Center for Pacific Island Studies
this month at the center
Events are subject to change, please check the updated times and locations throughout the semester
David Akin, Monday, 3 March, 2:30-5:00 pm, Sakamaki A-201 (History Dept. Library)
Like most young Melanesian countries, the Solomon Islands state has found it hard to instill a strong sense of national belonging among many of its citizens. When people try to explain this difficulty, they often begin by pointing to the country's great diversity of enduring small-group identities. The implication is that weak identifications with the state can be attributed largely to an enduring, fragmented nature of Melanesian populations and their cultures. This talk challenges this view by tracing broader political groups and allegiances that Solomon Islanders have formed since the late nineteenth century that have transcended linguistic and cultural differences. The frailty of national identities in the Solomons is a modern predicament, not a primordial one.
David Akin and David Chappell, Thursday, 6 March, 3:00–5:00 pm, Burns Hall 3121/3125
Mara Mulroney, Thursday, 13 March, 3:00 pm, Crawford 115
Photo Exhibition: Carrying Culture: Micronesia, 19 March–30 April, Mezzanine Gallery, Honolulu Museum of Art School
Coconut Frond Ornaments Workshop, Friday, 21 March, Honolulu Museum of Art School, 9:00 am–2:00 pm
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