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Three-Year Grant for Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center
Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center on Oʻahu has received a three-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to preserve and maintain the Samoan language. It is the first-ever award by the ANA for Samoan language preservation and maintenance in the United States. Elisapeta Tuupo-Alaimaleata, the center’s founder and executive director, said the grant’s impact will go beyond just the language: “We have a strong family-oriented project that’s providing learning opportunities that teach not just the language, but values in our culture… Our work under the grant will support grassroots opportunities to empower families to value education for their children in general… Our ultimate goal is to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Samoan language and culture for future generations.” The objectives of the grant are to document a Samoan Language Curriculum for Hawaiʻi and the continental United States, develop a Samoan language teacher certification process, and expand the center.  Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center offers services to help youths and families living in Hawaiʻi, providing free Samoan language learning sessions to all who wish to learn the language. For additional information, see www.lefetuao.com/.
New Certificate Program in Critical Pacific Islands Studies
The City College of San Francisco (CCSF) has launched a new Certificate Program in Critical Pacific Islands Studies. The program will be housed in CCSF’s Interdisciplinary Studies Department and will begin to offer courses in the fall of 2014, weaving together the disciplines of Pacific Island studies, ethnic studies, environmental sciences, diversity, and social justice. Drawing inspiration from its slogan, “We Are Ocean,” the program will introduce students to historical and contemporary topics that affect the lives of Pacific Islanders in the United States. Students enrolled in the program will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the 17-unit program, which can be completed in one to two semesters. Find more information at www.ccsf.edu/IDST.
Pacific Islands Universities Research Network
The Pacific Islands Universities Research Network (PIURN) recently finalized a Memorandum of Cooperation with its 11 members: the University of the South Pacific, Fiji National University, National University of Samoa, Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea University of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Fiji, Papua New University of Technology, University of French Polynesia, University of Goroka, University of New Caledonia, and University of Papua New Guinea. The PIURN network that will identify research priority areas and impact on research priorities and development; its members will also collaborate to identify research priority areas and maximize synergies to contribute towards social and national transformation of Pacific Island countries.For additional information, contact the PIURN Office of the Network Director at shalni.sanjana@usp.ac.fj.
Historypin Project
Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) announced a new crowd-sourced project to identify places across the United States that matter to diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Developed in collaboration with the location-driven web platform Historypin, “East at Main Street” will result in new information about places that matter to Asian Pacific Islander Americans and can be used to develop landmark designations, interpretive and educational projects, public programs, travel itineraries, and more. Learn more and participate at www.historypin.com/project/51-east-at-main-street#!map/index/#!/geo:38.210513,-146.926995/zoom:3/
Calls for Submissions
Submissions are invited for “Our Bodies Are Sacred – An Anthology of Writing, Visual Art, and Performance by and for Indigenous Queer and Trans Chamorus.” “Queer and Trans Chamoru histories are said to be non-existent, yet we are living and breathing testimony to the contrary. As we struggle to define who we are as Indigenous Chamoru peoples, we are reminded that all our futures are linked. Self-determination also means the freedom to practice the fullness of our genders and sexualities within our Indigenous communities—we call this the sacred, sovereignty of the body.” Poetry, short stories, essays, interviews, scripts, visual art, songs, and performance videos are requested by 1 July 2014. For more information see ourbodiesaresacred.tumblr.com
or www.facebook.com/ourbodiesaresacred.
The Micronesian Educator publishes scholarly articles that come from a wide range of areas of educational research and related disciplines. The journal serves as a forum to share empirical research findings, literature reviews, theoretical perspectives, and practical applications in such areas and may include book reviews, poetry, and artistic expressions as well as work done in indigenous/local Micronesian languages. Details are available at www.soeuog.x10.mx/micronesian_ed.html#.
The 2014 Gunson Prize will award A$1000 for the best essay in Pacific history by a postgraduate or senior student. This competition aims to promote the work of scholars at the early stage of their career. Entries should be submitted by 3 November 2014 to jph@anu.edu.au. The winner will be announced at the 21st Biennial Pacific History Association Conference in Taiwan. Further details available at pacificinstitute.anu.edu.au/outrigger/2014/04/17/gunson-essay-prize-in-pacific-history-2/.
The University of Nebraska Press is actively looking for monographs as part of a new series entitled Pacific Worlds. The digital flyer for the series is available at pacificworlds.weebly.com.
Pacific Affairs Book Reviews Online
Pacific Affairs recently adopted a policy of publishing book reviews as they are completed and copy-edited, since the time from completion to publication is often long, upwards of a year given the number of reviews. To check out the latest review, please go to www.pacificaffairs.ubc.ca/book-reviews/.
A Workshop on Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK)
A Workshop on Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK) from the perspectives of the social sciences, the arts, the humanities, education, and related fields is currently being developed to take place in February 2014 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This interdisciplinary workshop aims to ask: What is LEK? How is LEK shared between generations? What is the connection of LEK to my personal and cultural identity? and to create a discursive space to explore the answers. For specific information, inquiries, and expressions of interest for participation, please contact Emerson Odango emerson.odango(at)gmail.com and Korynn Elliott korynn.elliott(at)gmail.com.
Climate Change Curriculum
The Hawai‘i Tsunami Education Curriculum Program is a project of the Pacific Tsunami Museum in Hilo, Hawai‘i (2010-2013).  The mission is to save lives and improve Native Hawaiian students’ academic and technology skills using the themes of exploring tsunami science, climate change, and disaster preparedness. Kai E‘e – Mounting Seas: Pacific Tsunami and Climate Change, is the new place-based curriculum with the topics of Tsunami (Grades 4, 9) and Climate Change (Grades 6, 8).  It was developed by the Pacific American Foundation with the Program Partners.  The lessons are aligned to the Common Core State standards, the Next Generation Science standards, and to Nā Honua Mauli Ola, Hawaiian Cultural Pathways for Healthy and Responsive Learning Environments. Sixty-one teachers from 20 schools statewide contributed to the curriculum development process through their scoping and field testing of units. The project was funded by the Native Hawaiian Education Program of the US Department of Education. The curriculum units, teacher guides, and multimedia resources focus on Hawaiʻi but include valuable examples for other Pacific Islands and are available at http://discovertsunamis.org
Call for Papers: Micronesian Educator
The Micronesian Educator publishes scholarly articles that come from a wide range of areas of educational research and related disciplines. The journal serves as a forum to share empirical research findings, literature reviews, theoretical perspectives, and practical applications in such areas and may include book reviews, poetry, and artistic expressions as well as work done in indigenous/local Micronesian languages. Details are available at http://www.soeuog.x10.mx/micronesian_ed.html#.
Call for submissions: Pacific Asia Inquiry
Papers for Pacific Asia Inquiry Volume 5 are now being accepted with a submission deadline of 1 February 2014. Details are available under “Submission Procedures” at www.uog.edu/pai.
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