 29 July 2016
Benjamin Johnson & Alexander Reid on The Free Store
Dr James Meffan on Offensive Fiction
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Toni Duder on Growing up gay in rural NZ
Hayden Glass on Migration patterns
Friday, 10 June 2016
Max Rashbrooke on Inequality in communities
April Henderson on Pasifika experience of HipHop culture
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Riley Elliot on Stories the media sell
Shruthi Vijayakumar on Stories we need to tell
Stories the media sell
We managed to catch Riley on dry land just long enough to hear him share his sea-faring passion. Riley educated us on the true relevance of sharks in our ecosystem – the garbagemen of the deep – in contrast to the fearmongering myths purported by the modern media. He challenged us to reassess our own preconceptions and to help debunk the shark fears of others.
Stories we need to tell
Fresh from a stint in India, Shruthi opened up a dialogue about the shortcomings of our current education curriculum, and invited us to consider the value a better world education. She demonstrated how effective real life story telling can be in the modern classroom, empowering the next generation as empathetic, involved individuals. Shruthi stirred us to imagine a curriculum that inspires and enhances our future change makers.
Sunday, 18 October 2015
Richard Corney on Emerging business models
Sue Bradford on Political transformations
Transformation in trade
We were lucky enough to have Flight Coffee co-founder Richard come along and discuss Flight’s ethical business model that sees it engage in tranformative projects such as Helena – partnerships with Colombian specialty coffee farms, and Raw Material – exportation of green coffee. Richard schooled us on the fascinating coffee-making process, and the considerable human effort behind our lattes.
Transformation in politics
Former Green MP Sue Bradford joined us from Auckland where she is currently a coordinator for Auckland Action Against Poverty. Sue drew on her wealth of experience in parliament and as a political activist to engage us in a discussion about transformation in politics. Fresh from completing her 2014 PhD thesis A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa – an impossible dream or call to action? Sue filled us in on the project’s progress.
Sunday, 2 August 2015
Dr Mike Joy on Environmental Activism
Sasha Huber on Addressing Historical Injustices
Ecological activist and academic, Mike is a well-known advocate for environmental protection in New Zealand. On Sunday he imparted his knowledge of ecological degradation in New Zealand and encouraged us to consider our role in New Zealand’s future. Mike teaches environmental sustainability at Massey University in Palmerston North, specialising in community and freshwater ecology, global and New Zealand environmental issues.
Addressing Historical Injustices
2015 International Artist in Residence at Massey university, Sasha is a multimedia artist of Swiss-Haitian descent. She spoke about her body of work that contributes to the ‘Demounting Louis Aggasiz’ campaign, challenging remembrance of Swiss naturalist and proponent of scientific racism Louis Agassiz (1807-1873). By engaging with geography bearing the Agassiz name – like the South Island’s Agassiz Glacier and Agassiz Range – Sasha’s work addresses the legacy of whitewashed history.
Sunday, 14 June 2015
Claire Achmad on Other People
Benno Blaschke on Other Worlds
A human rights lawyer with a strong commitment to the importance of pro-bono work, Claire Achmad opened our eyes to the rights of Other people, specifically children and other vulnerable individuals. Currently completing her PhD on the Rights of the Child in International Commercial Surrogacy, Claire has most recently worked for UNICEF in the Netherlands, and at the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. She shed light on the rights of people so often swept under the rug.
Lost trying to describe the experiences you know happened, but can’t quite put your finger on? We had VUW PhD candidate Benno take us inside the little known world of Contemplative Studies. Contemplative Studies delves into consciousness, awareness, and understandings of self. Benno will gave us a glimpse of his research which draws on his neuroscience and religious studies background. His research subjects describe “being home” after discovering, engaging with, and dissolving the ‘other.’
Sunday, 3 May 2015
Ian ‘Blink’ Jorgensen on Experiences
Uli Zuelicke on Emergence theory
A colossal figure on the Wellington music scene over the last few years, Blink is the mastermind behind A Low Hum magazine, Camp A Low Hum festival and Puppies bar and music venue. Fresh from a series of events and gigs celebrating the release of his A Movement photographic collection, Ian joined us to speak about his experiences creating and collaborating.
Head of school for Chemical & Physical Sciences at VUW, Uli is also Principal Investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute, which engages in some awesome research on advanced materials and nanotechnology. He discussed one of his favourite theories: Emergence. We joined him as he explored unique patterns and new properties that are created by complex interactions between all things. An exciting and accessible theory, Emergence has endless possibilities in and outside science!