The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

Project for Public Interest Media

What is behind the latest unrest in Northern Ireland?

This is not a return to the Troubles. But peace cannot truly be achieved until lives improve says Peter Geoghegan. 

How can we recognise and reconcile past humanitarian atrocities? 🔊

After mass atrocities and crimes against humanity, how can societies reconcile? How is justice performed and how should we recognize these crimes? And what of the clash between international interests and local needs when dealing with the punishment and acknowledgment of atrocities?

Is tax the ticking time bomb of our generation? ▶

Is tax the ticking time bomb of our generation? That is the focus of this lecture hosted by the University of Auckland Law School. 

Politics & Society

How can we recognise and reconcile past humanitarian atrocities? 🔊

How can we recognise and reconcile past humanitarian atrocities? 🔊

After mass atrocities and crimes against humanity, how can societies reconcile? How is justice performed and how should we recognize these crimes? And what of the clash between international interests and local needs when dealing with the punishment and acknowledgment of atrocities?

Science & Technology

Synthetic chemistry: How are molecules made? ▶

Synthetic chemistry: How are molecules made? ▶

The synthesis and study of molecules is at the heart of chemical research. One of the most challenging aspects is the development of methods to synthesise molecules for the first time.

How safe is vaping?

How safe is vaping?

We know the damage smoking causes, but we’re yet to conduct conclusive research about vaping. That’s the focus for Dr. Kelly Burrowes for the next three years.

Business & Economics

Arts & Culture

Should social media companies be owned by the public? 🔊

Should social media companies be owned by the public? 🔊

Social media as it exists currently is an oligopoly, with a handful of private companies controlling the structure and use of the platforms which mediate our communication not only with one another but also with the public sphere.

Why is the Treaty of Waitangi and its history important? 🔊

Why is the Treaty of Waitangi and its history important? 🔊

In 1987, Dame Claudia Orange published her best-selling book The Treaty of Waitangi. In what was a comprehensive look at the Treaty and its history, Orange’s book remains one of the most significant and popular New Zealand history books. It has also now been re-issued with three new chapters taking the history of the Treaty up to the present day.