Monday, November 7, 2011

The History Workshop presents...Professor Brien Hallet, November 18th

Shattering the Constitution:
The Rule of Law and the Power to Declare War

Brien Hallett, Associate Professor, Matsunaga Institute for Peace

Friday November 18; 2:30-4:00pm
History Department Library
2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall A201

As America's recent involvement in the overthrow of the Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi illustrates once again, the Congress is incapable of discharging its clear constitutional duty "to declare war." Why is this? Was Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. correct when he attributed this congressional failure to the rise of an Imperial Presidency? Or, might the history of executive-legislative relations tell a different story?

Monday, October 24, 2011

History Workshop, November 4th - Professor Benito Quintana


For our upcoming History Workshop our speaker is Professor Benito Quintana, an Assistant Professor of Spanish at UHM, who will be speaking on 'Theaters of War: Staging the Conquest of America in the Spanish Comedia, 1598-1700', on November 4th from 2:30-4pm in the History Department Library.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Steps to Getting Your Degree in History

We have a new page on our website to give clear, simple steps you can follow to get your undergraduate degree:

Steps to Getting Your Degree in History

If you are interested in a wallet-sized, laminated version of these steps, please come by our office in Sakamaki A203 and Hazel will be happy to assist you!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

APEC and Economic Justice - Lori Wallach

Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, presents on October 25th, 2011 at 4pm at the UH Manoa Art Auditorium.

After Dark in the Park Series - WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument

"Feels Like Home"
The Influence of Music & the USO in the Pacific War

Please see the flyer for details...

Thursday, October 20, 2011
at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center

Admission is free and open to the public.

Executing America: The Life and Times of Troy Davis - panel discussion, October 28




A panel discussion on Friday, OCTOBER 28, from 3-4:30 in KUY 301* featuring

JOHN HANUSZ (Troy Davis' Lawyer)



ROBERT PERKINSON (American Studies)


Sponsors: American Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, History, and Law

contact person: Cynthia Franklin

* Please note: the location has been changed to Kuykendall 301

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

History Workshop: Professor Pierre Asselin presents on Friday, October 21st

On Friday, October 21st, Professor Pierre Asselin (History, Hawai'i Pacific University) will be presenting:

“War by Other Means: Hanoi's Diplomatic Struggle, 1965-1968

as part of the new History Workshop, "War and Society: Considering Justice, Violence, and the Military in History." The talk will take place at 2:30 in the History Department Library (Sakamaki A201). Full details for the talk are included on the attached flyer.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Aloha! Come and check our our white elephant and bake sale from 10am to 1pm today. We'll be on the ground level of Sakamaki Hall, and the Diamond Head side at the center of the building.
We have yummy baked goods for bargain prices, and you can browse all sorts of knick-knacks and scoop yourself some deals!

Brought to you by the History Department and the Office of Research Services.

All proceeds go to Aloha United Way!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Talk: "Colonial Policing In The Dutch East Indies" - Sept. 9, 2011

Presentation Announcement:
"Colonial Policing In The Dutch East Indies: The Case Of The Ambonese
Gewapende Politie (1893-1946)"
by Martin Thiry, 2011 Library of Congress Florence Tan Moeson Fellow
Date: Friday, September 9, 2011
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Location: Asian Reading Room Foyer, LJ-150, 1st Floor, Jefferson Building,
Library of Congress
[Metro stop: Capitol South on the Blue/Orange Line.]

