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People's History 2015 Symposium


Sun 1 Nov 2015, 9:00am–4:30pm

Where: Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Registration. Entry by koha: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Inspired by the centennial of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), we invite you to a one-day People’s History symposium: Education in Aotearoa New Zealand - for freedom or conformity?

‘There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom’, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.’ (Richard Shaull, drawing on Paulo Freire)

Stimulated by this quotation speakers will explore some of the many ways that New Zealanders have been educated. Speakers include: Pat Bolster marking the centenary of the WEA; Conal McCarthy and Jim Traue on museums and early Mechanics’ institutes; Cybele Locke, Rachelle Hautapu, Bronwyn Wood and Meegan Hall on formal education from early childhood to tertiary; The Song Snatchers on the Music to Schools broadcasts; Claire-Louise McCurdy, Graeme Whimp and Ross Teppett on workers’ education; and, discussing the media, Jan Rivers, Jeremy Rose and ‘White Man Behind A Desk’. There will also be a ‘History on Speed’ interactive session, and at the end of the symposium Paul Diamond will wrap up the day’s discussions. For the full programme see the Labour History Project website

Bookings are required, entry by koha. Register by emailing
Hosted by Wellington Museum, the Labour History Project and the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Photo: Karori Normal School children taking off for the holidays, 15 December 1977. Evening Post Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.
Reference no: EP/1977/5055/8-F.

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