Recorded Society discussions

Listen to a selection of the most recent talks hosted by the University of Auckland Society, including the highly regarded “Salon” panel discussion series.

Society Salon: Is New Zealand still a great place to bring up children?

On 6 August 2018, the University of Auckland Society hosted its first salon for the year, addressing the question: “Is NZ still a great place to bring up children?”

Our panel, comprised Associate Professor Susan Morton, Dr Teuila Percival and Viviana Becker, shared their insights. Alumna, Dr Renee Liang, chaired the discussion which you can listen to below.  

Society Salon: Making Sense of the Election

On 17 October 2017 the University of Auckland Society hosted its second salon for the year entitled, "What Now? Making Sense of the Election".  Sharing their insights on the panel were Associate Professor Jennifer Curtin, Associate Professor Jennifer
Lees-Marshment, and PhD student, Mark Boyd. Political commentator and alumnus, Vernon Tava, directed the discussions.  Tune in to the conversation below.

Society Salon: Happiness

On 4 July 2017, the University of Auckland Society hosted its first salon for the year around the theme of 'Happiness' - What is it, and how can we have more of it? Alumna, Dr Renee Liang chaired our impressive panel: Dr Antonio Fernando, Dr Niki Harre and Dr Ross McDonald.  You can listen to the discussion below.

Society Salon: World of Tomorrow

Recorded in July 2016, the University of Auckland Society held a Salon that asked the question: “What are we doing today to help the world of tomorrow?”, highlighting the work of three of our academics and researchers from across the University working in the areas of vision science, education and neuroscience.

Society Salon: The Olympics and our Olympians

At the second salon in 2016, we heard from University of Auckland alumni, staff and students who have been involved in the Olympics, from the Montreal games in 1976 to the more recent games in Rio. A fascinating insight into the world of high performance sport, featuring Olympic bronze medallist, Eliza McCartney.  

Society Salon: Beauty

Listen to the University of Auckland Society’s Salon discussion on “Beauty”, recorded at the historic Old Government House, featuring historian Associate Professor Caroline Daley, writer Dr Paula Morris, and scientist Travis Badenhorst.

Society Salon: Exercise is the New Medicine

In October 2015, Society members gathered to hear a panel discussion titled “Exercise is the New Medicine”, featuring obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Sylvia Rosevear, exercise scientist Paul Nolan, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Alistair Woodward,  and Sport and Exercise Physician Dr Dan Exeter. Tune in to the conversation below.