Category Archives: Seminar Series

CPIS Seminars

The center had a full program of seminars and films during the fall semester.
Allen Stayman, Senior Professional Staff, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, presented “Trends and Issues for US-Affiliated Pacific Islands in the 112th Congress” on 24 August. Continue reading


In February, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the East-West Center’s Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) launched an interactive seminar series with the University of French Polynesia (UPF) using video-conferencing technology. The Pacific Connections Seminar Series is part of a ten-step plan developed by Terence Wesley-Smith (CPIS) and Jerry Finin (PIDP) when they met with UPF faculty in Tahiti in December 2011. The meetings were initiated to increase faculty and student exchanges between the campuses and to help bridge the Anglophone-Francophone divide in Pacific scholarship.
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On 2 March 2012, CPIS MA student Ebil Matsutaro joined Angela “Änghet” Hoppe-Cruz, Darlene Rodrigues, Michael Tun’cap, MA‘O lead intern Shea-Lan Kama, and MA‘O Youth in “Empowering Pacific Youth” a Native Voices Reading and Lecture Series talk-story roundtable. CPIS affiliate faculty members Craig Santos Perez and Brandy Nālani McDougall organized the roundtable discussion to address the challenges that Pacific youth face and opportunities and programs to support them in Hawai‘i and the continental US. CPIS cosponsored the roundtable. Continue reading


On 16 February, the Ethnic Studies Program, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center, hosted the forum, “Perspectives on Micronesian Communities in Hawaiʻi and Micronesia’s Pacific Connections (particularly Hawaiʻi)”. Continue reading