Brown Bag Biography: Sweat and Salt Water: Generating a Testament to the Legac

March 31, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Zoom

The Center for Biographical Research presents: / “Sweat and Salt Water: Generating a Testament to the Legacy of Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa” / Dr. April K. Henderson, Director of Va'aomanū Pasifika—Programmes in Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies, Te Herenga Waka/Victoria University of Wellington / Terence Wesley-Smith, Professor (retired), Center for Pacific Islands Studies, UHM / Katerina Teaiwa, Professor of Pacific Studies and Deputy Director - Higher Degree Research Training in the School of Culture, History and Language, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Australian National University / Cosponsored by Hamilton Library, the Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Hui ʻĀina Pilipili: Native Hawaiian Initiative, the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and the Departments of Ethnic Studies, Political Science, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies / Thursday, March 31 at 12PM to 1:15PM (HST) on Zoom / Zoom Meeting ID: 964 6893 6495 / Password: 765773 / Meeting link: / On 21 March 2017, Associate Professor Teresia Kieuea Teaiwa passed away at the age of forty-eight, precipitating an extraordinary outpouring of grief. Mourners referenced Teaiwa’s nurturing interactions, her innovative program-building, her feminist and political activism, her poetry, her Banaban/I-Kiribati/Fiji Islander and African American heritage, and her extraordinary ability to connect with people of all backgrounds. This talk will focus on Sweat and Salt Water, a collection of Teaiwa’s scholarly and creative contributions over a professional career cut short. Together, the editors will discuss how it honors her legacy in various scholarly fields, including Pacific studies, Indigenous studies, literary studies, security studies, and gender studies. / Katerina Teaiwa is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American heritage born and raised in Fiji. She is professor and deputy director Higher Degree Research in the School of Culture, History, and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University. She was recently named the 2021 Australian University Teacher of the Year for her visionary approach to Pacific studies. / April K. Henderson is senior lecturer and director of Va‘aomanū Pasifika—Programme in Pacific Studies and Samoan Studies at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on the circulation of music and performing and visual art forms between the US, the Pacific Islands, and Aotearoa New Zealand. She serves on the editorial boards of Perfect Beat and Popular Communication, and co-edits the University of Hawai’i Press book series Indigenous Pacifics, with Professor Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua. University of Hawai’i Press book series Indigenous Pacifics, co-edited with Professor Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua. / Terence Wesley-Smith recently retired from the University of Hawai’i after more than three decades with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies. He is a former director of the center, and former editor of The Contemporary Pacific. Professor Wesley-Smith has written extensively about Pacific Islands studies as an interdisciplinary project.

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