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UH Manoa Presents the 2005 United Nations University Global Seminar

Applications being accepted through Jan. 28

University of Hawaiʻi
Posted: Dec 15, 2004

HONOLULU — The School of Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Studies (SHAPS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and United Nations University (UNU) of Tokyo, Japan, join together again to present the 2005 UNU Global Seminar, "Consuming Cultures: Change, Tradition and Choice in Asia and the Pacific." Scheduled for May 18-21, 2005, this is the second session to be held in Hawaiʻi as well as the second in the United States. Applications to participate are being accepted through Jan. 28, 2005.

The seminar is designed as an intense, three-day exploration of significant contemporary issues affecting the Asia-Pacific region. Students and young professionals will engage with scholars, artists and experts working in the global network of the United Nations and international universities. Small group discussions, as well as community interaction, will help participants analyze concepts raised in scheduled presentations.

Sixty participants will be selected through an application process. The seminar is looking for undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals who are interested in the topic of the seminar, specifically the ways in which the exchange of ideas and materials have transformed the lives of peoples across Asia and the Pacific.

Begun in 1985 in Japan by United Nations University, the Global Seminar Series aims to increase awareness and enhance understanding of contemporary global issues. The series consists of seminar sessions organized and hosted by various higher education institutions throughout a given year. In recent years, the Global Seminar Series has branched outside Japan to South Korea, and most recently to the United States through the University of Hawaiʻi.

Last year's inaugural seminar in Hawai'i gathered speakers and participants from all over the Asia-Pacific region to consider the theme of "Negotiating Pacific Identities: Ethnicity, Encounters and Self-Determination." The 2005 event plans to be every bit as intensive and informative as its predecessor.

More information and applications may be accessed through the Web site at

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