Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series 2018: Beyond discrimination, towards inclusion Event as iCalendar

27 September 2018 - 16 October 2018

6 - 7pm

Venue: See individual event listings

Cost: Admission free, all welcome

Contact: Professor Virginia Braun (Psychology) or Kate Hannah (Te Pūnaha Matatini)

A series of four lectures

Lectures start at 6pm, and will be preceded by light refreshments at 5.30pm.

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Beyond discrimination, towards inclusion

One of New Zealand’s foundational national myths is that of egalitarianism, of equal opportunity, of everyone having a ‘fair go’. This was never true, but everyday realities in Auckland and across New Zealand increasingly point to a society fractured along identity lines.

Issues of inclusion and discrimination are now a feature of everyday conversations about life and wellbeing in New Zealand’s largest city. Housing, education, transport, health: outcomes and opportunities differ from suburb to suburb far more in a society that has long prided itself on values of acceptance and tolerance.

Nationally, growing concern around unconscious bias in justice, courts, and education, access to housing and healthcare, and the impacts and manifestations of ‘rape culture,’ regularly appear as topics of concern in public discourse

Internationally, the refugee crisis in Europe, the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States and Brexit in the United Kingdom all point to aspects of social breakdown, xenophobia, racism, and discrimination.

Committed to offering thought-leadership and contributions to local, national, and global conversations on society and the issues we face, the University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s 2018 Lectures will address these issues with a focus on the socially-pressing issue of inclusion and discrimination.

This four-lecture series will contribute to advancing the intellectual, cultural, environmental, economic, and social wellbeing of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, and addresses some of the barriers to inclusion, participation and success of diverse groups within, and beyond, education and employment.


Lecture 3: Implicit bias – perils and potential
Date: Wednesday 10 October
Speaker: Associate Professor Carla Houkamau (Ngāti Kahungunu), Department of Management and International Business, Associate Dean for Māori and Pacific Development for the Business School and Director of The Mira Szászy Research Centre for Māori and Pacific Economic Development

Lecture 4: Being an ally – male champions of change
Date: Tuesday 16 October
Speaker: Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University


Venue location and parking

Couldn't make a lecture? You can still listen to them, and see the associated slides.

Lecture 1

Diversity, leadership and power

Speaker: Dr Jackie Blue, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner

Lecture 2

New Zealand's Pacific Futures - coming soon

Speaker: Associate Professor Damon Salesa, University of Auckland Director of Pacific Strategy and Engagement and Head of the Centre for Pacific Studies