English Department Earns National Accolades

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: May 16, 2001

HONOLULU -- The English Department of the University of Hawai'i at Manoacontinues to receive national recognition for its efforts:

The Center for Biography is cooperating with organizations and individualson and off campus to produce a series of video biographies entitled "BiographyHawaii." Craig Howes (English, UHM), Joy Chong Stannard(Hawaii Public Television), and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl make upthe executive team for the series. Hawaii Public Television has been awardedover $70,000 in funding for this series and the first show will featurethe late kumu hula, Aunty Maiki.

Ku'ualoha Ho'omanawanui has been awarded a Ford Foundation Pre-doctoralFellowship, which provides three years of support as she pursues her Ph.D.in English and continues her study of Hawaiian Literature. According tothe Foundation's information, "Approximately 60 pre-doctoral fellowships[are] awarded in a national competition administered by the National ResearchCouncil (NRC) of the National Academies on behalf of the Ford Foundation.The awards are made to those individuals who, in the judgment of the reviewpanels, have demonstrated superior scholarship and show the greatest promisefor future achievement as scholars, researchers, and teachers in institutionsof higher education."

Beth Tobin's book Picturing Imperial Power has been awardeda prize by the Historians of British Art for best book on a topic before1800 published in 1999. The Book Prize committee described Professor Tobin'sstudy as "an important contribution to the field" and "amodel work of scholarship."