The below is quoted directly from an email message circulated by the UH-M Center for Pacific Islands Studies:
Aloha friends and colleagues,
Tomorrow, Wednesday March 14, Fa'anofo Uperesa, Ethnic Studies UHM, presents “Attenuated Sovereignties and Possible Futures: The Case of American Samoa” as part of the ICSCP Spring Speakers Series at 12:00 – 1:15 pm, John Burns Hall 2118, East-West Center.
Abstract: Will American Samoans remain U.S.Nationals or opt for U.S. Citizenship? Would the full application of the U.S. Constitution destroy the communal land system and the indigenous hierarchy of chiefs (matai)? What is the relative balance of power between the local and the federal governments? Although the relationship between the islands and the United States remains unresolved and contradictory in the minds of many, current challenges aim to push the ‘unincorporated, unorganized’ territory of the U.S. to resolve the status question. Focusing on the extension of American authority over the islands, local elaborations of sovereignty, and recent policy challenges over the federal minimum wage increase, this paper examines how the government and people of American Samoa are approaching contemporary challenges and possible futures.
Off-campus, CPIS affiliate faculty members Brandy Nālani McDougall and Craig Santos Perez will celebrate the release of Undercurrent, an amplified poetry album on Wednesday March 14 at 6:30 pm. The launch is part of "Book Event and Amplified Poetry Launching" @ thirtyninehotel (6:30 to 8 pm) Free and Open to the Public
Thursday March 15, Leah Horowitz (Global Leadership and Sustainable Development Program, Hawaii Pacific University) presents “Profits, Protection and Protests: The Power Dynamics of Natural Resource Governance in New Caledonia” in the Anthropology Colloquium Series at 3:00 pm in Crawford 115.
Join CPIS next week for films and seminars:
20 March – Keola Diaz, MA candidate, CPIS, “Basic Health Hawaii: Broken Spirits, Healing Souls” (film and discussion) 12:00 – 1:00 pm at John Burns Hall 3121/3125, East-West Center, cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program
21 March – Pacific Connections Seminar Series presents David Chappell, History Department UHM, "Flags, Human Heads, and Movies: Challenges of Seeking a Common Destiny in New Caledonia" 12:00 – 1:00 pm at John Burns Hall 3121/3125, EWC cosponsored by the Pacific Islands Development Program and History Department.
22 March – Pacific Film Series presents Boy (Aotearoa New Zealand) 2006, cosponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Pacific Islands Development Program, and Pan Pacific Association 6:30 pm Tokioka Room, Moore 319
Find out what seminars and events are scheduled for the rest of the semester at http://hawaii.edu/cpis/news_2.