TALK Series


Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities has partnered with Honolulu Museum of Art to produce a series of TALK discussion programs centered on Spalding House’s current exhibition HI Society (August 13, 2014 through January 4, 2015). HI Society explores social issues of identity, diversity and power in Hawai‘i – all of which will be used to drive the TALK conversations.

While the exhibition engages museum visitors by using the artworks to explore thematic contexts, TALK features invited experts who will open up a discussion about the themes and present multiple perspectives for points of departure.

For more information, contact HCH Director of Grants and Special Projects Stacy Hoshino at 808-469-4551 or

Sunday, October 26, 2014 2:30 to 4 p.m.         Spalding House Café

Addressing the question Who Lives Here?, artist April A.H. Drexel and Spalding House’s curator of education Aaron Padilla discuss Drexel’s installation Kūpa‘a. She will talk about how she conceptualized the genealogy of the land–its transactions and ownerships–on which Spalding House sits, as well as other estates that make up Makiki Heights.

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Spalding House Café

Sunday, November 23, 2014 2:30 to 4 p.m.         Spalding House Café

Both a theme and a question, Who Are We? asks us to look inward and outward to explore perceptions based on local stereotypes. Defining characteristics, such as ethnicity, clothing and even the high school you attended, hint at who we are in Hawai‘i. This interactive discussion will feature local writers Lee Cataluna and Brandy Nālani McDougall. Lee, best known for her award-winning plays, currently teaches English at ‘Iolani School, and for over 20 years has been a chronicler of local culture as a playwright, author and journalist. McDougall, assistant professor of Indigenous Studies in the American Studies department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, is also a noted poet, editor and publisher whose research interests include Pacific literatures and rhetorics.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Time: 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: Spalding House Café

For professional development/by invitation only                          

The themes and questions in HI Society are intended to provoke thoughtful contemplation and discussion about social issues that hit us where we live. This program uses the p4c inquiry method–an innovative approach to the inquiry process developed by the University of Hawai‘i Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education–to engage participants in critical dialogue about the exhibit’s themes and goals.

This event is for professional development, by invitation only.


Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities