Spring 2022 LLEA Speaker Series Historical and Cultural Intersections feature talks by scholars working at the intersections between cultures across time and space. April 22, 12:30-1:30 pm. 

Einbürgerung, or How I became a German Jew

by our own UH Manoa CALL Dean, Professor Peter Arnade.

This talk recounts my recent undertaking as a historian to document the Arnade family’s atypical Holocaust story  when family papers and other memorabilia came into my possession. It’s a global story, involving Germany, China, Bolivia and the United States, one whose storylines were fragments in my past, impartially understood, though palpable still. This undertaking coincided with my effort to receive German citizenship, and the unexpected set of events which followed from it, including a week-long  series of events in Görlitz, Germany/ Zgorzelec, Poland, a bicultural German-Polish city split between two countries, that brought together many descendants of the former Jewish community of these municipalities for the first time. This is a talk about a historian  later in life challenged by his own family’s unexplored history  and a small bicultural European city forced to reckon with a violent chapter of its rich, shape-shifting past—and the intersection of the two. 

Peter Arnade is Dean of the College of Arts, Languages & Letters at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A historian by training, his books include Realms of Ritual (Ithaca, 1996), Beggars, Iconoclasts and Civic Patriots (Ithaca, 2008), Honor, Vengeance and Social Trouble: Pardon Letters in the Burgundian Low Countries (Ithaca, 2016; co-author Walter Prevenier), and the co-edited Power, Gender, and Ritual in Europe and the Americas (Toronto, 2008) and Rereading Huizinga (Amsterdam, 2019). Among other research, he is currently working with Elizabeth Colwill and Walter Prevenier on a critical edition of late medieval and early modern legal records concerning sexual violence for publication as a book. He has held fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty, the American Philosophical Society, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Historical  Studies, in Princeton. 

Join us on Zoom:

https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/99796782291

Meeting ID: 997 9678 2291

 

Spring 2022 LLEA Speaker Series Historical and Cultural Intersections feature talks by scholars working at the intersections between cultures across time and space. 

February 25, 12:30-1:30 pm. “Prostitution, Alcoholism, and Drugs: Social disorder in Central Asia (a case of imperial Ferghana)” by Dr. Yulia Uryadova, an Associate Professor of History, Longwood University, VA. 

Abstract

The paper examines the rise of prostitution and the spread of alcoholism and drug use in the heartland of Central Asia, the Ferghana Valley, from 1905 to 1914. Authorities’ fears of possible revolt by the Muslim population intensified as social problems manifested in the early twentieth century. These issues were not just threats to social stability. Because Muslims considered these activities to be the alien importations of a corrupt Russian culture and empire, the appearance of social problems contributed to political problems. While Russian authorities presented revolt as the outcome of fanaticism, Muslim resistance to Russian autocracy was articulated in resistance to drugs, alcoholism, and prostitution in the late imperial era. Thus, in the already restive Ferghana Valley, social issues that indicated rising tensions also worked as a point to articulate Muslim discontent, discredited the moral authority of the Russian Empire, and brought into question the ability of Russian authorities to bring order in the area.

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Meeting ID: 997 9678 2291

Passcode: 167755

 

Fall 2021 LLEA Speaker Series #learnalanguagereapacareer feature UH Manoa leading scholars whose personal and professional life changed thanks to the knowledge of foreign languages. The talks are geared towards students in the widest possible sense who wonder what practical use they can find for the languages they take at UH, Manoa.

October 4, 12:30-1:30 pm 

Professor Scott Sinnett, Department of Psychology

Second language opens doors: a journey across the world

Scott Sinnett obtained his PhD from the Universitat de Barcelona in Spain and did postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia before joining us here at UH Manoa in 2008. He is now Professor in the Department of Psychology. He directs the Perception and Attention Research Laboratory. His research focuses on how humans pay attention to and perceive information in our environment, and is especially interested in multisensory perception and how individual differences can potentially modulate how we attend to and perceive information. He is also the Chair of Undergraduate Studies for the department and the faculty athletic representative for the university. 

Languages: English and Spanish. 

Join us on Zoom from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/99796782291

Meeting ID: 997 9678 2291

Passcode: 167755

 

October 18, 12:30-1:30 pm 

Professor William Uspal, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Why should a scientist study foreign language? A case study

William Uspal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research at UH focuses on modeling and design of synthetic microswimmers for drug delivery, materials assembly, and other applications. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, he received a degree in Engineering Physics, Mathematics, & Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007.  Subsequently, he attended M.I.T. for graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in Physics in 2013. Wanting to live abroad for a few years, he worked as Postdoctoral Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany from 2013 to 2018. While in Germany, he learned enough of the language to navigate the hazards of Deutsche Bahn, the German bureaucracy, and Kottbusser Tor at 3 am.

Languages: English, German, Russian

Join us on Zoom from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/99796782291

Meeting ID: 997 9678 2291

Passcode: 167755

 

November 8, 12:30-1:30 pm

Professor Niklaus Schweizer, LLEA

Language and Diplomacy 

Professor Schweizer taught German at Punahou School in 1968-1970. He became part-time-visiting assistant professor of German at the Department of European Languages at UH, Manoa in 1969/70 and was placed on tenure track in 1970. In 1972, he was appointed honorary consul of Switzerland, also representing the Principality of Liechtenstein; in 1985 he becomes Dean of the Consular Corps of Hawai’i; in 1988—historian of the Consular Corps; in 2003—made an honorary member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha; in 2009—awarded the distinguished service medal of the Corps.

Languages: German, English, French, Hawaiian, Tahitian, struggling with Russian J.

Join us on Zoom from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

https://hawaii.zoom.us/j/99796782291

Meeting ID: 997 9678 2291

Passcode: 167755

 

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