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ISR partners with various research institutions and organizations to host interdisciplinary thematic seminars each year on contemporary topics.

Current Seminar Series

The theme for the 2020–2021 academic year is Resilient Pacific co-hosted by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS). This series features presenters whose multidisciplinary work showcases the many ways that Pacific communities develop their capacity to overcome a wide range of challenges. The talks highlight the diverse ways that people demonstrate resilience in forging community empowerment, innovative solutions, and sustainable futures across the Pacific and beyond toward regional and global well-being.

Resilient Pacific Video Playlist

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Previous Seminar Series

2019–2020 Seminar Series: Sustainable Cities

Co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the College of Social Sciences

Speakers for the 2019-2020 series

  • Josh Stanbro, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Judith Stilgenbauer, Architecture
  • Konia Freitas, Hawaiian Studies
  • Shadab Shishegar, National Institute of Scientific Research, University of Québec
  • David Ma, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Wendy Meguro, Sea Grant & Architecture
  • Makena Coffman, Institute for Sustainability and Resilience
  • Philip Garboden, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Ilan Noy, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ashok Das, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Trigg Talley, U.S. State Department
  • Reza Ghorbani, Mechanical Engineering
  • Dale Jensen, former Makai Ocean Engineering
  • Kawika Winter, Heʻeia National Estuarine Research Reserve & Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology
  • Aida Arik, Urban and Regional Planning

2018–2019 Seminar Series: Climate Change Adaptation

Co-hosted by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR), Hawai‘i Sea Grant, the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaiʻi (UHERO), and the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center

Speakers for the 2018–2019 series

  • Clay Traurnicht, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Chip Fletcher, Earth Sciences
  • Victoria Keener, East-West Center
  • Akira Hibiki, Tohoku University
  • Brad Romine, Sea Grant
  • Peter Schlosser, Arizona State University
  • Noelani Puniwai, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
  • Barry Usagawa, Board of Water Supply
  • Hunter Heaivilin, Geography and Environment
  • Maxine Burkett, UH Law
  • Susan Crow, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Lisa C. Kelley, Geography & Environment
  • Patricia Laporte, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Daniele Spirandelli, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Zena Grecni, East-West Center
  • Michael Bruno, Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Matthew Gonser, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Jeremy Rifkin, TIR Consulting Group, LLC
  • Rosie Alegado, Oceanography & Sea Grant
  • Kirsten Oleson & Emelia von Saltza, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Naoki Masuhara, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan
  • Natalie Kurashima, Kamehameha Schools
  • Danya Hakeem, Elemental Excelerator
  • Kitty Courtney, Tetra Tech
  • John Lynham, Economics
  • Sarah Wiebe, Political Science
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