UH speaker series features policy experts, best-selling authors and more 

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Robert Perkinson, (808) 351-8076
Department of American Studies
Posted: Aug 27, 2019

The University of Hawai‘i 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 on Thursday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the William S. Richardson School of Law Moot Courtroom.

The UH 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. 

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. The aim of the series is to showcase innovative ideas and help bring them to life. 

“This series allows us to connect some of the world’s top researchers with our own faculty and students working in those fields,” says UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno. “We’re also excited about convening conversations with UH experts, community leaders, and outside thinkers on issues that really matter to the future of Hawai‘i.” 

For more information, visit the speakers series website or contact Robert Perkinson at perk@hawaii.edu.

Better Tomorrow Speaker Series supporters 

The Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i where every person has the opportunity to thrive.

Vital community support for the series has also come from Kamehameha Schools, the Scholars Strategy Network and The Kahala Hotel and Resort. 

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.