Jan 28: A conversation on "Borders as enclosures and the many struggles against them"
Marcus Rediker is the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals at UH and Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. His histories have won numerous awards and appeared in fifteen languages. His most recent book is The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf who became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist (Beacon Press, 2017).
Nandita Sharma is an Associate Professor of Racism, Migration and Transnationalism in the Department of Sociology at UH. Her research is shaped by the social movements she is active in, including No Borders movements and those struggling for the commons. Amongst her publications is her book, Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada; a special issue of the journal, Refuge “No Borders: A Practical Response to State Controls on People’s Migration" that she co-edited; and a forthcoming book, Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants.
Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) with the completion of her dissertation entitled: “(Re)membering ʻUpena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer Theory.” Currently, Heoli is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Heoli is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor and a published author. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA) and New York University (MA).
Feb 4: Music Across borders
Dr. Thomas Osborne’s music draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, places and eras, and he has written works that are inspired by or reference a wide variety of sounds including African polyphony, Indonesian gamelan, Japanese court music, ancient Persian music and Kentucky country fiddle playing. His music has been performed by ensembles that include the National Orchestra of Korea, the Busan National Gugak Center Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He regularly composes for Asian traditional instruments, including those from Korea, Japan, and China. He is professor of music composition and theory at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, and directs the University of Hawai‘i Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Hae In Lee
Hae In Lee is a first year PhD Student in Ethnomusicology program. She holds a B.M. and an M.M. in Korean traditional music and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her research interests are Korean traditional music and its relation to gender, identity and cross-cultural dynamics. As a professional gayageum performer, Hae In has participated in musical performances with a variety of artists from Korea; she has also joined Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Northern Thai, Indonesian and Hawaiian ensembles in order to build better intercultural relations in the local community.
Feb 11: life in a limbo: borders of the nation-state
Pam DeLargy is a public health and population specialist who is rejoining academia after a twenty year career in international development and humanitarian response where she worked in the areas of population and development, migration, gender and development (including reproductive health).
As the head of UNFPA's humanitarian programs,she worked to bring attention to the needs of women and adolescents in emergency situations by leading a number of United Nations efforts to expand and improve basic standards for humanitarian programming and she was among the first within the international humanitarian community to work toward understanding and responding to HIV and conflict and sexual violence in conflicts. She also served for a number of years in Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia and is a specialist on the Horn of Africa, where she also did her earlier dissertation research,
Prior to joiing ASU, she was Senior Advisor to the U.N. Special Representative for Migration (London) and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Global Affairs of the Londons School of Economics. Her recent research and writing is on the cross- Mediterranean migration crisis.
Ms. DeLargy works closely with ASU's Education for Humanity initiative, which seeks to bring access to higher education to camp-based and urban refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
Ger Thao holds an MA in Education, a BA in Liberal Studies, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Chico. She is a Graduate Degree Fellow of the East- West Center and is pursuing a PhD in Education with a Curriculum & Instruction Specialization at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A speaker of both English/Hmong, she has been teaching for eight years as an elementary school teacher and as an English Language Arts Intervention Specialist/English Language Development Coordinator. Her research interest focuses on multicultural children's literature and cultural curriculum by underrepresented marginalized groups, with a focus on literature by Hmong authors and the teaching of Hmong language and culture. She wrote thisbilingual children’s picture book to share her family’s story and thehistorical/cultural context of the Hmong with the community.T
march 4: Globalization and Glocalization
Cross-border cooperation in Cascadia: A case study of regional integration amidst federal barriers
Dr. Laurie Trautman is the Director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. She engages in a range of research on the U.S. - Canada border, particularly in the Cascadia region. Topics include trade, transportation, human mobility, and security. In addition to working with faculty and students, she collaborates with the private sector and government agencies to advance policy solutions that improve border efficiencies and strengthen the region. Laurie participates in a number of working groups focused on cross-border collaboration, including the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, the International Mobility and Trade Corridor Program, the Canada - U.S. Transportation Border Working Group, and was recently appointed to the steering committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor. Laurie holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Oregon, and degrees from Montana State University and Western Washington University.
Sai Bhatawadekar is the Director of the Center for South Asian Studies at University of Hawaii. Her cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and creative work spans comparative philosophy and religion, film studies, performance-based language pedagogy, theater, music, dance, and positive peace studies. In theater and film studies she works on cross-cultural adaptations of literature on stage and screen and also on Bollywood’s global orientation. She is on the board of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s annual Bollywood Film Festival and recently co-directed “A Midsummer Night’s Bollywood Dream” – a Kennedy Theatre Mainstage production. She co-founded her Bollywood dance group – Aaja Nachle Hawaii – which has a joyous, energetic, and educational presence in Honolulu. Sai is now teaching a uniquely designed Bollywood dance course at UH that combines content and choreography, learning the history and globalization of Bollywood dance as well as learning to dance and perform in the local artscape. Her work has been recognized within positive peace studies as a way to build not only diversity and cultural education but also self-esteem, genuine relationships, and happy communities.
April 8: Narrating Life Stories: Displacement and Migration
Craig Santos Perez
Dr. Craig Santos Perez, Associate Professor of English Department at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, poet and scholar. His poetry and scholarship addresses issues of migration, diaspora, and indigenous identity. He works an associate professor in the English department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa.
April 15: seeing Borders Through Lens
April 22: food Beyond Borders: The EWC Experience
Birds in the Kitchen and EWC Community