Articles: Space, Place and Culture in Marshall Islands History
As part of Windward Community College's (WCC) Common Book Program, the "Space, Place and Culture in Marshall Islands History" presentation will be held on Thursday, April 14, 5:00 p.m. at Hale ‘Akoakoa 105.
Lauren Hirshberg, Monica LaBriola, and Rachel Miller, all of whom are involved in academic research about the Marshall Islands, will give short presentations of various aspects of Marshallese culture and history.
According to the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities, Miller will be showing a video clip on urban and rural canoe culture in Kwajalein, Majuro, and the outer atolls of the Marshall Islands. Hirshberg will speak from her dissertation on the development of urbanized, racialized space on Kwajalein in relation to Ebeye. LaBriola will speak from her thesis Iien Ippan Doon about celebrating community and life on Ebeye.
The event is free and opened to the public,
The goal of Common Book Program, says the College website, is that everyone at the College - students, faculty and staff - and people in the community will read and discuss the same book over an entire semester. Events include movies, lectures, and discussions which will connect to themes in the book.
Windward's common book selection for 2010-2011 is Robert Barclay's novel, Melal. The fictional story, intertwined with the factual nuclear legacy and missile testing in the islands, places an Ebeye family, the Americans on Kwajalein, and the supernatural beliefs of Marshallese, in a struggle for good over evil.
- Yokwe Online, April 12, 2011