Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Magna Carta Celebration at the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center on May 7

Magna Carta Celebration

Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center

Free and Open to the Public

Join us as we commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

More than any other document in human history, the Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: no one, no matter how powerful, is above the law. In the eight centuries since its signing, the Magna Carta has taken root as an international symbol of the rule of law. It is the inspiration for many fundamental rights Americans hold dear today, including due process, habeas corpus, trial by jury, and the right to travel.  Our evening program looks at the history of the Magna Carta, first issued in 1215, and its relevance in society today.

Peter H. Hoffenberg is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he has taught for nearly twenty years. His courses include the Modern Britain and British Empire, Economic History, History and Film, and modern Europe. His interests focus on the Victorian era, and he has published a variety of articles related to poverty, traditional Indian art, the Great War, and Australian science. He will discuss the documents history.

Gregory Jackson is an international advisor on human rights, the military, and security sector reform. He spent several years in South Sudan advising the Ministry of Defense in security sector reform and time in Iraq as an advisor to the Iraqi High Tribunal prosecuting human rights atrocities by the Baathist regime. Most recently, Jackson served as Director of the Office of Veterans Services in the Abercrombie administration. He will discuss human rights, the rule of law, and concepts of fair trial and due process in the international post-conflict context.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hawaii Goes to the National History Bowl 2015 National Championships in Washington, D.C.

Today we received this picture from John Bickel of Iolani School. He is the Hawaii coordinator of the Hawaii History Bee and Bowl. 

John is chaperoning the Hawaii Team representing us at the National History Bowl National Championships in Washington, D.C. 

Please cheer them on! 

They are a bright group of students who are making us proud! 

Again, thank you for supporting History Education Hawaii, Inc., and the Hawaii History Bee and Bowl. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

2015 Hawaii History Educator of the Year Announced

History Education Hawaii, Inc., the Hawaii State Council of the National Council for History Education (NCHE), announced its 2015 Hawaii History Educator of the Year. 

Dr. Justin Vance of Hawaii Pacific University and the Hawaii Civil War Roundtable was named the 2015 Hawaii History Educator of the Year. 

A graduate of Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Military Studies from Hawaii Pacific University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California, Dr. Vance’s research interests include teaching history via distance learning modalities, the American Civil War and the history of World War II in the Pacific. 

Previously, he taught history at the Honolulu campus of Wayland Baptist University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and conducted battlefield tours of Hawaii’s World War II military sites for Home of the Brave Tours. His passions for history education included such settings as the Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor and the Bishop Museum. In 2010, Dr. Vance was the winner of the Golden Apple Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching at Hawaii Pacific University. 

Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), founded in 1965, is Hawaii’s leading private, not-for-profit university and international learning community, providing innovative and challenging undergraduate and graduate programs built on a solid foundation of liberal arts education, graduating its students to meet the ever-changing needs of a global society. HPU prides itself on maintaining strong academic programs, small class sizes, individual attention to students with a diverse faculty and student population. 

Serving as president of the Hawaii Civil War Roundtable, Dr. Justin Vance has been on the forefront of sharing American Civil War history with the people of Hawaii. He has organized the Roundtable’s participation in numerous educational events, perpetuating living history displays, participating in parades through the city streets of Honolulu in Civil War period uniforms and dress. Dr. Vance has distinguished himself as an expert on the participation of Native Hawaiians in the American Civil War. (Go here for his YouTube interview on Think Tech Hawaii's Global Connections)

“There is no doubt that Dr. Justin Vance is an exceptionally gifted historian and history educator,” said Jeffrey Bingham Mead, co-founder and president of History Education Hawaii, Inc. “Dr. Vance has distinguished himself through years of persistence, hard work in the unrelenting pursuit of educational excellence in the academic discipline of history. His teaching and advocacy of historical literacy in Hawaii has propelled him to touch the lives of many both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Vance has built solid links between the subjects of history and his students plus the community at large. His scholarly approaches to teaching and learning has contributed greatly to the institution, to the community and to the profession.” 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Assessment Governing Board Webinar: The Nation’s Report Card: 2014 U.S. History, Geography, and Civics.

