Previous Episodes for 2014
February 14, 2014
The Middle East: Between Conflict and Negotiations
Guest: Farideh Farhi, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor of Political Science - UHM
The program deals with U.S. policy in the Middle East with a focus on Iran, Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
March 14, 2014
Latinos in Hawai'i
Guests: Monisha Das Gupta, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women Studies - UHM, Director of Center of South Asian Studies - UHM; Sue Haglund, Doctoral Candidate - UHM; Jennifer Jung, Staff Attorney, Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center at Legal Aid Hawai'i.
The program deals with the state of Latinos in Hawai'i by focusing on a study of Mexicans in the state sponsored by the Mexican Government and conducted by a team headed by Dr. Monisha Das Gupta. The discussion also included immigration policies, racial profiling, and racism towards Latinos in the state.
April 11, 2014
Academic Boycott of Israel
Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English - UHM; Kehaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University; George Hudes, Community Activist.
The guests discuss the Palestinian Civil societyʻs call for the academic boycott of Israel in the context of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) worldwide movement. The discussed the American Studies Associationʻs (ASA) process of arriving at the resolution that passed a democratic vote.
May 9, 2014
COFA and Micronesians in Hawai'i
Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director, Civic Engagement at the College of Social Sciences, UHM; Deja Ostrowski, Member, Compact Of Free Association Community Advocacy Network (COFACAN); Joakim Peter, PHD Candidate in Education, UHM and Director (on Leave) of Chuuck Campus, College of Micronesia.
The discussion focused on the Compact Of Free Association (COFA) and the Treaty obligations the U.S. Federal government has towards Micronesia and the Micronesians, including those who migrate to the U.S. The plight of Micronesians in the U.S. speaks of the federal government not living up to its obligations. The guests discussed also the Basic Health Hawaii provisions and practices since the inception of the health program.
September 12, 2014
Learning Through Community Engagement
Guests: Monisha Das Gupta, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women Studies - UHM; Jonathan Okamura, Professor of Ethnic Studies - UHM; Ty Tengan, Chair of Ethnic Studies - UHM
The guests discussed the value of civic engagement for both the students and community. Focus was on more recent community programs, especially voyaging canoes. The richness of indigenous culture can be used to prepare students academically in disciplines such as mathematics and engineering and professions in the natural sciences such as oceanography.
October 10, 2014
Ethnic Studies on Race, Ethnicity, and Class
Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director, Civic Engagement at the College of Social Sciences, UHM; Kat Lobendahn, Civic Engagement Office, College of Social Sciences - UHM and Community Activist; Bonnie Kahape'a-Tanner, Educator - Kānehūnāmoku and Sea Captain.
The show focused on the role of the Department of Ethnic Studies in imparting knowledge to students through an integrated and comprehensive course work about fundamental social dimensions such as ethnicity, race, class and gender. Several Ethnic Studies instructors discussed their own research and teaching and their future outlook regarding the field of Ethnic Studies.
November 14, 2014
The Middle East: Between Rivalry and Chaos
Guest: Farideh Farhi, Independent researcher and Affiliate Graduate Faculty in Political Science - UHM
The discussion centered upon recent critical developments in regional and international relations regarding the Middle East. The focus was on the chaos generated through rivalry among major players and the emergence of powerful terrorist organizations. Attempts to resolve major conflagrations have created more complications, not less.
December 12, 2014
Palestine in Biography
Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English, Co-Editor, Biography - UHM; Craig Howes, Director of the Center for Biographical Research, Professor of English, Co-Editor, Biography - UHM
The program dealt with the Special Issue of Biography, Life In Occupied Palestine where the guests discussed the significance of the topic and the efforts that went into producing it. The focus was on the importance of shedding light on the conditions of life under Israeli occupation and its severe impacts on the indigenous Palestinian population.