On 17 January, the Pacific Writers’ Connection and UHM Department of English sponsored “Eye of the Albatross: Seminar with Carl Safina.” Dr Carl Safina is author of Eye of the Albatross (2003) and president of the Blue Ocean Institute.
The Department of Ethnic Studies’ Spring Colloquium Series began on 21 January with “Polynesia is Not a Project, Not a Place: Regenerating Indigenous Futures” by Dr Maile Arvin, University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr Arvin’s presentation examined how settler colonialism is much more complicated than a demand for Indigenous peoples to “go away,” and how we are all in the story of settler colonialism, even if we do not want to be there. She shared an eclectic visual archive of depictions of settlers, natives, and immigrants or “arrivants.” The event was cosponsored by Department of Women’s Studies and CPIS.
The center’s monthly Tok Stori series “Employing Pacific Studies” invites alumni and current students to discuss how they use Pacific studies. “Employing Pacific Studies” began on 13 September with alumni Senator J Kalani English (CPIS MA, 1995) and Scott Kroeker (CPIS MA, 1999), in a session chaired by Tarcisius Kabutaulaka. The panelists recounted their experiences as Pacific studies graduate students, shared the ways that they have used their Pacific studies degrees in their careers, and also discussed other career options for Pacific studies degrees. The seminar was followed by a welcome reception for incoming BA students.
On 26 October, the center celebrated our new student space, Hale Pasifika, located in Henke Hall room 308. Continue reading