Spring 2021 Women’s Studies Colloquia

Friday, January 29. – Noon - 1:30 pm

“Repositioning the Bottom”

Andrew Reilly, UH Mānoa Professor, Fashion Design and Merchandising

Friday, February 19. Noon - 1:30 pm

Panel on Gender-Based Violence and Responses during COVID-19

  • Khara Jabola-Carolus (Executive Director, Hawaiʻi State Comission on the Status of Women)
  • Genia Stith, M.A. (Advocacy manager, Domestic Violence Action Center)
  • Leslie Cabingabang (UH Confidential Advocacy)
  • Mykie Ozoa-Aglugub (moderator - UH Mānoa Office of Institutional Equity)

Tuesday, March 2. 10:30 am - 11:45 am

Special session by the career center for WS 439/POLS339 Feminist Theory

All WS students welcome.

Friday, March 12. 12:30 - 2 pm

Juliann Anesi, UCLA, Assistant Professor, Gender Studies

Friday, April 16

Student presentations

Friday, May 7

Student presentations


Fall 2020 Women’s Studies Colloquia

Session 1 - Thursday, September 10. Joyce Pualani Warren, PhD.

Joyce Pualani Warren is an assistant professor in the English Department.

Topic: Mana Wahine Maori as Protest Literature: Intersectional Black Identities and the Politics of Speech

Session 2 - Thursday, October 15. Jamaica Heolimelekalani Osorio, PhD.

Jamaica Heolimelekalani Osorio is an assistant professor in Political Science.

Topic: Kanaka Maoli and the Powerful Movement of Indigenous Resilience

Session 3: Thursday, November 12. Kim Compoc, PhD.

Kim Compoc is an assistant professor at UH West Oahu in History.

Topic: Grappling with War, Grappling with Grief: Filipina Poets in Hawaiʻi and Diasporic Visions of Sovereignty

Session 4: Thursday, December 3. Kahala Johnson.

The topic will be confirmed.

Fall 2019 Women’s Studies Colloquia

All colloquia meet in Gartley 102 from 12:00-1:15 pm (unless noted). All are welcome to attend.

Friday, September 20. Cynthia Franklin, PhD (English Professor, UH Mānoa)

In both her teaching and research, Cynthia is interested in contemporary works--primarily but not exclusively written in the U.S.--that challenge genre boundaries, and that engage issues in feminist and queer theory, life writing, studies of race and ethnicity, and cultural studies, and her work increasingly takes up questions pertaining to Palestine. Her talk will focus on patrisse cullors' memoir in relation to Black Lives Matter.

Friday, October 18. Representative Linda Ichiyama

Representative Linda Ichiyama represents the 32nd House District, including Moanalua, Salt Lake and Aliamanu, where she was born and raised. Elected to office in 2010, she currently serves as the Vice-Chair on the Consumer Protection & Commerce Committee. In addition, she serves on the Committee on Economic Development & Business and the Committee on Labor & Public Employment. She will be talking about her experiences working on women’s issues at the state legislature.

Friday, November 15. Sarah Wiebe, PhD (Friedman Room, Saunders 624, 2:30-4 pm)

Sarah Wiebe is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at UH Mānoa with a scholarly focus on environmental sustainability and decolonial, sustainable futures. She has published in journals including Citizenship Studies and Studies in Social Justice. She will be talking about her new book project about former Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike and developing a feminist biopolitical analysis approach.

Friday, December 6. Women’s Studies Capstone Presentations

Women's Studies Colloquia Archive

Spring 2019

Friday January 18. Susan Wurtzbury, PhD

Susan Wurtzburg teaches online for the Department of Women Studies. Most recently, Susan has published on gender violence, and issues of concern to the Samoan and Tongan communities. Wurtzburg was previously the Hawaii State Policy Chair for AAUW-Hawaii, and in Spring, 2018, AAUW was the lead organization in moving an equal pay bill forward in the Hawaii State Legislature. AAUW will be the lead on another equal pay bill in Spring, 2019.

