Monday, December 6, 2010

Dr. Allan Millett - Public Lecture, Thursday, December 9th

This Thursday we have a special guest lecturer, Dr. Allan Millett, visiting from the University of New Orleans. He will be presenting on the Korean War, 1948-1954, at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium on December 9th from 2:00-3:30pm. Please join us!

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, the Department of History and the Center for Korean Studies.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Call for Papers: 2011 SPAS Graduate Student Conference

The School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa is seeking papers and presentations for its 2011 Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held from April 3-5, 2011 on the University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus in Honolulu. The theme is "Crossing Borders: Emerging Trends in Pacific and Asian Studies."

In particular, we are looking for papers that incorporate:
  • New and emerging trends in Pacific and/or Asian Studies
  • Insights on the importance of area studies
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Any other original research on the region(s)
Please submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Abstracts should include your name, discipline, university affiliation, and contact information.

Abstract submission deadline: January 28, 2011

Conference Dates and Location:
April 3-5, 2011
Center for Korean Studies
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu, HI

Please note that the SPAS Graduate Student Conference is immediately following the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference (March 31-April 3) and precedes the Center for South Asian Studies (CSAS) Annual Spring Symposium (April 6-8).

Limited travel subsidies to the conference site may be available.

Direct any questions to Additional information is available on our website and on Facebook!
These sites will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The First Thanksgiving

The exact date, location and reasons behind the first Thanksgiving celebration are a source of contention. It is generally accepted that the origins of our modern day celebration in the United States results from the 1621 harvest celebrations in Plymouth, Massachusetts, when the Wampoang Native Americans saved the pilgrims from starvation. The date for observance was not fixed until 1941, when Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill into law with Congress.

Historian Jeremy Bangs, the director of the Leiden American Pilgrim's Museum, believes that the annual observance of Thanksgiving may have been influenced by a tradition that commenced following the siege of Leiden (Netherlands) by the Spaniards in 1574. Thanksgiving Day is also observed in Leiden.

Monday, November 22, 2010

On This Day...November 22

1718 - English pirate Edward Teach (a.k.a. "Blackbeard") was killed during a battle off the coast of North Carolina.

1942 - During World War II, the Battle of Stalingrad began.

1963 - President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

1990 - British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced she would resign.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

November 19th Women’s Studies Colloquium: Melisa Casumbal-Salazar

Dear all,

Please do join us this Fri., Nov. 19th at the Women’s Studies Colloquium for Melisa Casumbal-Salazar’s presentation titled “An Aesthetic Politics of Gendered Violence: The Maguindanao Massacre, Kinatay, and National Times.”

Attached is a flyer for the event; please feel free to distribute this flyer widely. This presentation will be held in Saunders Hall, Room 624 (12:30pm-2pm).

Many thanks to the Department of Political Science and Center for Philippine Studies for co-sponsoring this terrific talk.

We look forward to seeing you this Friday, and please bring a friend!

Brianne Gallagher
Coordinator, Women's Studies Fall 2010 Colloquium
University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Friday, 11/19/10 12:30pm-2pm Saunders 624
Melisa Casumbal-Salazar, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Political Science UHM

Title: An Aesthetic Politics of Gendered Violence: The Maguindanao Massacre, Kinatay, and National Times

As rendered in both the social and cinematic events this presentation engages, misogynist violence in the Philippines is simultaneously spectacular and invisible, exceptional and banal, unintelligible and multiply- coded. The mode of misogynist violence upon which I focus is the rape and murder of women, and the mutilation of their bodies, as perpetrated in the event popularly known as the Ampatuan or Maguindanao Massacre (November 23, 2009), and as staged in the film Kinatay/Butchered (dir. Brilliante Mendoza, 2009). My analysis of the Ampatuan Massacre examines the ways in which victims’ families, news media, women’s advocates, and the law render the genitally-mutilated, raped, murdered woman’s body in/visible as an epistemological and temporal, national problem.

