Watada Lectures 2012

The Umematsu and Yasu Watada Lecture
on Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment

 The Watada Lectures 2012
November 8–11
Militarization in the Pacific


Dr. Teresia Teaiwa

Thursday, Nov 8  ~  @ UH-Mānoa Center for Hawaiian Studies Halau o Haumea
                                          5:30-7pm ~ “Fiji. Women. Soldiers. And Poetry”

A public presentation sponsored by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies , the Women’s Studies Program, the Brandt Chair Fund, and the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

Saturday, Nov 10  ~  @ Church of the Crossroads
                                           7:00-9:00pm, “The Military Cultural Complex”

Sunday, Nov 11 ~  @ Church of the Crossroads

9am ~ Adult Education conversation with Dr. Teaiwa
10:30am ~ Morning Worship “Religions & Militarization”
afternoon ~ Veterans’ Day Forum with Veterans and Dr. Teaiwa

Dr. Teresia Teaiwa is Senior Lecturer and Program Director of Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her academic interests focus on nationalism and regionalism in the Pacific; articulations of culture and politics / indigenous rights and democracy/feminism in the Pacific; and Pacific Studies and pedagogy. Her current research is on the gendered dynamics of militarism in the Pacific.

Every two years the Church of the Crossroads, a United Church of Christ Just Peace and Open and Affirming Congregation, holds the Umematsu and Yasu Watada Lectures on Peace, Social Justice and the Environment with support from The Watada Lectures Fund, established by Kathy Watada Wurfel and David Wurfel. The public is invited to attend the free 2012 lectures at Church of the Crossroads and UH-Mānoa.

This 2012 series of Watada Lectures and Pre-Events addresses topics interwoven with issues that were brought up by the Moana Nui conference, held as an alternative to APEC in November of 2011.  The five Pre-Events to this year’s Watada Lectures (listed as follows) broaden the discussion with presentations over a five-month period leading up to the Keynote Speaker’s week long Lecture Series:

Watada Lectures 2012 Pre-Events

Friday, June 1 “WVWS Report-Out: Puerto Rico & Vieques”
A report from the International Women’s Network Against Militarism meeting held on the islands of Puerto Rico and Vieques.

Saturday, July 14  “Detour: Hidden in Plain Sight”
A tour of military sites on O‘ahu

Friday, August 17  “Financing War”
A public presentation by Richard Tillotson

Friday, September 7  “The Environmental and Economic Impacts of Militarization in Hawai’i”
Panel discussion with Jim Albertini, Sparky Rodrigues, Steve Dinion and Henry Curtis

Friday, October 5  “Overview of Militarization in the Pacific”
aka “Militarization in the Pacific 101”
Lecture by Kyle Kajihiro.

2012 Post-Watada Events

Thursday, Nov 29 – “Resisting the Naval Base on Jeju Island”
Presentation by Koohan Paik

The 2012 Watada Lectures
were made possible by
The Watada Lectures Fund

Church of the Crossroads
Hawai‘i People’s Fund
Hawai‘i Peace and Justice
UH-Mānoa Center for Pacific Islands Studies
UH-Mānoa Women’s Studies Department
UH-Mānoa Center for Hawaiian Studies’ Gladys Ainoa Brandt Chair Fund
UH-Mānoa & West O‘ahu

Follow this link to learn more about the origins of the Watada Lectures and to see who the other Lecturers have been.