Events

17/05/2017 - 8:00pm

A year of surprises, 2016 saw Britons vote to leave the European Union and Americans elect Donald Trump as president, leaving many dumbstruck and locked in an us-and-them tussle across politics, economics, race, gender and geographies.

05/04/2017 - 12:15pm

In this talk Ben Schrader offers some reflections on the writing of his recent book The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities, 1840-1920 (Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2016). This is a free public event but please RSVP to events.natlib@dia.govt.nz with Big Smoke in the subject line.

20/04/2017 - 5:30pm

Svetlana Boym called nostalgia ‘a romance with one’s own fantasy.’ Both the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump thrived on nostalgia. But nostalgia for what? And whose nostalgia is it? 

In this BWB Winter series conversation, Andrew Dean (author of Ruth, Roger and Me) talks with BWB Texts publisher Tom Rennie about what nostalgia is doing to our contemporary politics.

Thursday 20 April, 5.30 for 6.00 pm

Scorpio Books (The BNZ Centre, Hereford Street, Christchurch)

19/04/2017 - 5:30pm

Svetlana Boym called nostalgia ‘a romance with one’s own fantasy.’ Both the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump thrived on nostalgia. But nostalgia for what? And whose nostalgia is it?

In this BWB Winter series conversation, Andrew Dean (author of Ruth, Roger and Me) talks with BWB Texts publisher Tom Rennie about what nostalgia is doing to our contemporary politics.

Wednesday 19 April, 5.30 for 6.00 pm

Vic Books Kelburn (Victoria Univeristy, Kelburn Parade, Wellington)

23/03/2017 - 5:30pm

In an era of populist politics, Brexit, Donald Trump, 24-hour news cycles and perpetual election campaigning, Jonathan Boston's new BWB text arrives at a much needed time. In his Safeguarding the Future, Boston asks how we can govern well for the future. How do we take the long view, ensuring that present-day policy decisions reflect the needs and safeguard the interests of future generations?

Join the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (Victoria Univeristy of Wellington) and BWB to celebrate the launch of this new text!

20/03/2017 - 6:30pm

A stimulating night out with top Radio NZ media commentators Gavin Ellis and Rod Oram questioned by RNZ "Morning Report" journalist Guyon Espiner.

Hear their insights on our accelerating changing world. How safe is our democracy and way of life? Are we too complacent about the powerful forces shaping our world in the media and economics?

Ticket includes a copy of Gavin Ellis "Complacent Nation" and Rod Oram's "Three Cities" plus 2-course dinner with a glass of wine and tea or coffee at the iconic Esplanade Hotel in Devonport.

16/03/2017 - 5:30pm

Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality

By Prue Hyman

What has happened to New Zealand women’s economic and social status over the last twenty years?

In 1994, economist Prue Hyman published Women and Economics, an overview of the status of women in the New Zealand economy. Much has changed since then – but how much? Has the promise of equality been fulfi lled in the labour market? Is unpaid domestic work being given the recognition it deserves?

13/03/2017 - 6:00pm

The first City Talks for 2017 features historian Ben Schrader, who discusses New Zealand’s urban history with his talk ‘The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840-1920’.

The pursuit of city life is one of the most important untold stories of New Zealand. Historian Ben Schrader’s The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840-1920 is the first comprehensive history to tell this story, presenting a dynamic and highly illustrated account of city life from 1840 to 1920.

06/04/2017 - 2:00pm
The end of antibiotics – the end of modern medicine?
08/04/2017 - 10:30am
Max Harris and Shen Narayanasamy talk about how to change the world.

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