The role of ethnic minorities in colonial policing is integral to the rise
of the nation-state and an expression of agency on the part of minority
groups in the development of the nation-state. During the late colonial
period an amalgamation of ethnic minorities, referred to collectively as
the Ambonese, were employed as policing agents. In this capacity the
Ambonese have been understood as subject forces and less as actors,
obscuring a fuller history of the Ambonese as colonial police. The ways
in which they served in the years 1873-1945 helped lay foundations for the
Indonesian nation-state. The Dutch were trying to form and keep together
the colonial state; with the help of the Ambonese they served to cohere
The introduction of armed police units, fortified in ever greater numbers
by the Ambonese (personnel from Ambon, greater Maluku, Manado, and Timor),
allowed the start of the pacification of the archipelago, particularly in
the Outer Islands where the Dutch had so far exercised no more than
nominal control. Ambonese would serve prominently in the Marechausse and
later in the much more robust gewapende politie, critically in their own
home areas.
About the presenter:
Martin Thiry graduated from Harvard in 2000 and joined the New Orleans
Police Department where he was a patrolman and a robbery detective. He
will complete his PhD in History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and
the East-West Center in Spring 2012.

Anchi Hoh, Ph.D., Tel: 202-707-5673, E-mail:>
Request ADA accommodation five business days in advance.
Contact 202-707-6862 or>

Professor Vicente Rafael presents for The History Workshop on October 7th

War and Society: Considering Justice, Violence, and the Military in History
The Center for Philippine Studies

Weaponizing Language: US Counterinsurgency and the Politics of Translation
Vicente Rafael
Professor of History
University of Washington
Friday October 7; 2:30‐4:00pm
History Department Library
2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall A201

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thinking about Graduate School in History?

If graduate school may be on your horizon, whether it be next year, or in the next few years, please join Professor Romaniello to learn more about finding a good program and preparing your application.

When: Thursday, October 6th, 12-1pm
Where: History Department Library (Sakamaki A201)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September 16th History Workshop - Russell Hart

On Friday, September 16th, Professor Russell A. Hart (History, HPU) will be presenting:

Fräuleins Fighting at the Front:

Nazi Employment of Female Combatants

in the Final Days of the Third Reich, 1945

as part of the new History Workshop, "War and Society: Considering Justice, Violence, and the Military in History." The talk will take place at 2:30 in the History Department Library (Sakamaki A201). Full details for the talk are included on the attached flyer.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Soundscapes by Dr. Rath

Dr. Richard Rath has kindly shared some of his amazing soundscapes, including this piece which was one of several performed as part of the Presidential panel at the AHA in 2010. Recorded in his studio, the piece is a reconstruction of the music of enslaved Africans in seventeenth century Jamaica - a fascinating and unique way to look at -- and listen to -- history.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Films showing this Fall for Bollywood Film class with Dr. Bertz


Dr. Ned Bertz is showing numerous films, so if you love a good Bollywood shimmy and song, or some classic drama, head on over! The film screenings are free and open to the public.

Please see the attached flyer for more information (and inspiration)!

Call for Papers - "From APEC to Polynesia: Regionalism in World History"

The First Annual Conference of the World History Association of Hawaii will be meeting on October 15, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Please see the attached flyer for details.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The History Workshop presents Archaic Warriors: Warfare in Prehistory, Greece and Rome

Professor Michael Speidel will be presenting "Archaic Warriors: Warfare in Prehistory, Greece and Rome" as the first session of this year's History Workshop, "War and Society: Considering Justice, Violence, and the Military in History." The talk will begin at 2:30 on Friday, September 2nd in the History Department Library (Sakamaki A201), followed by a small reception hosted by the History Department in Lounge.

Monday, August 15, 2011

History Workshop for 2011-2012

Aloha! We have an exciting line-up of talks for Fall 2011...please see the flyer below for details, and individual flyers will be available for talks as we progress through the semester.

Friday, August 5, 2011


We have an opportunity to hear the head of one of the major archives for American History, and also an expert on oral history. Please note that the talk is at the Korean Studies Center -- we hope to see you there.

"The Vanishing History of the American Presidency"

by Russell L. Riley

Thursday, August 11 • Noon – 1:15 pm
1881 East-West Road • Center for Korean Studies Auditorrium

Russell L. Riley is Chair of the Presidential Oral History Program of the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, where he directs the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project. a comprehensive effort to conduct and compile scholarly oral history interviews with the senior members of the Clinton White House, as well as other important political figures of the Clinton era.

In his talk, Professor Riley will focus on presidential biography, the extraordinary resources we have on presidents in a relatively small window of time (from about FDR to Nixon), and the rapid decline in those resources after Watergate and beyond. He'll also discuss the role of oral history as a way of dealing with these deficiencies, how the Miller Center goes about its work, and what the Presidential Oral History Program can contribute to history.

Professor Riley has participated in similar efforts to document the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. Riley has taught a wide range of courses in American politics at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, and Georgetown. He is the author of The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-keeping from 1831–1965, a comparattive study of how presidents dealt with abolitionism and the later movement for black civil rights, and numerous articles on race and politics, presidential leadership, Southern politics, and political parties. He is currently working on a book about post-war politics in the United States, examining comparatively the immediate aftermaths of the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Cold War.

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history. Among other activities, through its Presidential Studies Program, it conducts the official oral history project of every administration from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, and it is the only organization in the US transcribing and annotating the thousands of hours of secret White House audio tapes of US presidents from Franklin Roosevelt through Nixon.

For more information, contact 808-956-3774 or email
The Center for Biographical Research is now on
Facebook, at

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dr. Kieko Matteson returns from Finland

During the Summer months, many of our faculty travel to far-flung places for research, conferences, or to vacation.

Recently, Dr. Kieko Matteson returned from a conference on the west coast of Finland, and features here in a Finnish website. (Unfortunately, unless you read Finnish the text will not mean a lot, but you can enjoy her photograph!)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

6th Annual Hawaii Book and Music Festival

When: May 14-15, 2011, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds

Free admission and parking

Bring your family and friends and enjoy a full weekend of fine words, exciting music and performances, games, food, and important discussion! This year, the Hawaii Book and Music Festival is featuring a number of talks and activities inspired by The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future. We are very pleased to be sharing with you some of our highlights for this weekend. For a full schedule of events and more information, please visit their official website at

**Two full days of humanities discussion forums on the value and future of Hawai'i, and bringing together community and political leaders and scholars on a wide range of issues

Tourism: Frank Haas, Vicky Holt Takamine, Ramsay Remigius Mahealani Taum, Ron Williams
Education: Mark Matsuda, Lyla Berg, Phillip Bossert, Kim Coco Iwamoto
Economics: John Webster, Robbie Alm, Sumner La Croix, Dawn Webster
Social Services: Susan Chandler, Bob Nakata, Suzanne Chun-Oakland, Carol Plummer
Sovereignty: John D. Waihe'e, Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Jonathan K. Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio

Arts: Craig Howes, Marilyn Cristofori, Joe Rice, Michael Pili Pang, Kathryn Xian
Revising History: John Rosa, Noelani Arista, Tom Coffman, Sarah Vowell
The Land: Cristina Bacchilega, William Aila, Carlos Andrade, Alapa'i Nahale'a, Charles Reppun
Sustainable Community: Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor, Jon Matsuoka, Luciano Minerbi
Food: Wanda Adams, John Heckathorn, Ed Kenney, Gary Maunakea-Forth
Energy: Jay Fidell, Henry Curtis, Jeff Mikulina, Scott Seu
Transportation: Ikaika Hussey, Jay Fidell, Chad Taniguchi, Peter Vincent
**Public debut and demonstration of "Seeing the Value" card game, a unique visual card-discussion game developed and showcased by students at Mililani High School and teachers Claire Gearen and David Goldberg. This innovative interactive card game asks Hawai'i youth to explore the trade-offs of value in the issues that matter most to us. Students choose a current events issue, create an image, and argue for a positive or negative value in effecting that issue for Hawai‘i. See what others value and how your choices interact. See the value! Audience participants will also get an opportunity to add their own card ideas to the newly created deck. (Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to noon)

**Special talk by National Endowment for the Humanities Chair Jim Leach as part of his US-tour to call attention to the importance of "Civility in a Fractured Society." "Civilization requires civility. Words matter." Beyond the idea of simple etiquette, Leach will discuss the need for respectful engagement with other viewpoints and experiences during this tumultuous moment in history, and the special place that the humanities can create for truly civil discourse. (Saturday 4 pm)

**Performances and presentations by Youth Speaks Hawai'i on the topic of "Bridging Poetry and Politics." These savvy young poets have been having heated discussions on what we value (and do not value) about Hawai'i, and will be sharing their courageous insight and imaginings with a poetic edge.  (Saturday at noon, Sunday at 10am)

**Performance and discussions with amazing musicians, dancers, and theater groups, including Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Cyril Pahinui, The Royal Hawaiian Band, Monkey Waterfall, and many many more.

**Keiki storytelling and activities with a number of special guests, including PBS Kids characters, Jeff Gere, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and many more!

**Discussion sessions focused specifically on Hawaiian culture and history, and featuring a number of renowned experts and exciting new initiatives. Some of the topics and speakers include: Polynesian Voyaging Society (Nainoa Thompson), Mana Wahine ('Oiwi 4 authors Alohalani Brown, Keahi Lee, No'ukahau'oli Revilla, Blaine Tolentino), Men in Hula (Robert Cazimero, Benton Sen, Burton White), The Strategy of Hawaiian Literacy and Newspapers (Puakea Nogelmeier, Kau'i Sai-Dudoit), and many more, including sessions on surfing, sumo, petroglyphs and ancient sites, and Hawaiian music.

**Last, but not least, featuring a number of talented and award-winning authors from Hawai'i and elsewhere, for discussions, on writing, publishing, and all the difficulty and joy of storytelling. Including James Rumford, Alexei Melnick, Maxine Hong-Kingston, Sarah Vowell, Bamboo Ridge #98 writers, local playwrights, and many more.

This listing only represents a small number of the many individuals, groups, programs, performances, and activities that will be a part of the Hawaii Book and Music Festival. For a full listing, check out their website at
Hope to see you there! And our thanks to the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities for the great work in helping put this together!

2011 Hawaii Book and Music Festival sponsored by
Bank of Hawaii, Hawaii Tourism Authority, City and Country of Honolulu, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Honolulu StarAdvertiser, KHON2, Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, Honolulu Magazine, Hagadone Printing Company, PBS Hawaii, PBS Kids, Clearchannel Radio, Visitor Video, Aqua Hotels and Resorts, Hawaiian Airlines, Booklines Hawaii, Hawaii Public Radio, and the Hawaii Independent.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Exhibit on "Pidgin: How was, how stay" opens on Saturday, May 7

Contact: Christina M. Higgins, (808) 956-2785 Associate Professor, Second Language Studies

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit on Pidgin, the creole language of Hawai‘i, on Saturday, May 7 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Plantation Village Museum located at 94-695 Waipahu Street in Waipahu.
The exhibit, titled “Pidgin: How was, how stay” will feature an illustrated timeline that connects history and the development of Pidgin English and Hawai'i Creole, audiovisual samples of plantation era and contemporary Pidgin, and a display on the ways Pidgin is used in today's Hawai'i.
The opening day event will include an introduction by Dr. John Rosa, assistant professor of history at UH Mānoa, tours of the exhibit, screenings of documentary films on Pidgin, fun activities about Pidgin, and local grinds. Try come!
The free event is sponsored by the Charlene J. Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities. The Charlene J. Sato Center for Pidgin, Creole and Dialect Studies was established in January 2002 and its aim is to conduct research on pidgin and creole languages as well as nonstandard dialects, with a focus on research that can benefit speakers of such varieties.
For more information, please contact Associate Professor Christina Higgins at

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The History Workshop presents De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography

Aloha! Please join us for the latest History Workshop on Friday, May 6th, 2011 2:30-4:00pm, in the History Department Library, Sakamaki Hall A201.

