The annual summer series extends the intellectual resources of UH Mānoa to the community, with this one inspired by the recent Honolulu magazine article, “Our Geniuses.” Here’s an opportunity to meet some of the gifted individuals profiled in the article via lectures that are free and open to the public. Events begin at 7:00 p.m. in the UH Mānoa Architecture Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.
The series is funded, in part, by the UH Foundation’s Shunzo Sakamaki Extraordinary Lecture Endowment, with promotional support provided by Honolulu magazine.
Schedule of lectures:
Wednesday, June 2 – The Nature of Giftedness, The Nurturing of Leaders
Join Ann Shea Bayer, educational psychology professor of UH Mānoa’s College of Education; Maenette Ah Nee-Benham, dean of the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Mānoa; Robyn McMullin, curriculum specialist at Assets School; and moderator Ann Brandman of Outreach College as they explore questions such as what characterizes a gifted child? What is the best way to nurture their talents? What can we learn from the Native Hawaiian concept of those with outstanding abilities? And what does the public school environment have to teach our future leaders?
Wednesday, June 9 – Encounters at the End of the World (documentary film screening) with remarks by Peter Gorham
UH Mānoa physicist Peter Gorham went to Antarctica to “capture” the elusive neutrino, a subatomic particle with a mass less than a millionth of an electron. He will share his experiences and reflect on the Antarctic’s role as a fulcrum in the balance of world ecology.
Wednesday, July 7 – From Blue Planet to Blue Mars: Avatars and Replicants for Alternative Realities with Henk Rogers
Considered one of the visionaries of computer games, Henk Rogers helped change the face of the industry as the entrepreneur responsible for bringing Tetris to U.S. and world markets. Rogers will give us the inside story on game development—including a sneak peek into his newest invention, a high definition virtual world on Mars—and his very real mission to end our dependence on fossil fuels.
Social entrepreneur Olin Lagon will share personal stories from several social ventures based in Hawai‘i that have brought in millions of dollars in support of social causes, and engaged thousands of individuals across the state to lead by example.
July 28 – Unleashing Abilities: The Genius of Dogs with Maureen Maurer, Cate Dorr, Dr. Wendi Hirsch, Brian Kajiyama, and service dogs Tucker and Zeus at the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium
Maureen Maurer and Cate Dorr of Hawaii Canines for Independence present their findings on canine cognition and communication and the development of Canine Sign Language (CSL), with its glance commands for those who cannot communicate verbally with their service dogs. Brian Kajiyama will demonstrate how he communicates to his service dog, Zeus, through CSL, and Dr. Wendi Hirsch offers testimony about the life-changing work of therapy dog Tucker at Kapi‘olani Medical Center.
For more information, call (808) 956-2729 or visit: http://www.outreach.hawaii.edu/summer/sakamaki.asp/. For more information on the UH Mānoa campus, see http://manoa.hawaii.edu/.