The CNMI will be well represented at the 2nd Marianas History Conference that will start today at the University of Guam in Mangilao, Guam.
The two-day conference has adopted the theme “One Archipelago, Many Stories: Integrating Our Narratives” and a total of 51 papers and posters on Marianas history will be presented.
Northern Marianas Humanities Council executive director Scott Russell said there will be seven presenters from the Commonwealth: archeologist John S. Castro; University of California, San Diego doctorate candidate Jessica Jordan; 12th Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council chair Ramon B. Camacho and councilman Diego C. Kaipat; architect Herman B. Cabrera; San Vicente Elementary School bilingual teacher Maria M. Takai; and Northern Marianas College instructor Guadalupe C. Borja-Robinson.
The latter two were part of the 40-hour history research workshop organized by the Humanities Council last May. The workshop was conducted by UOG history professor Dr. Anne Perez Hattori.
Hattori, together with recent Saipan visitor Dr. Keith L. Camacho, will serve as keynote speakers of the conference.
Hattori will present “Chamorro Barmaids, Congressmen, and the 21st Century Doings of Marianas History” at 8:30am on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the UOG Fine Arts Theater.
Hattori, familian Titang, joined the faculty of UOG in 1999 and is a professor of history and Chamorro studies.
Camacho will present “Militarized Incarceration: The U.S. Navy’s War Crimes Tribunals Program of Guam, 1945-1949” at 8:30am tomorrow, Aug. 30, also at the UOG Fine Arts Theater.
Camacho is an associate professor of Pacific Islander Studies in the Asian American Studies Department of the University of California, Los Angeles. Camacho received his B.A. in English from the University of Guam, and a master’s in Pacific Islands Studies and a Ph.D. in History (with distinction) from the University of Hawaii.
The 2nd Marianas History Conference will also cover a full range of topics associated with the archipelago’s history under the following categories: Ancient History; Early Colonial (17th-18th centuries); Late Colonial (19th-early 20th centuries); World War II; Recent (post-war); and Oral History and Genealogical Research. The general categories correspond to the 1st Marianas History Conference.
In addition to papers, posters that address the conference theme and/or topics will be exhibited through the second day of the conference.
Russell said the Humanities Council provided a $500 stipend to each of the speakers from the CNMI, which will cover their airfare and hotel accommodations.