Sovereign Pedagogies

Sovereign Pedagogies: Two Talks and Spoken Word from Hawai‘i to Palestine
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua discusses her new book, The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School (University of Minnesota Press, March 2013). Hālau Kū Māna is one of the only Hawaiian culture-based charter schools in urban Honolulu. Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua reveals a critical tension: the successes of a school celebrating indigenous culture are measured by the standards of settler colonialism. Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and co-founder of Hālau Kū Māna public charter school.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui explores the connections between Palestine and Hawai‘i through an examination of indigeneity, self-determination, and decolonization in relation to international law and the fundamental condition of territorial dispossession. J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. Her first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008).

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine (RoR Publishing, 2011) and the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. He recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop and he is on the organizing committee of USACBI (the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel).