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Based on recent findings in her University of Canterbury led research, Professor Jen Hay says that people wanting to learn te reo Māori can ‘prime’ their brain ahead of formal language learning, which gives learners a strong advantage.

“Even having some audio playing in the background, such as tuning into Māori language radio, actually lays a very strong foundation for language learning.”

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The University of Canterbury is proud to introduce the Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours. In announcing its Digital Screen Campus in January 2022, UC reinforced the huge need to educate and develop the talent needed for our local and global screen industries to grow. The Bachelor of Digital Screen with Honours – also known […]

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Mike Grimshaw (Sociology) & Cindy Zeiher (HSRV)  were invited participants (by zoom)  in an international workshop “Rethinking Institutions: Heterodox & Critical Perspectives” hosted by ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, Slovenia on  26th August. ZRC SAZU is  the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts Mike presented  a paper  on “Radical Theology and the ‘Weakening’ […]

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Chelsea Ross is among the first students to graduate with a Bachelor of Communication from UC.

For Chelsea, the degree has enabled her to channel her interest in media and communications toward a career in the media industry. She has already landed her ‘dream role’ as a MediaWorks​​​​​​​ Promotions Co-ordinator.

“I have always had a huge interest in the media and this degree is a perfect step into that industry,” she says. “With the media-scape changing so quickly and playing such a massive and influential role in our lives, my study is super relevant and relatable.”

Congratulations to Chelsea and all our other students celebrating their graduation today. #UCGraduation #StudentSuccess

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UC Political Sciences Bronwyn Hayward’s Civic citizenship lab Hei Puāwaitanga: Sustainability, Citizenship and Civic Imagination and the student club UC Pols, jointly hosted a community engagement activity with The Christchurch Press – a live streamed panel with 9 candidates under 35 years. The event was well attended in the Nggio Marsh theatre on 23 August and has since been watched online by another 350 people

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EU Diplomat Launches Student Research Hub at the Media and Communication Department Kevin O’Connell, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the EU to New Zealand and Political Counsellor, met with the members of the Student Research Hub within the framework of the Political Communication and Public Diplomacy Forum (led by Professor Natalia Chaban at the […]

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Why study pre-modern European History in modern Australasia? Where do medieval and Renaissance European History stand in a world of toppled statues? Scholars will gather in Christchurch in 2024 to discuss this and many other questions at #ANZAMEMS.

Co-convenor Dr Madi Williams says, “while the Middle Ages are most certainly a European phenomenon, we lose a lot by limiting our perspective to one continent. There is so much we can learn from reorienting ourselves from different perspectives and attempting to expand our understanding.”

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Congratulations to the four winners of last night’s University of Canterbury Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, which challenges Masters and PhD students to pitch their leading-edge research in just three minutes or less. The event was held at Haere-roa (UCSA Building) on campus last night and you can watch the winning presentations here  

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Over the month of July, the team at the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) were thrilled to be back on the road, to deliver our Culture on the Road programme to both Aidanfield Christian School and Ararira Springs Primary School.

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Heroines in History: A Thousand Faces moves beyond stories of individual heroines, taking a thematic, synthesising and global in scope approach to challenge previous understandings of heroines in history.

Responding to Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces, Katie Pickles explores the idea of a transcultural heroine archetype that recurs through time. Each chapter addresses an archetypal theme important for heroines in history. The volume offers a new consideration of the often-awkward position of women in history and embeds heroines in the context of their times, as well as interpreting and analysing how their stories are told, re-told and represented at different moments. To do so it recovers and compares some women now forgotten, along with well-known recent heroines and brings together a diversity of women from around the world. Pickles looks at the interplay of gender, race, heredity status, class and politics in different ways and chronicles the emergence of heroines as historical subjects valued for their substance and achievements, rather than as objects valued for their image and celebrity.

In an accessible and original way, the book builds upon developments in women’s and gender history and is essential reading for anyone interested in this field.

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Meet UC Communications & Political Science (BA) student Luke Jones. He is standing as a council candidate for the Riccarton Ward and is driven to improve Ōtautahi Christchurch by working on community safety, climate action, sensible and strong public transport investment, greater council accountability and better spending, specifically in community initiatives.

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The government has released its plan to deal with the rising seas, increasing heat and extreme weather that are predicted to come with a changing climate.

The Climate Minister says the National Adaptation Plan will support community-led and Māori-led adaptation, provide better information for home-buyers, and embed adaptation into policies across Government.

The Science Media Centre (SMC) asked experts to comment including University of Canterbury’s Professor Bronwyn Hayward, Director of Hei Puāwaitanga Sustainable Development and Civic Imagination Research group.

 

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Views

University of Canterbury Chinese politics expert Professor Anne-Marie Brady spoke to RNZ’s Perlina Lau about the significance of the recent face-to-face meeting of the presidents of China and Russia

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History Professor Katie Pickles talk to RNZ about Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship with Aotearoa New Zealand, and how the reigns of both Queen Elizabeth and her great-grandmother Queen Victoria helped raise women’s status.

“They really are the standout monarchs of the past 200 years, of modern times. They’ve very much been queens in every sense.”

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As we prepare for a more turbulent future driven by climate change, our traditional response to disasters is no longer enough. We need to address the underlying causes that make some communities more vulnerable than others and learn lessons from past disasters. Read more from University of Canterbury Lecturer Dr Shinya Uekusa, Massey University Professor Bruce Glavovic and University of Auckland Professor Steve Matthewman in a new article on The Conversation

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Mike Grimshaw (sociology) has an article “Is the centre neoliberal?”  in the on-line magazine The Philosophical Salon– published by the LA Review of Books Channels project. https://thephilosophicalsalon.com/is-the-center-neoliberal/

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As conservationist @JaneGoodallInst turns plastic in Barbie’s ‘inspiring women’ series, @UCNZ Historian Professor Katie Pickles explains why the appropriation of heroic women of substance as dolls should not surprise us @UCNZArts @ConversationEDU

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The 51st Pacific Islands Forum is the first time Pacific leaders have gathered since the pandemic began and one of the most significant forums in many years. University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva talks to RNZ about Kiribati’s withdrawal from the Forum and some of the issues due to be discussed, including climate change and the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific Continent.

