The year 2010 marks the 60th anniversary of Pacific studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM). There are now more than a dozen Pacific studies centers or programs in Oceania, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, as well as several countries in Europe. This conference will bring together Pacific studies practitioners, alumni, students, and community members to identify accomplishments, challenges, and future directions in this dynamic field of study. "Celebrating Connections" will feature presentations by distinguished alumni of UHM's Center for Pacific Islands Studies and dialogue sessions with individuals engaged in Pacific studies across the region. In exchanging ideas, we hope that participants will learn ways to create collaborative relationships regionally, locally, and within their institutions; identify useful strategies to apply in teaching and program development; increase their awareness of employment and career possibilities for Pacific studies graduates; identify future directions for the field; and celebrate Pacific studies accomplishments over the last 60 years!
In preparation for the conference, we are asking all participants to reflect on the ways their programs connect most productively with
- other institutions and other units on their campuses,
- local Pacific Islander communities,
- students, and
The conference program has been posted, along with the specific questions that will be addressed in individual sessions.
You are invited to follow our blog at http://celebratingconnections.blogspot.com/
Terence Wesley-Smith, Convener