Feminist theory, slacktivism and inequality: LATE at the Museum returnsby Alice Harbourne
Above: Courtney Sina Meredith, photographed by Jane Ussher.
In its ninth year, Auckland Museum's series of evening debates is as relevant as ever.
If one good thing can be gleaned from the world's fraught political climate, it's that it's got more people talking about societal issues. There couldn't be a better time for Auckland War Memorial Museum's annual LATE programme: a season of thought-provoking evening events themed around four fascinating topics, this year proudly presented in partnership with Metro.
With food and drink available to order at each illuminating panel discussion, staying late at the museum has never been more appealing. Final speakers are yet to be announced, but here's how the programme is shaping up.
He Mana, He Wahine
Tuesday 9 August, 6pm
Kicking off the season is a panel discussion about feminism in New Zealand and the quest for everyday equality. Panelists include author, poet and playwright Courtney Sina Meredith (read Metro's feature on her here); Māori, women’s and LGBT rights advocate Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku; social and critical accounting researcher Dr Pala Molisa; and the regional coordinator of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) Auckland Branch, Annah Pickering. The discussion will be followed by vignettes from Okareka Theatre Company’s Mana Wahine, while the museum's Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu exhibition will also be open for late-night viewing.
From #Slacktivism to Activism
Monday 5 September, 6pm
The internet has increased opportunities for large-scale online social participation. Visibility of national and international priorities such as public health, political unrest, disaster relief and climate change has increased. Rebellion is trending. But how is online awareness transformed into action on the ground? Chaired by journalist and media commentator Russell Brown, this panel features director of campaigns at ActionStation Laura O'Connell Rapira; cartoonist and illustrator Toby Morris; environmental activist and senior campaign advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand Steve Abel, and Sina Brown-Davis, activist and commentator on Indigenous rights.
The Taste of Inequality
Tuesday 11 October, 6pm
Auckland's inequality problem can be viewed starkly through the lens of food. Chaired by Auckland University professor of Pacific Studies Damon Salesa, the Taste of Inequality panel is comprised of professor of taxation Dr Lisa Marriott; former leader of Auckland City Mission Dame Diane Robertson; Eat My Lunch co-owner Lisa King, and Dr Teuila Percival, senior lecturer at the School of Population Health and principal investigator on the Pacific Child Health Indicators project.
The Music Machine
Monday 7 November, 6pm
In the final LATE event for 2016, some of New Zealand music's sharpest minds look at the dynamic between fans, critics and musicians, asking how an audience - online and offline - might shape an album. The Museum’s landmark New Zealand music exhibition, Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa will be open late for attendees.
Tickets: $20 per event (concessions and season passes are available) from aucklandmuseum.com/late or +64 9 306 7048. A booking fee of $3 applies to each offsite transaction.
Above: Illustrator Toby Morris.
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