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Jo Bailey

in Christchurch

Writing, Women and World II


Jo Bailey is a full time freelance writer, editor and author who writes books in her 'spare time'. She has just published her fourth, called Never Forget, a collection of six extraordinary, true World War II stories.

In this PechaKucha, Jo introduces the courageous people in her book, whose lives were turned upside down by war. She also discusses her own journey as a reader and writer, which led to the creation of Never Forget. Jo hopes being reminded of the horrors of war might lead to a conversation about how we can move on from the things which divide us and focus instead on building community, compassion and love.

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Civil War Anesthesia

@ VOL 3 ON JUN 05, 2015

John Rathgeb, a Civil War ethusiast, shares medical practices and the evolution of anesthesia around the world and uses in the Civil war. 

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Collateral Damage: Women & War

@ VOL 5 ON JUL 19, 2015

Sarmala Shandrathasan speaks about her life as an artist from war-torn Jaffna, in the very North of Sri Lanka. She discusses how the horrors of war have shaped her art and specifically how she intends to represent the hardships of women.

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Women Empowering Communities & the World

@ VOL 6 ON MAR 18, 2016

Tom Sheaffer talks about what empowering women means to him and cites examples from around the world. 

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WW1 Voices

@ VOL 28 ON AUG 25, 2016

Where do stories come from? Young adult fiction writer Anna Mackenzie finds death leads to questions. These questions lead to an investoigation into NZ's history of WW1, and here Anna gives voice to some of these stories.

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Hidden Figures: Women by Numbers

@ VOL 31 ON AUG 11, 2017

An economist and diplomat, Ambassador Amanda Ellis currently serves as Special Advisor for International Programs and Partnerships in the Office of the President at the East West Center, Hawai‘i. Until March 2016 Amanda served as New Zealand Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva and Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, playing a key role in New Zealand’s successful UN Security Council bid. Prior to that, as Deputy Secretary (International Development) in the NZ Foreign Ministry she was first woman to lead the Aid Programme. With a long history working to promote gender equality, Ms Ellis held a number of senior roles at the World Bank Group, where she founded the IFC gender group, managed the President’s Global Private Sector CEO Leaders and led the Doing Business gender research project which created “Women, Business and the Law.” A founding member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, Amanda currently serves on the advisory boards of FINCA International, UN Women Empowerment Principles, the World Economic Forum Future Agenda Councils and the Council on Foreign Relations Committee on economic inclusion. She is the author of two best selling Random House books on women in business and five research titles on gender and economic growth in the World Bank Directions in Development series. Ms. Ellis is the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women’s economic empowerment.

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I know a Woman: The inspiring connections between the women who have shaped our world

@ VOL 9 ON MAR 08, 2018

Journalist and author Kate Hodges maps the associations between Patti Smith, Mae Jemison, Leonora Carrington, and many more amazing women in her beautiful new book.

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The War in the Pacific

@ VOL 35 ON MAY 09, 2018

D Ralph Young is a graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He served as a consultant to the power industry all over the world. In 2006 he was inducted into the UK college of Engineering Hall of Distinction.He survived 4 major battles in the Pacific during WWII as a gunner's mate on the USS J Franklin Bell.

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Journey of the Heart

@ VOL 3 ON NOV 11, 2018

Patricia Gaffney-Kindig, a World War II orphan, after seeing a Good Morning America broadcast on discovering and identifying the remains of WWII pilots who never returned from Papua New Guinea, started a journey to discover her father, and finds him and so much more! (Patricia Skyped in from Denver, CO and presented live for this event)

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A 'Top Secret' Hole in the Ground and Other Hush Hush War-Time Construction in Selwyn

@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Robyn Burgess is a built heritage surveyor and historian. She has had the great fortune to have had many years working in the field of heritage identification and management, in both public and private sector roles. In New Zealand she has held senior heritage positions at the Department of Conservation and Opus International Consultants, and currently works for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga as a heritage advisor covering Canterbury and the West Coast. Her favourite roles overseas have been to record at-risk historic buildings for the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England and, in three brief but glorious stints, surveying ancient archaeological sites in Greece.

Robyn is living proof that if you study what really interests you, then chances are you can thrive in a career working in that field too. She studied history, art history and philosophy the University of Canterbury, museum studies at Massey University and, as a mid-career professional, has had the joy of hands-on heritage conservation training in Italy and China.

In this PechaKucha Robyn will enlighten us about a former ‘top secret’ World War Two construction effort in the Selwyn District.