Fall 2007 Speaker Series 

Commemoration: History, Memory, and Remembrance


This Fall Series will address the theme of “commemoration” in general. Going beyond the celebratory and

festive spirit of most commemorative events, we aim to interrogate the politics and poetics involved in the public performance

of historical memory. What moments and events are selected as worthy of commemoration? Exactly what, or who, is being

commemorated, and for what purpose? What kinds of publics do commemorations construct? How do commemorations

connect—or disconnect—the past and the present, the public and the private, the local and the national/global?

What kinds of negotiations take place between the institutions that organize commemorations and the individuals and

groups that participate in the events? How do the temporary nature of commemorative events, the permanence

of memorials, and changing history interact with one another?


All presentations are free and open to the public.


Time:  12:00pm – 1:20pm Place:  East-West Center, Burns Hall 2118


Wed. Sept. 12thNoenoe Silva, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa
"A Kanaka In Santa Fe: Observations on the Narrations of History in Public Spaces in Santa

Fe, New Mexico."


Wed. Sept. 26thLaura Lyons, Department of English, University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Remembering the Dead Generations: Commemoration of the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike"


 Wed. Oct. 3rd  Amy Holberg, Independent Scholar in Media and Cultural Studies

"Site-Specific Wandering: Jewish Culture and Heritage Tourism"


Wed. Oct. 31stGeoffrey White, Department of Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

“Perishing Survivors: War Memory, New Media, and the Virtual Nation”


Wed. Nov. 7th  - Kyle Ikeda, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature,

University of Hawaii at Manoa

“Unspoken Testimony and Vicarious Trauma: Memories of the Battle of Okinawa

in the Second Generation Survivor Fiction of Medoruma Shun”


Wed. Nov. 14th  Monisha Das Gupta, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Women’s Studies,

University of Hawaii at Manoa

                  "Remembering 9/11: Vernaculars of Trauma."


Wed. Nov. 28thVernadette Gonzalez, Department of American Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Bataan Brotherhood: Gender and the Limits of Belonging"


Wed. Dec. 5thYujin Yaguchi, Department of North American Studies, University of Tokyo

Remembering the Attack: Teaching Pearl Harbor in Japan