How has students' knowledge of our nation’s past, global geography, and the fundamentals of democratic government changed over time?
Join the National Assessment Governing Board Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 11 a.m. EDT for a webinar to discuss The Nation’s Report Card: 2014 U.S. History, Geography, and Civics
Having a firm understanding of these subjects is key to our students' abilities to interpret national and international events and to be responsible citizens.

A panel of experts will discuss findings from the three reports:
  • Peggy G. Carr, Acting Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics
  • Michelle Herczog, President, National Council for the Social Studies
  • Chasidy White, History and Geography Teacher, Brookwood Middle School, Brookwood, Ala.; Member, National Assessment Governing Board
  • Mary Crovo, Deputy Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board (moderator)

New Interim Issue of Common-place Published

The new interim issue of Common-place reviews several books to add to your end-of-semester reading list.  

Sean Patrick Adams reviews Jessica Lepler's The Many Panics of 1837, which explores the myriad effects wrought by a devastating financial crisis. 

Caleb Smith's The Oracle and the Curse, reviewed by Martha Schoolman, theorizes how legal rhetoric can contain a poetics of justice.  

Rhys Bezzant explores how the unwieldy power of revivalist religion clashed with the need for institutional stability in Jonathan Edwards and the Church, reviewed by Thomas S. Kidd. 

Speaking of poetics, be sure to check out Melissa Kwasny's poetic meditations on stereographic images of haunting Western landscapes.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Our Spring Membership Drive is underway! You are invited!

History Education Hawaii, Inc., the allied with the National Council for History Education, plays a vital role in the State of Hawaii by building and sustaining bridges between those who share a common passion for history. 

Every member counts -especially you!

Benefits of your membership include access to information on professional development opportunities for teachers, sustaining programs such as the Hawaii Lyceum of History, historical conferences, informal gatherings, the Hawaii History Bee and Bowl and more. We're just getting started! 

Join our ohana! It’s a fun, thought-provoking and innovative educational community united by its commitment to excellence in history education -inside and outside the classroom. 

Go to this link and choose one of the featured membership levels. 

You may also send printed checks by mail to History Education Hawaii, Inc., 810 Richards Street, Suite 810, Honolulu HI 96813 USA. 

If you value historical literacy and history education, you have a stake in History Education Hawaii’s mission. Please join our growing, diverse community of history teachers, historians, students and history buffs. Mahalo nui loa! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

World History Institute for Teachers: Apply Now! Deadline: April 24, 2015

World History Institute

Hosted by 
The Alliance for Learning in World History
The World History Institute will provide comprehensive professional development for the teaching of world history. 

Topics include conceptualization, student learning skills, pedagogy, content, and identifying available resources.

The Common Core State Standards will be addressed by linking Institute curriculum to designated historical thinking skills.

The Institute gives special attention to research, with an emphasis on showing teachers how they can integrate new ideas into the classroom with hands-on activities. 
July 13-19, 2015
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

$1500 for Tuition, Room & Board

- Tim Keirn, California State Long Beach
- Linda Black, Stephen F. Austin State University
- Deborah Smith Johnston, Concordia International School - Shanghai
- Linda Cargile, Bancroft Middle School, Long Beach Unified School District

Coordinated By:
- Patrick Manning and Katie Jones (University of Pittsburgh)
Application Deadline: April 24, 2015
About the Alliance:
The Alliance for Learning in World History is a collaboration of educators and history scholars organized to advance the teaching and learning of world history in classrooms-in the U.S. and in every part of the world. The Alliance is anchored at the University of Pittsburgh, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox in Honolulu Today

These are photos of today's gathering in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii called 'Bells Across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox.' 

At 9:15 a.m. Hawaii Time the bells at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral in downtown Honolulu and elsewhere across the nation rang in unison. 

This commemorated the 150th anniversary of the meeting of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee that formally ended the American Civil War. 

