Colloquium Series, Fall-Spring 2009

Fall 2009 Lectures

Building Dreams: Class and Community in the Filipina/o Diaspora, October 28, 2009, Wednesday, 12:30 pm-2:00 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Roderick N. Labrador, PhD
Assistant Professor, UHM Department of Ethnic Studies

Drawing from an ethnographic study conducted in 2000-03, Dr. Roderick Labrador analyzes the events and activities surrounding the opening of the Filipino Community Center, a middle class project with its emphasis on entrepreneurship and ethnic "heroes." The lecture discusses several interrelated issues: how those in the middle class shape subjectivity in a community that has defined itself and been identified as impoverished; how people think about and perform class (via the images, symbols, and ideologies they use to construct competing visions of "Filipino"); and the usefulness of class (and class difference) in understanding the dynamics of individual and collective identity formation, particularly in a community where class is seldom used to theorize identity-making processes. More...

"MIA":Recovering the History of a Community Through Digitization, November 4, 2009, Wednesday, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Clement Bautista
Director, UHM Office of Multicultural Affairs

The majority of community experiences are mostly forgotten or overlooked by mainstream accounts of a place. This absence is particularly true of "ethnic" communities and individuals who have neither gained prominence nor notoriety (which includes most of us), and yet, society persists largely below the chatter and glitz of the rich, famous or well-published. To help bring these "missing" perspectives and experiences -- in particular those of Hawaii's Filipino population -- eFIL: Filipino Digital Archives and History Center of Hawaii was created. A project of the Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii, eFIL collects, digitizes and presents stories, images, publications and other "impressions" of the Filipino experience in Hawaii. The assumptions, concerns and decisions made during the building of a digital archives will be presented and discussed.More...

Shifting Insider and Outsider Perspectives: Variant Identities of Sama Kulintangan Music in Tawi-Tawi, November 19, 2009, Thursday, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Bernard Ellorin
Ph.D. Student in Ethnomusicology & 2008 Ligaya Fruto Fellowship Awardee

Throughout the Sulu Archipelago, particularly in Tawi-Tawi, the Sama are a maritime ethno-linguistic group consisting of sub-groups that live on the shore or in offshore shallow waters. Each Sama sub-group has its own cultural identity distinct from one another. The kulintangan tradition and its music plays a major influence in cultural variation within this southern Philippine Islamized group. The analysis of musical variants within kulintangan music reveals insider perspectives on variation among the different subgroups. This lecture's emphasis is on how a Philippine ethno-linguistic group's diversity is manifested through this music. More...

High Frequency Radars in Antique, Island of Panay, Philippines, December 9, 2009, Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speakers: Pierre Flament, PhD
Professor, UHM Department of Oceanography
Charina Lyn Amedo-Repollo
Graduate Student, UHM Physical Oceanography

The radio oceanography project in Panay Island is part of a large multi-institutional program to study flow and tidal mixing in Mindoro strait, an important component of the Indonesian through-flow from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean. The Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines and the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa collaborate in this project, which is funded by the United States Office of Naval Research. More...

Spring 2009 Lectures

Dating Construction and Use of Ifugao Rice Terraces, February 2, 2009, Monday, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Stephen B. Acabado
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology Department
University of Hawaii at Manoa

The origins and age of the Ifugao rice terraces in the Philippine Cordillera continue to provoke interest and imagination in academic and popular debates. For Southeast Asian scholars, dating these terraces is critical for understanding Philippine prehistory and Southeast Asian patterns more generally. Beyond the scholarly community, the terraced Ifugao landscape has captured the world's imagination as an important cultural landscape (UNESCO 1995). To date, however, insufficient work has been undertaken to determine either when the terraces were first constructed, or the period of time involved in the creation and development of this tiered landscape. More...

TWO CURRENT PHILIPPINE ISSUES: LANGUAGE AND CHARTER CHANGE, February 5, 2009, Thursday, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Jose V. Abueva, PhD
Former President, University of the Philippines

Two contentious issues are currently being debated in the Philippines which have larger cultural, political, social, economic and implications: bilingual education and Charter Change, or Cha-Cha. Two language-related bills have been introduced in Congress, and a proposal to change the 1987 Constitution in connection with the 2010 presidential elections backed by the supporters of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is being discussed. The latter initiative also seeks to shift the current presidential form of government to a parliamentary system. The lecture will discuss these issues in specific detail. More...

