UH Manoa presents lecture, roundtable on indigenous issues

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Melissa Rand, (808) 958-7428
Museum Studies Program
Posted: Apr 13, 2009

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa presents two events on the topics of Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Peoples.

First, Professor Patrick Wolfe of La Trobe University in Australia will give a free public lecture, "Settler Colonialism and the Exception of Indigenous People: What‘s So Special About Native Rights" on Tuesday, April 28, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium.

Wolfe is the Charles La Trobe Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, and author of Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology: The Politics and Poetics of an Ethnographic Event (Cassell, 1999). He has researched, taught, lectured, and written on race, colonialism, Aboriginal histories, the history of anthropology, and genocide in Australia, the United States, Brazil, Palestine, and India.

The Organization of American Historians recently appointed him to its Distinguished Lectureship Program. In 2009-10, he will be a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. He is currently working on a transnational history of settler-colonial policies on Native peoples.

Second, in dialogue with Wolfe‘s lecture, a roundtable discussion on "Contemporary Indigenous Issues in Australia and Hawaiʻi" will be held on Thursday, April 30, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the UH Mānoa Art Auditorium. Participants include Wolfe, UH Mānoa Assistant English Professor ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui, Leeward Community College Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Studies Momiala Kamahele, UH Mānoa Associate Professor of Anthropology Ty P. Kāwika Tengan, and UH Mānoa Professor of Hawaiian Studies Haunani-Kay Trask.

Professor Wolfe‘s visit is funded by The Mānoa Fund at UH Mānoa, and sponsored by the following departments and programs: UH Mānoa‘s American Studies, English, Museum Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies and Political Science; East-West Center/UH Mānoa International Cultural Studies Certificate Program; and Leeward Community College‘s Hawaiian Studies and Political Science.

For more information on these free and open-to-the-public events, as well as related events, see http://hawaii.edu/amst/pwolfe. On-campus parking at UH Mānoa is available for $3.

For more information, please contact Melissa Rand, Program Assistant for the UH Mānoa Museum Studies Program in the Department of American Studies, at 956-7428, or send an e-mail to museum@hawaii.edu