Previous Episodes for 2013
February 8, 2013
Israel, Palestine and the U.S.
Guest: Raji Abuzalaf, Community Peace Activist
Latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinean conflict and the U.S. role in support of the state of Israel are discussed.
March 8, 2013
The Ethnic Rainbow Revisited
Guests: Ulla Hasager, Assistant Specialist in Civic Engagement, Ethnic Studies - UHM; Noel Kent, Professor of Ethnic Studies - UHM; Jonathan Okamura, Professor of Ethnic Studies - UHM.
Does the multiethnic, multinational population of Hawai‘i constitute an ethnic rainbow or do discrimination and inequalities exist in society? What can be done to alleviate those social and economic tensions to achieve a healthy diversity based on equality?
April 12, 2013
Obama’s Middle East Policy
Guest: Farideh Farhi, Independent Researcher and Adjunct Professor of Political Science - UHM.
The discussion centered on recent developments in U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East under Obama. Special attention was paid to the ongoing upheaval in the Arab world and the U.S policy towards Iran.
May 10, 2013
Education, Budget, Economy and Legislation
Guests: Hawai‘i State Senator Jill Tokuda, Hawai‘i State Senator Will Espero, 20th Senatorial District and Vice - Chair for Special Senate Committee to Consider Approaches to Teacher Furloughs (SCTF); Jonathan Y. Okamura, Professor of Ethnic Studies - UHM.
The discussion focused on the way in which the Hawai‘i State Legislature dealt with educational and budgetary matters in the context of the political economy extant.
September 13, 2013
Education Through Civic Engagement
Guests: Ulla Hasager, Ph. D. - Director of Civic Engagement CSS - UHM; Lillie Makaila, Graduate Student, Urban and Regional Planning - UHM.
The academic and pedagogical significance of civic engagement is explored. Student learning is advanced through engagement with the community through service learning projects.
October 11, 2013
A Visit to Occupied Palestine
Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English - UHM.
Professor Franklin shares her experiences during her visit to occupied Palestine. She describes Palestinian lives under occupation and the cruelty of the Israeli settler-colonial state in its treatment of the indigenous Palestinians.
November 8, 2013
Guests: Kanaloa Schrader, Student Coordinator for Service Learning, College of Social Sciences - UHM; Hector Valenzuela, Professor of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources - UHM; Nomi Carmona, Babes Against Biotech.
The guests discuss the adverse effects of GMO on humans, the environment and the economy. The relationship between the political elite and transnational agribusiness is highlighted. The conversation includes suggestions about how to change the political equation in favor of the public.
December 13, 2013
The Tribunal Twenty Years On
Guests: Nalani Minton, Director, Ike Ao Pono, School of Nursing - UHM; Ty Tengan, Chair of Ethnic Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology - UHM.
The current significance of the Tribunal to the policies of Self-Determination 20 years after the 12-21 August state-wide event.