Free Radicals now free for all online

Free Radicals is a unique musical created by UC Arts and Empress Theatre Collective for WORD Christchurch 2018 and for those who enjoyed it – or those who missed it – we’re pleased to announce that the show is now available on YouTube.

The musical pays tribute to pioneering women from the Dark Ages to the present day, including Evelyn Boyd Granville, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Hildegard of Bingen, Maria Sybilla Merian, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Hedy Lamarr, Beatrice Tinsley and Rangituatahi Te Kanawa.

This evolving song cycle features original works by several female female composers, songwriters and instrumentalists from a variety of genres across Aotearoa New Zealand. It features new works by Rosa Elliott, Naomi Ferguson, Glenda Keam, Misfit Mod, The Swan Sisters, Ariana Tikao and Sheree Waitoa.

“The performance will combine a spoken narrative with really diverse musical pieces, ranging from choral and ‘classical’ through to electronic to contemporary, and some lovely indie folk music, in languages including English, Latin and te reo Māori,” explained director, writer and narrator Dr Erin Harrington, who guided the song cycle during several spoken interludes.

Attracting students to Ōtautahi Christchurch

UC’s Liaison and Marketing teams have produced a short video featuring current UC students from Auckland and Wellington talking about their experiences studying at UC and living in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

You can watch the 2 minute, 24 second video on UC’s YouTube channel here>

The Liaison team will be using it, along with complementary Christchurch story videos from ChristchurchNZ, when they visit secondary schools outside of Canterbury in the New Year.

You can view the ChristchurchNZ videos at the following links:

ChristchurchNZ is keen for the people of Christchurch to help share the Christchurch story narrative to position the city as a place of transformation  – built on upon a history and tradition of exploration.

In summary, the narrative is:

“Exploration is part of who we are; it is part of what has shaped us. We are hard-wired to challenge the status quo; to imagine, explore and discover what’s next. Christchurch is a city founded on that spirit; our history was built on it. And our future will be created by it.”

This narrative aligns well with the research and teaching that we offer at UC.

Black Flu – Why should we remember the 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand?

A century on, the lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic could help New Zealand plan for a future pandemic, according to UC Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Rice. In this UC Connect video he shares insights into the pandemic and discusses the risk of another major influenza pandemic is even greater now, thanks to international jet travel.


UC Connect public lecture: MARS: X-ray colour for medicine

The MARS spectral x-ray scanner will revolutionise medical imaging globally, and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer and heart disease, because it provides far greater detail of the body’s chemical components.

In the recent UC Connect public lecture, the MARS spectral x-ray scanner is explained by one of the UC scientists who invented it, Professor Anthony Butler.

“The goal of the MARS project is to advance x-ray imaging so that it provides researchers and clinicians with a tool to measure biochemical and physiological processes in the body, enabling researchers and clinicians to better diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases.”

Missed this session? Watch the video here:

UC Connect: Law without Lawyers

Law without Lawyers: does legal education have a future?

In his recent UC Connect public lecture, Professor John Hopkins explained how the changing nature of law, the increasing cost of legal advice and the excessive formality of the legal system had left the way open for alternative ways to undertake ‘law jobs’, without the need of lawyers.

“From Blockchain to ‘Alternative’ Dispute Resolution, the way appears open for a legal system without the need for high priests of the legal profession to navigate it,” Professor Hopkins says.

“If current trends continue, the much maligned profession may die out, all on its own.”

Missed this session? Watch the video here: