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About the Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series

The Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series serves to connect the ideas, knowledge, and works of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty with fellow colleagues, staff and students on campus and the greater community. Through the collaborative efforts between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Hamilton Library, the Lecture Series provides a venue for faculty to showcase their area of specialty. The Lecture Series was established in the Fall of 2006. All presentations are free and open to the public.

The Fall 2014 lectures feature:

  • Professor Williamson Chang, Professor of Law, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Dr. Ruth Gates, Researcher, Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology
  • Dr. Roderick Labrador, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies

Join us for Fall 2014’s first lecture:

Hawai'i’s “Ceded Lands”: The Ongoing Quest for Justice in Hawai'i
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hamilton Library, Room 301

Williamson Chang

Speaker: Professor Williamson B.C. Chang

Description: While Hawaiians may disagree about many issues, they do agree and unite around their responsibility and kuleana for the aina. The loss of the “ceded lands” as a result of United States intervention is a source of continued discontent. Similarly, the loss of Alii lands by the leasehold conversion act, held constitutional by the United States Supreme Court in 1984, remains a major grievance.

Professor Chang will speak about the nature of Hawaiian claims to both the “ceded lands” and Alii lands.

About Professor Chang: Professor Chang is the longest serving member of the William S. Richardson School of Law faculty. He was a Special Deputy Attorney General representing Chief Justice William S. Richardson in a number of major property rights cases in Hawai'i. He was also a senior legislative counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington and litigation director of the Native Hawaiian Advisory Council, a non-profit devoted to assisting Hawaiians and farmers with their water rights claims. He is well known for his work in water rights and was secretary to the commission that drafted the State Water Code. He has taught many courses, including Water Rights, Business Associations, Conflicts of Law, Native Hawaiian Rights and has started a new course on the creation of a Hawaiian Nation: “To Grow a Nation.”

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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
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