This spring, the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu’s Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program will bring prominent social science experts to the university to discuss current and ancient civilizations, in honor of UH West Oʻahu’s 40th anniversary. The presentations are free and open to the public.

The UH West Oʻahu Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program brings seasoned scholars and practitioners in the humanities, social sciences, and indigenous arts, traditions and cultures to UH West Oʻahu for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and the community.

Rhacel Salazar Parrenas

Rhacel Salazar Parrenas

Mobilizing Morality: Migrant Domestic Workers in Dubai
March 29, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
UH West Oʻahu Campus Center Multipurpose Room, C208

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, University of Southern California Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies Rhacel Salazar Parrenas will discuss migrant domestics workers in Dubai. Parrenas is one of the leading scholars of the international migration of Filipino/a workers and a 2015–2016 Deutsche Bank Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.

Light refreshments will be served. The presentation is co-sponsored by the UH West Oʻahu Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, the UHWO Sociology Club, Alpha Kappa Delta and Pamantasan West Oʻahu. For more information, contact Joyce Chinen via email.

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Jonathan Mark Kenoyer

Trade and Technology of the Indus Civilization (2600–1900 BC)
April 19, 7–8:30 p.m.
UH West Oʻahu Classroom Building, D146

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Anthropology Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, will discuss the nature of trade and the developments in specialized technologies that contributed to the emergence of state level society in the Indus civilization, spread over what is now Pakistan and Western India. He will discuss the undeciphered Indus writing system represented on seals, pottery and a wide range of other objects. Kenoyer will also speak about the organization of Indus cities and the decline and legacy of Indus culture.

Kenoyer served as field director and co-director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project since 1986 and has worked on excavations and ethnoarchaeological studies in both Pakistan and India, as well as in other nearby regions including Oman and China. His work has been featured in National Geographic Magazine and Scientific American as well as on the website

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The event is sponsored by the UH West Oʻahu Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program and the UH West Oʻahu anthropology program. For more information, contact William Belcher via email.

—By Julie Funasaki Yuen