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'A New History: University of Canterbury 1873-2023' Author Talk

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Join Associate Professor Chris Jones as he discusses 'A New History: The University of Canterbury 1873-2023' with author Dr John Wilson, helping to celebrate UC's 150th anniversary and acknowledge its history so far. 

About the book:

Historian John Wilson offers a fresh interpretation of an institution that has played a central role in shaping the development of research culture and university education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr Wilson is joined by the University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey, its pou whakarae, Professor Te Maire Tau and representatives of the Pacific community led by Distinguished Professor Steven Ratuva as he examines the University's development, highlighting how the institution evolved as part of the community it continues to serve, while offering city, province and Aotearoa as a whole leadership and, on occasion, challenging expectations.

About the author:

John Wilson MNZM was raised in Timaru and Christchurch, graduating from the University of Canterbury with an MA (first class honours in history) in 1966. After earning his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University, he returned to Christchurch in 1974, working as a lead writer for the Christchurch Press and as the founding editor of the magazine of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. He was awarded the Canterbury History Foundation Rhodes Medal in 2002 and the J.M. Sherrard Award in New Zealand Regional and Local History in 1994.

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