History Forum

History Forum


The Department of History hosts an ongoing History Forum for talks and presentations by UH faculty and visiting scholars throughout the year. The Forum is also available for graduate students to present research and practice job talks. For more information on participating, please contact Dr. Peter Hoffenberg.


Upcoming Fall 2014 Talks


All sessions are in the Department of History Library (Sakamaki Hall A201).


October 24, 2014

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Professor Jon T. Davidann

Department of History, Hawaiʻi Pacific University

“The Origins of American and East Asian Concepts of Modernity, 1860-1920”


November 17, 2014

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Professor Alex Golub

Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi

“Melanesian Emerson: Bernard Narokobi and the Creation of Papua New Guinean Cultural Nationalism”



Please feel free to contact Professor Peter Hoffenberg (peterh (at) hawaii (dot) edu) if you have any questions and please feel free to share this information.


Past History Forum talks have included:


Professor Susan M. Schultz
Department of English, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

“Forgetting History: Alzheimer’s & Documentary Writing”

March 12, 2014


Professor Irving Martin Abella
Department of History, York University

“The Holocaust, Antisemitism, and Canada”

April 1, 2014


Professor Sumner J. LaCroix
Department of Economics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

“Sons, Daughters and Labor Supply in Early Twentieth-Century Hawaiʻi”

April 10, 2014


Professor Mark Merlin
Department of Botany, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

“Historical Highlights of Hemp Fiber Use: The Case of Eurasia”

April 30, 2014


Professor Manfred Henningsen

Department of Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

"Processing of Memory vs Amnesia: How Germany and Japan Dealt with their Records of Macro-crimes"

October 12, 2012


Professor Yehuda Bauer

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

"Recent Controversies in Holocaust Scholarship"

October 16, 2013


Dr. Frances Steel

University of Wollongong, Australia

"Fiji is Really the Honolulu of the Dominion: Tourism, Empire, and New Zealand's Pacific, 1900-1935"

October 28, 2013


Professor Avraham Faust

The Institute of Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

"Archaeology and Cosmology in Ancient Israel"

October 12, 2012


Professor Yehuda Bauer (Yad Vashem and Hebrew University, Jerusalem) on "Recent Historical Scholarship on the Shoah and Genocide"

April 25, 2012


Professor Stephanie Trigg, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne

"The History of Emotions"

April 12, 2012


Professor Peter H. Hoffenberg

Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

"Pugin in the Pacific? Building Neo-Gothic 'Edifices' in the Colonies"

February 24, 2012


Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Wisonsin

"World History and the Skeptical Specialist"

January 16, 2012


Professor Sumner La Croix

Economics Department, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

"The Political Economy of Land Privatization in Argentina and Australia, 1810-1850"

January 25, 2012


Professor Joel Tishkin

Washington State University History Department

"The Zions of Africa: Non-Trinitarian Christianities of Modern Africa"

February 10, 2011


Dr. Tom Mahon

"The Admiral's Folly: How the IRA Beat the Royal Navy"

January 20, 2011


Dr. Warwick Anderson

University of Sydney

"The Ambiguities of Race: Science on the Reproductive Frontier of Australia and the Pacific Between the Wars"


Scott C. Bailey

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

"Chockan Valikhanov and the (Failed) Cultivation of a 19th-Century Russian/Kazak Scholar-Traveler"


Professor Yehuda Bauer

Yad Vashem and Hebrew University, Jerusalem

"Darfurr: Genocide and International Politics" and

"Recent Holocaust Scholarship"


Professor William Beezley

University of Arizona

"How El Negrito Saved Mexico from the French: Puppets, Popular Culture, and National Identity"


Dr. James R. Corcoran

Department of History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

'Taiwan: Turning Points in History, the Present and Alternative Futures"


Dr. Jerry Dennerline

Olin Professor in Asian Studies, Amherst College

"The Restoration of the Hua Family Shrine"


Professor Wayne Farris

Department of History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

'A Copper for a Cup:' Researching the Commodity History of Japanese Green Tea


Professor Kathy Ferguson

Department of Political Science, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

"Discourses of Danger: Locating Emma Goldman"


Rabbi David J. Forman

Former Chairperson, Interns for Peace

Co-Founder, Israeli Rabbis for Human Rights

Union of Reform Judaism, retired

"Jerusalem - Holy City of Three Religions"


Dr. Harry A. Kersey, Jr.

Professor Emeritus of History, Florida Atlantic University

"Policy Change and Maori Political Resurgence: A View of the 2005 Election in Auotearoa, New Zealand"


Dr. Peter A. Kraemer

U.S. Department of State & George Washington University

"Neither Love nor Money nor God nor Country: The Carter Administration's Forgein Policy and Working as a Federal Government Historian"


Professor Matthew Lauzon

Department of History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

"Time Has Rendered These Allusions Natural: Staging Massacre in the French Revolution" and

"'That Which is Not Light is Not French:' Enlightenment in French, 1683-1784" and

"Welsh Indians and Savage Scots: History and Antiquarianism in 18th-Century Britain"


Professor Michael Leitner

California State University - Chico

Visiting Professor, Zinman College, the Wingate Institution, Netanya, Israel

"Living, Studying and Working in Israel Today: A Personal Perspective"


Dr. Thomas G. Mahon

co-author of Decoding the IRA

"Moscow Calling: The IRA Beyond the Emerald Isle, 1926-1927"


Professor Benyamin Neuberger

The Open University of Israel

"The Palestinian/Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Historical Perspective"

and "The Arab-Israeli Conflict Between War and Peace"


Dr. Richard Rath

Department of History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

"Between Worlds: Native American Ledger Art"


Professor Matthew Romaniello

Department of History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

"Fighting Men and Crying Women: Society on the Early-Modern Frontier"


Lynn Roth


"1947 Palestine to the Present Day: The Adventures of Making a Film  in a Foreign Country - The Little Traitor"


Dr. Jim Shon

Policy Analyst, UH College of Education

Former Member, Hawai‘i State House of Representatives

"Preparing for Hawai‘i's 21st Century: Understanding our State Legislature, Warts and All"


Dr. Hans Van Tilburg

"Reviving Seafaring Glory: The Grand Voyage of the Princess Taiping"