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Henry Wei Leung wins Omnidawn Award in poetry

Henry Wei Leung, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa English PhD candidate, was honored with the 2016 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize for the manuscript Goddess of Democracy. The book will be available from Omnidawn Publishing in October 2017. Leung draws his passion for writing from a natural hunger to create and to express—not from the confines of academics, though he …

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2017 Arts and Humanities Research Awards

Art Assistant Professor Shawn Spangler receives the 2017 Arts and Humanities  Junior Faculty Research Award. The Award comes with a $1,000 prize and a one-course reduction for AY 2017-2018 to further his scholarly and research efforts. Spangler describes his aesthetic and cross-cultural work: “I brought with me a studio practice grounded predominately in ceramics, yet extending into the plurality of both contemporary …

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Award-winning social innovator selected as Inouye Chair

Ai-jen Poo, who helped lead the way to the passage of the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, has been named the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa spring 2017 Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals. Poo, an award-winning social innovator, thought leader and author, is the co-director of Caring Across Generations and director of the National …

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Rebuilding social missions at public universities

Christopher Newfield, a professor of literature and American studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present a public lecture, “Have We Wrecked Public Universities? If So, How Do We Fix Them?” on February 13. His research in critical university studies links his concern with humanities teaching to the study of how higher education continues to be re-shaped by …

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College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature 35th anniversary recognized by state legislature

The Hawaiʻi State Legislature recognized the 35th anniversary of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature with a proclamation sponsored by Representative Scott Y. Nishimoto and Senator Brian Taniguchi. The proclamation “WHEREAS, the people of Hawaiʻi believe that language is one of many aspects that make up our unique cultural identity and that the quality …

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UH faculty featured in President’s speaker series at Maui and Hawaiʻi

The University of Hawaiʻi invites the community to an series of talks featuring outstanding faculty. The President’s Series will take place at UH Maui College’s ʻIke Leʻa (Room 144) and at Hawaiʻi Community College–Pālamanui outdoor theatre. Chip Fletcher Will your property be beachfront in the future? A discussion of climate impacts in Hawaiʻi UH Maui College: Monday, January 9 5 …

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Vilsoni Hereniko secures major coproduction contract

Academy for Creative Media professor and award-winning Hawaiʻi filmmaker, Vilsoni (“Vili”) Hereniko is teaming up with Australian producer Trish Lake (Early Winter), and New Zealand producer Catherine Fitzgerald (The Orator) to coproduce Until the Dolphin Flies. Development of the motion picture begins in 2017 with production beginning in early 2018. Hereniko entered his project, Until the Dolphin Flies, to apply …

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Reweaving of Pele and Hiʻiaka literature honored by MLA

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in English, was awarded Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages for her first book, Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hiʻiaka (University of Minnesota Press). hoʻomanawanui is also a contributor to the top …

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Craig Santos Perez honored for literary merit

Craig Santos Perez, an associate professor in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of English, has been awarded the 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry in recognition of his distinctive literary merit and potential for continued outstanding work. This is his second distinguished honor in a short period of time; Perez also received a 2015 American Book Award for from unincorporated territory [guma’]. The Lannan …

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The evolution of the Honolulu Marathon and the State of Hawaiʻi

Kapiʻolani Community College Instructor, UH Manoa Department of English alumnus and Star Advertiser writer Michael Tsai published The People’s Race Inc.: Behind the Scenes at the Honolulu Marathon. Published by UH Press, The People’s Race Inc. captures the personalities, politics and power plays behind the burgeoning growth of the Honolulu Marathon and provides a unique lens for understanding the complex …

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