We welcome March with a spring in our step, as our campus continues to draw highly prominent people in academics and the arts for free and open-to-the-public presentations. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to hear and meet world-class authorities in their fields — a truly global experience here at Mānoa!
On Thursday, March 1, acclaimed poet W.S. Merwin will share his poetry and hold a book-signing at 7:30 p.m. at Kennedy Theatre as the 2012 Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals. Mr. Merwin is a two-time Pulitzer Prize Award winner, United States Poet Laureate and National Book Award recipient.
On Tuesday, March 13, at 6:00 p.m., Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz will give the Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Lecture on Sustainability, presented by the College of Social Sciences, at Orvis Auditorium. One of the most influential economists of our time, Mr. Stiglitz will address how climate change is tied to economic growth.
And on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 p.m., the Faculty Retirees Association presents Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and writer Gary Snyder, emeritus professor of English at the University of California at Davis, at a lecture and book-signing at Orvis Auditorium. He is considered a pioneer in expressing aesthetic links between sustainable environments and studies of indigenous cultures and Asian traditions.
This is just a sampling of the distinguished visitors who come to share their thoughts and ideals with our campus community and larger UH Mānoa ‘ohana. We welcome them and you with open arms.
Mahalo nui loa,
Virginia S. Hinshaw
Chancellor, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa