Free public lecture series

Tauhere | UC Connect - free thinking

Sharing knowledge and spreading ideas – Tauhere | UC Connect is here to grow your mind.

The University of Canterbury has been connecting local people with global thinking and expanding minds since 1873. We believe in the value of ideas that make a difference.

UC’s popular free public lecture series, Tauhere | UC Connect offers topical, educational public lectures by experts in their fields and leading thinkers from Christchurch, Canterbury and beyond. Offered both online and in person throughout the year, we’ve got a free talk for you – ranging from arts, politics and culture to science, business and law.

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Upcoming UC Connect | Tauhere lectures

We bring a fresh series of free Tauhere | UC Connect public lectures each year. 

Watch earlier UC public lectures

We aim to make all UC public lectures available online subject to permission from the speaker/s and other considerations. Videos of UC Connect talks are usually available about a week after the live event.

To watch more than 150 UC public talks from the last decade, visit our YouTube channel or click below to watch one of our recent talks from 2020:

Pandemics, protests, and populists: the 2020 presidential election

Associate Professor Amy Fletcher, Political Science and International Relations, UC Arts

Shaved heads and sonnenrads

Presented by Director of Criminal Justice and Senior Lecturer Dr Jarrod Gilbert and Ben Elley, PhD candidate in Sociology, UC Arts

Dope or nope? UC experts discuss the Cannabis referendum

Presented by Professor Neil Boister, Dr Sarah Whitcombe-Dobbs, Dr Rachael Dixon and Dr Jarrod Gilbert, hosted/moderated by Professor Alex Tan

Earthquakes + Innovation = Resilience

Presented by Professor Geoff RodgersDistinguished Professor Geoff Chase and Professor Alessandro Palermo, UC Engineering

How to use applied immersive games for education, work and wonder

Presented by Associate Professor Heide Lukosch, UC Engineering

Why anti-racism and black lives matter in Aotearoa

Presented by Amokapua Pākākano | AVC Māori, Pacific and Equity Dr Darryn RussellSenior Lecturer Garrick Cooper of UC’s College of Arts, and Lecturer Mahdis Azarmandi of UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development

The Crusaders brand evolution - crusading with heart

Presented by Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge and Head of Marketing & Communications Doug McSweeney

Interstellar worlds: tiny arrivals from other stars

Presented by Lecturer in Astrophysics Dr Michele Bannister, UC Science

Testing the limits of science and adventure

Presented by Dr Sarah Kessans, UC Science

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