Moderator: Noelani Arista, Assistant Professor of History

Presenters include:
Erin Cozens, PhD Candidate, History, UH Mānoa
Lauren Hirshberg, PhD Candidate, History, University of Michigan
Monica LaBriola, PhD Candidate, History, UH Mānoa
James Viernes, PhD Candidate, History, UH Mānoa

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dr. Richard Rath presents "Media Revolutions Past and Present" - Wednesday, April 27th

Please join us for Dr. Rath's talk on Wednesday, April 27th from 12pm-1:20pm in Burns Hall, Room 218.

This event is sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the East West Center Internation Cultural Studies Program.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Racism & the Prison State: The Legacy of Slavery and Colonialism in the Rise of Mass Incarceration in the U.S. and Hawai‘i

When: Thursday, April 21, Noon

Where: Sakamaki A-201

Please join us for a panel discussion on racism and mass imprisonment in Hawai‘i and on the continent featuring our own RaeDeen Karasuda, Ellen Barry, a prominent criminal justice advocate and MacArthur fellow from the Bay Area, and Kat Brady, Hawai‘i’s indefatigable prisoner rights champion.

Sponsored by Sociology and American Studies and hosted by History

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

World War II in the Pacific: Exploring Hawai‘i and Pacific Island Perspectives Using Primary Sources

Pacific Historic Parks, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, and the National Park Service.
Date: July 11-15, 2011
Place: Tokai University, Honolulu and various WWII historic sites on O‘ahu
Cost: Free and open to all K-12 public and private school teachers in Hawai‘i, with travel support and accommodations provided to neighbor island teachers
This five-day institute will enable teachers—via tours, panel presentations, and hands-on discussion sessions—to explore the causes and effects of the Pacific War by examining three types of primary historical sources: 1) historic sites; 2) oral histories; and 3) documents, photographs, and artifacts.
For more information, see:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Graduate Research Symposium, May 6th

The final meeting of this year's History Workshop, "De-Centering the Nation-State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography," will be a Graduate Research Symposium, moderated by Professor Noelani Arista. There will be presentations by Erin Cozens, Monica LaBriola, and James Viernes from UHM, and a presentation by Lauren Hirshberg from University of Michigan. The symposium will begin at 2:30 pm on May 6th in the History Department Library (Sakamaki A201), followed by a small reception hosted by the History Department in the Lounge.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Papakilo Database - a new tool for historians and students in Hawaiian History

Aloha mai käkou a pau,

I am writing to notify the students and faculty of the UH Mänoa Department of History of the debut of the Papakilo Database, which will hopefully be an invaluable tool to historians and to students in Hawaiian History or in a related field or who do research on topics in Hawai‘i.  Completely free to the public, the database “an ongoing development of a comprehensive ‘Database of databases’ consisting of varied collections pertaining to significant places, events, and documents in Hawai‘i’s history.”
The database has been in development since 2007 and incorporates more than 225,000 records from dissimilar databases, including Mähele records, 45 Hawaiian language newspapers, records from the State Inventory of Historic Sites and State Historic Preservation Department Reports (SHPD) up to 2006. The Database reflects OHA’s partnership with many organizations that serve as repositories of important historical and cultural information, much of which has never been available publicly online.  It is hoped the Database will enhance research capabilities, quality and ease while minimizing time and financial costs to researchers.  For example, a search for the term “Waimea” will bring search results that are diverse in scope, and may include mele, historic photographs, nüpepa articles, GIS maps, archaeological and environmental surveys, and other information that is important for a variety of research applications and contexts.
The following brief list (including database integration dates and partners) reflects other records which have been or will be integrated into the Papakilo Database.
 ·        Ali‘i Probate Records (Fall 2011: partner Hawai‘i State Archives) Leiohoku, Kamehameha IV, V, Lunalilo, Pauahi Bishop
·         Environmental Assessments/ Impact Statements, 1970s and 1980s
·         Greater Register of Voters 1887-1888 (Hawai‘i State Archives)
·         Hawai‘i Archaeological Survey Database (2012: Bishop Museum) Museum Archaeology Index, manusc-ripts database, map collection, photo inventory, Artifact databases
·         Hawai‘i Genealogical Indexes (Ulukau) include Marriage records, Court records, Probate Wills, Citizenship
·         Hawaiian Footprint Project (Fall 2012: Nature Conservancy) GIS maps and files
·         Hawaiian Newspapers (Awaiaulu and Ho‘olaupa‘i)
·         Hawaiian Place Names (Ulukau) Compiled from Records of the Boundary Commission and Board of Commissioners to Quiet Land Titles
·         Land Indexes (Fall 2011, Kumupono Associates) entire collection of Mähele (including registration and testimony) indexed; previous indexes were only based on awards, which left 50% of total record of native tenant residency and land use unrecognized
·         Names Indexes (Hawai‘i State Archives)
·         State Inventory of Historic Places
·         State Historic Preservation Department Index of Reports
·         Various Digitized reports and maps compiled by OHA
·         Vital Statistics (Fall 2011, Hawai‘i State Archives)
·         World War I Service Records (Fall 2011, Hawai‘i State Archives)

