Donʻt know what ES courses to take? Click on the image to learn about what classes may interest you
Honolulu Star Advertiser article on studentsʻ support to fill the vacant African American specialist position in our department
Our own Professor Ty Kāwika Tengan along with a Hawai'i based team edited the September 2015 special issue of American Quarterly
Congratuations to Professors Noel Kent and Davianna McGregor for 40 years of service to the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Congratulations to Professor Ulla Hasager (middle) and the SENCER Hawai'i Team for receiving the Inaugural Award for Exemplary Multi-Institutional and Regional Collaborations in the Service of Citizen Science from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
Welcome to the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. Initiated in 1970, Ethnic Studies combines traditional and contemporary methodologies with new perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and class. The focus is on Hawai'i, with its rich legacy of multiethnic heritages. The research, teaching, and service components, however, also involve the United States and comparative studies of societies around the globe.

April 26, 2016 - April 28, 2016

African and Native American Contact: Evidence from a Smithsonian Exhibit

April 26, 2016

3:00pm - 4:30pm

George Hall 301B


April 28, 2016

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Dean Hall 5/6


The Department of Ethnic Studies, Native Hawaiian Student Services, Hawai‘i American Studies Association, and the Afrocentric Society of Hawai‘i invites you to join and participate in events with Robert Collins that will examine the connections between Black Studies and Indigenous Studies. Robert Keith Collins, PhD, an anthropologist, is Associate Professor of American Indian Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. He holds a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Native American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Collins also holds both an MA and PhD in Anthropology from UCLA.





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May 4, 2016

ES 306 offered during Fall 2016


Great news! We have been given funding to hire a lecturer for ES 306 during Fall 2016! It is not a permanent position, however, it is a move in the right direction. Although many of you have already registered, please consider registering for the course to show the administration that there is a demand for these types of classes and to strengthen the department's position that there is a need for a permanent African American Studies faculty position.



April 5, 2016

Do you know what ES courses to take?


Have you ever wondered, "What Ethnic Studies courses are right for me?" If so, let us help! Check out this flyer put together by our Professors.


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March 19, 2016

UH student advocate for black-studies expert


The Ethnic Studies department at UH Mānoa has been asking Dean Konan of the College of Social Sciences for funding to fill the African American specialist position. Although the hiring freeze is no longer in effect and there has been hiring in other departments, she has refused to prioritize Ethnic Studies and fund this position.


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February 9, 2016

The Roland Kotani Endowment Fund Student Scholarship


This endowment was established by the family and friends of the late State Representative Roland Kotani who was influential in the development of the Department of Ethnic Studies and in a revitalized effort to engage Hawai'iʻs young people in progressive politics. It is intended to assist students who share Kotani's interest in social change as a means of empowering people. The fund will allow students to conduct research in areas of Hawaii's multiethnic histories and communities, social movements and political economy.


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February 3, 2016

2016 Summer Session Courses


Ethnic Studies has a number of courses being offered this Summer both online and on-campus! Below are some of the highlighted courses.


Summer Session I (May 23 - June 1):

ES 338: American Indian Experience (DH, ETH, WI)

ES 372: Asian American Literature (DL, WI)

ES 381: Social Movements in Hawaiʻi (DS, ETH, HAP, WI)

ES 395: Popular Culture: Hip Hop (Pending: WI)


Summer Session II (July 5 – August 12):

ES 318: Asian America: Survey (DH, ETH, OC)


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Inside the Ethnic Studies Studio

March 7, 2016

Patrick Mureithi

This presentation will feature Patrick Mureithi, a motivational speaker, musician and documentary filmmaker residing in Springfield, MO. He has produced two documentary films, "ICYIZERE: hope" and "Kenya: Until Hope is Found." "ICYIZERE: hope" is about a 3-day gathering of 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, as they are taught about PTSD and go through a series of group exercises that help to build trust.






Island Connections

March 11, 2016

Ethnic Studies, African Americans, and UHM

Guests: Amy Agbayani, Member, U.S. Advisory Committee on Civil Rights; Member, Mānoa Commission on Diversity; Faye Kennedy, Chair, Hawai‘i Friends of Civil Rights; Ty Tengan, Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies, UH Manoa


The guests discussed the centrality of the African American struggle for civil rights to race and ethnic relations in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. The guests discussed the importance of teaching UHM students about the African American experience in Hawai‘i and the continental U.S. and its relationship to indigenous rights and in Hawai‘i and across the Pacific Basin and beyond. The program demonstrated the leading role of UHM students in organizing to demand bringing back the African American position to the Department of Ethnic Studies.

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February 12, 2016

Housing or Shelter?

Guests: Ulla Hasager, Director of Civic Engagement for the College of Social Sciences - UHM; Kalaniopua Young, Ph. D. Student, Department of Anthropology - University of Washington


The program focused on the condition of the homeless by discussing the February 5, 2016 Forum where individuals from the homeless community spoke. The program guests highlighted main causes of homelessness and what needs to be done to surmount immediate barriers to “solve” the problem temporarily.

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