Friday February 22; 2:30-4:00 pm. Shatema Threadcraft, PhD

“The Mundane in a Spectacular Era: #meto and #blacklivesmatter”

Shatema Threadcraft is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth. Her presentation will discuss the potential lessons the #metoo movement may hold for organizing around the gender-based violence concerns of black women. Contemporary black politics has focused on the politics of spectacular death – black men killed by police on tape. Many black women are murdered; however, they tend to be murdered in private. A black man is killed by a policeman or similar agent every 28 hours, but every 21 hours a black woman is killed by an intimate partner. A movement that has brought to light the overwhelming numbers of anonymous women who are victims of sexual harassment and violence that were once private demonstrates how the private, mundane might be made into a powerful and mobilizing spectacle when conditions are right.

Friday March 29. Mari Matsuda, JD

Mari Matsuda is an American lawyer, activist, and law professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Prior to her return to Hawaii in 2008, Matsuda was a professor at the UCLA School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in the fields of torts, constitutional law, legal history, feminist theory, critical race theory, and civil rights law.

Friday April 5. Kevin Tomita, PhD

Kevin Tomita is a Staff Therapist and Coordinator of Practicum Training at the UH Mānoa Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC). His professional interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, harm reduction models of treatment, and strengths-based approaches to treatment through a multi-cultural lens. Kevin works well with clients in the LGBTQ community; clients with diverse ethnic identities; and clients who are experiencing or have experienced depression, anxiety, intense relationships, trauma, and/or substance use concerns.

Friday, April 26. Marina Karides, PhD

Marina Karides is Chair and Professor of Sociology at The University of Hawaii Hilo. Her research interests include island societies and economic development; post-colonialism; race, class, gender, and sexualities; and global justice movements. Marina’s talk will focus on her current National Science Foundation (NSF) project on diversity at community colleges.

Friday, May 3. Women’s Studies Capstone Presentations

Tentative presenters: Hannah Liebreich, Crystal Kwock, Tsolmontuya Altankhundaga, Libby Ryan-Kern, and Kahala Johnson.


Spring 2019

Friday, September 7 - Heather Giugni, PhD

Heather Guigni is a Cultural Collections Specialist and Producer with ʻUluʻulu. She oversees and curates the cultural collection development as well as original in-house programming at ʻUluʻulu. Please join us for Heather Giugni’s talk titled Preserving & Sharing Hawaiʻi’s Moving Image Heritage.

Friday, September 21 - Andrew Reilly, PhD

Andrew Reilly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and an affiliate of the Department of Women’s Studies at UH Mānoa. Andrew Reilly’s research interests include: the construction of gender and sexuality via dress, body image, and fashion theory. Please join us for his talk on sexual position identity among gay men.

Friday, October 12 - Konia Freitas, PhD

Konia Freitas is Director and Associate Specialist at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa. Her work focuses on program planning, curriculum development, and program assessment. Please join us for Dr. Freitas’ talk, topic and title TBD.

Friday, November 9 - Gaye Chan, PhD

Gaye Chan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art. Chan is a conceptual artist who’s recent work focuses on how cartography and photography simultaneously offer and occlude information. Chan will speak about Eating in Public, an anti-capitalism project nudging a little space outside of the State and commodity systems. She will speak on this project

Friday, December 7 - Wei Zhang, PhD

Wei Zhang is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology at UH Mānoa. Her research interests include socioeconomic status (SES) and health, religion and health, and social epidemiology. Please join us for her talk titled Productive Aging and Health: Findings from Taichung, Wuhan, and Honolulu.

Friday, December 14 - Women’s Studies Capstone Presentations

Tentative presenters: Caroline Motely & Hannah Liebreich

Colloquium Archive

Date Title Speaker(s)
4/7/17 Anarchist Women and the Politics of Walking Kathy E. Ferguson is Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi, specializing in political theory, feminist theory, and anarchism. She recently published Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets and is currently writing two books about anarchism and feminism.
3/17/17 Physics and Gender: A Point of View of a Female Physicist

Veronica Bindi is an Associate Professor of Physics working on the AMS experiment installed on the International Space Station to study dark matter, cosmic rays and space radiation for future manned missions to Mars.

