The lecture series organized by the 12th Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council and Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will have a change of scenery this Wednesday.
The third part of the ethnocentric talks on local history shifts to the Chalan Kanoa Kiosku after making the Joeten Kiyu Public Library its venue the past month.
The move to the old capital of Saipan is not without purpose since the Aug. 28 lecture, “The Saipan and Northern Islands Leadership Memorial Kiosku Project,” will be about the Chalan Kanoa Kiosku. It begins promptly at 5pm.
Wednesday’s presentation shares an approach inspired by the Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council to recapture in symbols, forms, and narratives the role of local leaders in the transformative change of an island-nation and people from occupation to sovereign status and self-expression as co-equal sovereigns in achieving political self-determination.
The Kiosku narrative is told through the lenses of people of Northern Marianas descent in their own terms about their island nation, a story missing in mainstream pages of history.
Resources persons in Wednesday lecture include 12th Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council chair Ramon B. Camacho, Northern Marianas College Board of Regents member William S. Torres, and Herman B. Cabrera and Associates principal and president Herman B. Cabrera.
Camacho and fellow council members in the 10th and 11th council were prime movers for the restoration and development of the historic Kiosku in Chalan Kanoa.
Torres, meanwhile, has extensive involvement in public education, island beautification, and heritage asset rehabilitation, grant writing, public and private sector consulting, among other private works.
Cabrera, for his part, is the prime designer and construction manager of the Chalan Kanoa Kiosku Project.
“The Saipan and Northern Islands Leadership Memorial Kiosku Project” is also among the topics selected for presentation at the upcoming 2nd Marianas History Conference at the University of Guam on Aug. 30-31, 2013.
The same topic was also featured on Catherine Perry’s radio talk show “Your Humanities Half Hour” in the last Sunday of July 2013.
The presentation topic will be recorded live at the 2nd Marianas History Conference site on Aug. 30, 2013, for airing in the “Beyond the Fence” radio, which airs every Friday at noon on Public Radio Guam-KPRG 89.3 FM by radio talk host and coordinator of “Beyond the Fence,” Dr. Vivian Loyola Dames.