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conference report

UNITED STATES

Burning bridges

Michael Hayes

RICK BARTOW, Complex My Story (Susanna and the Elders I), 1995, pastel and graphite on paper, 101.5 x 66 cm, courtesy Froelick Adelhart Gallery, Portland

When I was in contact with Maori artist John Bevan Ford about writing this piece on the "Re-writing the Pacific" conference organised at the University of California Davis Campus, he told me of a statement brought back to him from another conference in the United States: "Universities are rapidly becoming unsafe places for culture." Of course universities have been safe

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