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Manawatū Lecture 2021- All Welcome – The Religious History of Palmerston North. Emeritus Professor Peter Lineham

Manawatū Lecture 2021- All Welcome
The Religious History of Palmerston North: Ethnic Identities, Buildings, Networks and the Awkwardness of Faith
Emeritus Professor Peter Lineham
7.30 pm Tuesday 18 May 2021, Palmerston North Public Library

A former resident of Palmerston North, Emeritus Professor Peter Lineham is well known as a commentator on religious issues on television and in various other media. His most recent books range from a history of the Auckland City Mission to a biography of Destiny Church’s Brian Tamaki. He also authored a major and more general history of religion in New Zealand, Sunday Best (2017), on how Christianity has shaped New Zealand and how its various denominations were themselves shaped by being in New Zealand. Peter is a lively and insightful speaker, and his talk is likely to be of wide interest.

Professor Lineham’s lecture commemorates the Sesquicentennial of Palmerston North. Using four case studies he will explore ways in which Palmerston North’s religious history contains typically New Zealand examples of ethnic and social institutions, and some features that made Palmerston North exceptional in its religious experimenters. Brethren, Lutherans and Scandinavian Methodists, Theosophists, the United Evangelical Church and the Palmerston North Revival Fellowship and their colourful leaders jostled uncomfortably with Anglicans, Catholics, Presbyterians and Methodists and their uneven search for substantial churches and respectable clergy.

7.30 Thursday, April 15 Speirs Centre: Dr Andrew Cleland. Professions and Researchers in Ethical Decline?

Dr Andrew Cleland: Professions and Researchers Professions  – in Ethical Decline? 

The bi-annual “Earle lecture” celebrates the work of Professors Dick and Mary Earle, and their contribution to the profession of engineering in New Zealand and abroad.

In this Earle lecture, Andrew examines the way in which self-regulating professions have evolved with a focus on how the engineering profession has responded to challenges over the last thirty years in Aotearoa New Zealand. He then traces the evolution of research practices both globally and locally in the face of what turn out to be very similar challenges to those faced by engineering. In doing so, he traverses the changing nature of peer review, the ethics of working with communities, what respecting the public interest means in practice, and then discusses dealing with poor performance and interactions with regulators. In seeking to answer the rhetorical question of the title, he identifies opportunities for engineers and researchers to learn from each other.

Dr Andrew Cleland

Andrew was recently made a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and is a Fellow of Royal Society Te Apärangi, the peak body for researchers. Since 2000, he has served as chief executive of both organisations for periods of 14 and 6 years respectively.

The lecture is a public event, arranged by IPENZ  & the Royal Society Te Apärangi Royal Society Te Apärangi Royal Society.

Speirs Centre (Palmerston North Boys’ High School, 263 Featherston St)
19:30 (7:30 pm) Thursday 15 April 2021. Tea and coffee to follow.