For example, gendered violence is made know-able, in part, as an anomaly in the movement of both religious (Moro traditional) and secular (modern liberal), national times. Kinatay, by contrast, mobilizes conventions of family melodrama and film noir in order to query the exceptionalism of gendered violence in postcolonial modernity. Sound, city-scape, and domicile function as characters as the film examines, through repeated close-up, the micropolitics of gendered violence as a masculine pedagogic project whose trauma is registered on the bodies, through the affects, of men.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

History Workshop - Dr. David Hanlon


Dr. Hanlon will be presenting for the History Workshop on December 3rd at 2:30pm in the History Department Library. His talk will focus on Tosiwo Nakayama, the first president of the Federated States of Micronesia, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Department of History.

Tonight we have Dr. Patrick Wolfe's presentation (please see the post below for details) at 7pm.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dr. Patrick Wolf - a special presentation on Tuesday, November 9th, 7pm


Dr. Patrick Wolf, a Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University, Australia, will present "Where did the Vanishing Indian Vanish To? Hunting Grounds Happy and Not So Happy in US Indian Policy".

Where: Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Halau o Haumea

When: Tuesday, November 9th, 7:00pm

Please see the flyer to the left for details.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Arbor Day in Hawaii

Today is Arbor Day in the state of Hawaii!

How to celebrate Arbor Day

View the dates for Arbor Day in other states

The famous "Hitachi" tree, in Moanalua Gardens

Liam Kelley presenting 3rd History Workshop: "The Nation in Vietnam: A Rags to Riches Story (of Sorts)"

Today at 2:30pm, Liam Kelley will be presenting the third History Workshop talk, "The Nation in Vietnam: A Rags to Riches Story (of Sorts)." It will be in the History Department Library (A201). A small reception will follow in the Department Lounge. The complete details (and abstract) are included on the attached flyer.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Upcoming Phi Alpha Theta Events


UH Manoa chapter president James Larson has called a planning meeting for Monday, Nov. 1, at 3 p. m. in the History Lounge (Sakamaki Hall B210). The agenda includes proposed book sales, movie/lecture events, and other projects. (We had a big turnout for "Monte Python and the Holy Grail" which was introduced by Prof. Jolly.) New members are encouraged to attend Monday's meeting and meet James, Josh, Jessie, and the other current officers and members.

If you plan to graduate this fall, please let me know. Members of honor societies are given special recognition in the commencement program. I will provide a list of December grads to the appropriate people.

Currently enrolled students are invited to compete in teams of 4 in the Annual University WorldQuest Competition in celebration of International Education week. The event is scheduled for November 19, 2010, from 1:00-4:00 p. m. at the Campus Center Ballroom. Students who wish to form a team are encouaged to register by November 15 with the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council ( (TEL: 944-7743). A study guide will be available.

If you would like to compete but do not know anyone with whom you could form a team, please contact me (chapter advisor) and we will put together a Phi Alpha Theta team!

Bob McGlone

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Presentation on South African Archives - Thursday, 5:30pm at Hamilton Library

Democracy, Representation and Archives:

Acquisition Policies in South African University Archives

By Harrison Inefuku

MAS/MLIS Candidate, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies

University of British Columbia

Thursday, October 28, 2010-10-21

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

Hamilton Library, Room 301

Between 1948 and 1994, South Africa was governed under apartheid, enforcing strict segregation along racial lines. Apartheid policies were far-reaching, dictating where individuals of different races could live, work and attain education. This period of segregation and oppresision created significant gaps in the nation’s archival record, as the voices of the marginalized were silenced in the nation’s documentary heritage.

This presentation provides an overview of South African archives, tracing the development of the nation’s archival system to developments in apartheid and later, democracy. It then provides an introduction to the speaker’s research, which explores the role university archives and special collections play in filling the archival gaps created during apartheid.

Harrison Inefuku is currently in his third year of the Dual Master of Archival Studies/Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. His research, under the direction of Dr. Lisa Nathan, focuses on how acquisition policies shape representation in South African university archives. He also serves as a graduate research assistant on the InterPARES 3; University Institutional Repositories: Copyright and Long-Term Preservation; and Digital Records Forensics Projects, under the direction of Dr. Luciana Duranti.

