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Free Public Lectures at University of Auckland in September 2013

The Faculty of Arts is offering a series of free public lectures at the University of Auckland in September.  These lectures cover topics in Classical and Ancient History, Philosophy, Media, Film Studies, Archaeology and Poetry.

Making a Living in the Ancient Greek World
Inaugural lecture, Professor Matthew Trundle

This lecture explores the economies of ancient Greece through the study of money (in all its forms) and its uses.  In particular, it looks at the reasons for and the implications that monetisation had for Classic Greek Society.

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Tuesday 17 September, 6pm, Library Theatre B10, Alfred Street, The University of Auckland.


 

  Ethics for Possible Futures
Inaugural Lecture, Professor Tim Mulgan

What do we owe to people living in the distant future? How might their ethical thinking differ from ours? What ethical tools should we leave behind?  This lecture will explore these questions, by first asking how we might justify ourselves to people living in different possible futures.  Professor Tim Mulgan will discuss a broken future damaged by climate change or other disasters, and a virtual future where human beings have retreated from the natural world entirely.

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Wednesday 18 September, 6pm, Old Government House Lecture Theatre, The University of Auckland.


 

(Un)happy families: The Murdoch, Fairfax and Packer media dynasties
Inaugural Lecture, Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley

As the old media struggles to adapt to the new, the traditional spectre of the family media dynasty is also under threat.  This lecture will consider the past, present and future of the Australian media industry’s first families.

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Thursday 19 September, 6.30pm, Old Government House Lecture Theatre, The University of Auckland.


 

The Unfilmable: Cinema’s Spectres
Inaugural Lecture, Professor Laurence Simmons

If viewing a film is not to be simply synonymous with deciphering or even interpretation, then is must inevitably encounter the question of the unfilmable. In his lecture, Professor Simmons will explore the complex implications of the unfilmable within the viewing of film as it’s resource. It will be argued that the cinematic image is always present and yet never simply present: for it contains rolled up within it, virtual dimensions of pastness and futurity.

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Monday 23 September, 6pm, Library Theatre B10, Alfred Street, The University of Auckland.


 

Exploring an Ancient Maya City in Central America
Professor Norman Hammond, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge University

The cities of the Ancient Maya vanished under the Central American jungle more than a thousand years ago; over the past 170 years many of them have been rediscovered and explored, bringing this most accomplished of Pre-Columbian civilisations back into public knowledge.  La Milpa, in northwestern Belize, is one of those cities most recently investigated.   This lecture will explore how La Milpa’s rapid rise, sudden fall, and complex urban structures have shed new light on the precariousness of Maya existence.

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Tuesday 24 September, 6.30pm, Library Theatre B15, Alfred Street, The University of Auckland.


 

Authentic Local: an illustrated autobiographical sample of an itinerant local’s pursuits in poetry and art.
VC Distinguished Visitor, Pam Brown (Australian Poet)

Australian poet, Pam Brown will present a chronological record of publication covering her life-in-poetry and art over the last four decades. Pam has published 17 books of poetry and prose, 10 chapbooks and an e-book.

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Thursday 26 September, 6.30pm, Old Government House Lecture Theatre, The University of Auckland.