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Journalist David Wallace-Wells is one of the featured speakers in the Better Tomorrow Speaker Series

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s 2019–2020 lineup for its Better Tomorrow Speaker Series features best-selling authors, tech policy analysts, experts on anti-poverty programs and one of UH’s own distinguished ocean ecologists. The series’ first talk with Big Hunger author and food security and justice advocate Andy Fisher will be held Thursday, September 12.

The Better Tomorrow Speaker Series brings renowned, incisive experts to the islands and aims to showcase innovative solutions to the critical challenges of today. Speakers will address topics in a range of disciplines, from astronomy to economic opportunity to technology policy. New York magazine deputy editor and journalist David Wallace-Wells, who writes extensively on the global climate crisis, will give a public talk on January 14, 2020.

The series hosts large events that are free and open to the public, as well as smaller forums with community leaders, business executives, elected officials, scholars and students.

For more information, visit the speakers series website or contact Robert Perkinson at

Better Tomorrow Speaker Series supporters

The Hawaiʻi Community Foundation (HCF) awarded $50,000 to support the series and will serve as UH’s principal partner for the coming academic year. HCF is the leading philanthropic institution in the state and a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector. The Foundation’s new CHANGE Framework aims to create a movement towards building a Hawaiʻi where every person has the opportunity to thrive.

Vital community support for the series has also come from Kamehameha Schools and the Scholars Strategy Network.

The series is managed by the UH Mānoa Office of the Provost with support from various UH units, including the College of Social Sciences, William S. Richardson School of Law, College of Arts and Humanities, Shidler College of Business and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

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