Hear a talk by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, associate professor of American studies and anthropology at Wesleyan University. Kauanui’s first book is "Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity" (Duke University Press, 2008). Her second book project (in-progress), "Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty," is a critical study on gender and sexual politics and the tensions regarding indigeneity in relation to statist Hawaiian nationalism.
From February 2007 through June 2013, she served as the sole producer and host of a public-affairs radio program, "Indigenous Politics: From Native New England and Beyond," which was produced in the studios of WESU in Middletown, Conn. The show was widely syndicated across a dozen states and Pacifica radio affiliate stations.
Additionally, Kauanui was a member of The Dream Committee, a radio collective that produced a program that ran from September 2010 through May 2013 called “Horizontal Power Hour” (also on WESU), which featured anarchist culture, politics and philosophies.
In February 2014, with a new group of students, Kauanui helped launch a program called “Anarchy on Air,” which is produced and broadcast through WESU. The program emerged from her course "Anarchy in America: From Haymarket to Occupy Wall Street."
This event is generously sponsored by the Amherst Association of Students and the American Studies Department, the Smith College American Studies Department, the Five Colleges Native American Indian Studies program and the Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Program and Anthropology and Sociology Department.