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this month at the center

Events are subject to change, please check the updated times and locations throughout the semester

SPAS Graduate Student Conference, 2–4 April, Center for Korean Studies
The 25th Annual SPAS Graduate Student Conference "Pushing Boundaries, Shifting Perspectives: Remapping Asia and the Pacific Through a Transnational Interdisciplinary Len ​" at Center for Korean Studies​​​See full program.

Environmental Issues of the Mariana Islands
Wednesday, 2 April, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, 5:30pm – 7:15pm

Panel presentation and discussion with Dr Michael Lujan Bevacqua, University of Guam, Dr Michael G Hadfield, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Austin J Shelton III, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. See flyer and website.

Paul Lyons, Thursday, 3 April, Kuykendall 410, 3:00 pm
Dr Paul Lyons of the UHM English Department will present " 'Non-accidental Forms of Kindred Thought': Reflections on African (American) ​ ​and Pacific Literatures (1970-1990)" as part of the departments colloquium series. See flyer.

Land, Power, and the Coconut: Pathways from Pohnpei to Europe
Monday, 7 April, John Burns Hall 2118, 12:00-1:00pm
Josh Levy, PhD student (ABD) in history at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and an East–West Center Affiliate Scholar, will present at the EWC Education Program Brownbag. This presentation uses a commodity history approach to trace the pathways of the coconut from the groves and plantations of Pohnpei, Micronesia to centers of imperial power in late 19th and early 20th century Germany.
For more information, see EWC's events page.

Center for Pacific Islands Studies Student Conference, Tuesday, 8 April, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Students from UH, BYU–Hawaiʻi, and Chaminade University will share and demonstrate ways that they creatively engage with Pacific Islands scholarship in panel sessions from 9:00am until 3:00pm and performance sessions from 4:45pm until 7:00pm. The morning will begin with graduate student presentations on the ways digital media is transforming storytelling for Pacific Islanders in the islands and diaspora. Poets take the stage in the second session and share the ways they confront colonialism and express their indigenous identities—Rapanui, Tahitian, and Chamorro. After lunch, students discuss genealogy and connections to land through oral traditions including chants, song, and an acted stage performance.

Light refreshments will be provided before the performances continue at 4:45pm, featuring Tongan-style dance called Tauʻolunga and a performative response to climate change in Kiribati. "Open-mic" begins at 5:45pm for conference participants and guests to perform and share how they express Oceania. "Expressing Oceania" is sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Center for Pacific Islands Studies and School of Asian and Pacific Studies.

Like the 2014 conference Facebook page for updates and a schedule of presentations. see flyer.

Alexander Mawyer, Thursday, 10 April, Crawford 115, 3:00 pm
Dr Alexander Mawyer of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies will present “Eco-Semantics and the Nature of Pacific Anthropology” in this UHM Anthropology Department Colloquium, cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Keith L. Camacho, Monday, 14 April, BusAd E204
Dr. Camacho talk on "The Sacred Man of War: Samuel T. Shinohara, the Treason Charge, and the U.S. Rule of Law in Guam" is sponsored by SEED, UHM Ethnic Studies, and UHM Marianas Club. See summary.

PACITA: Pacific Islanders in the Arts Showcase, Wednesday–Friday, 16–18 April, various locations
PACITA is an annual festival to support students of Pacific Islands ancestry to pursue careers in the arts. See flyer. For those interested in participating or volunteering, contact Fata Simanu-Klutz at

Addressing Bullying: Speak Up
Wednesday, 23 April, Crawford 115, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Student Parents at Mānoa present a discussion on how parents, teachers, and students address bullying with our children and within our education setting. Presentations by Sara Kaʻimipono Banks, coordinator of Growing Pono Schools and the Pono Campaign, and Pacific Tongues spoken word artists Melvin Won-Pat Borja and Jason Mateo. Cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. See Flyer

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