Pale Eric Forbes will be the featured speaker at a reception hosted by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council at Pacific Island Club's Charley's Cabaret from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday, March 13.
Pale Eric, a Catholic priest in Guam, is well known for exploring a wide range of topics involving local history, culture and identity. Many on Saipan know him from his time as the San Roque parish priest in the 1990s.
During his upcoming presentation, titled “Cultural Death and Renaissance: What is Dying? What is Reborn?,” Pale Eric will share his insights on how the Chamorro and Carolinian cultures in the Marianas have changed and will continue to change in the face of an increasingly globalized world.
Some have referred to this process as the death of a culture. If this is true, what is dying? Who is killing it? Is it death or transformation? What do we want to preserve? Pale Eric will consider these and other intriguing questions associated with cultural preservation in the Marianas during his hour-long talk.
Tickets for the reception are priced at $25 per person and come with beer, wine, a variety of tasty hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to win a set of books on local history.
Tickets may be purchased from Council board members and staff or at the Council's office in Springs Plaza, Gualo Rai. Contact Council staff at 235-4785 for more information.
All proceeds from the event will be used by the Humanities Council to support programs and educational initiatives. (PR)