Ma'i Lepera: Disease and Displacement in Nineteenth-Century Hawai'i

February 13, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Henke Hall 325 Add to Calendar

From 1866 to 1969, approximately 8,000 persons were quarantined or exiled to the leprosy settlement on Molokai; but their story, in their words, has seldom been told. Endeavoring to recover the patients' voices in this significant moment in Hawaiian history, Inglis will present an examination of the many letters and articles that patients and their loved ones wrote to the Board of Health and Hawaiian-language newspapers in the nineteenth century. Together these sources tell the story of a disease, a changing society’s reaction to that disease, and of the consequences of that experience for Hawai‘i and its people.

Kerri A. Inglis serves as Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo where she teaches courses in Hawaiian and Pacific history. Her research interests are in the fields of disease and medicine in the nineteenth century.

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Center for Biographical Research, Mānoa Campus

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