Unlearning the "American Pacific": A Symposium on Anti-Colonial Pedagogies at UCLA

Unlearning the "American Pacific": A Symposium on Anti-Colonial Pedagogies
University of California, Los Angeles

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Pacific Islander Studies Collective at UCLA invites you to...
Unlearning the “American Pacific”: A Symposium on Anti-Colonial Pedagogies

2nd Floor Lounge, Ackerman Student Union, UCLA 
Friday, April 10, 2009
8:00 am - 5:30 pm

This event will feature scholars from the Pacific region and various universities across the country.
The participants will explore the ways in which the themes of “empire and sovereignty,” “gender and sexuality,” and “indigeneity and race” inform their curricula and challenge popular perceptions.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Maenette Benham, Dean of the School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and
Professor Vicente M. Diaz, Director of Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan.

8:00 - 8:30 Coffee and Registration
8:30 - 9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:00
Keynote speaker: Vicente M. Diaz University of Michigan
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:00
   Panel One: Empire and Sovereignty
    Iosefa Aina, Pomona College
    Elizabeth DeLoughrey, UCLA
    Erin Wright, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
    Discussant: Duane Champagne, UCLA
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch  
    Keynote speaker:  Maenette Benham, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
1:30 - 3:15  Panel Two:  Gender and Sexuality
    Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu, UC Berkeley
    Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Independent Scholar and Artist
    Michelle Erai, UC Riverside
    Discussant: Victor Bascara, UCLA
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:15  Panel Three: Indigeneity and Race
    AnnaMarie Christiansen, Brigham Young University (Hawai'i)
    'Anapesi Ka'ili, University of Utah
    Addie Rolnick, UCLA
    Discussant: Lori Pierce, DePaul University
5:15 - 5:30 Closing Remarks
5:30 - 7:00
Networking and Light Appetizers

The event is free, but RSVP is required, as space is limited.  Register now at http://tiny.cc/UnlearningTheAmericanPacific.
The deadline for registration is Friday, March 27, 2009.

UCLA sponsors include:
Graduate Coalition of the Native Pacific, Asian American Studies Center, Asian American Studies Department, Asian American Studies Graduate Student Association, American Indian Studies Center, Campus Programs Committee, Critical Race Studies Program-UCLA School of Law, Graduate Student Association, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program, Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange (TLCEE)-UCLA School of Law, Pacific Island Students Association, Pacific Island Education & Retention.

Community partners include:
Guam Communications Network, Queen Flores and Friends

For more information, email nativepacific@gmail.com
Please click below to download a PDF version of the symposium schedule.