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“Experts at the Palace” Lectures

“Experts at the Palace” Lectures begun in 1988, Experts at the Palace is an annual Spring series of free public lectures by professionals active in historic preservation, including architects, historians, planners, and others who offer a perspective on preservation issues. Participants come from Hawai‘i, the U.S. mainland, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

The series is co-sponsored by the University’s Historic Preservation Program, the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, and Friends of ‘Iolani Palace and is held at the historic ‘Iolani Palace complex in downtown Honolulu.

Past speakers have included:

Walter Beinecke, Trustee Emeritus, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Bob Bush
, Executive Director, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
David Cameron
, Member, Los Angeles County Historic Landmarks Commission
Francis Golding
, Director, English Heritage
Nellie Longsworth
, President, Preservation Action
Nicholas Pappas
, Foundation Architect, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Gregory Paxton
, Executive Director, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Mark Ryser
, Executive Director, Foundation for San Francisco’s Architectural Heritage
William Seale
, Historian of the White House
de Teel Patterson Tiller
, Chief, Preservation Planning, National Park Service
Deborah Pope
, Director of Shangri La, House Museum of the Doris Duke
John Stubbs
, Vice President, World Monuments Fund
Richard Engelhardt
, Advisor for Culture for Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand

Silpakorn University Memorandum of Understanding
In 2011, the University of Hawai‘i signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Silpakorn University, Thailand’s leading institute for the study of planning, architecture, archaeology and fine arts.

The relationship will focus primary on Silpakorn University’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning, especially its International Program in Architectural Heritage Management and Tourism; and on the Faculty of Archaeology. Future activities may broaden to include tourism, art history and languages.

Activities would include participation in the existing International Program in Architectural Heritage Management and Tourism, faculty and student visits and possible future exchanges, collaborative field schools and collaborative research projects.

Mahidol University International Agreement
Mahidol University and the University of Hawai‘i have a long-standing relationship, and since 2006, as part of a student exchange agreement, Mahidol and UHM students were able to study in student exchange programs between the two universities.

Historic Cemetery Preservation & Community Capacity Building: Free Week-long Workshop 
June 1-5, 2015 

Course Description: Throughout Hawai‘i, our historic cemeteries are falling into disrepair.  Many of these once vibrant community spaces are now overgrown neglected.  

This free workshop, held at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, will offer 30 people the opportunity to learn how to care for these special sites, learning hands-on techniques such as: headstone documentation, cleaning headstones, and lifting and hoisting stone markers.

Guest speakers will provide historical information, delve into contemporary concerns, and share preservation initiatives in Kalaupapa and Mo‘ili‘ili.  In the final days, attendees will apply the techniques learned to benefit one of Honolulu’s small historic cemeteries.  Led by Dr. William Chapman, Director of the Historic Preservation Certificate Program, University of Hawai‘i’s American Studies Department, community partners include the State Historic Preservation Division, Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Mo‘ili‘ili Cemetery Beautification project, Historic Hawai‘i foundation and Kaumakapili Church.

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