Please check it out and help us spread the word… we hope this resource will foster historical and cultural research in Hawai‘i!

The Papakilo Database can be accessed online at:
For questions, email:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Jeffrey Gunn talk on Wednesday, March 16th: "Towards a Tran-Historic Pedagogy: The Value of Narratives, Autobiography and Biography in Slave Studies"

Please join the History Department and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society for a talk by Jeffrey Gunn, PhD Candidate at York University in Toronto. Mr. Gunn will talk about:

"Towards a Trans-Historic Pedagogy: The Value of Narratives, Autobiography and Biography in Slave Studies"

Wednesday, March 16th at 12:30 in Sakamaki Hall A201, the U H Manoa History Department Library

Free and Open to the Public

Monday, March 7, 2011

History Forum: Dr. Frank Marotti talk, March 9th at 12:30pm

Please join us for Dr. Frank Marotti's talk on "The Cana Sanctuary," a discussion of how St. Augustine's African-American community used local history, law, and the city's powerful Catholic Bishop to negotiate a sanctuary for their family lives in the years before the Civil War.

Where: Sakamaki Hall A201, the U H Manoa History Department Library

When: Wednesday, March 9th at 12:30

Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Matthew Lauzon to present History Workshop, April 8th

Professor Matthew Lauzon will be presenting "Raising the Nation: Factitious Puberty, Conjugal Hygiene and Sexual Anthropology in the French Enlightenment" on Friday, April 8th at 2:30 pm in the History Department Library.  This is the third session of the spring semester for the History Workshop, "De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography."  There will be a small reception following the talk in the History Department Lounge. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lecture by Professor Nikhil Pal Singh - 12pm, March 14th - please join us!

 (Click on the image to enlarge - mahalo!)

27th Annual Phi Alpha Theta Conference - join us!


The theme for this years conference is Contested Sovereignties and Destinies: Discourses in Diverse Histories.

Where: Campus Center, Third Floor Conference Rooms, University of Hawaii at Manoa
When: Saturday, March 12th, 2011  - keynote address commences at 9am.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dr. Ned Davis to present History Workshop, March 4th

Professor Ned Davis will be presenting "A Medieval Masquerade: Empire and Ethnicity in the Making of China's Most Notorious Temple Cult," on Friday, March 4th at 2:30 pm in the History Department Library.  This is the second session of the spring semester for the History Workshop, "De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography."  There will be a small reception following the talk in the History Department Lounge. 

Nixon Library and Museum - Summer Internship

Help Make American History This Summer

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum (, a nonpartisan federal institution operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, is seeking talented and energetic undergraduate students to work as paid interns from June 6, 2011, to August 12, 2011.

Interns will assist with substantial and meaningful projects, such as researching the Nixon administration, assisting with an academic conference on the life and times of President Nixon, developing educational resources, and creating content for our web site and museum exhibitions. Interns will participate in discussions with experts in fields such as the Cold War, espionage, presidential history, domestic policy, and museum administration and take part in seminars and other learning opportunities throughout the summer. Interns will contribute to the work of a major national center for the study of the presidency, American history, and the Nixon era.

