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Astronomy Lecture Series


Venue: Hamilton Library Room 301
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm

14 October 2009 Wednesday

The Antikythera Mechanism

Dr. Gareth Wynn-Williams, Professor
Institute for Astronomy

Professor Gareth Wynn-Williams will lecture on the ancient Greek enigma, "The Antikythera Mechanism." Recent X-ray analysis of the encrusted piece of bronze from a 2000-year-old Greek shipwreck shows it to be an astronomical computing device of astonishing complexity. What did it do? What purpose did it serve? Join us to find out!




28 Oct 2009 Wednesday

Telescopes: Big and Small

Dr. Alan T. Tokunaga
IRTF Division Chief and IfA Associate Director, Instrumentation
Institute for Astronomy

While new large telescopes garner much of the press coverage, the mid-size telescopes (less than about 4 meters in diameter) continue to be major contributors to astronomical research. This lecture highlights the research done with the 3.0-meter (9.8 ft) NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF), a telescope on Mauna Kea dedicated for planetary science and mission support, operated for NASA by the University of Hawaii. Tokunaga will also review the increase of telescope aperture from Galileo's time to the present, where telescopes as large as 30 meters in diameter are now being planned.




18 November 2009 Wednesday

Sacred Mountains and Astronomy

Paul H. Coleman
Institute for Astronomy

This talk will center on the often strained relationship between modern astronomers and indigenous peoples with their sacred mountains. Examples from the Tahono O'odham, San Carlos Apache, and Zuni tribes will be presented. Finally the situations on Maunakea and Haleakala will be presented.




22 November 2009 Sunday

*** Hamilton Library Lawn ***

Look Up! An Evening of Sky Viewing

Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009 [IYA2009] with the Institute for Astronomy & UHM Library for a special Star Party with hot chocolate and a peppermint candy cane (while supplies last)! View the wonders of the heavens as dusk turns to dark - the moon, planets and stars - as revealed by Institute for Astronomy [IfA] telescopes. Visit the Hamilton Library Bridge Gallery to see the exhibit The Universe: Yours to Discover!

Free campus parking!




3 December 2009 Thursday

Hubble Space Telescope: Past, Present & Future

Lisa Kewley
Institute for Astronomy

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has made a great impact on our knowledge of the Universe, from planets in our solar system, to nearby stars, to extremely distant galaxies. Dr. Kewley will present an overview of the major discoveries made by the HST and will describe the research that the UH astronomers are conducting by combining data from HST with data from the largest ground-based telescopes on Mauna Kea. She will report on the present status of the HST, including the recent successful servicing mission, and will present the HST's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope.





Faculty Lecture Series 2009


Venue: Hamilton Library Room 301
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm

7 October 2009 Wednesday

Are Girls Going Wild in the New Millennium? Facts and Myths about Girls' Aggression and Violence

Meda Chesney-Lind
Women's Studies

Nearly a decade into the 21st Century, it seems like the news about girls is increasingly alarming. We've had gangsta girls peering over the barrels of guns, mean girls, girls gone wild, and even brawling cheerleaders. Given the high level of interest in girls' use of violence and aggression, it is actually remarkable that so little careful academic work has been made available to those concerned with the facts and not the hype. This talks aims to fill this void by making two major contributions to the discussion of girls' aggression and violence.




5 November 2009 Thursday

Research As The Movies: Documentaries, Radio, Theatre, and Editing as Scholarly Production(s)

Craig Howes
Director, Center for Biographical Research, and Professor of English

Drawing examples from his experiences as a television documentary and radio producer, as a journal and book editor, as a performer and dramaturge, and as a member of university Personnel, and Tenure and Promotion Review Committees, Craig Howes will discuss how such academic work differs from the paradigms embedded in traditional notions of university research; how production scholarship poses challenges for those engaged in it, and for those assigned to evaluate its importance or relevance; and how such productions can affirm the value of scholarship outside of the academic community while at the same time being professionally valuable in themselves.





United Nations Week Exhibit & Film Series
October 19 ~ 30, 2009


Venues: Sinclair Library, Heritage Room & Hamilton Library Room 301

In celebration of the United Nations Day [October 24th], the UHM Library is hosting a United Nations Exhibit in Sinclair Library's Heritage Room and a UN Week Film Series with screenings in Sinclair and Hamilton Library (check the date for venue). The films were chosen from the Library Collection to highlight the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations. Many issues remain unresolved and new situations continue to develop in other regions of the world. The purpose of the film series is to take a critical look at different crises to better understand the historical context and the conflict for each situation. All films will be moderated by UHM faculty.
Showtimes: 11:30 am - 1:00pm (unless otherwise indicated)