Bindi is dedicated to increasing diversity in STEM by facilitating the participation of women; her research group is 75% women. She participated in the 2012 Woman in Diplomacy initiative sponsored by Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Transforming Institutions by Gendering Contents and Gaining Equality in Research projects in Pisa and London, and was featured in the European Institute for Gender Equality Women Inspiring Europe 2013 initiative, which promotes the visibility of women breaking gender stereotypes.

2/10/17 An Introduction to Coastal and Hydraulics Engineering Oceana Francis is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in Sea Grant and is a registered professional civil engineer in Hawaiʻi and Alaska. Her research involves coastal and hydraulics engineering, particularly climate change impacts on wind-generated waves and currents which affect onshore/offshore infrastructure.
11/18/16 Selling Feminist Messages: Social Progressivism in Sports Entertainment Andrew Dellinger is a Women's Studies graduate student. His interests include public atheism, monetary policy and the creation of progressive media products.
10/28/16 Mathematics: Think Again... Monique Chyba earned her Phd thesis in Mathematics from the University of Geneva and the University of Burgundy in1997. Her expertise lies in the development of geometric optimal control methods and their application to physics, biology and engineering.
10/7/16 Believing that Prejudice Can Change: Implications for Children's Interracial Anxiety Kristin Pauker is Director of the UHM Intergroup Social Perception lab and 2016 recipient of the BOR Excellence in Research Award. She earned her Ph.D. from Tufts University. Born and raised in Hawaii, Pauker's research explores how a person's immediate environment and culturally-shaped theories about race impact basic social perception, social interactions, and stereotyping.
9/23/16 How to Become a Liberated Mathematician in 13 Painful Years Piper Harron earned her PhD in mathematics from Princeton University in January 2016. What is more interesting is that she started in 2003, left in 2009, had her first child in 2011, and her second child in 2014. Her PhD thesis earned recognition for its humorous style and blunt social commentary. She is currently a Temporary Assistant Professor at UH Manoa.
9/2/16 Women Cross DMZ: Reflections on Women's Peacebuilding in Korea Christine Ahn is the Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War, reunite families, and ensure women's leadership in peace building. She is co-founder of the Korea Peace Network, Korea Policy Institute and Global Campaign to Save Jeju Island.
5/6/16 Capstone Presentation for WS 650  
3/11/16 Talk by History Department student panel in celebration of Women History Month Chaired by Shirley Buchanan, History Department, University of Hawai‘i Manoa
3/11/16 Talk by Dr. Richa Nagar Dr. Richa Nagar, Professor, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, University of Minnesota, Author of Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms Through Scholarship and Activism
2/25/16 Talk by Dr. Julie Guthman Dr. Julie Guthman, Associate Professor, Department of Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
2/12/16 Connecting the Dots: Why Gender Equality is Key to Solving the Climate Crisis Cate Owren, Senior Officer of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Gender Office (GGO)
1/29/16 Fighting for Theories of Race and Gender: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies Dr. Katherine Irwin, Associate Professor, Sociology Department and Dr. Karen Umemoto, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai‘i Manoa
12/11/15 Capstone Presentation for WS 650  
12/4/15 Hawaiian Women's History: WS Student Panel Shirley Buchanan, Chair
11/20/15 The Hunting Ground—Film Screening and Panel Discussion Organized by the Department of Women's Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
11/6/15 Redundant Men and Machine-like Women in the SHadows of Nehruvian Planned Development Nandini Chandra, Professor, Delhi University
10/16/15 Women Workers and Class Struggle in the Waikiki: Panel Discussion Featuring members of Local 5 union discussing the fight to unionize at Aston Waikiki, and the role of women organizers
9/22/15 The Hunting Ground film screening Organized by Pau Violence, Women’s Center, University of Hawaii Mānoa
9/18/15 Looking Forward, Looking Backward Panel Discussion Senator Cynthia Thielen, Paula Nakata, Nick Chagnon, Iasha King, and Lovely Highley