Critic and Conscience of Society

Date Tuesday 8 March 2022
Time 5:45pm
Presenter Professor Alexander Gillespie
Series Hamilton Public Lectures 2022
Admission Cost Free


'Critic and Conscience of Society' - by Professor Alexander Gillespie

Professor Alexander Gillespie of the University of Waikato’s Te Piringa Faculty of Law was a joint winner of the 2021 Critic and Conscience of Society Award.

The award is given to academics who fulfil the role of a university as critic and conscience of society by providing the public with independent, expert commentary on issues affecting us and future generations.

Professor Gillespie has become a sought-after law and policy commentator on issues ranging from cannabis law reform and foreign policy to gun control and terrorism, as well as providing substantial public comment on New Zealand’s Covid-19 response.

He is well-known across New Zealand’s major media landscape and many of the topics he engages with are issues of social concern, which stimulate national debate. Join Professor Gillespie for a public lecture in which he’ll discuss three of the pressing international and domestic issues he currently provides public comment on:

  • The international world, and New Zealand’s place in it
  • The Covid-19 Pandemic, law and order in times of emergency
  • The risks of extreme violence in New Zealand

This 45-minute public lecture will be held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, starting at 5.45pm.  Opus  Bar will be open from 5.15pm for anyone who wishes to purchase  refreshments prior to the lecture starting.

Free parking is available on campus via Gate 2B, Knighton Road, Hamilton.  You may experience some traffic disruptions due to road closures and detours around Ruakura Road.  To read more about the Ruakura Road upgrade and how it will impact your travel to the University click here

If you would like to attend you MUST register your attendance by clicking on the 'register' button above and bring your  eticket, face mask and My Vaccine Pass (MVP) with you on the evening to be scanned.

COVID-19 Safety Notice

To remain operational during the various levels of the COVID-19 Protection Framework levels the University of Waikato asks that if you are attending this event that you please follow the below steps to assist us with adhering to the guidelines and regulations for the current RED Traffic light setting  ...
  • Please Register . There is limited seating capacity based on operating iunder the RED Traffic Light system, so registrations are essential
  • Please wear a suitable face mask
  • Scan the QR code as you enter the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
  • On arriving please have your My Vaccine Pass ready for scanning before making your way to the Concert Chamber.