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About the Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series

The Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series serves to connect the ideas, knowledge, and works of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty with fellow colleagues, staff and students on campus and the greater community. Through the collaborative efforts between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Hamilton Library, the Lecture Series provides a venue for faculty to showcase their area of specialty. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Join us for the first lecture of 2015:

Mobile Magic: Demystifying Ubiquitous Computing by Deconstructing Mobile Affordances Through the Lens of Technology

Speaker: Brett Oppegaard

February 26
11:30am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Library, Room 301

Dr. Oppegaard will illuminate significant changes in the media ecosystem created by networked mobile devices and examine technological advances that have led to these changes. In turn, mobile development can be viewed in many ways as a technological progression, helping us to project the future of communication technologies and plan for how they will shape the next generation of learners, leaders, and lifestyles.

Oppegaard was the individual recipient of the regional and national 2012 George and Helen Hartzog Award for his research into mobile app development and media delivery systems within the National Park Service as well as the national 2013 John Wesley Powell Prize winner for outstanding achievement in the field of historical displays. He teaches communication and digital media classes stemming from his many years of experience working for daily newspapers, during which he earned several national, regional and state awards.

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About the previous lectures (Fall 2014):

Los Angeles, Philippines: Towards a Transpacific Politics and Poetics in Bambu’s Musical Autobiography
Speaker: Dr. Roderick Labrador
Description: Dr. Labrador examined the ways that Bambu, a second-generation Filipino American rapper from Los Angeles, California, constructs his life narrative throughout his mixtape, Los Angeles, Philippines, as a counterstory that challenges majoritarian stories while simultaneously reinforcing and critiquing the operations of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and empire in U.S. society.

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The Wonderful World Of Corals: Harnessing Basic Science to Address an Ecological Crisis
Speaker: Dr. Ruth Gates (Gates laboratory website)
Description: Coral reefs in Hawai‘i and across the globe continue to decline in health due to intensifying climate change, resource extraction, and pollution. Although the future looks bleak, certain corals and reefs are not only surviving, but also thriving in conditions that kill others. Dr. Gates' lecture unveiled the complex biology that underpins this natural variation in response. She discussed how this knowledge can be harnessed to develop tools that build resilience on reefs, arresting and improving the prognosis for coral reefs.

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Hawai'i’s “Ceded Lands”: The Ongoing Quest for Justice in Hawai'i
Speaker: Professor Williamson B.C. Chang
Description: While Hawaiians may disagree about many issues, they do agree and unite around their responsibility and kuleana for the aina. The loss of the “ceded lands” as a result of United States intervention is a source of continued discontent. Similarly, the loss of Alii lands by the leasehold conversion act, held constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1984, remains a major grievance. Professor Chang spoke about the nature of Hawaiian claims to both the “ceded lands” and Alii lands.

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