UH Hilo takes a novel approach to social problems

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Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Community Services (CCECS) is offering a series of short classes using various works of science fiction to illustrate today’s social problems.

The courses are taught by Dr. Alton Okinaka, UH Hilo sociology professor, and offered in two sessions: April 15 and 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in UCB 111. Okinaka’s latest stand-alone class is called “Social Problems Through Science Fiction—Loss of Faith in the Modern State.”

Okinaka will use Voyage from Yesteryear by James P. Hogan to illustrate everything from the capitalist crises to sources of alienation and dissatisfaction in our society today. To get the most out of the class students should read the book prior to the first session.

Tuition is $25 and space is limited. Contact CCECS at 974-7664 to register.

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