History Education Hawaii congratulations and thanks Dr. Justin Vance of Hawaii Pacific University and the members of the Hawaii Civil War Roundtable for organizing this event. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HPR Interview with Professor Justin Vance: Native Hawaiians in the American Civil War.

Go to this link at Hawaii Public Radio. Scroll down to "Appomattox, Civil War History: Justin Vance." 

Professor Justin Vance was interviewed by HPR on the subject of Native Hawaiians in the American Civil War. 

He's an organizer of Hawaii’s participation in a national event called 'Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox.' 

It will commemorate the anniversary of the meeting of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee that brought a formal end to the war. 

On Thursday at 9:15 a.m., Our Lady of Peace will ring its bells for 4 minutes, along with thousands of others across the nation.

Lincoln Assassination (April 15). In Memory of Abraham Lincoln, The Pacific Commercial Advertiser of July 29, 1865

The following poem by "Gravity Joy" was published on the front page of the July 29, 1865 edition of Honolulu's Pacific Commercial Advertiser:

In Memory of Abraham Lincoln
by Gravity Joy

Toll the ponderous, deep-toned Bell,
With cadent pauses grand!
Roll the solemn, echoing Knell
From Mountain-top to Strand
Let the heavy, pendant hammer
Wake a mournful, brazen clamor-
Spread a melancholy glamour
O'er the Land!

Near and far, let Patriots all,
Weep o'er the Stricken Just
Efer and funeral plume and pall
Give to his Holy Dust!
Let the Wall our deep grief urges
Swell to mighty, vocal Surges
Antheming a Nation's Dirges
O'er it's Trust!

Borne safely through the Battle-Wrath
By God's abundant Power
Torn from his heaven Appointed Path
In his High Zenith-Hour!
But Forevermore, the Story
How the Wrongs of Ages Hoary
He subdued, shall be his Glory-
Stand his Tower!

Crushed he the Monster, Slavery,
For Darkness gave he Light;
Hushed the Rebellious Knavery,
Restored the Country's Right
"Malice to None; but Charity
To All," without disparity-
Ehoue this such Christian Rarity
in him Bright!

Oh, his Sweet Heroism shall nerve
To braver deeds the Brave!
No More shall Freedom's Progress swerve
No More shall toil the Slave!
He shall Live in Hist'ry's pages
As Earth's Purest, Best of Sages,
Truth shall Radiate through Ages
From his Grave!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

“Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox” at Honolulu's Fort Street Mall April 9

Hawai‘i Pacific University, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, and the Hawaii Civil War Round Table will join a national ceremony on April 9, 2015 to mark 150th anniversary of the end of the U.S. Civil War.

The Fort Street Mall church will be a participating site in the National Park Service’s “Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox” to commemorate the anniversary of the meeting of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee that brought a formal end to the war.

Justin Vance, Ed.D., an associate professor of History at HPU and a key organizer of Hawai‘i’s participation in the ceremony, said, “I am very pleased to see the enthusiasm of people in Hawai‘i to recognize the 150th anniversary of the coming of peace after the most deadly war in this country’s history in this way.”

“This also takes place at a Civil War era building, a rarity in Hawaii,” he added. “The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace was built in 1843 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”

On Thursday, April 9, at 9:15 a.m., Our Lady of Peace will ring its bells for 4 minutes, along with thousands of others across the United States. Civil War re-enactors will be present starting at 8:45 a.m. Brother Joseph Dutton, hero of Kalaupapa and Civil War veteran will also be honored.

Although Hawaii was 6,000 miles away from Appomattox, Va., the effects of the war on Hawai‘i and its people were “many and long lasting due to its close economic and cultural ties to the young United States by 1860s,” Vance said.

Vance and other collaborators have documented Hawaiians’ significant participation in the Civil War. His most recent collaboration is as co-author of the “Pacific Islanders and the Civil War” section of the newly released book, Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War. It includes the military service stories of many Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, a few of which were present at the surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, including Private J.R. Kealoha.