Who's Going to be Speaking 

We are proud of the excellence of the diverse and interesting guest speakers who address our monthly meetings.   Not only do they provide opportunity for learning and discussion on a wide range of topics, but they keep us up to date with what is happening in our ever-changing city and world.

In 2019 we can expect:     


Monday, 12 August

Clemency Montelle
on "The Origins of Science"  

A Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, Clemency has a first-class honours undergraduate degree, with a double major in Mathematics and Classical Studies (with an emphasis in Greek and Latin). Her research aims to rebalance our understanding of the history of science, drawing together history, mathematics and ancient languages to understand who has contributed to global science.


Monday, 9 September

Dr Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed
on "15 March & the effects on our community“  

Dr Mazharuddin Syed Ahmed is a survivor of the Linwood Mosque attack who came to NZ in 2013 for his PhD.  He and his family live in Christchurch where he is on the academic staff at ARA Christchurch, teaching architectural subjects.  He will speak on the events of 15 March, the effects on the Muslim community and the subsequent response within New Zealand and overseas.


Monday, 14 October

John Milligan
on " Putting Surplus Food to Good Use"  

John is co-founder of Foodbank Canterbury, an independent, secular, non-faith based, non-politically aligned organisation that puts surplus food to good use in a sustainable way. Working with food retailers, supermarkets, wholesalers, restaurants, caterers, universities and other food providers, un-sellable but perfectly good food is redistributed to those in need.


Monday, 11 November

Kenneth Strongman
on " Successful Ageing - Emotion in Later Years" 

Currently Professor Emeritus (Psychology) at University of Canterbury.   BSc & PhD from University College, London.  Written 11 books, 100+ professional articles, more than 1000 newspaper contributions. Previously, Chair of the Christchurch Arts Centre Trust Board, Chair of the Humanities Council of NZ, Chair of the Psychologists’ Board, plus service on many other boards and committees.  Currently a member of the Council of the Royal Society of NZ.  Considerable consulting experience including recent work for the NZ Police.