This event is co-sponsored by the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists, Hamilton Library, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) and the UHM Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program

Monday, October 25, 2010

Liam Kelley presenting 3rd History Workshop: "The Nation in Vietnam: A Rags to Riches Story (of Sorts)"

Next Friday, Liam Kelley will be presenting the third History Workshop talk, "The Nation in Vietnam: A Rags to Riches Story (of Sorts)." It will be in the History Department Library (A201), on Friday, November 5 at 2:30 pm. A small reception will follow in the Department Lounge. The complete details (and abstract) are included on the attached flyer.

There are also some other talks happening this week that will be of interest to the Department. The Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States will be meeting from Thursday to Saturday (October 28-30) at the Pacific Beach Hotel downtown. On Thursday at 2pm in the Ahi Room, Peter Hoffenberg will be presenting "Displaying the Hawaiian Nation: The Kingdom of Hawai'i at Overseas International Exhibitions, 1867-1893." On Friday at 9 am in the Papio Room, John Rosa will be presenting "King Kalabaua: Remembering a Kanaka Maoli Mo'i and His Victorian Style."

Closer to home on Friday (October 29), Vina Lanzona will be presenting "Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex and Revolution in the Philippines," in George Hall 213 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm, as part of the Women's Studies Colloquium.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Vina Lanzona: Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines

Dr. Vina Lanzona will present for the UHM Women's Studies Colloquium Series, and discuss her recent book on the Huk Amazons.

When: Friday, 10/29/10
Where: George Hall 213

This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Center for Philippine Studies.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"State of Aloha" documentary - free screening and panel of speakers, including Dr. John Rosa

Aloha! On Wednesday, 27th October, there will be a screening of the documentary "State of Aloha" and a panelist session including Former Governor John Waihee, Retired Judge Walter M. Heen, and Dr. John Rosa, Assistant Professor of History, moderated by Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Associate Professor of Law.

When: Wednesday, 27th October, 2010 (Reception: 5:30-6:30pm; Screening: 6:30-7:45pm; Panel Discussion: 8:00-9:00pm)
Where: William S. Richardson School of Law, 2515 Dole St., Classroom 2

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ReGeneration - a documentary film screening as part of HIFF


An exciting new documentary film titled ReGENERATION, written and directed by Philip Montgomery, and narrated by Ryan Gosling, will be screening this week as part of the Hawaii International Film Festival.

The film explores
the concepts of apathy and cynicism in today's generation towards Social and Political causes. In addition to featuring a spectrum of young minds to explore these issues, the film also features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Andrew Bacevich, Amy Goodman, Mos Def , Norman Ornstein, Tucker Carlson, and the late Howard Zinn just to name a few. The film focuses directly on how parenting, education, and media shape today's generation, while exploring previous movements and generations and how they have affected us in the present. One key point made in the film is our "loss of history" in the current curriculum being taught in our education system.

HIFF Screening times:
Dole Cannery Stadium 18
6:30pm, Thursday, October 21
3:00pm, Saturday, October 23

(This information courtesy of Philip Montgomery)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Special Event Series - The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future

An announcement from
Aiko Yamashiro, Project Director for The Value of Hawai'i

The Value of Hawai'i Teach-In Series: Ka Nohona: The Arts, Homelessness, Race, and Agriculture
12 noon to 1:10 pm
Kuykendall 410, UH Manoa

We wanted to create a special event series for students, faculty, and other members of the UH Manoa community to meet and talk with contributors from The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future, the most-talked-about local book this year. Nearly all our contributors have agreed to participate in this 5-week Teach-In series, co-sponsored by the UHM Chancellor's Office. This is an excellent opportunity if you are reading or teaching the book to come down and ask questions of the authors.

This week's topics will center on the ways of life via the arts, homelessness, race, and agriculture. Why are the arts undervalued, and what responsibilities do artists have to society? How is homelessness a cultural and colonial problem, and how can the framework of family help us think about this? Why are race relations in Hawai'i so important, and what else it at stake besides the usual haole vs. local? Sustainability is a very trendy topic right now--but what would it mean for Hawai'i to really be food-sustainable? What are we sustaining?

