Tag Archives: College of Arts

Food for Thought | Day One – Associate Professor Peter Field

‘Food for Thought’ is a five-day series of 15-minute talks in Ōtautahi Christchurch so people can feed their minds while filling their tummies. Did you catch the story about it on Stuff?

Aimed at bringing the best of UC to the city, every day at midday from 9 – 13 December UC academics will be down at Riverside Market to cover a wide variety of exciting topics, from space to nutrition and mental wellbeing. See the full timetable of upcoming events throughout the week on UC Facebook>

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Yesterday’s speaker was Associate Professor Peter Field, who gave an engaging talk about higher education in the age of the smartphone.

TuneSoc provided music entertainment afterwards to end what was an interesting, funny and engaging way to engage with our audience in the city.

Keep up to date with the next ones throughout the week on UC Facebook, or head down and have yourself an informative lunch!

Campus Experiences for Kids

During the October school holidays the Children’s University team ran 5 campus experience events at UC, Lincoln University and ARA. These experiences allow children and their parents the opportunity to participate in fun, educational activities on campus.

The two UC experiences were hosted by the College of Arts and the College of Science and activities included a drumming workshop, exploring the Teece Museum, learning about the brain and communication, checking out biological sciences displays and an activity with the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Thank you to the academics and students who ran the activities.

If you would like to be involved with the Children’s University programme in 2020 please contact Amy on amy.underdown@canterbury.ac.nz.



All music students take to stage for Sing! Sing! Sing!

For the second year running UC Music has partnered with The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora to present a series of concerts in the beautiful Great Hall.

Sing! Sing! Sing! will be performed on Sunday October 13 at 2pm. This concert marks the final in this series for 2019, and will feature just about all of our performance music students on stage at the same time!

The programme includes two main works: The Old Maid & the Thief by Menotti and Artificial Life by George Lewis.

The Old Maid & the Thief is a 1950’s radio play that is staged before your eyes, complete with divas, sound effects, and era appropriate commercials composed by School of Music composers. It tells the story of an old maid who takes a young, attractive man into her house, causing scandal in the neighbourhood. The resulting chaos is both entertaining and absurd!

Two of the UC vocal students playing key roles in The Old Maid & the Thief are Hayley Tait, in the role of Miss Todd, and Yumeka Hildreth playing Leticia, the maid. Both singers can’t wait for another opportunity to perform in their favourite venue, The Great Hall.

Hayley says the sound in the hall can’t be beaten. “You just look up and it goes all the way to the back of the room! My voice sounds triple the size; I can hear it roaring in there!” Yumeka agrees, “It’s super easy to sing in there. You don’t have to push, it’s just effortless.”

They both find The Old Maid & the Thief a satisfying challenge. For Hayley it was her first opportunity to perform a work that challenged her theatrically. “I’ve never been able to get into a role where I can act so that was really nerve wracking for me. Being able to build on that was so much fun!” Yumeka was also challenged by the acting elements, as well as memorising such a significant work. “It takes so much time to get it into your body, so it’s been a real challenge for my time management.”

The remainder of the programme will be a performance of Artificial Life by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and jazz trombonist, George Lewis. Performed from an interactive score, this work can be performed by any number of players on any type of instrument; no two performances are the same. UC performance music students have been working towards a public performance of this work for the second half of the year, and no doubt what they produce at this concert will be unique, special and exciting!

Musicians are personally and collectively responsible for the sonic environment they create in this work; balancing personal freedom with the challenge of listening and responding to their fellow musicians. Students describe the work as “full of rapid changes, with moments of fun, as well as sudden silence and dramatic dynamics.” The score requires students to make smart decisions and follow the direction the music is taking them. Come and see what they have in store for you at Sing! Sing! Sing!

Tickets are $20 for waged, $10 for unwaged and are on sale now. You can purchase in advance via the Arts Centre’s website or at the door on the day of the concert.

Congratulations Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland

Congratulations to Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland who has been awarded the prestigious Barwise Prize by the American Philosophical Association.

The Barwise Prize is awarded for significant and sustained contributions to areas relevant to philosophy and computing, and is recognition of lifelong efforts in this field.

Jack works on the philosophy and foundations of computing, on mathematical logic, and on the philosophy of mind and Artificial Intelligence. We asked him to share his response to receiving the award.

Q. What does it mean to you to win this award?
A: I’m delighted. It’s a big thing, a prize from the American Philosophical Association, who are the main professional body in the US. Normally they give the prizes to Americans, so it’s great to see New Zealand getting a look in.

Q. Why you are passionate/interested in this area?
A: The philosophy of computing has a significant and substantial contribution to make to our understanding of the leading technology of our time. My thanks to UC for providing such a research-friendly environment. We are very lucky.

Statement from PVC Arts and PVC Engineering

Many of you will have seen a story circulated through online media relating to a slide used in a lecture to new Engineering students that appears to depreciate studying Arts compared to Engineering. 

We have reviewed this part of the lecture, and it is clear that the slide was intended to be humorous, and the lecturer follows it by stating that he would personally have found an Arts degree too difficult.  Nonetheless, taken out of context, it fosters a misconception about the value of our disciplines and the relationship between them that in no way reflects the views of the College of Engineering, and which it apologises for and wishes to correct.

 The Colleges of Arts and Engineering are proud to be able to work closely in a number of cross-campus programmes such as Global Humanitarian Engineering and the new Product Design degree. These would not have been possible without a close interaction.

The Engineering College student advisors also actively encourage students to take Arts courses to broaden their perspectives. Everyone recognises that the humanities and social sciences are important in engineering as we move into 5G communication and towards artificial intelligence. 

These are only examples of the ways in which we work together collaboratively and effectively, and which we expect to develop further as we increasingly recognise the value of the interaction of Arts, Science and Engineering.

Jonathan Le Cocq, PVC Arts
Jan Evans-Freeman, PVC Engineering