My Name is Opukaha'ia Humanities Discussion Program

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History / Heritage - Lecture/Discussion

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1634
Cost: FREE
Sponsored by: Massachusetts Humanities Council, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, American Antiquarian Society
Description: In partnership with the American Antiquarian Society and with support from Mass Humanities, the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) will present "Encountering History using Innovative and Disruptive Narratives," a humanities discussion panel program.
The discussion panel, open to the public, will explore new texts, current research, and thoughtful responses to the bicentennial of the departure of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions' (ABCFM) Pioneer Company from New England to the Sandwich Isles in 1819.
The Discussion Panel, of recognized humanities scholars, is organized around the presentation of My Name is 'Opukaha'ia, a one-person play written by Moses Goods that sets the story of 'Opukaha'ia into a narrative of Hawaiian agency. This story, historically used in New England by the ABCFM to recruit missionaries and provide funding for the mission to the Sandwich Islands, is at its core, a Hawaiian story. As the first Hawaiian Christian, today he is the subject of an intense debate about his role in Hawaii's history. Humanities scholars will discuss their work and the influence of 'Opukaha'ia in New England and Hawaii.
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Entered by: Mike Smola

Created: September 27, 2019 at 7:35 PM
Last Modified: September 27, 2019 at 7:42 PM

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