Honolulu Star Advertiser article on studentsʻ support to fill the vacant African American specialist position in our department
Our own Professor Ty Kāwika Tengan along with a Hawai'i based team edited the September 2015 special issue of American Quarterly
Congratuations to Professors Noel Kent and Davianna McGregor for 40 years of service to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Congratulations to Professor Ulla Hasager (middle) and the SENCER Hawai'i Team for receiving the Inaugural Award for Exemplary Multi-Institutional and Regional Collaborations in the Service of Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
Welcome to the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Initiated in 1970, Ethnic Studies combines traditional and contemporary methodologies with new perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and class. The focus is on Hawai'i, with its rich legacy of multiethnic heritages. The research, teaching, and service components, however, also involve the United States and comparative studies of societies around the globe.

September 6, 2016 - September 7, 2016

Partnership for Lands, Seas, and Skies: Conversations with Science, Tradition and the Sacred Symposium


This all-day conversation (on Sept. 7th) between traditional knowledge holders, guardians of sacred lands, natural scientists, academics and protected area managers will unfold through a series of discussions about specific places and issues loosely organized around three domains (lands, seas, and skies). The goal of the symposium is to highlight possibilities for growing collaboration, mutual understanding and better protection of biodiversity, indigenous land rights, and sacred natural sites and territories. Whether perceived through the lens of science or the sacred, nature and nature’s spaces and cultural diversity alike face tremendous threats, and now more then ever we need innovative approaches, new thinking, and concerted efforts to provide appropriate solutions. Enhancing and fostering dialogue between different epistemic communities, different ways of thinking about and approaching western science, tradition, and the sacred is the goal. A concluding roundtable and open-room dialogue seeks to raise the meaning of the day’s conversations for our work as scientists and scholars, the policies at our university, and for the research goals and directions this gives us as a community of teachers and learners.


Co-sponsored by the UH Manoa Department of Ethnic Studies





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Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

March 7, 2016

Patrick Mureithi

This presentation will feature Patrick Mureithi, a motivational speaker, musician and documentary filmmaker residing in Springfield, MO. He has produced two documentary films, "ICYIZERE: hope" and "Kenya: Until Hope is Found." "ICYIZERE: hope" is about a 3-day gathering of 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, as they are taught about PTSD and go through a series of group exercises that help to build trust.






Island Connections

March 11, 2016

Ethnic Studies, African Americans, and UHM

Guests: Amy Agbayani, Member, U.S. Advisory Committee on Civil Rights; Member, Mānoa Commission on Diversity; Faye Kennedy, Chair, Hawai‘i Friends of Civil Rights; Ty Tengan, Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies, UH Manoa


The guests discussed the centrality of the African American struggle for civil rights to race and ethnic relations in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. The guests discussed the importance of teaching UHM students about the African American experience in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. and its relationship to indigenous rights and in Hawai‘i and across the Pacific Basin and beyond. The program demonstrated the leading role of UHM students in organizing to demand bringing back the African American position to the Department of Ethnic Studies.

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February 12, 2016

Housing or Shelter?

Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director of Civic Engagement for the College of Social Sciences - UHM; Kalaniopua Young, Ph. D. Student, Department of Anthropology - University of Washington


The program focused on the condition of the homeless by discussing the February 5, 2016 Forum where individuals from the homeless community spoke. The program guests highlighted main causes of homelessness and what needs to be done to surmount immediate barriers to “solve” the problem temporarily.

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