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American Studies doctoral student wins Fellowship

Leanne Sims

Leanne Trapedo Sims, a graduate student in the UHM College of Arts & Humanities Department of American Studies was awarded $20,000 for the 2016-17 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Through Sims’ project, “Hawai‘i ’s Women’s Prison: The Role of the Kailua Prison Writing Project and the Prison Monologues as Expressive Pu‘uhonua” (sites of healing), she will continue her research in ...

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Vietnam scholars, artists and musicians attend international conference


The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa hosts Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue conference, October 6–7. Featuring approximately 70 presentations by scholars, artists and musicians from around the world, the theme of the conference is Engaging with Vietnam through Scholarship and the Arts. The conference is open to UH and East-West Center faculty, staff and students. A highlight of the event is a concert of Vietnamese music ...

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New study published on African American theater


Lurana O’Malley, Director of Western Theatre at the Department of Theatre & Dance at UHM, recently published research on African American theatre from the early 20th century in Text & Presentation.  During the Progressive Era (a period of widespread social activism and political reform across the United States, from the 1890s to 1920s), Caucasian pageant performances in the U.S. typically featured a pageant woman ...

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Amber Makaiau wins national award for social studies curriculum design

Amber Makaiau with High School students

Dr. Amber Makaiau, director of Curriculum and Research at the UHM Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education and associate specialist at the College of Education Institute for Teacher Education (ITE) Secondary Program won the “C3 Teachers’s Inquiry Challenge” for social studies curriculum design. The purpose of the challenge is to support and reward social studies educators using the ...

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Honors English graduate recognized by National Collegiate Honors Council

Jonathan Omuro

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa honors graduate Jonathan Omuro has been named a 2016 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). Omuro, who graduated with a BA in English in fall 2015 and was advised by Associate Professor Cynthia Franklin, wrote his honors thesis on “Queering the Gay/Christian Intersection: An Exploration of Celibacy, Ex-gay, and the Christian Closet in ...

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In Memoriam: Hawaiian language champion Sam Noʻeau Warner


Aloha nō ka lama kū o ka Noʻeau. Ua hala. ʻAʻohe naʻe he wā e pio ai ke kukui. Ua ola iā kākou haumāna. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Sam Noʻeau Warner, renowned researcher and teacher, passed away on July 19, 2016. Warner taught countless students the value of speaking Hawaiian through his innovative approaches to language teaching. ...

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Comparative study of drama production in the Pacific honored


The Pacific Islands Monograph—co-published by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the University of Hawaiʻi Press—has been awarded the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) 2016 Rob Jordan Prize. The award-winning book is Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania, authored by Diana Looser. She is ...

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[VIDEO] Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation opens its doors

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“Mahi ʻIke Hawaiʻi: Cultivate Hawaiian Knowledge” is the motto of the new Institute of Hawaiian Language Research and Translation (IHLRT) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The new institute is led by Puakea Nogelmeier, a professor of Hawaiian language, and is an invaluable resource for anyone in the state and beyond to find and utilize historical Hawaiian knowledge. There ...

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Asian Studies graduate student receives Fulbright Grant

Jessica Austin in Cambodia

Jessica Austin, graduate student in the Asian Studies Program at UHM, received a grant from the Fulbright Student Program, a program wherein students design their own research project and typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. Austin describes more about her research and path to this field of study: “I was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho ...

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UH professor receives medal from Emperor of Japan

Dennis Ogawa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa American studies Professor Dennis Masaaki Ogawa received a medal from the Emperor of Japan on May 23 at an Imperial Decoration Ceremony at the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. Ogawa received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from Consul General Yasushi Misawa for his “contribution to the development of Japanese ...

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