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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE PROPOSAL TO LOCATE THE BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM IN HAWAII

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on October 20, 2010
unanimous

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Resolution Supporting the Proposal to Locate the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum in Hawaii

WHEREAS presidential libraries and museums are important cultural and educational institutions, managed in perpetuity by the National Archives and Records Administration and funded, primarily, by federal taxpayers and private presidential foundations;

WHEREAS presidential libraries and museums are generally erected in a president’s home state and Hawai‘i is Barack Obama’s birthplace;

WHEREAS the most successful presidential libraries and museums are affiliated with research universities and often developed in coordination with research institutes or schools of public administration;

WHEREAS locating the Obama presidential center in Hawai‘i would create a world‐class museum and archive with only modest investment by local taxpayers and the university;

WHEREAS an affiliation with the Obama presidential center will enhance UHM’s reputation and will bring top students, scholars, and leaders to Hawai‘i;

WHEREAS the creation of a UHM research or teaching institute to be affiliated with the Obama presidential center will strengthen the university’s community ties and augment its creation and application of social capital, while helping the islands meet the challenges of the twenty‐first century;

WHEREAS a robust set of museum‐based education and outreach programs, both on site and online, will enhance education and research locally, nationally, and internationally, particularly in social studies, political science, and history;

WHEREAS building a world‐class presidential museum in Honolulu will bolster the visitor industry, both foreign and domestic;

WHEREAS the construction of an architecturally iconic and environmentally ambitious complex will revitalize Honolulu and UHM’s built environments and will serve as a model for sustainable building throughout the islands;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the UH Mānoa Faculty Senate supports the development of a UHM‐led proposal to locate the Barack Obama presidential library and museum in Hawai‘i.