Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Faculty

Congratulations to Aaron J. Salā, who has been hired by the UH-Manoa Music Department. An alumnus of Kamehameha Schools, Aaron has  previously taught Hawaiian Studies and music courses at Manoa and Windward Community College. For a more complete bio, see

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Librarians in the News

Each year, librarians in the Pacific Collection travel to one of the three cultural regions of the Pacific (Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia) on extended acquisitions trips. These trips multi-island trips (which are funded by a federal Title VI grant administered by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies) serve a variety of purposes, from ensuring that our Pacific Collection holdings are complete and up-to-date, to maintaining the collection's strong ties to publishers, librarians and archivists throughout the region. 
During a recent acquisitions trip to Guam, Pacific Specialist Librarian Eleanor Kleiber paid a visit to the Glimpses of Guam offices to check up on various items produced by the publishing company. Little did she know that she would subsequently become part of the news cycle, as her visit was written up in Guam Business Magazine.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Faculty Lecture Series: "SPAM MAPS: Questions about Contemporary Asia Pacific Art"

The below is quoted from a press release circulated by UH Libraries Outreach Coordinator, Teri Skillman:

Contact: Teri Skillman, (808) 956-8688 Outreach Coordinator, Library Services

Jaimey Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Art History at UH Manoa, will give the first lecture in the Fall 2012 Faculty Lecture Series from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012, in Hamilton Library Room 301.  Refreshments will be provided and admission is free.
"SPAM MAPS: Questions about Contemporary Asia Pacific Art" is an overview of the transformation of contemporary art in the Asian Pacific economy.  It will showcase conversations among the Asia-Pacific creative community who propose new “maps” and models of economic relationships in our community, the Pacific Islands and Asia.
Many of the people involved are widely recognized as innovators in the arts and culture of the region.  They include Wu Hung, Terry Smith, Margo Machida, Maile Andrade, Ralph Reganvanu, Filipe Tohi, Michael Tuffery, Lynne Mamamoto, Ritsuko Taho, Michael Arcega, Ni Haifeng and Gaye Chan.
Assistant Professor Hamilton directs Intersections, The Visiting Artist and Scholar Program for the Art Department. She has published in Art Journal, October, and In_Visible Culture, and juried and curated art exhibitions and forums that advocate art’s role in expanding consciousness about global economic issues.
Hamilton’s book, "Uncommon Goods: The Global Dimensions of the Readymade," is coming this Fall from Intellect Press.
Event sponsors are the UH Manoa Library, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, and Office of Research Relations.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Norman Meller Research Award deadline approaching

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by the UH-Manoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

The Norman Meller Research Award of $250.00 is given annually to the best MA research paper produced at the University of Hawai'i in the social sciences or humanities and focused on the Pacific Islands. Plan A theses, Plan B papers, or MA portfolios are eligible. Submissions may be made by students or by nominations from the faculty, and are not limited to students in the MA program in Pacific Islands Studies. The submissions are read by a panel of judges, who consider the overall quality of the submission, the depth of the research it represents, and the significance of the work in the field of Pacific Islands Studies. Of particular interest are submissions that employ interdisciplinary approaches and/or include indigenous epistemologies and perspectives. The judges reserve the right to recommend that more than one award be made, or that no award be given.
To be eligible for the 2012 award, the work must have been completed during the 2011-2012 academic year, and be submitted in hard copy form to Professor Terence Wesley-Smith, Director, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 1890 East-West Road, Moore 215, Honolulu, Hawai`i 96822. Any multimedia components must be prepared in formats that are readily accessible using standard computer equipment. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2012.
This award is made possible by a bequest from Dr Norman Meller, a political scientist and founding director of the Pacific Islands Studies Program, who passed away in 2000.