Date:26 June 2019, 6:30pm - 27 November 2019, 7:30pm
Venue:Massey University Albany, Round Room, Atrium
Speakers:Various. See summaries below.
Link to Event:http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/events/event-detail.cfm?event_id=7C487AFB-EDD7-4AED-AAC9-82243DFDBD13
Wednesday 26 June | Dr Bill Angus, Shakespeare and human obsolescence in the 21st century
Join us each month in Auckland to discover the latest insights from our leading thinkers in humanities and social sciences. Hear first-hand from Massey University scholars and explore with them unique and captivating perspectives to better understand modern-day challenges.
Wednesday 6 March | David Belgrave
Is it only our way or the Huawei? Past, present and future options for New Zealand and China
Reflecting on the history of New Zealand policy towards China is especially pertinent now as we navigate the current tensions between globalisation and nationalism in global politics. Trade, security, and diplomacy are among touchpoints for defining New Zealand's interests as the power balance shifts rapidly in the Asia-Pacific.
Politics and citizenship lecturer David Belgrave asks ‘Where to from here?’ as he explores policy options for New Zealand in what Sinophiles have dubbed ‘the Chinese century.’
Wednesday 3 April 2019 | Associate Professor France Grenaudier-Klijn
Ghosts of the Holocaust: The haunting of contemporary French fiction
The Holocaust continues to haunt French culture and society, reflected in a number of recent novels featuring ‘protagonists’ of the Shoah (the Holocaust), be they victims, perpetrators or witnesses. Confronting the past, particularly an emotionally laden and traumatic atrocity like the Holocaust, is challenging. Focussing on four recent French novels, French literature and language expert France Grenaudier-Klijn examines aesthetic and ethical dilemmas their authors negotiated in confronting its history. She will also place these novels within a broader French political and socio-cultural landscape, attempting to define some factors contributing to the presence of these ghosts in contemporary French fiction.
Wednesday 1 May 2019 | Dr John Matthewson
Are you more than just a number? Evaluating population research: from science to policy
From medical trials to conservation efforts to psychological research, scientific findings are often based upon populations of individuals. In turn, these findings can be used to implement decisions with wide-ranging and significant effects, such as public health interventions, social policies, and your insurance premiums. Philosopher Dr John Matthewson outlines key properties of the various kinds of populations used across the natural and social sciences, and shows how these properties affect whether a particular grouping should be used to underwrite particular applications. Moving through philosophical analysis to scientific methodology, the talk ultimately considers practical outcomes for individuals and groups targeted in research.
Wednesday 26 June 2019 | Dr Bill Angus
Shakespeare and human obsolescence in the 21st century
Futurologists suggest that one great struggle of the 21st century will be against human insignificance. Could our growing reliance on artificial intelligence not so much threaten human life as simply make it obsolete? In this scenario, increasingly side-lined from the decision-making process by technology, the development of human character we see most clearly in Shakespeare‘s plays may be retarded. Bard scholar Bill Angus puts the case for Shakespeare’s work as it stands on the cusp of an era of expanding human possibilities. Since his was an age of discovery, new trade, and nascent meritocracy, involving shifts in ‘all the old verities’ of the pre-Reformation and pre-Renaissance era, Shakespeare’s themes are well-placed to focus a discussion on the relationship of humans to disturbing social change. Can the dramatic arts offer creative resistance? Seeking certainty in an uncertain world: Is education the saviour?