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Solidarity Works: Lessons from Maunakea

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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Oct 16, 2020   3:00 pm  
Ilima Long, PhD student, Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa; Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar, Asst. Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin; Christina Manzano-King, PhD student, Astronomy, University of California, Riverside
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Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

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Ilima Long
PhD student, Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar
Asst. Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Christina Manzano-King
PhD student, Astronomy, University of California, Riverside


Kim Compoc
Asst. Professor, History, University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu

"Solidarity Works: Lessons from Maunakea"

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Please mark your calendars for this exciting interdisciplinary panel, part two of our discussion on Mauna Kea, Colonialism, and Science. Because of Covid19, we had to postpone the event we had originally planned at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign campus in April. We have rescheduled for an online webinar on Friday, October 16, 10am Hawaiʻi Standard Time; 3pm Central Time, now cosponsored with University of Hawaiʻi - West O‘ahu.

We will discuss the important role of international and inter-campus solidarity in supporting the movement to protect Mauna Kea. Our panelists include: ʻIlima Long, Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar, and Christina Manzano-King, with moderating by Kim Compoc. Following the discussion we will make time for the audience to engage with the speakers and consider what solidarity action is most needed now.

𝗦𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗦𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗗 𝗕𝗬: At Illinois: Campus Research Board, Student Cultural Programming Fee Advisory Board, The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Department of Anthropology, Department of Asian American Studies, Native American House, and Society for Equity in Astronomy. At UHWO: Department of History, and Hoʻopūliko Kumu Hou. 

K. Kamakaoka‘ilima Long is a Kanaka Maoli PhD student in Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  She became involved in the work to protect Maunakea in 2010 as a UH campus organizer. In 2019 standoff at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu she landed as the mauna media team coordinator where she leaned on her experience in campaign messaging and popular education. She is deeply involved with student organizing and activism on Hawaiian issues, graduate student labor, and feminist issues. She works to connect student life to organizing and activism, and  in political organizing and decolonization more generally.

Iokepa Casumbal-Salazar is an assistant professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. His research examines Indigenous social movements, Kanaka ʻŌiwi thought and praxis, settler colonization, race, gender, class, and imperialism. His book manuscript examines the politics and poetics of struggle over Mauna a Wākea and the Indigenous-led resistance to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the mountain Kanaka ʻŌiwi continue to hold as a sacred place.

Christina Manzano King, Ph.D. is an astronomer from Ewa Beach, Hawai‘i, and is currently studying black hole-driven winds and dwarf galaxy evolution at UC Riverside. Though her thesis depends on data collected on Maunakea, she has become an outspoken opponent of TMT.  In her free time, she organizes to build solidarity and visibility for under-represented students in STEM.  

Kim Compoc is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu. She has taught in the departments of English and Ethnic Studies at UH Mānoa, and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she recently finished a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship. She is a co-founder of UIUC Mauna Kea Solidarity Group. 

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