Monday, March 13, 2017

World History Conference Held at HPU

“Pacific Journeys: A Conference in World History at the Cross-Roads of the Pacific” was held at Aloha Tower Marketplace, Feb. 17-18, 2017.  The conference, designed by Program Chair Marc Jason Gilbert, Ph.D., of HPU, featured over 80 academic papers from scholars from Australia, Canada, China, and the United Kingdom; from mainland universities from California to Massachusetts; and from many Hawaii university campuses, including six faculty from HPU, Pierre Asselin, Ph.D., Jon Davidann, Ph.D., Jerry Feldman, Ph.D., Russell Hart, Ph.D., Stephanie Han, Ph.D., and Micheline Soong, Ph.D., and one graduate student Anthony Ferritto

Participants watched an award-winning Hawaii film, Tom Coffman’s The First Battle (about efforts to prevent the internment of the entire Japanese-American community in Hawaii after the attack on Pearl Harbor), took an optional tour of Honolulu’s Historic Port and Chinatown led by Gilbert and HPU’s Jim Corcoran, Ph.D., and enjoyed group international dining experiences in Honolulu each evening.

The conference was made possible by the Department of History and International Studies and the College of Liberal Arts, Hawai‘i Pacific University; The World History Association of Hawai‘i; the California World History Association; and the Northwest World History Association, and was co-sponsored by the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), the Alpha Beta Epsilon Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the Department of History, University of Hawai'i-Manoa. 

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