December 9, 2016
Guests: Manfred Steger, Professor of Sociology—UH Manoa; Jacques Brunvil, Political Science Major, Black Students Association President - UH Manoa; Kawehi Kina, Ethnic Studies Major, Ethnic Studies Student Association - UH Manoa
The panel discussed the importance of the UH campus being a safe space for all individuals on campus. The recent presidential elections underscored racial, political and social divisions in the country, which makes it all the more reason to be civil with one another and protect free speech and combat hate speech in whatever form. The panel also discussed future political activism of the youth in light of the November 8 elections.
November 11, 2016
Guests: Farideh Farhi, Independent Scholar; Affiliate Graduate Faculty in Political Science—UH Manoa
The discussion centered around the history of nuclear negotiations between Iran, on the one hand, and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, on the other. Diplomatic and political developments since the signing of the nuclear agreement focused on U.S. and Iranian regional politics and the challenges ahead.
October 14, 2016
Guests: Tamara Albertini, Professor of Philosophy--UH Manoa; Monisha Das Gupta, Chair of Ethnic Studies and Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women Studies--UH Manoa
The panel discussed the significance of Islam Day in Hawai‘i and why it is important to gain an understanding of Islam and Muslims in a diverse society such as Hawai‘i and the United States. The panel discussed stereotypes and discrimination resulting from a lack of understanding about Islam and Muslims and the damage those do to society.
Septmeber 9, 2016
Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English—UH Manoa; Ali Musleh, Graduate Student in Political Science—UH Manoa
The discussion focused on the problems students and faculty face in the U.S. in promoting justice for Palestine and the Palestinians. Pro-Zionist groups are in a dominant position from which they try to silence Palestinian narratives that show the ugly face of Israeli colonization and occupation of Palestine.