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Statistically, most Americans support evidence-based approaches to gun violence and reproductive health, and 66% of Americans did not want Roe vs Wade to be overturned. In their Stuff opinion piece, University of Canterbury’s Political Science Professor Alex Tan and Master of International Relations and Diplomacy graduate Katie Mills consider whether the US still has a democracy.

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On Saturday, the US joined New Zealand, Australia, Japan and United Kingdom in announcing the “Partners in the Blue Pacific” initiative. University of Canterbury political sociologist Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva comments on the latest political activities. He said a key question was whether the US was genuine in its desire to help the Pacific develop, or whether it was serving its strategic interests

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As pressure mounts to farm more sustainably and reduce emissions, town and country groups are becoming increasingly polarised on the future of dairy farming in New Zealand. University of Canterbury political scientist Professor Bronwyn Hayward says the environmental crisis needs to be viewed as a shared problem, and we need to find more opportunities to connect across communities on this issue.

“We also have to be very thoughtful and targeted about this, because it’s too easy to inflame our differences.”

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Following seven shootings in Auckland overnight, University of Canterbury Dr Jarrod Gilbert talked to RNZ about possible solutions, including identifying the groups involved, cracking down on firearms and giving young people alternatives to gangs

 

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US President Biden’s comments on Taiwan military defence don’t mark a major change in policy according to University of Canterbury political scientist Professor Alex Tan, as the Taiwan Relations Act already states the US can provide weapons directly to the country.

Professor Tan told RNZ that ensuring political and economic stability in the region is important to advanced industrial democracies, as high-tech product supply chains could be disrupted.

 

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Events

The Faculty of Arts hosted a Careers and Conversation night, 14 September, for the Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability (BSEnS) students, including guest speakers such as Head of Climate Resilience and Sustainability at Christchurch City Council Tony Moore, Head of Sustainability at Wespac Bank Belinda Van Eyndhoven, and Head of Institutional Relationships at Westpac, […]

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Join UC composers and song writers as they present new work in consideration for the UC Lilburn Composition Prize. Concert #1: Song Writers Mon 3rd October, 7pm, UC Arts at the Arts Centre, Recital Room, 3 Hereford St Book here: https://events.humanitix.com/new-music-central-lilburn-concert-1 Concert #2: Composers Mon 10th October, 7pm UC Arts at the Arts Centre, Recital Room, […]

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A showcase evening of talented contemporary singers and instrumentalists from the University of Canterbury School of Music.

Date/time: Sun 16th Oct 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Venue: Darkroom 336 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011

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Johnny Chang, fearless explorer of the contemporary violin and deep listening, presents an eclectic concert of new music for solo violin

The concert, a little over an hour long, will also feature the premiere of professor Mark Menzies’ violin duo, Riroriro, written for Johnny Chang.

Please note, this concert is in the Camerata Room.  Thursday 15 September 7pm

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The University of Canterbury is an Academic Partner for the 9th International Conference on Social Sciences 2022 (ICOSS 2022) and will take place from 15th – 16th September 2022. The International Conference on Social Sciences offers participants an enriching opportunity to deepen knowledge of Social Sciences along with the theoretical, policy, and personal dimensions worldwide, engaging with […]

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From triple-A blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed and God of War to indie darlings like Hades and The Forgotten City, video games are an important medium through which contemporary creators represent and reimagine the Greek and Roman worlds. This talk will examine several case studies from recent games and discuss questions important to historical games scholars: […]

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Green Doves and Dancing Stars: Olivier Messiaen’s “Harawi”, Sunday 9 October, 2pm  Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi is a sumptuous epic for soprano and piano. The first in Messiaen’s “Tristan Trilogy”, Harawi is an ecstatic dive into Andean folk music and a surrealist, colourful exploration of love and death. It is seldom performed live in its entirety, due to the […]

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Buy one ticket, get one free

For the next 48 hours only (12pm Wed 17 Aug – 12pm Fri 19 Aug) purchase one ticket to Mad Doggerel Cabaret and get the second ticket for free.

Use the code: A0TMDC

Tuesday 23 August, 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Great Hall.
Cost: $25 per person.

David Eggleton, Daren Kamali and Richard Wallis present a comic, musical and lyric portrait of Aotearoa New Zealand and its place in the South Pacific today. Their Mad Doggerel poetry cabaret is full of cascading words, wild musicality and lightning humour.

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Considering Honours, Masters or PhD study? Come and hear about postgraduate research and travel opportunities at the NCRE A light lunch is provided. Or join via Zoom: https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/98270304581  

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Join the UC Consortia Choir for a fun programme of pop songs including Holding out for a hero (Bonnie Tyler), Alone (Heart), Take on me (A-Ha!), I feel the earth move (Carol King) and more! The performance will be at the UC Arts Building at the Arts Centre, 3 Hereford St, Thursday 25 August at 7:30pm. Register for the […]

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You are cordially invited to join us for this fundraising film night to view ‘O Brother, where art thou?’, the comedy drama by the Coen brothers, loosely based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Each ticket includes a seat in the luxurious surroundings of the Lumière Cinemas, a glass of bubbly on arrival, and the satisfying glow […]

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