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Pine Tree Lecture this Thursday features international speaker

Prof. Graham Hingangarao Smith, head of the Maori Education Department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, will speak at Trent University on Thursday, February 13 at 10 a.m.

Prof. Smith is a prominent Maori education activist and has been at the forefront of Maori initiatives in the education field for some time. His recent academic work has centred on decolonization and developing transformative strategies related to Maori cultural, political, social, educational and economic life. He is also involved in the development of Tribal Universities and is the chairperson of Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi.

A person who has made significant contributions to the political, social, economic and cultural advancement of Indigenous Maori communities, Prof. Smith has also worked extensively with other Indigenous / First Nations peoples across the world, including Canada, Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Taiwan, Chile, Australia and the Pacific nations. He is a regular contributor to national forums on Indigenous and decolonization issues and has also been an authoritative voice in international forums on Indigenous education issues. Professor Smith has been an active contributor to the critical debate on 'race' and 'ethnicity' both in New Zealand and abroad.

Professor Smith is one the most influential educators in New Zealand today. He has published widely and is in demand as a commentator on national and international Indigenous matters. He is of Ngati Apa, Ngati Kahungunu, Kai Tahu and Ngati Porou tribal descent.

This event is part of the Pine Tree Lecture Series, hosted by the Trent University Native Studies Department’s Ph.D. program. It will be held in the Native Studies Lounge, Otonabee College, and the event is free and open to the public.

Posted February 12, 2003

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