Featuring Marilyn Cristofori (Hawai'i Arts Alliance), John P. Rosa (History), Charles Reppun (Waiahole Farms), and Trisha Kehaulani Watson (Honua Consulting).

Bring your questions and thoughts with your brownbag lunch, and our contributors will be more than happy to listen and talk with you. And please come early for seats, these sessions have been very well attended.
The Value of Hawai`i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future
Edited by Craig Howes and Jon Osorio
A Biography Monograph, published by UH Press, July 2010

How did we get here? Three-and-a-half-day school weeks. Prisoners farmed out to the mainland. Tent camps for the migratory homeless. A blinkered dependence on tourism and the military for virtually all economic activity. The steady degradation of already degraded land. Contempt for anyone employed in education, health, and social service. An almost theological belief in the evil of taxes.

At a time when new leaders will be elected, and new solutions need to be found, the thirty-one contributors to The Value of Hawai`i outline the causes of our current state and offer points of departure for a Hawai`i-wide debate on our future.

The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future

Facebook: "The Value of Hawai'i Discussion Group"
Twitter: @valuehawaii [#wevaluehi]
Buy the book:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Visit from Dr. John Demos

John Demos, emeritus professor of history at Yale University and the author of The Unredeemed Captive, Entertaining Satan, A Little Commonwealth, and many other books sat in on Professor Rath's Readings in Early American History course last Wednesday (October 6th). They discussed Demos's book looking at the shape of early American history, Circles and Lines. Here John is chatting with first year PhD student Zachary Martin.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Phi Alpha Theta Book Sale - Today!

Aloha PAT Members [and History Buffs]!

Today is the day! Our long awaited book sale is finally happening, and we need everyone's help! Tell your class, friends, faculty to show up at the Campus Center to pick up a book or two. I will be there all day, so you can bring anyone you know who might want to sign up. I hope everyone will at least stop by so I have an opportunity to meet every member.

Additional project someone might like to run is the RIO Helping Hands Food Drive. RIOs compete to donate the most canned foods, winning organization gets a catered party! I would be willing to assist anyone who would like to lead the project, we can also grant you a more formal title as an officer of Phi Alpha Theta. This type of project would be a great help to our application for Best Chapter Award, with or without winning the party.

Mahalo and see you at Campus Center 8:30-4:30,

James Larson

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Phi Alpha Theta Book Sale - October 13

Phi Alpha Theta will be having a book sale at Campus Center, from 8:30 until 4:30, on October 13th, so grab some bargains and support history at Manoa!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

On This Day...September 29

1758 England's Admiral Horatio Nelson was born.

1789 A regular army was established by the U.S. War Department with several hundred men.

1829 The first public appearance by London's re-organized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.

1918 Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough on the Hindenburg Line during World War I.

1967 The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.

1988 The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On This Day...September 28

551 B.C. Teacher and philosopher Confucius was born. He dedicated most of his life to teaching, starting at the age of 22 when he opened his first school.

48 B.C. Pompey the Great was murdered on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt.

1066 William the Conqueror invaded England.

1850 The U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment.

1939 Germany and the Soviet Union agreed on a plan to partition Poland.

1989 Ferdinand E. Marcos died in Hawaii, in exile, at the age of 72.

1995 Yasser Arafat of the PLO and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed an accord that transferred control of the West Bank.

2009 Iran tested its longest-range missiles and warned they could reach any place that threatens the country, including Israel, parts of Europe and U.S. military bases in the Mideast.

Women's Studies Colloquium

Debora Halbert: “The Labor of Creativity: Women’s Work, Quilting, and the Uncommodified Life.”
Presentation Date & Place: October 1 (12:30 to 2:00 pm) in Saunders Hall, Room 624.

