Colloquium Series, Fall-Spring 2008

Fall 2008 Lectures

Transmission Through Misrepresentation: Disseminating Southern Philippine Culture in New York City, October 14, 2008, Tuesday, Moore Hall 319, 12:00-1:30 pm.

Speaker: Wayland Quintero
Theatre Administrator, Leeward Community College (University of Hawaii)

Transmission Through Misrepresentation is a provocative narrative describing methods used by a charismatic leader and performance troupe to transmit heritage and tradition to Filipino-Americans living in New York City. It discusses how legitimacy is pursued through claims to specific origination, training, and "royal" titling within a specific southern Philippine indigenous tradition. This paper is partly based on interviews and correspondences with Philippine tradition bearers living in the U.S. and the Philippines, written testimonies of former members of the New York City-based Philippine "indigenous" performance troupe, as well as of the writer's personal experiences as a former member and insider within this troupe from 2000-2003. It addresses issues of artistic and group leadership, integrity, and self-exoticism. More...

A Reading with R. Zamora Linmark, October 20, 2008, 7:30 pm, Art Building Auditorium.

Speaker: R. Zamora Linmark
UHM Distinguished Writer in Residence, 2007

Zack Zamora will present three books, The Evolution of a Sigh (2008), Prime Time (2005), and Rolling the R's (1997). Zack is a UHM graduate, a winner of the National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship in poetry (2001) and a Fulbright Senior Lecturer/Researcher in the Philippines (2005-2006). He has taught creative writing at UC-Santa Cruz and in the Philippines at the De La Salle University and the University of Santo Tomas. More...

Problematizing Philippine Citizenship: The Bangsamoro (Moro Nation) Challenge, December 3, 2008, Wednesday, 12 noon-1:20 pm, Burns Hall Room 2118 (East-West Center).

Speakers: Belinda A. Aquino, PhD
Director, Center for Philippine Studies & Professor of Asian Studies
Federico V. Magdalena, PhD
Faculty Specialist, Center for Philippine Studies

This presentation will explore the meanings of cultural citizenship in Filipino Muslim history in the context of the continuing tension between the Republic of the Philippines (RP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which have recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement to expand the current Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). This Agreement has met with violent objections from various Muslim, Christian, indigenous, military and other groups particularly in North Cotabato and the Lanao provinces in Mindanao where the fighting has resumed. The speakers will analyze four basic issues connected with this continuing problem: the colonial complexity of Philippine history, the concept of ancestral domain, the proposed Bangsamoro Juridical Entity (BJE), and the series of peace talks that have been going on since the 1970s. More...

Spring 2008 Lectures

Dateline Philippines, March 18, 2008, 1:30-3:30 pm, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

Speaker: Sheila S. Coronel
Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism
Columbia University School of Journalism, New York

The lecture will provide an update on current Philippine politics and society, particularly with regard to developments in the media, democratic participation, and official corruption. Ms. Coronel will also touch on major social and economic issues, such as poverty in the Philippines, human rights abuses and continuing insurgencies in the country. More...

Update on GILAS, March 18, 2008, Tuesday, 5:30 pm, Philippine Consulate General, 2433 Pali Highway.

Speaker: Victoria P. Garchitorena
Ayala Foundation, Philippines

In February 2007, Vicky Garchitorena made a presentation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on GILAS (Gearing Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students), which aims to connect all Philippine public high schools (about 6,000) to the Internet by 2010. In 2006, only 1,040 high schools had been wired to the Internet. Vicky is coming back to Hawaii to give an update on the GILAS project, which was launched in 2005. The number of Internet- connected schools has increased considerably nationwide, but some regions like the Ilocos need to accelerate their pace of securing Internet connectivity for their public high schools. More...

The Hypersexuality of Race, March 19, 2008, 2:30 pm, Tokioka Room.

Speaker: Celina Parrenas Shimizu
Associate Professor of Film and Video
University of California at Santa Barbara

"While the sexualized representations of Asian American women in Western cinema and theater tend to be denounced as necessarily demeaning or negative, it may actually be the case that the images represent women taking charge of their own sexuality - including desires and subjugation - as actors, producers, critics, and viewers. In her new book, Celine Shimizu advances a theory she refers to as 'productive perversity,' using the term to define a broadening perception of what is and is not considered normal behavior." - Philippine News. More...

GUMIL Hawaii Vision & Writing: (Association of Ilokano Writers in Hawaii) Potentially Disenfranchising? April 15, 2008, Tuesday, 12:00 noon-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Ma. Socorro Q. Perez
Faculty, English Department, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

The lecture analyzes award-winning short fiction circa 90s to mid 2000, published in different GUMIL Hawaii anthologies. Corollary to the study is problematizing the social formation of Ilokano immigrant community in Hawaii, their constitution and their response to such constructs, and the ensuing consequences of identity politics which GUMIL Hawaii writing is predisposed to take. More...