this month at the center
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Event: Natural Resources & Development in Oceania Seminar Series: PACS 401 and PACS 690 Student Presentations
Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
John A. Burns Hall 3121/25, Third Floor, East-West
Description: During spring 2016, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Development Program at the East-West Center, organized a seminar series on the theme “Natural Resources and Development in Oceania.” The seminars feature scholars from various disciplines at UHM who have researched and published on related issues. See series flyer for more information. In this culminating session, students in PACS 401 (Senior Capstone) and PACS 690 (Graduate Seminar: Natural Resources & Development in Oceania) will deliver the following presentations:
Click here for the May 2nd program.
for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the
Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center.
Event: Film Screening: Dream Big: Nānākuli at the Fringe, followed by a panel discussion about the importance of the Nānākuli Performing Arts program.
Date: Thursday, May 5th
Time: Doors open at 7:00pm, screening begins at 7:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided.
Location: Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 99 Kinau Street, Honolulu 96814
Register (free): Reserve your seat(s): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pic-exchange-tickets-24415050072
In 2011, students and alumni from the Nānākuli Performing Arts
on Oʻahu traveled to Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival. Learn how this group, who hailed from what was once
considered the "worst" school in Hawaiʻi, came to proudly represent the
United States at the largest art festival in the world.
Sponsor: Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)
Event: Oceanic Tongues: Assessing and Documenting Language Vitality in the Contemporary Pacific, by Alexander Mawyer
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Kuykendall Hall Room 210, UHM campus
Registration (fee waived for Hawai'i residents): https://www.cape.edu/programs/asiatoday/registration.html
Description: This talk looks at an ongoing regional crisis that parallels the more familiar problem of biological mass extinction, both globally and in the Asia-Pacific region: the endangerment and loss of languages within the Pacific Islands over the last century. Issues of language shift and change, and community-based supports for language documentation, conservation, and renewal bring into view many facets of Pacific Island history and the contemporary Pacific. With a focus on poetic language as well as the linguistic encoding of local ecological knowledge, this talk explores the diversity and regional linkages that characterize Oceania and observes how issues in language and culture are often connected to other profound issues of the contemporary moment, from cultural identity and community to issues of mobility, globalization, and the political.
Sponsor/Contact: The Center for Asia-Pacific Exchange, E-mail: email@example.com, Phone: 942-8553
Event: Seminar by Mary Walworth, PhD, DEL Fellow, US National Science Foundation
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
Location: Tokioka Room, Moore 319
Tahitian, the indigenous language of the French Polynesian island of
Tahiti, is becoming increasingly endangered due to the decline of its
general use and its intergenerational transmission. However, while the
language’s use steadily decreases in Tahiti, throughout the rest of
French Polynesia where Tahitian is an introduced language, it is
thriving. In this talk, I explore the role of Tahitian in French
Polynesia through language-use surveys and interviews with educators
and officials, which were conducted both in Tahiti and in the outer
islands. I present Tahiti as an economic, political, educational,
social, and religious center for the region and I demonstrate how its
prestigious role in this capacity has led to extensive linguistic and
cultural influence and subsequent language replacement in the outer
islands. In this talk, I first describe the reasons for Tahitian’s
endangerment in Tahiti, and then I investigate how Tahitian has come to
threaten lesser-spoken languages outside of Tahiti. Finally, I examine
the future of the Tahitian language in Tahiti and how its continued
decline will certainly affect language throughout French Polynesia.
The Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Departments of French,
Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, and Indo-Pacific
Languages and Literatures.
Event: Free screening of the video, Maisa, the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan
Date: Sunday May 29, 2016
Location: Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814
Registration: This is a free but ticketed event. Please RSVP via the "Purchase Tickets" button on this website: http://honolulumuseum.org/events/films/15683-maisa
Description: Based on a Chamoru legend, Maisa tells the story of a girl who finds the strength to lead the women of Guåhan (Guam) into battle against a giant creature from the Marianas trench that is devouring their island home. This is the first animated film to feature the endangered Chamorro language of Guam. The Honolulu production and creative team at Twiddle productions Inc. worked hand in hand with the DOE Chamorro Studies Department in Guam as well as cultural and language experts. See the trailer: https://vimeo.com/146631622 See also the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/109737872763246/
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