The Big Q

Questions - Ideas - Scholarship - Debates

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How can we sustain Aotearoa’s wildlife? ▶

In this seminar hosted by the University of Auckland Faculty of Science, experts across several disciplines share their knowledge of how we can help sustain Aotearoa’s wildlife into the future.

How did America’s youth get the right to vote?

In an extract from her new book “Let Us Vote: Youth Voting Rights and the 26th Amendment,” Jennifer Frost outlines the path towards youth voting rights in the United States. 

The future of work and COVID – be wary of the Emperor’s new clothes?

How will New Zealanders ‘work’ in 2040 and beyond? How do we make sense in the present day of the societal, economic and environmental pressures that will impact work in the future?

Politics & Society

Will AUKUS halt China’s assertive foreign policy?

Will AUKUS halt China’s assertive foreign policy?

If good strategy is about effectively relating means to ends, the recently announced trilateral security partnership Aukus – Australia, the UK, and the US – seems unlikely to fulfil expectations.

How did America’s youth get the right to vote?

How did America’s youth get the right to vote?

In an extract from her new book “Let Us Vote: Youth Voting Rights and the 26th Amendment,” Jennifer Frost outlines the path towards youth voting rights in the United States. 

Abortion: What is the future of Roe v Wade in the United States? 🔊

Abortion: What is the future of Roe v Wade in the United States? 🔊

Recently, Texas passed a law outlawing abortion after roughly six weeks. The US Supreme Court did not overturn this law, culminating in a series of phases intending to overturn a women’s reproductive right to access an abortion as enshrined in the landmark US Supreme Court case Roe v Wade.

Science & Technology

Could psychedelic drugs be used as medicines? ▶

Could psychedelic drugs be used as medicines? ▶

In this talk, Associate Professor Suresh Muthukumaraswamy describes the recent renaissance of psychedelic drug research and the pathway for psychedelics to be introduced as important new medicines. 

How can we sustain Aotearoa’s wildlife? ▶

How can we sustain Aotearoa’s wildlife? ▶

In this seminar hosted by the University of Auckland Faculty of Science, experts across several disciplines share their knowledge of how we can help sustain Aotearoa’s wildlife into the future.

Business & Economics

Covid: why are people so vaccine-hesitant? ▶

Covid: why are people so vaccine-hesitant? ▶

As Aotearoa rolls out its Covid vaccine response, although uptake is high, there remains a few who are either vaccine-hesitant or refuse to want the vaccine. Why are people so vaccine-hesitant?

Is COVID causing a rise in digital nomads?

Is COVID causing a rise in digital nomads?

Nomads have historically been seen as a threat, but several countries around the world are now actively seeking to attract this growing digital legion through new remote work visas. 

Is TikTok breaching your privacy?

Is TikTok breaching your privacy?

TikTok is hugely popular. But its latest decision to capture unique digital copies of your face and voice is a cybersecurity threat to your identity and privacy.

Arts & Culture

How did America’s youth get the right to vote?

How did America’s youth get the right to vote?

In an extract from her new book “Let Us Vote: Youth Voting Rights and the 26th Amendment,” Jennifer Frost outlines the path towards youth voting rights in the United States. 

Why did QAnon become so widespread? 🔊

Why did QAnon become so widespread? 🔊

Conspiracy theories have marked American politics throughout the nation’s history. The most recent popular conspiracy centres around a shadowy figure who posts online under the pseudonym Q.

How global was the First World War? ▶

How global was the First World War? ▶

In this public lecture, Professor Maartje Abbenhuis argues for the necessity of integrating the experiences and perspectives of neutral, non-belligerent and subject communities in the history of the First World War, which is still so often cast as ‘Europe’s War’.