Victoria University to host four fascinating lectures

There are four fascinating topics coming up in Victoria University’s public lecture offerings in the next month, focussing on topics of spirituality, identity and reconciliation.  All are welcome, so feel free to share widely.

NOW CANCELLED: Dr Muhammad Ashafa and Dr James Wuye
Intergroup Conflict and Restorative Peacemaking: The Power of Unusual Friendships

This event is also advertised as part of The Imam and The Pastor Tour around New Zealand, and will be followed by a public lecture the following night at the Kilbirnie Mosque.  Read more here.

Dr Andrew Gosler
Nature, Evolution and Spirituality

Monday 26th August 2019 (7.30 – 9.00pm), Ramsey House, 8 Kelburn Parade. RSVP: mel.mckenzie@hotmail.com.

Are genes really selfish? An Oxford Ethno-Ornithologist and Anglican Priest explores important contemporary questions about the interface of science and spirituality, and the role of indigenous wisdom in the age of the Anthropocene.

Dr Meredith Lake
Race and the Bible Down Under

Thursday 29 August 2019 (5.30 – 6.30pm), RH105, Rutherford House, Pipitea. No RSVP required, but come early to be assured of a seat.

An outstanding young historian and broadcaster with ABC (Australia), Dr Lake’s most recent acclaimed book The Bible in Australia: A Cultural History wrestles the place and use of the Bible – by Christians and others – over the sweep of Australian history. The book has recently been shortlisted for the 2019 NSW Premier’s award for Australian History. In this talk, Meredith addresses the use of the Bible in Australia and New Zealand in highly contested debates, with important contemporary resonances, over what it means to be human.

Download the poster here.

Dr Alistair Reese
Restoring the “Heart of a City”: Apology and Reconciliation in Post-colonial Aotearoa-NZ

Monday 2 September 2019 (5.20 – 6.30pm), GBLT1, Old Government Buildings, Pipitea. RSVP: karen.coyle@vuw.ac.nz

A farmer, historian and public theologian, Dr Reese’s talk will address the core concerns of his research and speaking interests – issues of post-colonial identity and reconciliation in Aotearoa-NZ.

Download the poster here.