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In Memoriam: Esteemed linguist Dick Schmidt

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor Emeritus Richard “Dick” Schmidt, the longest serving director of the UH National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), passed away on March 15, 2017. He led NFLRC from 1994 to 2012, when he retired. “Dick Schmidt was a prolific and visionary researcher, teacher and mentor, who has influenced several generations of scholars across the world, …

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MFA candidates present photography, printmaking and painting

Master of fine arts candidates from the Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, present their thesis works at The Art Gallery, March 5—April 7. Each artist’s work is presented in a separate section of the gallery. The Art Gallery will also host an opening reception with long-form, improvised, instrumental music by the Drowning Dreamers Band. Exhibition …

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UH Press presents new open-access content for language scholars

Three open-access journals for language scholars will be made available through University of Hawaiʻi Press. UH Press, publisher of scholarly journals and books since 1947, will assist in making the content of Language Documentation and Conservation (LD&C), the Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS) and Palapala: a journal for Hawaiian language and literature widely accessible online. Through a …

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Kauʻi Kaina directs Hawaiian language play Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa student Kauʻi Kaina, who will be the first master of fine arts (MFA) graduate from the Hawaiian theatre and playwriting program, will be directing Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka, March 9–11 at BYU-Hawaiʻi’s McKay Auditorium. Kaina is under the direction of Professor Hailiʻōpua Baker in the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance. Nā Kau A Hiʻiaka is Kaina’s MFA …

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UH Mānoa signs agreement with National Institute for Japanese Literature

A collaboration with the National Institute for Japanese Literature (NIJL), one of Japan’s premier research institutes, has been formed with the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures (EALL) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. NIJL is Japan’s first inter-university research institute for the humanities, founded in 1972. A memorandum of agreement was signed by NIJL Director Yuichiro Imanishi, …

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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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