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Panel Discussion: How Should New Zealanders Remember WWI?

Panel Discussion: How Should New Zealanders Remember World War One?

We urge you to join us for a panel discussion wherein panellists will offer numerous perspectives on, and debate the issue of, how New Zealanders should remember World War One.

Speakers Professor Richard Jackson (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies), Professor Tom Brooking (History), Associate Professor Annabel Cooper (Gender Studies) and Roger McElwain (CEO at University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation year and the New Zealand Army’s Liasion Officer in Otago Southland) will debate the various issues raised by this question. Speakers will express their own views on the topic before engaging with the views of their co-speakers and questions from the audience. The discussion will be facilitated by Professor Kevin Clements (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies).

“This year marks one hundred years since the start of World War I. It was a defining moment in world history and its effects continue to be felt today. How we remember and mark it is crucial, because there are different ways to remember war and conflict. The original WWI remembrance ceremonies emphasised the message 'Never again'. In recent times, we seem to have moved away from this and today we focus on national identity, pride in the military, sacrifice and the like. I believe we need to have a national debate on the nature and purpose of war remembrance because it's too important to be left to politicians. This public discussion on how we ought to remember New Zealand's role in the tragedy of World War I is a part of this much-needed public conversation.”- Professor Richard Jackson (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies)

All are welcome.

When- Wednesday, April 16th at 5:15pm
Where- St David’s 2, University of Otago

ENDS

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