Monday, October 19, 2009
Venue: Sinclair Library, Heritage Room
Rethink Afghanistan
Rethink Afghanistan is a ground-breaking, full-length documentary focusing on the key issues surrounding this war. By releasing this film in parts for free online, Brave New Foundation is able to stay on top of news of the war as it continues to unfold. Their hope is to raise critical questions regarding Afghanistan that US Congress must address in oversight hearings, which inform the public and challenge policymakers.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Venue: Sinclair Library, Heritage Room
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Amnesty International documentary illustrates the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by means of imaginative animation sequences created by a number of international animators. Call Number : VIDEOTAPE 2253

Globalization & Human Rights
The documentary examines the clash between the trend of increasing economic globalization and international human rights advocacy. Investigates the impact of foreign economic influence on gold miners in South Africa, the petroleum industry in Nigeria, the collapse of the economy of Indonesia, child labor abuses in Thailand and the situation in East Timor. Call Number : VIDEOTAPE 17110

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Venue: UHM Hamilton Library, Room 301
The World Is A More Dangerous Place
Explores armed conflicts, peace-keeping operations and humanitarian relief as they relate to globalization. Interviews with former United Nations officials, government officials, humanitarian aid workers, and experts on peace-keeping operations. Call Number: VIDEOTAPE 21633

Friday, October 23, 2009
Venue: UHM Hamilton Library, Room 301
Beyond The Veil: A New Cold War?
Is the gap between the West and moderate Muslims widening? Is the West determined to impose its values on Islamic nations without regard to national preferences, thus radicalizing local patriots? Are all Western motives self-serving? When both cultures accept that their definitions of democracy and human rights differ, there will be a firm basis for dialogue and peaceful co-existence in the future. Call Number: VIDEOTAPE 19760

Monday, October 26, 2009
Venue: UHM Hamilton Library, Room 301
Sand And Sorrow: A New Documentary About Darfur
An HBO Documentary film detailing the historical events that have given rise to the Arab-dominated Darfur government's willingness to kill and displace its own indigenous African people. The film examines the international community's failure to respond to such profound crimes against humanity in the past and offers unparalleled access to a contingent of African Union peacekeeping forces. Call Number: DVD 7143

Tuesday, October 27 (* 12:00 showtime!)
Venue: UHM Hamilton Library, Room 301
Outriders
Beginning in June 1998, members of the Philadelphia-based Kensington Welfare Rights Union take a bus trip across country to collect stories of the poor, homeless, and unemployed to be presented as evidence to the United Nations of economic human rights violations by the U.S. government. Call Number: VIDEOTAPE 18503

Wednesday, October 29
Venue: UHM Hamilton Library, Room 301
The Native Hawaiian vote and Hawaiians at the U.N.
Speakers focus on the plebiscite lawsuit and "Puwalu", a community-organized alternative to the state-run plebiscite. The new building for the Center for Hawaiian Studies is also discussed, as well as the Hawaiian Sovereignty Elections Council (HSEC), Ka Lahui Hawaii's participation in an event held by the United Nations working to establish a draft declaring the rights of indigenous peoples, including Hawaiians. Viewer questions and comments are also included. Call Number: VIDEOTAPE S00010

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Venue: UHM Hamilton Library, Room 301
Out of the silence: fighting for human rights
Documents the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and records the struggle for human rights in Czechoslovakia and Guatemala. Call Number: VIDEOTAPE 10387

Friday, October 30, 2009
Venue: UHM Hamilton Library, Room 301
A Decade of Courage
This is the story of Falun Gong, the largest and most influential spiritual movement in China that has endured a decade of repression. Through original interviews with Chinese refugees and renowned China experts, A Decade of Courage examines Falun Gong practitioners' efforts to gain freedom in modern China. The first major English documentary about Falun Gong addresses China's mechanisms of persecution and the question of "disappeared" persons.



International Education Week
Venue: Sinclair Library Heritage Room
(*unless otherwise indicated)
November 16 ~ 20, 2009


Monday, 16 November
International Bazaar
11 am - 2pm
Featuring Program Information Booths that offer cultural diversity courses for UH students, Food Booths, Performances, & Identify That game.

Monday - Friday, 16-20 November
MIX (Manoa International Exchange) Information Sessions
2:30 - 3:30 pm
~ Monday: China & Southeast Asia
~ Tuesday: Korea
~ Wednesday: Japan
~ Thursday: Pacific Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Canada, Chile
~ Friday: Europe

Tuesday, 17 November
Talk Story Session: Leslie Tsou, Diplomat in residence
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, 18 November
Talk Story Session: Balinese Dance ~Made & Annie Reynolds
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday, 19 November
World Quest Competition
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Venue: Campus Center Ballroom

Friday, 20 November
Talk Story Session: Rosemary Casey, Peace Corps
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

International Coffee Hour
3:00 - 5:00 pm



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