Unsung Peacemakers

Presenter: Kate Dewes (History, Canterbury)
  • Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018 to Wednesday, 18 July 2018
  • Time: 12:00PM to 01:00PM
  • Location: E14 - Engineering Core, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury
  • Ticket: Free

ANZAC day commemorations rarely mention those men and women who spoke out against war and were ostracised or even imprisoned for their beliefs. There are many stories of relatively unknown peacemakers which still need further research. Who are some of these people? How can their inspirational stories get acknowledgement and wider exposure? For example, do our current students know about the contributions towards peace made by Karl Popper, Elsie Locke, or Ada Wells? While many have heard of the Māori prophets Te Whiti and Tohu and the actions of their people from Parihaka, do we know what is happening there now? This presentation will explore some local and national Māori and Pakeha peace men and women.

Kate Dewes is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the History Department. She ran the South Island office of the Peace Foundation from 1980-98 and then co-directed the Disarmament & Security Centre (DSC) with her husband Commander Robert Green RN (Ret’d). She was the NZ government expert on the UN Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education 2000-2002 and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters 2008-13.

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