Explore Contemporary Issues of Indigenous Cultural Identity, Representation, Sovereignty, and Legal Frameworks…

About the Instructor

Jesi Lujan Bennett is a Chamoru woman from San Diego, California with familial ties to Dededo and Barrigada, Guåhan (Guam). She is a PhD candidate in American Studies and Museum Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in Ethnic Studies and a BA in Critical Gender Studies. Jesi then graduated with her MA from the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at UH Mānoa. Currently as a PhD candidate, Jesi’s dissertation exams the outmigration of Chamorus from the Mariana Islands and the ways in which these diasporic communities articulate their Indigeneity in new geographic and cultural contexts.

For more information, email jesilb@hawaii.edu.

Summer 1 (online)

The lands that are now the United States and its territories have witnessed a long history of conquest against their Indigenous peoples. Many of the details of this violent conquest are either absent from most American history textbooks, or when they are explored, they are often discussed in terms of “the distant American past.” Using film, literature, and scholarship, this interdisciplinary course aims to overturn these dominant constructions of history in order to explore contemporary issues of Indigenous cultural identity, representation, sovereignty, and legal frameworks.

This course has both a Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Issues designation and Writing Intensive focus. Students can complete two university requirements by taking this one class.

Updated 1/22/2020