Spring 2000 Colloquia Series

The following colloquia were presented in the Spring 2000 semester. Colloquia are held at East-West Center, Burns Hall 2118. They begin at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome.

January 12: Kathy Ferguson & Phyllis Turnbull, Dept. of Political Science, UH Manoa
"An Elite Corps of Nursing Fathers: John Locke, Senator Inouye and the Military"
January 26: David Hanlon, Dept. of History, UH Manoa
"Aloha for their Violence: Trying to Locate the NFL's Pro-Bowl within Contemporary Hawai'i"

This talk focuses on the convergence of a globalizing, multi-billion dollar, professional sports business with a Pacific island which, for the past twenty years, has been the site for that sport's annual all-star game. The sports business is the National Football League (NFL); the island is O'ahu; and the all-star contest under study is the Pro Bowl. It is a game or event that many understand as having no real meaning or significance. To be sure, the Pro Bowl falls short in matching the attention, audience, revenues, and drama of the professional football playoffs or even many regular season contests. It is anything but a meaningless game, however. By its very location, the Pro Bowl is linked to larger, complex histories of militarism, colonialism, and tourism in Hawai'i. It is the Pro Bowl's connections to these histories that Dr. Hanlon seeks to explore and explicate in this presentation.

February 9: Mire Koikari, Dept. of Women's Studies, UH Manoa
"Politics and Polemics of Transnational Feminism: Tales of American Women Reformers in the US Occupation of Japan"

This talk focuses on US women occupiers' feminist reform efforts in post-war Japan. While the existing historiography and popular media continue to glorify US women's efforts to "civilize" and "modernize" Japanese women during the occupation, this talk provides critical reinterpretation of US women's roles by showing how their discourses and practices reflected and reinforced US imperialism in post-war Japan.

February 23: Bill Chaloupka, Environmental Studies, University of Montana, Missoula
"Cynicism: U.S. Media Culture's Contribution to the World"

One of the most important international cultural events of the last few decades has been television. And where television goes, the culture of cynicism it encourages is carried along. In this session, Bill Chaloupka, author of the recent book Everybody Knows: Cynicism in America, will suggest some analytical approaches to the questions of television and cynicism.

March 8: Noenoe Silva, Dept. of Hawaiian & Indo-Pacific Languages and Literature, UH Manoa
"The Importance of Hawaiian Language Sources for Understanding the Hawaiian Past"

Dr. Silva will critically examine how Hawaiian history is generally written from English language sources only, and how that practice produces a skewed version of history in which Kanaka Maoli tend to be missing as agents, with the exception of monarchs or provocative personalities such as Robert Wilcox. Her presentation will consider the fact that in the Hawaiian past there were two language communities, Hawaiian and English, which opposed one another politically. Within this opposition, English language speakers fall into the category of "colonizers" and Hawaiian language speakers into that of "resisters of colonization." Dr. Silva will discuss some of the more interesting ways the Kanaka communities engaged in active resistance, a knowledge only available through sources in the Hawaiian language.

March 22: Lynette Hiilani Cruz, Dept. of Anthropology, UH Manoa and Richard Ngirameradel Salvador, Dept. of Political Science, UH Manoa
"Organizing for Hawaiian Sovereignty in the Age of Technology: Virtual Community as Sacred Community"

In this presentation Lynette and Richard will address the following questions: Is there such a thing as a "virtual community?" Can Hawaiian culture be shared, practiced and maintained through daily online conversations with individuals across continents? Can a geographically and culturally diverse group of individuals organize themselves to work together in the cause of social justice and Hawaiian sovereignty? How does the term "sacred" apply?

April 5: Kirsten Pauka, Dept. of Theater, UH Manoa
"Digital Media and the Changing Field of Asian Performance Research"

Digital Multimedia are rapidly becoming THE research, documentation, analysis, and archiving medium of the future. How can we evaluate the inherent possibilities and challenges in the field of Asian Performing Arts studies?

April 19: Rodney Roberts, Dept. of Philosophy, UH Manoa
"On the Importance of Culture in Philosophy: Perspectives and Africana Philosophy"