Media Advisory May 11

Lecture on ISIS and New Zealand

Waikato University law and war specialist Professor Alexander Gillespie says by sending troops to Iraq, New Zealand's got itself stuck in the middle of a very complex ISIS problem. Professor Gillespie will give a public lecture in Hamilton this week to outline the complexity of the ISIS situation and the reasons for and against New Zealand being involved. Professor Gillespie says trying to combat ISIS is like playing whack-a-mole; you shut them down in one place and they pop up somewhere else. He warns we could end up fighting all over the world and thinks this is an issue that can only be solved by the United Nations. Professor Gillespie's lecture is at the University of Waikato's Academy of Performing Arts at 6pm on Thursday 14 May. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Research, resources and indigenous rights symposium

Experts in bioethics and indigenous health are getting together with Māori academics to share and discuss the key messages emerging from Te Mata Ira research project, which focuses on the use of human tissue in biomedical research. The one-day seminar is taking place on Tuesday 19 May at the University of Waikato and speakers are coming from New Zealand, Hawaii, Alaska, Australia and Canada. Delegates will discuss how biomedical issues relate to the management of resources more generally and lessons that might be applied to biomedical research and biobanking. The speakers will share examples from national and international contexts relating to the issues of governance, cultural foundation, engagement with indigenous communities, free prior informed consent and benefit sharing, and discuss how these relate to discourse around indigenous rights and the management of resources.

New ways to do business

Businesses should make it their business to improve the lives of others according to the University of Waikato's new professor of strategic management Kathryn Pavlovich. She's an advocate for people and businesses working collaboratively to make a positive difference to society through leadership and management practices. Professor Pavlovich researches and teaches Noetic wisdom, which is about knowing and understanding self and developing inner technologies that can transform. She'll be talking about it more at her free, puplic Inaugural Professorial Lecture this month. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the university's way of introducing its new professors to the community. Professor Pavlovich's lecture is on Tuesday 19 May at 6pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Waikato University amped for Open Day

Modern heroes, black holes and dancing with the stars – an odd mix, but all are mini-lecture topics to be featured at this year's University of Waikato Open Day on Friday 22 May. The annual event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to showcase the qualifications, academic excellence, student support, facilities and lifestyle the university offers students. Thousands of students come to the Hamilton campus every year from Taranaki, Gisborne, Northland, Bay of Plenty and Hawke's Bay to attend Open Day. Throughout the day, prospective students have the chance to try their hand at science experiments, take part in tours around the halls and campus, and talk to staff and students about study options. Open Day is also an opportunity for others who may want to commence their studies in the mid-year intake. For more information about Open Day visit

Honorary doctorate from Danish university

Education Professor Michael A Peters has been conferred an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Denmark's University of Aalborg. This latest recognition adds to Professor Peters' previous list of credits. Last year, State University of New York conferred him with an honorary doctorate of letters. Australia's James Cook University also made him a Professorial Fellow in the School of Creative Arts. Professor Peters is based at the University of Waikato Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research and is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

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