HI Society Talk Program: Who Are We? | Lee Cataluna + Brandy McDougall
Sunday Nov 23 02:30 PM
Spalding House Café
About the Lecture:
Both a theme and a question, Who Are We? asks us to look inward and outward to explore perceptions based on local stereotypes. Defining characteristics, such as ethnicity, clothing and even the high school you attended, hint at who we are in Hawai‘i. Taking the photography installations by Cheyne Gallarde and Shuzo Uemoto, part of the exhibition HI Society, as a jumping off point, maoli writers Lee Cataluna and Brandy McDougall discuss who we are in Hawai‘i.
Lee Cataluna is the author of the wildly popular play Folks You Meet in Longs, and for more than 20 years has been a chronicler of local culture as a journalist, playwright and author. She currently teaches English at ‘Iolani School.
Born and raised on Maui, Brandy Nālani McDougall is of Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi lineages), Chinese, and Scottish descent. She is the author of the poetry collection The Salt-Wind, Ka Makani Paʻakai (Kuleana ʻŌiwi Press 2008), the co-founder of Ala Press and Kahuaomānoa Press, and the co-star of an amplified poetry album, Undercurrent (Hawaiʻi Dub Machine 2011). In 2012 she was awarded the national College Composition and Composition Convention Richard Braddock Award for a critical article on Kaona and Hawaiian Rhetoric that she co-wrote with Georganne Nordstrom. Her scholarship and poems have been published in journals and anthologies throughout Hawaiʻi, the Pacific, and Turtle Island. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in the American Studies Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
HI Society Talk Program
This event is the first of two public talks presented by Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and the Honolulu Museum of Art. The Talk Program takes themes from the exhibition HI Society, part of Spalding House’s ongoing education-driven exhibition series, and explores social issues such as identity, diversity, and power in Hawai‘i.