Colloquium Series, Fall-Spring 2007

Fall 2007 Lectures

Journey to Mindanao, Philippines: A gift! October 17, 2007, Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Stephanie J. Castillo
Emmy Award-Winning Filmmaker, Honolulu

On March 24, 2007 Stephanie headed for Mindanao in the Philippines for a five-day journey as a guest filmmaker of the Consuelo Foundation, a Hawaii-based non-profit working to prevent abuse and neglect among poor and disadvantaged children, youth and women in Hawaii and the Philippines. This was the Foundation Board's 17th visit to the Philippines and its intention was to see the work the Foundation funds in the armed conflict regions of Mindanao, including Jolo and Basilan islands. Little did Stephanie and the Board know that their short, peaceful visit was but a window before violence and fighting began again two weeks later. She will reflect on her trip and some of the issues that touched her during her visit. More...

Urbanization, Industrialization and Land Conversion in the Philippines: Policy Issues and Problems, October 31, 2007, Wednesday, 2:00-3:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Speaker: Benjamin V. Carino, PhD
Professor of Urban Planning, University of the Philippines

The conversion of agricultural land into urban and industrial uses has raised an outcry from many quarters due to the possible adverse effects on agrarian reform, food self-sufficiency, and environmental sustainability. Moreover, the policy restrictions on land conversion are complex, full of contradictions, and in need of rationalization. The lecture examines the theoretical and empirical bases for the conversion of agricultural land into non-agricultural uses, and suggests that policy reforms should aim for the progression in the use value of land assets in the Philippines. More...

Is your language endangered? Lessons from Pangasinan, November 7, 2007, Wednesday, 1:30-3:00 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Languages worldwide are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Because this has implications for cultural identities and knowledge systems, members of a language group must be aware of the factors that lead to language demise in order to make informed decisions about measures that ensure language continuation into the future. This lecture discusses some of the processes related to language loss or maintenance in relation to the decline of Pangasinense, the language in Pangasinan, the Philippines's eighth largest language. It provides an overview of the current viability of Philippine languages, and summarizes the history of language policy in the Philippines. It concludes by examining a scenario in which globalization may yield unexpected opportunities for language revitalization. More...

Autonomy ...A Philippine experiment in managing "Peace and Order" in Muslim Mindanao, November 26, 2007, Monday, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)

Speaker: Atty. Lidinila Reyes
Chairperson, Regional Youth Center Foundation, Inc., Region IX, Philippines
& Consultant for Government, Military, Industry & the Royal Sultanate of Sulu & North Borneo

Peace in the Philippines will be sustained by providing all parties a stake in stability, with a sense of justice and equality. People must be given an opportunity to determine whether they wish to be independent or part of an established state through an authentic "Referendum" that ensures freedom of true expression. With this premise, the lecture will basically examine various positions that may be taken in settling the Mindanao conflict: political through plebiscite, and legal through court adjudication. The conflict should not be seen entirely as a religious issue. More...

Spring 2007 Lectures

Mediations, Political and Divine: An Ethnography of Convergence in the Global Philippines, January 24, 2007, Thursday, Saunders Hall 345, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm.

Speaker: Deirdre de la Cruz
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows and
Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan

This talk presents an assemblage of international events and ethnographic vignettes, each of which involves the following: 1) Filipino nationals on a global stage; 2) the mass media; and 3) divine intervention. Inspired by recent anthropological literature on "networks," "global connections," and "the contingency of encounters," this talk suggests that seemingly unrelated phenomena and events can be brought together in politically relevant and culturally meaningful ways through close attention to their points of conjuncture, convergence, and even at times, coincidence. This talk is especially concerned with convergent forms of mediation, be they political, religious, technological, or ethnographic, and strives to understand the perils and promises of mediation as they are informed by Filipino Catholicism and imagined by Catholic Filipinos in and outside of the contemporary Philippines. More...

The New Growth Drivers in the Philippine Economy: Impact on Philippine Politics, April 30, 2007, Monday, 12:00noon, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: David Llorito
Journalist, Manila, Philippines

More than 60 percent of the country's GDP are now accounted for by remittances, electronics and semiconductors and cyberservices whose imperatives are determined largely by global events. Somehow, this has led to the "decoupling," albeit partially, of the economy's growth prospects from the country's rambunctious politics. The economy has been growing quite decently (5-6 percent in the last four years) despite all the political noises. Antigovernment forces are finding it hard to mobilize warm bodies for decisive political action. It seems that the middle and lower middle classes who were the major players in the two Edsa uprisings are now the major beneficiaries of the new economic growth drivers, thus providing a semblance of stability in the Philippines. More...

The Anti-Marcos Movement in Historical Perspective: The Unfinished Revolution in the USA, April 27, 2007, Friday, 12:00noon, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Augusto F. Espiritu
Associate Professor in History

Professor Espiritu will explore the ways in which the expatriate and second-generation movement to free the Philippines of the Marcos dictatorship and to establish equality for all in the USA, sought to connect itself to the unfinished Philippine Revolution, especially Andres Bonifacio, and the parallels and paradoxes of this attempt at historical identification. More...

Philippine Music: Traditional and Contemporary, a Video and Talk, June 13, 2007,Wednesday, 2:00-3:30 pm, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

Speaker: Prof. Antonio Hila
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

Prof. Antonio Hila of de la Salle University in Manila will show and comment on the documentary Philippine Music; an overview. It presents the rich diversity of Philippine music including traditions of the Cordillera mountain areas, lumad aboriginal groups, the Muslim South, and the broad sweep of Lowland music from its Spanish colonial and Catholic heritage, through American vaudeville to Pinoy Pop. Prof. Hila will comment on the challenges of assembling a documentary, presenting a Filipino viewpoint, and the Filipino music scene today. More...