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Portrait of David Chang.

Changing the Narrative: Hawaiian History from Hawaiian Perspective

Professor David Chang challenges persistent narratives about Hawaii’s past. “For too long, history has been written as if Hawaiians were passive observers of their own history, isolated from and uninterested in the outside world,” he says. In his new book, Chang aims to update our perspective on Hawaii’s past by presenting it through the eyes of the people who lived through it.
Photo of Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias and José Aguirre.

A Fear of Empty Spaces

Mónica de la Fuente Iglesias and José Aguirre co-chaired a conference that bridged the gap between Spanish and Lusophone disciplines and provided new approaches as how to best address different kinds of emptiness in research. Read more about how the Graduate Student Conference filled voids in research.
Portrait of Mandy Menke.

Can You Tell a Joke?

Assistant Professor Mandy Menke connected the research and teaching of second languages to define the term "advanced" through a conference she hosted called Evolving Perspectives on Advancedness: A Symposium on Second Language Spanish. Read the full article.
A swing set sits submerged in floodwater from the Mississippi River, April 21, 2013, in Clarksville, Mo.

Mississippi Rising

By redirecting floods on the Mississippi river in the North, we are accelerating the water downstream and increasing the threat of flooding in the South. Scott St. George, associate professor in the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, writes.
Theatre arts and dance professor Lisa Channer

Developing Desirable Graduates

"When you work on a play with a group of people, you’re working on math ideas and spatial relationships. They might not recognize that.” Lisa Channer, associate professor of theatre arts and dance, knows the value of a liberal arts degree but worries that many students might not. By focusing on career readiness in her class assignments, she makes sure students can explain what they can do.
Portrait of Bennet McNulty

Core Competencies in Action

“Our students want to know how their learning is going to be useful for them, and we need to help them with that.” Assistant professor of philosophy and Career Readiness faculty fellow Michael Bennett McNulty is changing the way he teaches. His goal? Making sure each of his students knows exactly how course material connects to a future career.