Symposium: Translating the Human: Rights, Ethics, and Practices Across Cultures

Below is quoted directly from an e-mail release circulated by UH-Manoa's Center for Pacific Islands Studies:

Aloha Kakou!

You are cordially invited to attend Translating the Human: Rights, Ethics and Practices Across Cultures, a symposium at Burns Hall that explores humanism in the post-colonial 21st century.  Translating the Human features Konai Helu Thaman, Susan Schweik, Manu Meyer and Salah Hassan, as well as panel discussions.  For more information and schedules, visit The conference will be held 14 and 15 January 2010. The daytime events will be held in the EWC John Burns Hall, Room 4005.

Konai Helu Thaman, Professor and Personal Chair of Pacific Education and Culture at the University of the South Pacific, will give the opening keynote at 9:00 am on Thursday - "The Human in the Context of Pedagogical Practices and Philosophies in the Pacific."

On Thursday evening, from 6 to 9 pm there will be a reception and cultural night at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. The Thursday evening presentation, Representing the Human, includes the poets Kisha Borja-Kichocho and Angela Hoppe-Cruz, Lyz Soto, Sage Takehiro, Konai Helu Thaman, and Richard Hamasaki reading the poetry of Wayne Westlake; Kumu Hula Leilani Basham and Kupukupu ke Aloha, Kumu Hula Manu Boyd and Halau o ke `A`ali`i K Makani, Kumu Hula Sam `Ohu Gon and Mahealani Wong and Halau Mele; dances by the Pan-Pacific Association; and singer-songwriters Carlos Andrade and Jon Osorio, accompanied by Maenette Benham.

All events are open to the public, free of charge. The Center for Pacific Islands Studies is one of the sponsors of the conference.


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