Previous Episodes for 2016
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.
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.
April 8, 2016
Israeli Occupation and Resistance
Guests: Reem Bassous, Lecturer, Art Department — UH Manoa; Cynthia Franklin Professor of English - UH Manoa
The discussion revolved around Israeli occupation practices of Palestinian and Lebanese territories and the ensuing indigenous resistance against the Israeli occupier.
May 13, 2016
Globalization and Empire II
Guests: Manfred Steger, Professor of Sociology — UH Manoa
The program is a continuation of the November 2015 discussion, titled, “Globalization and Empire.” Part II deals more with the question of “Empire” and its relationship to globalization and globalism.
September 9, 2016
For Palestine in the U.S.
Guests: Cynthia Franklin, Professor of English—UH Manoa; Ali Musleh, Graduate Student in Political Science—UH Manoa
The discussion focused on the problems students and faculty face in the U.S. in promoting justice for Palestine and the Palestinians. Pro-Zionist groups are in a dominant position from which they try to silence Palestinian narratives that show the ugly face of Israeli colonization and occupation of Palestine.
October 14, 2016
Guests: Tamara Albertini, Professor of Philosophy--UH Manoa; Monisha Das Gupta, Chair of Ethnic Studies and Professor of Ethnic Studies and Women Studies--UH Manoa
The panel discussed the significance of Islam Day in Hawai‘i and why it is important to gain an understanding of Islam and Muslims in a diverse society such as Hawai‘i and the United States. The panel discussed stereotypes and discrimination resulting from a lack of understanding about Islam and Muslims and the damage those do to society.
November 11, 2016
Iran, the U.S. and the Middle East
Guests: Farideh Farhi, Independent Scholar; Affiliate Graduate Faculty in Political Science—UH Manoa
The discussion centered around the history of nuclear negotiations between Iran, on the one hand, and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, on the other. Diplomatic and political developments since the signing of the nuclear agreement focused on U.S. and Iranian regional politics and the challenges ahead.
December 9, 2016
The UH Campus: A Safe Space for All?
Guests: Manfred Steger, Professor of Sociology—UH Manoa; Jacques Brunvil, Political Science Major, Black Students Association President - UH Manoa; Kawehi Kina, Ethnic Studies Major, Ethnic Studies Student Association - UH Manoa
The panel discussed the importance of the UH campus being a safe space for all individuals on campus. The recent presidential elections underscored racial, political and social divisions in the country, which makes it all the more reason to be civil with one another and protect free speech and combat hate speech in whatever form. The panel also discussed future political activism of the youth in light of the November 8 elections.