While the law of copyright has become important as a regulatory tool governing the culture industries, there is a disconnect between the way people create, the reasons for their interest in creating things, and the way the law “protects” the end result of creativity. While public attention is focused on the theft of intellectual property, the everyday use and meaning of intellectual property is far less clear. Furthermore, the law does not tend to apply as clearly to areas of creative expression populated by women. This means, for example, that artistic expressions in women’s work – quilts, macramé, crochet, cooking, and fashion, are less apt to be protected by copyright than works of art that fit within a more traditional understanding of artistic expression as something that is “fixed in a tangible form” by an “original author.” By contrast, women’s creative work is often collaborative, without direct access to an original author, deemed too “practical” to achieve copyright status, or based upon traditions that are in the public domain.

In this talk, I’d like to walk through a series of stories as they relate to women’s work and intellectual property. These stories range from the legal story of copyright to the stories women tell about their own work. In preparing the paper upon which this talk was based, I collected the stories of quilters in an effort to think through the nexus between creativity and the law. Quilting is a creative activity where copyright plays a very small role except to impose restrictions on the actions of quilters. The women who took my survey saw creativity as part of a connection between themselves, their families and their communities. Their creative work, in other words, is a gift they want to share instead of a product they want to own.

Monday, September 27, 2010

History Workshop - this Friday!

The second meeting of the History Workshop will take place on Friday, October 1st at 2:30 pm in the History Department Library. The topic will be "Communities Imagined, Emotional, and Textual: English Identity and Hybridity in the Tenth Century" by Professor Karen Jolly. A brief description of the topic is included in the attached flyer.

Matt Romaniello and Suzanna Reiss

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Duel - a new play by Richard Tillotson

All the World’s a Stage Theatre Company will present a Readers’ Theater production of Richard Tillotson’s new play, DUEL, directed by Paul Mitri of the UH Drama Department, at Church of the Crossroads, Weaver Hall, on Friday and Saturday evenings, September 24 and 25, at 7:30 pm.

Admission is free, donation suggested. Attached is a press release and poster. Below is a full synopsis.

Duel tells the story of an attempt to create a television mini-series about the life-long rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, a rivalry which began when the two first met as officers in the American revolutionary army. It ended with the famous duel when Burr took Hamilton's life. In the intervening decades, the men engaged in a progressively more venomous competition as lawyers and businessmen, in politics, and as patrons of an enigmatic courtesan known as Mrs. Reynolds. Hamilton's liaison became a notorious scandal that destroyed his chances for the presidency. This episode in American history is a tragic story. But the play's other story, the contemporary attempt to create a TV show about Hamilton and Burr, is comic. The producer is a woman who admires Burr for his feminism and thinks Hamilton was a corrupt womanizer. Her adversary is an historian she hires to vet thesc-ript for historical authenticity, who admires Hamilton for his brilliance but regards Burr as villainous. As the Hollywood producer and the English historian struggle to make their own views prevail, they must contend with other interpretations by a power-hungry film director and the actors who strive to upstage one another. The play cuts back and forth in time, presenting competing visions of "what actually happened” in the eighteenth century while the producer and the historian discover themselves involved in a messy love affair. Unable to agree on their own personal history, they still manage to collaboratively imagine the tragic conclusion of Hamilton and Burr’s life-long life-long rivalry.

Aloha United Way Bake Sale and White Elephant - Mahalo!

The History Department would like to take this opportunity to send out a "big" mahalo to all that participated in yesterday's fundraiser, from those that volunteered to bake, contributed items to sell, made info signs, helped carry tables/chairs and boxes, and to those that came by to make purchases or gave a donation. It was a great effort and a terrific turn out. We collected $418 for Aloha United Way. Thanks again for caring and "making a difference in the community."



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

On This Day...September 22

1792 The first French Republic was proclaimed.

1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of Jan. 1, 1863.

1949 The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb.

1961 - U.S President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bake Sale and White Elephant - TOMORROW!


Our Bake Sale and White Elephant to benefit Aloha United Way is tomorrow in the Sakamaki Courtyard, Diamond Head side of the building (adjacent to the Post building).

Please come along and try our ono baked foods and pick up a bargain or two - all for a great cause!


On This Day...September 21

1792 - The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

1931 - Britain went off the gold standard.

1931 - Japanese forces began occupying China's northeast territory of Manchuria.

1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was first published.

1966 - The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.

1985 - North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.

