Mahalo! Presenters, Organizers & Volunteers

The 19th Annual Graduate Student Conference, “In a Word”, took place Saturday, April 18, thanks to the participation of presenters and volunteers from across the College of LLL. The conference included an opening address from Dean Carroll, a poignant and provocative keynote from LLL’s own ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui, and presentations from 20 graduate students. The conference was attended by approximately 80 people from the UH community. We would like to offer special thanks to conference co-chairs Emily Gazda (SLS), Samuel Aguirre (SLS), Scott Ka‘alele (ENG), Kristyn Martin (EALL), Lenisi Pasi (ENG), and Andrew Rouse (SLS). Also, the conference would not have been possible without the guidance of conference advisory board members Lucía Aranda, Jim Yoshioka, and Karin Mackenzie. And finally, a special thanks to all of the volunteers who made the conference run smoothly, and the support of the community who came to listen, learn, and share. Aloha.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ku’ualoha Ho‘omanawanui

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Dr. Ku‘ualoha Ho‘omanawanui is a Kanaka Maoli nationalist, scholar, aloha ‘āina advocate, poet, and visual artist born in Kailua, Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu and raised in Kaipuha‘a (Wailua Homesteads), Puna, Kaua‘i. She is an associate professor in English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she specializes in Hawaiian and Oceanic literatures, place-based writing, and indigenous literacy. She is a former Ford Foundation pre-doctoral and doctoral fellow, and a Mellon Hawai‘i post-doctoral fellow. Her artwork, poetry, and short fiction in Hawaiian and English have been internationally published and translated. She is also a founding and chief editor of ‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, featuring Native Hawaiian writers and artists. Her first book, Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hi‘iaka, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2014.

Free registration and refreshments will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015. They keynote address will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Spalding 155.

Click here for a copy of the poster that is hanging up around campus!