Arts & Culture

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.

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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’.

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What is critical race theory? 🔊

What is critical race theory? 🔊

In the last six months, several U.S. states have barred the teaching of critical race theory in schools. Critics suggest this campaign is to eliminate discussions of race in classrooms, while others suggest that critical race theory is poorly understood.

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What is the future of Māori-Pakeha relations?

What is the future of Māori-Pakeha relations?

Instead of seeing Māori ways as an either/or with existing thinking about the world and its governance, Dame Anne Salmond argues it’s time to bring them together for new institutional forms of order for Aotearoa-New Zealand.

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How bad was Māori segregation?

How bad was Māori segregation?

Robert Bartholomew says it’s time to educate about a dark chapter of Māori racial segregation. Because while history may not repeat, it speaks to the present.

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Free speech: Is it really under threat?

Free speech: Is it really under threat?

We can expect a lot of sound and fury as we start to debate the hate speech provisions that will be aired soon. But hopefully, we can also have an informed debate about the nature of hate, including what occurs online, and the impacts of this on communities, especially those which have been targeted by hate.

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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.

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How significant was the Treaty of Waitangi Act?

How significant was the Treaty of Waitangi Act?

In a new edition of her popular book, The Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Illustrated History, distinguished historian Dame Claudia Orange brings the narrative of the Treaty up-to-date. In this extract, she explores the critical phase in the Treaty’s history that began with the passing of a significant piece of legislation.

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Is the United States haunted by its racist past? 🔊

Is the United States haunted by its racist past? 🔊

In recent weeks, the news in the United States has been filled with stories of statues and public spaces being altered or removed. These stories are usually connected with America’s racist past, with a particular eye towards the issue of slavery.

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Should racially offensive public memorials be removed? 🔊

Should racially offensive public memorials be removed? 🔊

In the days after the killing of George Floyd, protesters have made several demands to counter police violence and racism in the United States. Some of the demands directly relate to the history of race and violence in America and, in particular, an emphasis on the memory of the American Civil War. 

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What is decolonisation?

What is decolonisation?

Many writers only loosely define what they mean by it, while others use it as a general black box for addressing the negative impacts of colonisation upon Indigenous peoples.  

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First in Family: Our University Voyages

First in Family: Our University Voyages

Awarding-winning filmmaker Professor Annie Goldson didn’t have to travel too far from her University of Auckland desk for her latest documentary production, with Dr ‘Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki.

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Why do people steal art? 🔊

Why do people steal art? 🔊

The recent heist at the Green Vault within the Dresden Castle in Germany has been speculated to be one of the largest art heists in history.

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Why do we need journalism?

Why do we need journalism?

Journalism is facing a profound financial crisis. Around the world, news outlets are closing, and journalists are losing their jobs. Should we be worried?

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Q+A: Why is the United States so polarised?

Q+A: Why is the United States so polarised?

What are the fault lines that have fractured politics in America? Julian Zelizer has analysed the historical roots of the present-day political turmoil, divisions, and partisanship in the US for his new book Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974. 

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What is the ‘Alt-Right’?

What is the ‘Alt-Right’?

After the horrendous attacks in Christchurch, many people understandably have questions about the motives and ideology of the alleged attacker. Damon Berry analyses the role the alt-right might have played in the attacks.

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How does culture affect mental health? 🔊

How does culture affect mental health? 🔊

How does culture shape our understanding and treatment of mental illness? Maria Armoudian speaks with Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, Tanya Marie Luhrmann, and Andrew G. Ryder about culture and its impact on mental health.

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Broken survivors: With them through hell

Broken survivors: With them through hell

The thousands of New Zealand men who fought in the First World War went through hell. And right beside them was another fighting force. Anna Rogers explores the story of New Zealand’s medical services in WWI.

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Is protecting heritage a human right?

Is protecting heritage a human right?

Is protecting heritage a human right? George Nicholas looks into the responsibilities and concerns about the political, ethical and social dimensions of archaeological research and heritage management.

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Q+A: Remembering Chile’s 9/11: What happened, and how do we know?

Q+A: Remembering Chile’s 9/11: What happened, and how do we know?