Moderation and Radicalism in Moroland, March 16, 2009, Monday, 12:00 pm-1:15 pm, Webster Hall 103.

Speakers: Cecilia D. Noble
Recipient, East West Center Population Policy Research & Comm. Program Fellowship
Nawal Naissana Sampaco
Fellow, Asia Pacific Leadership Program, East-West Center

This research is a preliminary inquiry into the factors affecting moderation and radicalism in Muslim Mindanao. Despite the long-running Bangsamoro conflict, Muslims Mindanao is still considered a moderate community. However, the presence of radical movements operating in Mindanao presents an alarming concern. Radicalism or religiously legitimated use of violence is viewed critically, as it is claimed to provide the "right thinking" and so called "one's right" to use violence against others. This study intends to explore the following issues and research questions: 1) How strong are the radical elements currently operating in "Moroland"? 2) How effective are the efforts conducted to arrest the growth of radicalism in the Philippines? 3) How do they threaten the Muslim Filipinos' moderate way of life? Pertinent historical data and current reports are examined in the context of the Bangsamoro struggle and within the framework of the Philippine counter-terrorism campaign. More...

KARAKOL and Other Cultural Festivities of Cavite, April 7, 2009, 12:00-1:30 pm, Moore 155-A.

Speaker: Emmanuel Franco Calairo, Ph.D.
Professor of History, Dean, College of Liberal Arts
De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, Philippines

Cavite is a province noted for having grandiose fiesta celebrations dedicated to the patron saint of a town or city. The celebration becomes a community collaboration where families and friends get together to prepare for the event which culminates in a day of street dancing popularly known as karakol accompanied by the local brass bands. Together with presentations and partakings of different kinds of local food, putting up of a feria (carnival), this religious ritual is practiced in the towns of Tanza, Kawit, Imus, Ternate, Dasmarinas, Silang, and in the city of Cavite. More...

POVERTY IN THE PHILIPPINES: It's Not the Economy, Stupid! 2009 Macaulay Distinguished Lecture in Philippine Studies, April 20, 2009, Monday, 2:00-4:00 pm, Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.

Speaker: Solita Collas Monsod
Professor of Economics, University of the Philippines
& former Philippine Secretary of Socio-Economic Planning

The lecture will address historical continuities in Philippine society that persist in modern times as the "cultures of poverty and under-development," the way of life of the vast majority of Filipinos outside the modern economic sector.

The speaker, Solita C. Monsod, popularly known as Winnie Monsod, is an icon in contemporary Philippine society - professor, economist, writer, columnist, TV program host, broadcaster, social critic, political commentator, international figure and public intellectual. She is best remembered as Socio-Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA director-general during President Cory Aquino's administration. Currently, she co-hosts a TV program, Palaban, with journalist Malou Mangahas and television personality Miriam Quiambao. She writes a biweekly column (Get Real) in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the country's largest newspaper. More...

History and the History of Archaeology in the Philippines, April 3, 2009, Friday, 12:00 pm-1:15 pm, Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room).

Speaker: Victor Paz, PhD
Director of Archaeological Studies Program
University of the Philippines

The study of the human past in the Philippines cannot be done in any substantial depth without meshing archaeological and historical approaches. In the process of such confluences of disciplines, which includes other time depth sensitive approaches, we are in a better position to understand the human past. The lecture will present a periodization of the history of archaeology within the framework of Philippine historiography. More...

The Artist in a Time of Dictatorship: Lino Brocka and His Films, April 21, 2009, 12:00-1:15 pm, Marine Science Building 114.

Speaker: Nerissa Balce-Cortes, PhD
Assistant Professor of Asian American Literature
State University of New York at Stony Brook

In the 1970s, Filipino filmmaker Lino Brocka gained worldwide attention at the Cannes Film Festival with films that challenged the Marcos regime's state-sponsored fantasies of modernity, prosperity and peace. He introduced the world to a different aesthetic, the political melodrama. This lecture looks at the life and art of Brocka by considering his Filipino melodramas as visual narratives against the Philippine state and the afterlife of the American Empire. More...