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Invitation for staff to an open conversation with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr.

This an open invitation for staff to come along to a conversation with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr that is taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 23 July, between 12.30pm and 2.30pm in John Britten 102.

Dr Reese is currently visiting UC from the US and will be talking about topics connected with equity and diversity. More information about the convesation can be found on the Events page.

Note that there’s no strict need to be there from the start time until the very end; any staff who are interested are encouraged to drop in and leave as their schedule permits.

About Dr. Benjamin Reese Jr

Clinical psychologist and Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Head of Duke Hospital System. Immediate past president of the US National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Represented both International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health at the United Nations. In 2016, the North Carolina Business Journal awarded him their Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award in recognition of almost 50 years of leadership of issues of race relations and diversity. Specialize in implicit bias, race relations, diversity/inclusion training, and conflict resolution. More than 45 years’ experience in race relations and diversity and is a highly sought after national and international speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to higher education, not-for-profit organizations, and the corporate environment.

Description for the public lecture on Thursday 25 July

In spite of our best efforts to treat others in an equitable and fair manner, as humans, we are prone to unconscious racial bias. Life experiences, the media, the influence of peers, etc. can contribute to the development of unconscious and unintended bias.  We are often surprised when we exhibit behaviours reflective of negative biases … behaviours that can differ from our conscious, or explicit attitudes.  Focused and deliberate strategies hold promise for managing the expression of negative implicit racial biases.

What are some critical lessons for us in the aftermath of Christchurch 15/3?


University Community Engagement: Lessons from the US

How can universities use their resources, knowledge, and student skill and passion to address real-world issues and challenges in their communities?

World-wide, academic service-learning and other forms of university-community engagement help students learn academic content, develop civic and professional skills, and apply their knowledge to real-world problems. In this Prestige Lecture, Visiting Canterbury Fellow Dr Paul Matthews (University of Georgia, USA) shares the key components, best practices, and research around academic service-learning, with examples from a range of disciplines and partnerships.

This lecture will be of interest to anyone involved in delivering courses, programmes and activities that encourage and support students’ engagement within their communities.


When: Tuesday 6 August, 4pm – 6pm
Where: Community Engagement Hub, Rehua 108
Find out more at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/events/active/uc-events/university-community-engagement-lessons-from-the-us.html 

UC academic visits to schools

Every year many UC academics visit secondary schools around Aotearoa New Zealand to share their specialist knowledge and expertise with students.

These invitations often come directly through the academics’ own networks and connections, but some school visits are arranged through UC’s Liaison team to coincide with when academics are speaking at UC’s regional information evenings.

This year, Liaison is trialling a new way of promoting visiting speaker opportunities to schools through a new webpage and online booking form.  The page lists available speakers, photos, short bios and possible speaking topics.

Creating this page, means we can add additional speakers at different times throughout the year, so if you are interested in Liaison helping to arrange some school visits for you, please contact your College Outreach Co-ordinator or email liaison@canterbury.ac.nz. Visits are usually around one hour of class contact, but can vary.

To be listed on the page, Liaison will need the following from you:

  • A short bio
  • 3-4 possible speaking topics that are suitable for senior secondary students (Year 11-13)
  • Suggestions of which subject classes or NZ Curriculum topics your talk is relevant to
  • Where and when you are available for visits.

If you prefer, you can continue to arrange your own visits, but it will be helpful if you can email liaison@canterbury.ac.nz with brief details of the school/class you visited/are visiting, as this can be useful knowledge for Liaison Officers when they are meeting with school staff.

Feedback about the page is also welcome via liaison@canterbury.ac.nz

Gardner Memorial Lecture

This year’s Gardner Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Canterbury History Foundation, and features Dr Evgeny Pavlov speaking about Russia and Putin, and the centenary of the 1917 Revolution.  I

Exorcising Revolutionary Ghosts:
Putin, Patriotic Consensus, and the Centenary of 1917.

Sunday 23 July at 2pm
in the Jack Mann Auditorium,
College of Education, Solway Avenue, Ilam.

Free parking available.

The lecture will be followed by the presentation to Margaret Harper of the 2017 Rhodes Memorial History Medal.

Free afternoon tea provided (but donations are always welcome.)

Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contr170627-IanWright UC 16-0326-45ibution to academe made by Professor Catherine Moran and Professor Alessandro Palermo in the first of this year’s Professorial Lecture Series.

Date:               Thursday, 6 July 2017
Time:              4.30 – 6.00pm
Location:      Law 108 Lecture Theatre

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend these lectures, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with. 

‘Impacts of Brain Injury on Everyday Communication’
– presented by Professor Catherine Moran

170627-catherine-moran1x9Each day, at work and socially, we engage in a multitude of conversational exchanges with a variety of people.  Whether it is trying to convince someone to understand your point of view, preparing a report, explaining a process or just “having a chat”, we are, on a regular basis, engaging in communication activities that, for the most part, we do reasonably automatically.  For people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), however, even “having a chat” can be challenging.

What can seem like ‘subtle’ difficulties can have major impacts on work, study, and socialisation.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will affect almost 32,000 New Zealanders every year (Feigin, Theadom, Barker-Collo et al., 2013). Of those, 70% of the people affected will be children, adolescents or young adults.

For many of those people who sustain an injury, everyday communication will be affected in the areas where they are heavily engaged such as work and study. This talk discusses the research around the subtle, and not-so subtle, effects of TBI on daily communication activities, particularly on children and adolescents.

‘How Sustainable is New Zealand Seismic Design of Bridges and Structures?’ – presented by Professor Alessandro Palermo

170627-Allesandro Palermo UC 13-0355-04The aftermath of the Christchurch, and more recent Kaikōura earthquakes, has highlighted the impact in economic and social costs of seismically induced bridge damage. The New Zealand engineering community responded quite strongly by adopting high-tech resilient technologies, which minimise post-earthquake structural damage and therefore business disruption.

An extensive experimental campaign at University of Canterbury, strongly supported by the industry, led to the implementation of the first world bridge adopting the above mentioned novel technologies.  Similarly, many commercial multi-story buildings in New Zealand and overseas were designed in the same manner.

However, despite these advances, National Standards and guidance documents are becoming more conservative and stringent leading to an overall less sustainable design.

In a world where global warming is a real threat for the next generations, New Zealand engineers must look beyond seismic resilience and embrace more strongly concepts of sustainability that include functional beauty, construction techniques, materials, durability, maintenance and operational costs, smart sensing and dismantling etc.

The automotive industry is constantly facing similar aspects but the sector is in constant evolution and this has led to a more sustainable design and far more performing products.  Unfortunately, this is not happening in civil/structural engineering, although innovative materials and technologies have been widely researched and are potentially ready for the market.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau

See dates of future Professorial Lectures for 2017