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Historical Memory and Reconciliation in Northeast Asia Panel

HistoricalMemoryPanelFlyerFebruary 12, 2016
4:15 – 6:00pm
Manoa Campus, Art Auditorium

This panel brings together four scholars to present their perspectives and engage in interactive discussion that should provide new insights into both historical and contemporary Northeast Asia.

Panelists: Bruce Cumings (U of Chicago, History), Tessa Morris-Suzuki (Aus Nat’l U, History), Manfred Henningsen (UHM, Poli Sci), and Paula Harrell (Georgetown U, History). Moderated by Hagen Koo (UHM, Sociology). Co-sponsored by the Center for Korean Studies.

SPAS Macaulay Distinguished Lecture

MacaulayLectureFlyerFebruary 10, 2016
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Manoa Campus, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

“Peace in the Valley: A Century of Japanese Social Alternatives and their Inter-Asia Connections,” by Dr. Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Professor of Japanese History at Australian National University. This lecture explores an alternative tradition of grassroots social thought and practice which has flourished in parts of Japan – with little scholarly or media attention – since the early twentieth century, and which continues to shape local social activism today. There will be a public reception immediately following this talk.

Inaugural Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Lecture


Join us on February 5 at 4:15 in the Tokioka Room (Moore Hall 319) for our inaugural Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship lecture!

Michelle Daigle is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UHM. In 2011-2013, she was awarded the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship for her dissertation research. This talk, entitled Manifesting Disaster, or “My Minamata disease isn’t over yet,” will analyze how Minamata disease manifests not only through historical discourses of pollution and disaster, but also through patients’ embodied identity vis-à-vis activism and storytelling. Through this analysis, Michelle will shed analytical light on translocal discourses of distress and disaster, and respond to calls in disaster studies to reframe disasters as diachronic, rather than singular events with clear temporal, geographical, and social boundaries.

For more details on the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship, visit their website HERE.

In Memoriam: Emeritus Japanese History Professor H. Paul Varley


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of a beloved colleague.

H. Paul Varley, a towering figure in the field of premodern Japanese history and Sen Sōshitsu XV Distinguished Chair of Traditional Japanese Culture and History at UH Mānoa from its inauguration in 1994 until his retirement in 2004, passed away on December 15, 2015.

Paul was born on February 8, 1931, in Paterson, New Jersey. A US Army Veteran of the Korean War, Paul went on to receive a BS Degree from Lehigh University in 1952, an MA from Columbia University in 1961, and a PhD in History from Columbia University in 1964 and came to UHM for his first teaching position (1964-1965). Paul then taught in the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture at Columbia University from 1965 to 1993.  During that time he established himself as this country’s foremost authority on medieval Japanese cultural history and compiled a distinguished body of publications.

Fortunately for UHM his retirement from Columbia as Professor Emeritus of Japanese History in 1994 did not mean the end of his career. Dr. Varley returned to UHM as the Sen Soshitsu XV Chair in 1994 and over the next 10 years taught courses such as Japanese Civilization (HIST 321/322), History of the Way of Tea (HIST 323), History of the Samurai (HIST 324), and Seminars in Japanese History (HIST 665B/C).

Over the course of his illustrious career, Paul published numerous books and articles, including such pioneering books as The Ōnin War (1967), Imperial Restoration in Medieval Japan (1971), Samurai (with Ivan and Nobuko Morris, 1974), Tea in Japan (with Kamakura Isao, 1989) and Warriors of Japan (1994). His Japanese Culture, first published by UH Press in 1974 and now in its fourth edition, remains a best-selling text. An active member of the Association for Asian Studies, the Japan Society, and the Konnichi Kai of Hawaii, Paul served on the boards of directors of the Urasenke Tea Foundation, New York, and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. In 1996 he received The Order of the Rising Star, Gold Rays with Rosette, from the Government of Japan in recognition for his contributions to the field of Japanese Studies

During his last years, Paul resided in New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jane (Geiskopf) Varley, his daughter Sharyn Hennen, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.