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About the Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series

The Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series serves to connect the ideas, knowledge, and works of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty with fellow colleagues, staff and students on campus and the greater community. Through the collaborative efforts between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Hamilton Library, the Lecture Series provides a venue for faculty to showcase their area of specialty. All presentations are free and open to the public.

The Fall 2014 lectures feature:

  • Professor Williamson Chang, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Dr. Ruth Gates, Researcher, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology
  • Dr. Roderick Labrador, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies

Join us for Fall 2014’s third lecture:

Los Angeles, Philippines: Towards a Transpacific Politics and Poetics in Bambu’s Musical Autobiography

Speaker: Dr. Roderick Labrador

December 3, 2014
11:30am - 12:30pm
Hamilton Library, Room 301

Dr. Labrador will examine the ways that Bambu, a second-generation Filipino American rapper from Los Angeles, California, constructs his life narrative throughout his mixtape, Los Angeles, Philippines, as a counterstory that challenges majoritarian stories while simultaneously reinforcing and critiquing the operations of race, gender, sexuality, class, nation, and empire in U.S. society.

Bambu is one of the most well-known, prolific, and respected Asian American MCs in the independent Hip Hop scene and was formerly one-third of the pioneering Filipino American rap group, Native Guns. Bambu collaborated with the legendary DJ Muggs to produce Los Angeles, Philippines. Muggs is famed for his work as the DJ/ Producer of Cypress Hill and Soul Assassins. With its self-conscious, self-referential style similar to Chuck D’s Autobiography of Mistachuck, Los Angeles, Philippines works as a musical autobiography that connects individual and collective memory, narrative, and engagement with the everyday world.

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About the previous lectures:

The Wonderful World Of Corals: Harnessing Basic Science to Address an Ecological Crisis
Speaker: Dr. Ruth Gates (Gates laboratory website)
Description: Coral reefs in Hawai‘i and across the globe continue to decline in health due to intensifying climate change, resource extraction, and pollution. Although the future looks bleak, certain corals and reefs are not only surviving, but also thriving in conditions that kill others. Dr. Gates' lecture unveiled the complex biology that underpins this natural variation in response. She discussed how this knowledge can be harnessed to develop tools that build resilience on reefs, arresting and improving the prognosis for coral reefs.

Download the event flyer (PDF)

Hawai'i’s “Ceded Lands”: The Ongoing Quest for Justice in Hawai'i
Speaker: Professor Williamson B.C. Chang
Description: While Hawaiians may disagree about many issues, they do agree and unite around their responsibility and kuleana for the aina. The loss of the “ceded lands” as a result of United States intervention is a source of continued discontent. Similarly, the loss of Alii lands by the leasehold conversion act, held constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1984, remains a major grievance. Professor Chang spoke about the nature of Hawaiian claims to both the “ceded lands” and Alii lands.

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Hamilton Library
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
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