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FAU to Host Sir Tipene O’Regan as its Distinguished International Visitor

BOCA RATON, FL (October 24, 2008) –Florida Atlantic University and the Office of International Programs, in collaboration with the department of history and the dean’s office of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, welcomes Sir Tipene O’Regan as this year’s Distinguished International Visitor. O’Regan will lecture on “Re-carving the House of the People: the Reinvention of the Tribe in the New Century” on Tuesday, October 28 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.   A reception in the lobby of the Student Union will immediately follow the lecture.

O’Regan is a leading political figure in the Maori Ngai Tahu tribe who led modern efforts to establish tribal political and individual economic rights in New Zealand. In his lecture, he will discuss the transformation of the Maori people as individuals and as a tribe over the past few decades. The reinvention of the Maori people includes securing financial and legal rights from the federal government of New Zealand after years of trials and struggle.

O’Regan is currently a faculty member and assistant vice chancellor for Maori issues at the University of Canterbury. In 1993, he was the National Business Review’s “New Zealander of the Year.” O’Regan holds a well-respected place in New Zealand historical scholarship and has honorary degrees from the University of Canterbury, Victoria University and Lincoln University. He is a past trustee of the Prince of Wales Trust and in 1994 was made a knight bachelor.

            This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Catherine Meschievitz at 561-297-1039, 561-297-3282, or at


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