Friday, September 17, 2010

On This Day...September 17

1778 - The United States signed its first treaty with a Native American tribe, the Delaware Nation.

1862 - The bloodiest day in U.S. military history: 23,100 were killed, wounded or captured at Maryland in the Civil War battle of Antietam. The Rebel advance was ended with heavy losses to both armies.

1937 - At Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln's face was dedicated.

1939 - The Soviet Union invaded Poland, just 16 days after Germany had invaded Poland.

1983 - Vanessa Williams, as Miss New York, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On This Day...September 16

1400 - Welsh-born Owain Glyndwr was proclaimed Prince of Wales after rebelling against English rule.

1620 - The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England, with 102 passengers on board.

1630 - The village of Shawmut, Massachusetts, changed its name to Boston.

1638 - French King Louis XIV was born.

1976 - Women gained formal approval from the Episcopal Church to be ordained as priests and bishops.

1988 - Tom Browning pitched the 12th perfect game in major league baseball.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

On This Day...September 14

1814 - Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the 1812 British bombardment of Fort McHenry, MD. In 1931 the song became the official U.S. national anthem.

1847 - U.S. forces, led by General Winfield Scott, took control of Mexico City.

1901 - U.S. President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds, and was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

1987 - Tony Magnuson set a new skateboard high jump record when he cleared 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp.

Monday, September 13, 2010

SE Asian Archaeology lecture on 9/16/10 at UH Manoa

Southeast Asian Heritage, Community Development, and the Role of Archaeologists in the Process

Dr. Nigel Chang (Department of Anthropology, Archaeology & Sociology, James Cook University, Australia)

Thursday, September 16th, 3:00 pm, Crawford Hall 105

At the end of February, 2010, the (now) James Cook University led 10th excavation season at Ban Non Wat, Northeast Thailand was completed. The Ban Non Wat excavations are one of the longest-running archaeological research projects in Southeast Asia, and this project has led to greater, local, public involvement and interest than might otherwise be the case. Currently, strong local government interest is being translated into the building of a Community Learning Centre; some are arguing that the site be nominated for World Heritage status.

How did this come about? Is this the sort of thing that archaeologists should be doing? Is there such a thing as too much knowledge or community involvement, and does this intensity of research provide fuel for the illicit trafficking in antiquities? These questions will all be considered at Ban Non Wat as well as for another (also JCU-led) ongoing project; this time based in Laos and with a significant commercial component. Of particular interest is the issue of how the Laos-based project's status as a contract archaeology project affects the nature of community engagement.

Dr. Nigel Chang (Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Sociology) holds a Ph.D. from the University of Otago and co-directs the Society and Environment at Ban Non Wat, Northeast Thailand Project. He has worked in Thailand since 1991, worked in Cambodia several times, and currently also directs archaeological research in Laos.

Co-sponsored with the UHM Center for Southeast Asian Studies

For further information, please contact Dr. Miriam Stark at

Dr. Miriam Stark
Dept Anthropology, U Hawai'i-M¨¡noa
2424 Maile Way, Saunders 346
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822 U.S.A.
Tel. 808-956-7552/Fax 808-956-9541

Lower Mekong Archaeological Project:

Luce Asian Archaeology Program:

Women's Studies Colloquium

On This Day...September 13

1759 - The British defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham in the final French and Indian War.

1789 - The United States Government took out its first loan.

1922 - The highest shaded temperature was recorded at 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit in El Azizia, Libya.

1959 - Luna 2 became the first space probe to reach the moon. It was launched by the Soviet Union on September 12.

- Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed an accord granting limited Palestinian autonomy.

2001 - Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State, named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

History Advising at the East West Center

Aloha, and welcome to the Department of History blog!

We will be attending the High School Counselors Workshop on Friday, September 10th at the Hawaii Imin Conference Center (at the East West Center). This is part of the Manoa Experience, and sponsored by the Office of Admissions, and will allow us to showcase our program and network with counselors and students along with other staff and faculty as part of the Academic and Student Services Fair.
Time: 8:00 am to 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 10th
Location: Garden Dining Rooms on the ground floor, Hawaii Imin Conference Center, East West Center