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2014 Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series - Professor Michele Akoorie

15th Jul 2014 6:00pm

My Father was a race alien: Globalisation and immigration in New Zealand

Professor Michèle Akoorie, Waikato Management School

Living in multi-cultural New Zealand today, it's hard to imagine what life was like for those who came here from non-European countries during the 20th century and were classified as 'race aliens'.

In her Inaugural Professorial Lecture this month, Professor Michèle Akoorie, from the University of Waikato's Management School, will tell the tale of her father as a young Lebanese man leaving behind the hardships of his home country to search for new opportunities in New Zealand during the mid-20th century.

"My sister and I were brought up as New Zealanders but our Lebanese heritage was down played," she says. "Growing up, I was ashamed of my background."

This family history had a profound effect on Professor Akoorie and led her on a research journey which considers aspects of globalisation and immigration in New Zealand.

Professor Akoorie is a graduate of Auckland University and holds an MBA in Export Management and International Business (with distinction) from Cass Business School, London, and a DPhil from the University of Waikato. Her specialisation is International Management and she has published several books and a number of journal articles in this field.

OPUS Bar open from 5pm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TL4UwyYlxsU

Tickets: Free and open to the general public