Dai Ho Chun Lectures


Dr. Dai Ho Chun was a distinguished and visionary educator. The Dai Ho Chun Endowment makes these lectures possible through a generous gift from his estate to the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. 


Theme: Humanities in Flux: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Future

Which role should the arts and humanities play in the new millennium? The humanities historically have been a vehicle for formulating values and imagining futures. Can they help to create a just and sustainable shared future despite ever growing differences, diversity, and digital divides? The 2016 theme invites scholars, artists, public intellectuals, and community leaders to the UHM campus to share with us their thoughts on these questions and to explore tangible solutions and innovative ideas to navigate the multifarious challenges and opportunities we face in the 21st century.

How to See the Surveillance State

Trevor Paglen, photographer, cinematographer, geographer, writer
Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 6–7:30p | Art Building Auditorium
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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Naomi Klein, journalist & Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in Arts & Sciences
Thursday, February 26, 2015 | 6–7:30p | Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom
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Writing the Pacific Plastic Patch

Allison Cobb, Steve Collis, and Brian Teare, ecological poets
Tuesday, November 18 Campus Clean-up | Wednesday, November 19 Workshop | Friday, November 21 Reading
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Standing on Sacred Ground

Toby McLeodproject director of Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project
Tuesday & Thursday, September 16 & 18
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Updates from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

Bill McKibbenFounder, 350.org; Shumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies, Middlebury College
Thursday, April 24 | View the full lecture on YouTube.
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How to Be a Solutionary

Zoe Weil, Founder and President, Institute for Humane Education
March 14, 2014
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An Environmental History of Terrorism: 9/11, World Trade Center Dust, and the Global Nature of New York’s Toxic Bodies

Brett L. Walker, Montana State University, Bozeman
March 11, 2014
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Bio-cultural Diversity in the Anthropocene

Brett L. Walker, Montana State University, Bozeman
March 10, 2014
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Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change: A Conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert, Acclaimed Author and Investigative Science Writer for The New Yorker
October 10, 2013

Painting the Natural World: An Illustrated Conversation

James Prosek, Distinguished Writer, Naturalist, Artist, and Conservationist
May 8, 2013

Cultural Diversity and the Ideal of Progress: An Evening with Yi-Fu Tuan

Yi-Fu TuanDistinguished Author, Teacher, and Innovator, and Winner of the Lauréate Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud
March 13, 2013

Landscape in Language: Cross-cultural Variation in Landscape Terms and Concepts

David M. MarkSUNY Distinguished Professor of Geography, University at Buffalo (NY)
March 4, 2013

Cultural Diversity in the Temporal Arts: Challenges and Opportunities

Linda BarwickPARADISEC, University of Sydney
February 27, 2013


The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

Wade DavisExplorer-in-residence, National Geographic Society
December 7, 2012

The Resurgence of Okinawan Language through Contemporary Okinawan Literature

Katsunori YamazatoUniversity of the Ryukyus
November 16, 2012