Support for #lovehumanities day of action builds

Posted By TEU on Feb 16, 2017 |

Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 5

With less than one week to go, support for the TEU’s Love Humanities national day of action on 22 February is growing.

Gareth Hughes, the Green Party’s spokesperson for tertiary education, has recorded a video backing the day of action. In a further show of support, Hughes is planning to join the TEU at the University of Otago next Wednesday for part of their humanities teach-in.

Chris Hipkins, the Labour Party spokesperson for tertiary education, is planning to join the TEU at the University of Canterbury for their #lovehumanities event.

Victoria University has also announced that as part of the day of action it will host a public forum to discuss the value of humanities to the university, politics, business and science.

Taking place from 5 to 6pm on 22 February, the forum will feature guest speakers Professor Lydia Wevers, Associate Professor Kate Hunter and Dr. Catherine Abou-Nemeh.

Chair of the event and secretary of the TEU branch at the university, Dr. Dougal McNeill, said the forum is a chance to discuss the place of the humanities in society now and in the future.

“The background to this forum is, as with all the events in the national day of action, the underfunding and cuts to the sector we’re all facing. But it should also serve as a chance to look at what it is we’re defending, and how the humanities might serve their role in the future. We’re lucky to have three excellent speakers, each of whom is working in a different part of the humanities and I’m hoping for a lively and rewarding discussion,” McNeill said.

The TEU at Massey University’s Manawatu campus has also confirmed plans to “love bomb” the concourse with humanities hearts. There will be a selfie competition and prizes for those that take part.

Keep an eye on the TEU’s Twitter and Facebook pages for further updates ahead of the day of action and on the day itself, including a planned live streaming of events at the Otago University humanities teach-in.

Readers can also show their support by tweeting what the humanities mean to them using the hashtag #lovehumanities.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Date for Productivity Commission report changed
  2. TEU urges minister to support new domestic violence law
  3. Treat Her Right equal pay campaign launched
  4. Thoughts with those affected by Port Hills fires

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Louise Upston’s delegations as Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment – Department of the PM

Lincoln University returned to surplus in 2016, according to the Vice-Chancellor – Voxy

The Auditor-General’s report Investing in Tertiary Education Assets has been published – Scoop

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) Auckland is offering 915 scholarships as part of its work to build a qualified trades workforce – Scoop

Universities New Zealand has published its briefing to Paul Goldsmith, the new Tertiary Education Minister – Universities NZ

Victoria University is closing one of its halls of residence, Boulcott Hall, for the first semester while earthquake remediation work is done – Victoria

Religious leaders have put out a statement calling on the government to allow a group of Indian students at risk of deportation to stay in the country – NZ Catholic

Victoria and Otago Universities will receive $0.4m each in funding for climate change research projects – Deep South Challenge

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