this month at the center

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Event:  East-West Center's Research Program Seminar Presents Can Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) Help Save Indigenous Languages? with Dr. Matiu Tai Rātima, Senior Lecturer, School of Māori Pacific and Indigenous Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand, Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Scholar, East-West Center

Dates:  Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Location: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012, East-West Center

Description:What methods are best suited to the production of competent speakers of indigenous languages? How can the efficacy of indigenous language programmes be measured? What are the implications for the future of indigenous language revitalization? This talk will introduce the theoretical underpinnings and some practical examples of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) for university indigenous language programmes. Examples will draw upon the teaching and learning of te reo Māori (the Māori language) in New Zealand universities and of ‘Ōlelo Hawai'i at UH Mānoa. For more information, see flyer.

Sponsors:  The East-West Center.

Event:  Te Reo Wainene o Tua (The Sweet Story of Yester-year)

Dates:  Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 5:30 pūpū, 6:00pm - 7:00pm performance and talk story
Location: Hālau o Haumea, Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Mānoa

Description:Te Reo Wainene o Tua (TRWOT) is an innovative te Reo Māori storytelling kaupapa that brings together a collective of high profile te Reo Māori (Māori Language) advocates and parents. Honoring the deep genealogical connections between the Tangata Māori and Kanaka Maoli, TRWOT has embarked on their first international collaboration to Hawai‘i as part of the Creative New Zealand International Indigenous Art Form Exchange 2015. Join us as they share their kaupapa in an evening of storytelling and dialogue. For more information, see flyer.

Sponsors:  Department of Ethnic Studies, Māori Language Program, Hawaiian Theatre Program, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, and Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Mānoa

Contact: Ty Tengan, 956-8086,

Event:  Old Roots, New Routes in the French-Speaking Islands of the Pacific, Oceania Ensemble Colloquium, a multi-day symposium illuminating some of the extraordinary and current research in the region featuring scholars from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), the Université de la Polynésie Française (UPF), and the Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie (UNC).

Dates:  Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Location: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3015, East-West Center

Description: This interdisciplinary symposium will explore a wide range of themes including issues of land and language, history and economy, gender and the body, wellness, and nature. The colloquium is intended to illuminate the breadth and depth of contemporary research in the French-speaking islands of Oceania. For more information, see flyer.

Sponsors:  The Center for Pacific Islands Studies; the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies; the UHM Departments of Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas (LLEA), Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures (IPLL), French, English, Ethnic Studies, History, and Anthropology; the Hamilton Library Pacific Collection, and the East-West Center.

Event:  In Football We Trust? Sport and Polynesian Communities, A Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn Film

Date:  Monday, November 16
Time: 5:30pm pūpū, 6:00pm Film Screening and Q&A with Directors
Location: Art Auditorium

Date:  Tuesday, November 17
Time:12:00 'AWAkea Brown Bag, 1:30 Film-making Workshop with Directors (Register for Workshop)
Location: George Hall Room 301B

Sponsors:  UH Mānoa Departments of Ethnic Studies and Sociology

For more information, see flyer.

Event:  Menginpehn lih: the poetry of urohs. UHM English Dept. Colloquium featuring Dr. Emelihter Kihleng

Date:  Thursday, November 19
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Kuykendall Hall, Room 410, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Description: Emelihter Kihleng is the Distinguished Writer in Residence in the UHM English Department for Fall 2015. She recently completed her PhD in Va'aomanū Pasifika, Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Emelihter will present her PhD research on menginpehn lien Pohnpei, the handiwork of Pohnpeian women, which began with the nting (writing/tattooing) that women wrote onto skin to weaving to sewing cloth, particularly urohs (machine appliquéd and embroidered skirts), to her own poetry. In her presentation Emeli will discuss her indigenously framed research, read some of her “ethnographic poetry,” and provide images of urohs being sewn, displayed, sold, and worn by lien Pohnpei (Pohnpeian women) whose lives and identities are entangled in urohs.

Sponsors:  UH Mānoa English Department and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies

Event:  The UH Mānoa Department of Political Science "Global/Local Colloquium Series" hosts Dr. Robbie Shilliam

Workshop - Racialization and the Academy
Date:  Monday, November 16
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: QLCSS 411, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Colloquium - Africa in Oceania: Thinking Besides the Subaltern
Date:  Friday, November 20
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Saunders 624, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Description: Join us for a talk story and workshop with Dr. Robbie Shilliam, Queen Victoria, University of London. His recent book The Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections (2015) explores the relationship between the African Diaspora and activists and communities in the Pacific. For more information, see flyers.
Sponsor:  UH Mānoa Department of Political Science


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