Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How “Russian” is Kauai’s Fort Elizabeth?

A recent entry on Russian History Blog, by Professor Romaniello, looks at the history behind Fort Elizabeth, a "Russian" fort on the island of Kauai.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cultural Studies Certificate Program Speaker Series (Spring 2012)

You're cordially invited to the International Cultural Studies Certificate Program Spring 2012 Speaker Series
Spring 2012 Topic: Sovereignties in the 21st Century

Date: February 15, 2012, Wednesday
Time, location: Noon - 1:15 pm; Burns 2118 (East–West Center)
Speaker: Professor Ty P. Kawika Tengan (Ethnic Studies Department, UHM)
Title of Talk: Return to Fort Kamehameha: Martialing Memory in Occupied Hawai‘i

Date: February 21, TUESDAY, Noon – 1:30 pm
Location: Kuykendall 106
Title of Talk: Who's afraid of Lady Gaga? Navigating fierce currents of the cultural studies classroom
(Part of the series on Towards an engaged Academy: Innovative trends in university teaching and scholarship)
Co-sponosred with the Center for Teaching Excellence
Please see attached flier

Date: March 7, 2012, Wednesday, Noon-1:15 pm
Location: Burns 2118
Speaker: Professor Ibrahim Aoude (Ethnic Studies, UHM)
Title of talk: “Mubarak Out, Military In: Egypt After The Elections”
Co-sponsored with the Department of Ethnic Studies, UHM
All ICSCP events are free and open to the public

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

March 21: Pacific Connections Seminar Series presents "Flags, Human Heads and Movies" with Professor Chappell

Professor David Chappell, Associate Professor of Pacific Islands History, will present "Flags, Human Heads and Movies: Challenges of Seeking a Common Destiny in Kanaky New Caledonia" on March 21st, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Room 3121/3125 of the John Burns Hall, East-West Center.

This event is cosponsored by Center for Pacific Islands Studies, East-West Center Pacific Islands Development Program and the History Department. Please see attached for details.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

History Forum: February 16th, 12pm noon, Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Please join us for Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin, Madison), on "World History and the Skeptical Specialist".

12pm noon in the History Library, Sakamaki A201

Please see attached for more information.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

History Forum: Upcoming Lectures

Please join us for the following free talks in Sakamaki Hall A201, the History Department Library.

Thursday, February 16 at 12 noon for Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (U of Wisconsin, Madison) on "World History and the Skeptical Specialist" You have 9 volumes to write the history of the world! What stays? What goes? Why?

Friday, February 24 at 12:30 for Peter H. Hoffenberg (U H Manoa History) on
"Pugin in the Pacific? Building Neo-Gothic 'Edifices' in the Colonies"

Thursday, April 12 at 12 Noon for Stephanie Trigg (University of Melbourne" on "The History of Emotions"

Wednesday, April 25 at 12:30 for Yehuda Bauer (Yad Vashem and Hebrew University, Jerusalem) on "Recent Historical Scholarship on the Shoah and Genocide"

Please feel free to contact Professor Peter Hoffenberg (peterh (at) hawaii (dot) edu)
if you have any questions and please feel free to share this information.

The History Workshop - Professor Jörg Nagler, February 21st

The History Workshop presents....

Professor Jörg Nagler from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
February 21st, 3:00-4:30pm
in the History Department Library, Sakamaki A201

Professor Nagler will present on "The Transnational Significance of the American Civil War" (please see attached flyer for details).

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Congratulations, Professor Romaniello!

Professor Matthew Romaniello has been selected as the recipient of the College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Teaching Award this year. The Award recognizes faculty members in the College who have made outstanding contributions in teaching.

Center for Biography Brown Bag - Thursday, February 9th, 2012

*This presentation is the first of a three-part series on Ralph Ellison, African American Literature, and American Studies*

Center for Biography Brown Bag Series--

Encountering Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: The Politics of Textual Revision

By visiting scholar Barbara Foley

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

12:00pm - 1:15pm

Center for Korean Studies Auditorium

Professor Foley will describe the process of researching and writing her 2010 book, Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Her principal focus will be on the extensive revisions that Ellison made during the seven years (1945-52) during which he wrote his famous novel.

Drawing upon her examination of the thousands of pages of drafts and notes of Ellison’s novel, she will demonstrate how a text that was originally proletarian in orientation and sympathetic to the left was converted into a cold war classic. Overlaid upon this narrative of Ellison’s changing political and artistic goals will be Foley’s narrative of her own encounter with—and estimate of—the novel over several decades, from her days as a graduate student involved in the New Left to the present. 

Barbara Foley, one of the foremost contemporary Marxist critics of American literature, is Professor in the Department of English and the Program in American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark. She is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Wrestling with the Left: The Making of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as well as of numerous articles on proletarian literature, African American literature and documentary fiction.

For more information, please contact biograph@hawaii.edu or 956-3774


This presentation is the first of a three-part series on Ralph Ellison, African American Literature, and American Studies that also includes the following talks—

Lecture, Department Of English
Thursday, February 9 2012 3:00-4.30 PM, @ KUY 402

“Repression In Biography, Repression In History: The Politics Of The Political Unconscious”

Discussion, American Studies
Friday, February 10 2012 2:00-3:30 PM, @ Moore 328

“What Happens When You Put The Left At The Center In American Literary History?”

Moderators: Robert Perkinson & Njoroge Njoroge

These events are made possible by a SEED grant and the support of American Studies, Center for Biographical Research, Ethnic Studies, English, and History.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Professor Romaniello presents todays History Workshop

Please join us today from 2:30-4pm for a History Workshop presentation with Professor Matthew Romaniello.

"Taking Hostages and Murdering Translators: The Role of Violence in Russia's American Colonies"

History Library, Sakamaki A201

The Political Ecology of Food Sovereignty Movements in Neoliberal India

You're cordially invited to a presentation by Elizabeth (Cedar) Louis, PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography

Date & Time: February 8, Wednesday, Noon – 1:15 pm
Location: Burns 2118

Title of the talk: The Political Ecology of Food Sovereignty Movements in Neoliberal India


This talk interrogates the definitions, ideologies and strategies of transnational agrarian movements for food sovereignty for resisting the growing neoliberal agro-food regime. It raises issues with the definition of food sovereignty and the bringing together of diverse actors in the creation of transnational coalitions. It considers how the diverse class bases, historical contexts, and the ideological positions of stakeholders lend themselves to contradiction and contestation within these movements. It raises issues with the use of localism and the centrality of small farming as an alternative to mainstream development, highlighting that their espousal of the ‘peasant way’ reflects a romantic rural vision that obscures class differences and local politics and fails to provide a realistic vision for rural development.

It then examines the ramifications of promoting “food sovereignty” amongst poor and marginal farmers in the Telengana region of India. It suggests that while local level strategies intend to improve farmers’ capacity to subsist, they often overlook the evolving need of poor peasant farmers to take advantage of diverse opportunities in a harsh economic climate. Alternative agricultural solutions based only in farming could paradoxically constrain their options for maintaining viable rural livelihoods. This paper argues that in order for farmers to exercise “food sovereignty”, they must first secure their livelihoods, which are determined not by their ability to opt out of the market economy, but rather by negotiating their position within it.

About the speaker:

Elizabeth Louis is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her academic interests include political economy of agriculture, political ecology, sustainable agriculture and alternative food movements.

All ICSCP events are free and open to the public. Please post attached flier.