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