On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet toppled the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende – destroying the longest standing democracy in Latin America in the process. How much do we know now about what really happened in Chile in what is considered the ‘Other 9/11’?

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Why should we learn Te Reo Māori?

Why should we learn Te Reo Māori?

Stephen May outlines why it is important New Zealanders should learn Te Reo Māori in the wake of debate around whether the language should be made compulsory in schools.

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Is Netflix killing the cinema?

Is Netflix killing the cinema?

The rise in popularity of on-demand video streaming services like Netflix is increasingly seen as a threat to the 113-year-old ritual of going to a cinema to see a movie.

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Conspiracy Clash: What’s behind it?

Conspiracy Clash: What’s behind it?

Flat Earthism and the idea that human activity is not responsible for climate change are two of the most prevalent conspiracy theories today. Both have been increasing in popularity since the late 20th century, but what is behind this conspiracy clash?

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What is context?  ▶

What is context? ▶

Associate Professor Mark Amsler from the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics at the University of Auckland talks about his big question, “what is context?”

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Q+A: Are we living in an age of excess?

Q+A: Are we living in an age of excess?

Driven by a maddening quest for perfection, technology, deregulation, and a superficial and often inaccurate mass media, America’s national psychology has become increasingly narcissistic. Maria Armoudin discusses whether we are living in an age of excess with Jay Slosar. 

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Who really was Martin Luther King Jr? 🔊

Who really was Martin Luther King Jr? 🔊

While much of the world remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. as primarily a leader of civil rights and a great orator, others say he stood for so much more in death. Maria Armoudian discusses the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with David Garrow, Joshua Inwood, and Thomas Jackson.

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Does New Zealand’s history matter?

Does New Zealand’s history matter?

New Zealand historian Felicity Barnes takes exception to the idea that New Zealand’s past is somehow “too small, too parochial” to compete with bigger, global stories.

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Q+A: History as battleground: How does memory shape today’s politics?

Q+A: History as battleground: How does memory shape today’s politics?

Historical memory is a battlefield where competing narratives seek to become the official ones, and then they affect the politics and policies of the future. Several scholars have begun to study what they call memory entrepreneurs and how those entrepreneurs use historical memory to forward their political agendas.

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Q+A: Is Google dangerous?

Q+A: Is Google dangerous?

How has internet titan Google changed our knowledge, our politics, and our lives over the last two decades? Siva Vaidhyanathan argues that Google affects the information we gather, jeopardises our personal privacy, and hinders public projects.

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Has Black History Month had its intended impact? 🔊

Has Black History Month had its intended impact? 🔊

As Black History Month ends for another year, has it had its intended impact? Maria Armoudian explores this question and revisits the 1920 founding of Black History Month and the pivotal civil rights campaign in Birmingham with V.P. Franklin.

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How has Hollywood influenced American politics? 🔊

How has Hollywood influenced American politics? 🔊

In 1918 the leaders of the FBI expressed deep concern about the power of movie stars to affect politics. As a result, they began a surveillance program to watch over those they thought might be radicals. Since then, it has long seemed the Hollywood crowd was ideologically left; however, Steven Ross says that is actually not true.

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Is graffiti art?

Is graffiti art?

Criminology lecturer Ron Kramer speaks to Julianne Evans about graffiti art and his unconventional weekend side-line in commissioned graffiti, writing under a pseudonym.

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What is greenwashing culture? 🔊

What is greenwashing culture? 🔊

What is Greenwashing Culture? In his new book, Toby Miller argues that culture has become an enabler of environmental criminals to win over local, national, and international communities.

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How is art used to counter oppression? 🔊

How is art used to counter oppression? 🔊

Throughout history, art has been used as an act of resistance and a weapon to counter oppression and violence. Maria Armoudian talks to professor Mark LeVine about the role of art in resistance movements.

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Abusing power? The cartoonist in a post-truth world  ▶

Abusing power? The cartoonist in a post-truth world ▶

Does visually ripping the piss out of politicians actually help them, or is it one of the very few effective ways of getting to the truth of what they are really about? This is one cartoonist’s experience of a weird yet wonderful profession.

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