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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Humanities lecture series will push through today at NMC

The NMI Humanities Council’s three-part lecture series will push through today but, instead of the American Memorial Park Visitors’ Center, Guadalupe Borja-Robinson will present her “Reflections on Saipan’s Transition from WWII to Today” at the Northern Marianas College.

Council executive director Scott Russell said the continued closure of the AMP has forced them to transfer the lecture series’ venue to Room D-1 of the college.

Despite the change, Russell hopes people would still come and listen to the lecture, as this is their opportunity to learn more about the islands’ history.

The three scheduled lectures were presented at the 2nd Marianas History Conference in Guam in August.

Borja-Robinson has been an educator on Saipan for over 20 years and a journalist for five years in Guam and on Saipan.

As an educator, she taught high school and college students on Saipan. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Hawaii (Hilo and Honolulu) and a master’s in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

She has taught English Composition, Speech, and English as a Second Language courses and presently teaches College Success at the Northern Marianas College.

Borja-Robinson was also among the eight who hurdled a 40-hour history workshop conducted by visiting University of Guam professor Dr. Anne Perez Hattori in July. In fact, the fruit of her labor during the workshop is what she is presenting today.

The second part of lecture series is scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 15, with former representative William Torres, Saipan and Northern Islands Municipal Council chair Ramon B. Camacho, and architect Herman B. Camacho presenting “Saipan and Northern Islands Leadership Kiosku Project.”

The series concludes with historian Don Farrell’s presentation “Marianas Reunification Efforts” on Oct. 22.

All three lectures start at 6pm and are free of charge.

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