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For decades now, university faculty and students have discussed the devastating impact of colonialism on the peoples who were colonized. If colonialism is the means by which Indigenous lands, bodies, and possessions were appropriated by others for their own use, then “decolonization” has been the process of reversing these acts.

These issues are particularly relevant in Hawaiʻi, where colonization directly resulted in the dispossession of Native Hawaiians and the violation of their sovereignty. The goal of this symposium is to bring together students, faculty, museum professionals, and community members to initiate conversations on the process of decolonizing museums and public spaces – led by groundbreaking scholars and professionals who are actively engaged in both the underpinning theories and the practical realities.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amy Lonetree, University of California, Santa Cruz
Other Presenters:
• Ben Garcia & Kelly Hyberger, San Diego Museum of Man
• Kippen de Alba Chu, ‘Iolani Palace
• Teresa Valencia & Ihilani Gutierrez, ‘Iolani Palace
• Matt Mattice & Keahe Davis, King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center
• Leah Caldeira & Kamalu Du Preez, Bishop Museum
• Mike Nāho‘opi’i, Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission
• Halealoha Ayau, Repatriation Advocate
• Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Ka Pouhana, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

The events are free, but space is limited and attendance will require registration. Please register by October 29th.
Registration link for 11/10 symposium: http://www.museum.hawaii.edu/register-here/