President’s Lecture Series Presents:
Innovation in Education: From a Māori Perspective
Dr. Piri Sciascia
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori
at the Victoria University
of Wellington, New Zealand
Friday, February 26th at 8:00 AM
Dr Sciascia will be speaking from his extensive experience in the education, promotion, and conservation of Māori arts and culture through his role as Deputy Vice Chancellor Māori at the Victoria University of Wellington, where his office seeks to maintain Māori as a dynamic influential force within the University through learning and teaching that draw from indigenous research, knowledge and methodologies.
As assistant director of the QEII Arts Council and director of the Maori Pacific Arts Council, Professor Sciascia administered the successful Te Maori exhibition, which opened in New York in 1984 and toured the United States.
He has contributed to numerous national and iwi Boards including Toi Maori Aotearoa, Maori Arts New Zealand and Dance Aotearoa New Zealand.
He has been involved in Maori performing arts for more than 40 years as a performer, composer, tutor, advisor, and leader.
Professor Sciascia is regarded by his whanau, hapu and iwi as an authority of whakapapa and tikanga Maori, and has been a prominent orator for his hapu and iwi for more than 35 years.