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Agreements strengthen Mānoa and South Pacific’s long relationship

UH Mānoa Interim Chancellor David Lassner signing an agreement

The 30-year relationship between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji continues to grow with the signing of a new agreement designed to foster future collaboration between the two institutions in areas of learning, teaching and research, including joint initiatives related to climate change as well as other issues of concern to Pacific Islands. A companion …

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$1.35M Uehiro Foundation gift funds philosophy and ethics in education

UH’s Thomas Jackson encouraging inquiring minds

The Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education has pledged $1.35 million to support the University of Hawaiʻi Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education. This builds on their 2012 gift of $1.25 million which established the academy. Located in the College of Arts and Humanities, the academy is the home of philosophy for children Hawaiʻi (p4c Hawaiʻi). p4c Hawaiʻi is an innovative approach to education that is transforming the …

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Largest Korean language program in the country revels in recent success

Sang Lee presides over re-enactment of traditional Korean wedding ceremony

The Korean program in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is the largest and strongest in the country in terms of faculty, curriculum and degree programs. The program’s Korean Language Flagship Center trains American students to speak Korean as professionals in their chosen academic or professional fields. In addition to extensive overseas study and intensive courses at UH Mānoa, flagship students …

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Student documentaries inspired by China exchange showing at conference

UHM students in China

Over the summer, Austin Lau, Casey Lapidus and John Gilmore from the Academy for Creative Media (ACM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa experienced a new opportunity for immersion in filmmaking and Chinese cultural exchange. Looking China, a three-week intensive documentary production program, draws students from around the world to make 10-minute documentaries on topics revolving around a new theme each year. This year’s theme was …

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Manoa students selected for intensive language study in Japan

Raymond DeLang, Consul General of Japan Yasushi Misawa and Jake Yasumori.

Raymond DeLang and Jake Yasumori, Japanese language majors in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, were selected as recipients of the 2017–18 Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese government’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The Monbukagakusho Scholarship covers tuition, living expenses and a stipend. The Consul General of Japan in Honolulu presented the scholarship awards to DeLang …

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English professor receives Fulbright Award to India

S. Shankar, professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, received the prestigious Senior Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award (Teaching and Research) for 2017–18. He will soon head to India where he will teach at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, in Chennai, India, conduct research, and interact with students and faculty in India for the academic year. The Fulbright-Nehru enables the most outstanding students, academics, and …

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UH Mānoa English graduate named Portz Scholar

Brandy Dobson was chosen to be a 2017 Portz Scholar by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), and receive the organization’s top prize for undergraduate honors students. Dobson was one of only four scholars selected throughout the country. This is the second consecutive year that an English student from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa earned the prestigious award. Jonathan Omuro was a 2016 Portz Scholar. Both were mentored by …

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National literary award for Mānoa English professor

The prestigious American Book Award has been bestowed on University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Associate Professor Shawna Yang Ryan by the Before Columbus Foundation for her 2016 novel Green Island. Ryan also serves as the director of creative writing in the UH Mānoa Department of English. The American Book Awards provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. “Writing a novel, you …

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Curve of the Hook awarded for excellence in non-fiction

The Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association (HBPA) has presented its 2017 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awardfor excellence in nonfiction to Curve of the Hook: An Archaeologist in Polynesia, the summer 2016 volume of Mānoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, published by the University of HawaiʻiPress. HBPA’s jurors considered eighty-five nominations in twelve publishing categories. In a book-length interview, illustrated with maps, charts, and previously unpublished photographs, Curve of the Hook covers the …

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Jamaica Osorio awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio was honored with the 2017 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which will support the final year of her dissertation writing and defense. Osorio, a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa PhD candidate in English, is 1 of only 38 individuals to receive the fellowship among the national competitors. Osorio’s dissertation is titled Aikāne, A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer …

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