Columbia scholar presents lectures on Hawaiian history

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Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Gary Okihiro, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, delivers a pair of public lectures this month at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Both events are free and open to the public.

“Internment in Hawaiʻi during World War II” is the topic on Tuesday, March 13, 4:30 pm in Campus Center 301. His second talk, entitled “Island World: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Hawaiʻi,” is on Wednesday, March 14 at noon in UCB 127.

Okihiro, a UH West O`ahu Distinguished Visiting Scholar, is best known for his work in Asian American and Ethnic Studies, along with his award-winning books Cane Fires and From Margins to Mainstream. In recent years, he has focused on indigenous cultural studies by drawing on his Hawaiian upbringing. His latest works include Pineapple Culture and Island World: A History of Hawaiʻi and the United States.

The talks are co-sponsored by the UH Hilo History Department, Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, Minority Access and Achievement Program, UHWO Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fund, the UH Student Excellence, Equity, and Diversity Fund and UHM Center for Okinawan Studies.

For more information, call Dr. Michael Bitter at 974-7466. For special accommodations, contact Darlene Iokepa at 933-0897 (V) or 933-3334 (TTY).

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