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Common Book Speakers

Each speaker will be giving the same presentation at two different times on the same day to accommodate a variety of students and classes.

Tuesday, September 17
11:00 AM-12:00 PM  and 2:00-3:00 PM 
FH 306 (1132 Bishop St. Building Conference Rm)

Dr. Richard Rath conducts research and publishes on, and teaches courses at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Early American History/ Native AmericanHistory/ History of Media/ and History of the Senses.

Hewill be presenting and leading a discussion at HPU on how his book How Early America Sounded connects to issues raised by our Common Book selection George Prochnik's InPursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise. He will also discuss his current book projects:an introduction to the history of hearing, and comparing the rise of print culture in eighteenth-century North America to the rise of internet culture today.

Tuesday, September 24
11:00 AM-12:00 PM  and 2:00-3:00 PM 
FH 611 (1132 Bishop St. Building Conference Rm)

DeRose Method Yoga Instructor, Guilherme Alves, to discuss and give an interactive demonstration of yoga techniques to quiet the mind and build attentiveness inthe body.  Audience is encouraged to wear comfortable clothing in which to do body movements. Seating will be either on chairs or on the floor.

Tuesday, October 1
11:00 AM-12:00 PM  and 2:00-3:00 PM 
FH 306 (1132 BishopSt. Building Conference Rm)

HPU Professors Teresa McCreary and Russell Alfonso, respectively in Music and Philosophy, to talk about the role of active listening in musical improvisation in classical music and in jazz. Together they make the argument that the act of listening is an ethical choice. This resonates with the implications that George Prochnik makes about the role of silence in the act of listening while engaging in a conversation with another person. Silence and active listening are crucial for meaningful reflection.

Wednesday, October 2
11:00 AM-12:00 PM  and 2:00-3:00 PM 
FH 306 (1132 Bishop St.Building Conference Rm)

Licensed acupuncturist, qi gong, tai chi, and kung fu Instructor, Corey Wong, to discuss and give an interactive demonstration of qi gong, tai chi and kung fu techniques to quiet the mind and build attentiveness in the  body. Audience is encouraged to wear comfortable clothing in which to do body movements. Seating will be either on chairs or on the floor.

Viewpoints Film Series

Wednesdays 3:00 PM, FC 105
Fridays, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Warmer Auditorium

The Untold Story: The Japanese American Internment at Honouliuli (9/13 Friday evening only). Directed by local filmmaker Ryan Kawamoto, THE UNTOLD STORY examines the internment of Japanese Americans in Hawaii during World War II. Discussion led by representatives of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii.  The screening and the discussion's link to a few of the Common Book's themes: the traumatic impact of silencing and untold stories, and the toll it takes on the internees and their families; and what it takes to challenge official histories when untold stories are uncovered—how silence is broken in order to begin the healing process.

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (9/18 & 9/20) This haunting and dreamlike vampire story is one of the silent film era's most enduring masterpieces.  Screening will be accompanied by a discussion of silent film and the impact of silence (and the absence of sound engineering) on the power of building suspense and fear in visual storytelling, led by HPU English Department  Professors Dr. Micheline Soong and Dr. Andrew Opitz.

Bully (10/2 & 10/4)  is the first feature-length documentary to show how we have all been affected by bullying, whether we have been victims, perpetrators or stood as silent witnesses.  Discussion led by Education Instructors Mani Sehgal and Gustavo Martinez-Padilla. One potential Common Book theme is on the role that silence plays in this complex relationship of victims, perpetrators, and witnesses—implicating complicity and condemnation simultaneously, and more.

The Invisible War (10/9 & 10/11)  is a groundbreaking investigative documentary examining the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.  Discussion led by Philosophy Professor Dr. Matt LoPresti with possible guest speaker Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.  Details TBA. One potential Common Book theme is on the role that silence plays in this complex relationship of victims, perpetrators, and witnesses—implicating complicity and condemnation simultaneously, and more, especially in an organization that values unquestioned loyalty of its members within a tightly-knit hierarchical authority structure.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (11/20 & 11/22) explores the meticulously composed and haunting photography of acclaimed artist Gregory Crewdson.  Discussion led by Art Instructor Kirsten Rae Simonsen. Link to Common Book themes: The emotional impact of the visual artistic medium of photography that is engaged in and engineered without sound.

For more information about events, email msoong@hpu.edu.