Monthly Archives: May 2017

Auckland Writers Festival – 16-21 May 2017

Four writers associated with the School of English and Media Studies are presenting at this week’s Auckland writers’ festival at the Aotea Centre. Do go along to support them if you can!

Tina Makereti: “Poutokomanawa — the Heartpost,” free public lecture on Māori and Pasifika writing  – Wed. 17 May 5 pm

Gina Cole, PhD student in Creative Writing: Gala opening, 18 May 7 pm and “Pacific Tales” 19 May 2:30 pm

Hannah August: Chair for a discussion with Lloyd Geering and A.N. Wilson, 20 May at noon

Sue Wootton, graduate: “Matters Medical” 20 May at 4:30 pm

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Visiting Fellow – Peking University

David Gruber was recently chosen as one of ten Visiting Fellows to The New Zealand Centre at Peking University, 2017 ( As a result, in April, he traveled to Peking University in Beijing and delivered an invited talk entitled, “Neuroscience and the Media.” He discussed his own research into the public understanding of neuroscience and outlined future trajectories of the field area, encouraging more cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research projects. During his visit, he also met with professors from Peking University’s School of Communication and Journalism to promote Massey’s School of English and Media Studies. Toward the end of the week, he had the opportunity to visit an English class where he met with students and gave a thirty minute lecture on the importance of re-writing.