We are seeking driven candidates with a demonstrated record of accomplishment. In choosing interns, we are not guided by an applicants' major field of study but by their commitment to serious and impartial inquiry, their passion for public service, and their interest in the work of a nonpartisan institution. We welcome applications from students majoring not only in history, political science, and international relations but also in other fields such as business, education, marketing, public history, museum studies, Asian studies, African-American studies, economics, journalism, and communications (particularly new media). Familiarity with research using electronic databases such as ProQuest, JSTOR, and EBSCOHost is welcome. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be able to pass a basic background check.

To apply, please send a current resume, one or two letters of recommendation, a current transcript (a photocopy or other informal version is acceptable), and a cover letter explaining why you would like to be an intern at the Nixon Library to:

    Dr. Timothy Naftali
    Director, Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
    18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
    Yorba Linda, CA 92886

You may also email the application to

Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than March 25. Late applications will not be considered. Finalists will be interviewed in person or by telephone. Please direct any questions to Mindy Farmer, program coordinator, at

About the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
The nonpartisan, federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is a member of the National Archives and Records Administration's system of presidential libraries. The Library's mission is to preserve and make available the record of the administration and career of Richard Nixon. Learn more about the Library online at

Friday, February 18, 2011

History Forum - February 24th - Dr. Sharleen Nakamoto Levine

Please join us next Thursday, February 24th, at 12 Noon for Dr. Sharleen
Nakamoto Levine's talk on "Rice as the Source of an Unbalanced Racial Diet."

We will meet in Sakamaki Hall A201, the U H Manoa History Department Library.

Dr. Levine will introduce, discuss and analyze the successful and controversial
Ewa Plantation Health Project, started in 1930 by Martha R. Jones. Ph.D. The
Project was an experiment with Filipino and Japanese mothers and their babies
to lower infant mortality and improve dental health. It intended to replace a
diet around cheap white rice with an infant formula using poi. The talk
considers the the meaning of the project and the controversy surrounding it.
What are its legacies for writing about the histories of Filipino and Japanese
women in Hawaii, and their beliefs, practices and health?

The talk is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Professor Joel Tishken will present "The Zions of Africa: Non-Trinitarian Christianities of Modern Africa" on February 10th

Please join us for this fascinating talk, which is free and open to the public!

Where: History Dept. Library, A-201, Sakamaki Hall
When: Thursday, February 10th, 12:00pm noon until 1:30pm

 Professor Joel Tishken:

This presentation will discuss Zionist Christianties in Africa and proposes an ideological shift for scholars. When scholars have compared churches such as the Nazareth Baptist Church, Legio Maria, and Cherubim and Seraphim to other forms of Christianity, these African theologies have generally been compared to European ones. Yet comparison of Zionist theologies by Western scholars has, not very surprisingly, led to a mountain of scholarship that finds African theologies to be heterodox and the European ones orthodox. I would contend that such an assertion, though framed as a theological or religious question is, in fact, a political one concerning the ownership of Christianity.

I will respond to this in two ways. Firstly, I will contend that the most central characteristic of Christianity is its translatability. Thousands of cultures over the course of history have redefined Christianity to suit its own needs. Europe has had its reformation (which continues today). Is Africa not entitled to one as well? This factor alone makes Zionist churches as Christian as any other.

But secondly, and more importantly, my own research indicates that some of these Zionist churches are reifying (though not deliberately) very ancient theological ideas. Many of them share theologies similar to those Christians cast out by early ecumenical councils, such as the Arians, Ebionites, and Montanists. Far from being non-Christian, African Zionist theologies are recreating very ancient forms of Christianity. In this manner, by shifting our comparative gaze away from Europe and into the ancient Christian past, Zionist theologies can appear anciently Christian, rather than exotic and heterodox from a Western point of view.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Marginality in South Asia across the Disciplines

Next week the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa will host two Center for South Asian Studies Rama Watumull Collaborative Lecture Series fellows.  Professors Ishita Banerjee-Dube and Saurabh Dube of El Colegio de Mexico, both interdisciplinary historians with a distinguished record of publications, will present at a series of four events collectively titled “Marginality in South Asia across the Disciplines.”  

