Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"School on the Hill"

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are currently hosting "School on the Hill," an exhibit of seventeen large-format photographs by Floyd Takeuchi, who recently published a book by the same name. (For more information on the book, click the cover image at right.) The photos will be on exhibit in the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reading room through the end of April. The artist's statement for the show is quoted verbatim here:

“School On The Hill” is a photographic essay about Xavier High School, a Jesuit boarding school in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia.  Xavier High School is a small school (175 students in grades 9-12) on a small island (Weno) in a large ocean. But the impact of this school, which has welcomed Micronesian students since 1952, is disproportionate to its size.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Xavier High School has impacted more lives and nations than any other secondary school in the Western Pacific.
Xavier High School has produced four presidents of two Pacific nations, ambassadors and senators, physicians and teachers, community leaders, and influential business executives. And it has done this with limited financial resources, mostly volunteer teachers who are recent college graduates, and while dealing with frequent power outages and occasional water restrictions during dry spells.
In an age when most education in the Pacific is in crisis, when financial resources are limited, how has Xavier managed to thrive when most other educational institutions have failed?  That is what took me to Chuuk in 2010, and led to “School On The Hill.” I wanted to see how Xavier managed, and indeed, excelled. I wanted to capture the human story of adversity and success, of challenges met, and of the power of discipline and faith in an era of diminished expectations.
What I found was this: success at Xavier High School, with its students from an area as large as the continental United States speaking more than nine different languages, is based on high expectations of student behavior and performance; rigorous academics; a culture based on discipline; and the value of living in a faith-based community.
For Hawaii residents, there’s another lesson from “School On The Hill.”  It is seeing Micronesians at their best, not as marginalized immigrants but as leaders with a rich cultural heritage; and, as members of a vibrant, creative community based on excellence and success. 

Library Sciences scholarship programs

The below is quoted in entirety from an email circulated by Jane Barnwell, Director of Library and Information Literacy Initiatives at Pacific Resources in Education and Learning (PREL):
  1. LIS Scholarship Application
    This is a great opportunity for funding.  The LIS Scholarship application is also open.  Applications must be submitted by April 1 for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 awards.  The application is located at: http://www.lis.unt.edu/main/Forms/ScholarshipApplication/
  1. Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce Call for Applications
    Deadline June 1, 2011
    For more information, contact:
     Mark A. Puente
     Association of Research Libraries
     mpuente@arl.org (mailto:mpuente@arl.org)
    Washington DC--The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is  accepting applications for the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce  (IRDW), a program designed to recruit master of library and information  science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented ethnic and  racial minority groups into careers in research libraries. The IRDW  includes a stipend up to $10,000 over two years, leadership and career  development training, financial support for skills development, and a  formal mentorship program.

    Program Goal and Objectives

    * Attracting MLIS students from underrepresented groups to careers in research libraries, especially students with educational backgrounds (preferably a baccalaureate degree) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) disciplines + * Strengthening participants leadership and job searching skills via a Leadership Symposium held during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting
    * Developing a network of mentors who will guide and nurture the career development of the participants
    + Candidates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Those without academic training in STEM disciplines will be required to complete coursework that will better prepare the candidate to work in  one of the designated areas.

    Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

    * Member of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (Note: Racial and ethnic identification is based on the categories outlined by the US Census and include: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or
    African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino.)
    * Acceptance into an ALA-accredited MLIS program
    * Interest in pursuing a career in a research library

    All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2011:

    * Applicant summary sheet
    * Resume
    * A 400-word (maximum) essay describing what attracts you to a career in a research library
    * Two letters of reference
    * Official undergraduate and graduate school transc-ripts including your last academic semester completed
    * Copy of an official letter of acceptance from an ALA-accredited
    library/information school

    The application form is online at
    For more information about the program, see the IRDW Web site: http://www.arl.org/diversity/init/.

Thursday, March 10: "Henri Hiro and the Tahitian Cultural Renaissance"

The below is quoted directly from an email message circulated by the UHM Center for Biographical Research:

"Henri Hiro and the Tahitian Cultural Renaissance"
by Didier Lenglare
Thursday, March 10, 2011 • 12 noon – 1:15 pm
Center for Biographical Research • 1800 East West Road, Henke Hall 325

Henri Hiro was a poet, teacher, filmmaker, pastor, and activist, and the founder of l’Office Territorial d’Action Culturelle. Born on Mo‘orea in 1944, he was raised in Punaauia by parents who spoke only Tahitian. He traveled to France to study, then returned to the Islands and became one of the first Mä‘ohi artists and intellectuals to inspire a renaissance of Polynesian cultural identity. As part of his mission to revive that identity, he declared that Polynesians must write, and to address them directly, he wrote poetry in the Tahitian language. Many of his poems are collected in Pehepehe i ta‘u nüna‘a / Message poétique (1990, 2004). He died in March 1990, at the age of forty-six, after a long illness.
Didier Lenglare teaches French at the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, where he specializes in the emerging literature of New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Born in France and raised in Senegal, he has studied, lived, and worked in a wide variety of Francophone regions, from West Africa to Quebec and from Oceania to Louisiana, where he received his PhD from Louisiana State University for his work on “Métissage culturel et acceptation de l’autre à travers les littératures émergentes de la Polynésie française et de la Nouvelle-Calédonie."
For more information, contact the Center for Biographical Research at 956-3774 or biograph@hawaii.edu.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Thursday, March 10: Metonymic Function of Language and Cultural Truth in Pacific Writing

Dr. Steven Winduo will present as part of the UHM English Department's Spring Colloquium Series:

Thursday, 10 March 2011
3:00 pm
UHM Kuykendall Hall 410

The event is cosponsored by the UHM Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the East-West Center Pacific Islands Development Program. For more information, click on flyer at right.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Modified circulation policy during spring closure

The University of Hawaii Library (along with the rest of the UH campus) will be closed during the spring recess, from March 19 through 25. To ensure that no overdue fines are incurred during this period, the standard two-week loan period for Hawaiian and Pacific Collection materials will be modified: All books that would normally come due during the closure will instead be due on the first day the Hawaiian & Pacific Collections reopen, which is Sunday, March 27.

Pacific News From Manoa

The October-December 2010 edition of Pacific News From Manoa, the Center for Pacific Islands Studies' quarterly newsletter, has been posted online. Among other items, the newsletter includes stories on the December 31 retirement of Pacific Specialist librarian Lynette Furuhashi and the impending arrival to the Pacific Collection of Eleanor Kleiber.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Unwriting Oceania Film Series

Dr. Steven Winduo, who is currently teaching Pacific Studies 690 (Unwriting Oceania), at UH-Manoa, has extended an open invitation UH students and faculty to a series of Wednesday evening film screenings tied to the 690 course. For scheduling and more information, click on the image at right.