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, 13 May 

Sam Mahan
on "Art and Activism"

Sam is a painter, sculptor, author and campaigner for protection of our waters and community democracy.  His advocacy for public input into decisions affecting our lives and our future has been incisive, effective and amusing, he has a fascinating and amusing story to tell.  For some of his work see http://www.sammahon.com/


Monday, 10 June

Peter Field
on "Religion’s influence on the USA “  

Peter Field is Associate Professor of American History, University of Canterbury.  While the USA has no state religion there is a belief among many that it is God’s favourite nation, a country destined to bring guidance to all the world and is doing God’s work.  This idea has gained strong influence in politics and government and it both polarises US society and affects international relations.  Understanding of its effects is important.


Monday, 8 July

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, 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.