We look forward to seeing everyone there.  Short readings are available for the two workshops—do encourage your graduate students to attend.  Abstracts for each event available upon request.  Please contact Dr. Ned Bertz (bertz[at]hawaii[dot]edu) to have the articles or abstracts sent to you electronically.  

‘Unsettling Art: Caste, Gender, and Dalit (Untouchable) Expression’
A public lecture by Dr. Saurabh Dube
Monday, February 7th, 5-6.30pm, Art Building 101

‘Questions of Religion and Politics: Democracy and Secularism in Contemporary Societies’
A workshop for graduate students and faculty led by Dr. Ishita Banerjee-Dube
Tuesday, February 8th, Noon-1.30pm, Sakamaki Hall A302

‘Cultures of Colonialism: Empire, Gender, Nation in British India and Spanish America’
A public lecture by Dr. Ishita Banerjee-Dube
Wednesday, February 9th, 11.30am-1pm, Sakamaki Hall A201

‘Subjects of Modernity’
A workshop for graduate students and faculty led by Dr. Saurabh Dube
Friday, February 11th, 3.30-5pm, Sakamaki Hall A201

The events are sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History, the Department of History, the Department of Religion, and the Women’s Studies Program, and are funded by the Center for South Asian Studies’ Rama Watumull Collaborative Lecture Series and the UH Diversity and Equity Initiative.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Dr. Njoroge Njoroge to present History Workshop

Professor Njoroge Njoroge will be presenting "'Colonies Have No Voice': Caribbean Currents in the Pacific Ocean" on Friday, February 4th at 2:30 pm in the History Department Library.  This is the first session of the spring semester for the History Workshop, "De-Centering the Nation State: Historical Methodology within a Pacific Geography."  There will be a small reception following the talk in the History Department Lounge.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Free History Forum Talks in January/February - mark your calendars!

Please join us for two free History Forum talks during the upoming weeks. They both promise to be interesting discussions of rather unusual topics.
We will meet in the U H Manoa History Department Library at Sakamaki Hall A201.

"The Admiral's Folly: How the IRA Beat the Royal Navy"--12 noon on Jan 20

Dr. Tom Mahon will tell the wonderful tall tale of how a small group of IRA men kidnapped a British ship full of arms -- right smack in full view of the Admiral! This occurred in 1922 near Cork, and the story includes humor, boats, trucks at night, and, surprise, surprise, no gunfire!

Tom will talk at 12 noon on Thursday, January 20th, and will provide illustrations to make this colorful topic even more colorful.

"The Zions of Africa: Non-Trinitarian Christianities of Modern Africa"

Prof. Joel E. Tishken, Washington State University History Department, wrestles with the controversial topic of how African and European Christianities are and are not connected. His talk considers not only the nature of Christianity, but also the ways by which non-Africans interpret Christianity as practiced by Africans.

Joel will talk at 12 noon on Thursday, February 10th, and will also provide illustrations as he addresses a topic of interest to African, European and World Historians, as well as scholars and students of Religion.

For further information please contact the History department.

On This Day...January 10

1776 - Thomas Paine published his "Common Sense" pamphlet.
1920 - World War 1 officially ended, when the League of Nations ratified the Treaty of Versailles.
1927 - In Berlin, Fritz Lang's film "Metropolis" was shown for the first time.
1928 - The Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.
1990 - Seven month of martial law was ended by Chinese Premier Li Peng in Beijing. He said that crushing pro-democracy protests had saved China from "the abyss of misery."
2003 - North Korea announced that it was withdrawing from the global nuclear arms control treaty.