The clichéd image of a philosopher is a mature white man, bearded and bald, chin cupped in hand. Statistics confirm male dominance in the field, but Massey University is bucking the trend with a rise in women philosophers.
Standing on a Western Front battlefield where hundreds of Kiwi soldiers were killed is an emotional experience - especially for an academic deeply acquainted with the statistics, strategies and stories of war.
Progressing Māori interests and values under the Treaty of Waitangi requires bravery, persistence and working with love, says well-known Māori lawyer and expert on indigenous constitutionalism Moana Jackson.
Award-winning Brazilian fiction writer Adriana Lisboa is used to noisy, big cities - Rio de Janiero, Los Angeles, Chicago. So, living in Palmerston North, where she is an Honorary Research Associate at Massey University - is a contrast to the frenetic pace of life synonymous with her former habitats.
It's famously seen as a melancholic, darkly passionate dance of Argentina, but tango is also a story of migration and social upheaval. It is one of four music styles explored in the first free online course from the Spanish Language Programme at Massey University's School of Humanities.
The teaching of languages, the profile and suitability of the Bachelor of Arts degree, and government policies that might impact on humanities and social science disciplines were among topics canvassed by academic leaders in the arts at the Manawatū campus last week.