Spring 2019 Women’s Studies Colloquia

All colloquia meet in Saunders 637 from 12:30-1:45pm (unless noted). All are welcome to attend.


Friday January 18. Susan Wurtzbury, PhD

Susan Wurtzburg teaches online for the Department of Women Studies. Most recently, Susan has published on gender violence, and issues of concern to the Samoan and Tongan communities. Wurtzburg was previously the Hawaii State Policy Chair for AAUW-Hawaii, and in Spring, 2018, AAUW was the lead organization in moving an equal pay bill forward in the Hawaii State Legislature. AAUW will be the lead on another equal pay bill in Spring, 2019.


Friday February 22; 2:30-4:00 pm. Shatema Threadcraft, PhD

“The Mundane in a Spectacular Era: #meto and #blacklivesmatter”

Shatema Threadcraft is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth. Her presentation will discuss the potential lessons the #metoo movement may hold for organizing around the gender-based violence concerns of black women. Contemporary black politics has focused on the politics of spectacular death – black men killed by police on tape. Many black women are murdered; however, they tend to be murdered in private. A black man is killed by a policeman or similar agent every 28 hours, but every 21 hours a black woman is killed by an intimate partner. A movement that has brought to light the overwhelming numbers of anonymous women who are victims of sexual harassment and violence that were once private demonstrates how the private, mundane might be made into a powerful and mobilizing spectacle when conditions are right.


Friday March 29. Mari Matsuda, JD

Mari Matsuda is an American lawyer, activist, and law professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Prior to her return to Hawaii in 2008, Matsuda was a professor at the UCLA School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in the fields of torts, constitutional law, legal history, feminist theory, critical race theory, and civil rights law.


Friday April 5. Kevin Tomita, PhD

Kevin Tomita is a Staff Therapist and Coordinator of Practicum Training at the UH Mānoa Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC). His professional interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, harm reduction models of treatment, and strengths-based approaches to treatment through a multi-cultural lens. Kevin works well with clients in the LGBTQ community; clients with diverse ethnic identities; and clients who are experiencing or have experienced depression, anxiety, intense relationships, trauma, and/or substance use concerns.


Friday, April 26. Marina Karides, PhD

Marina Karides is Chair and Professor of Sociology at The University of Hawaii Hilo. Her research interests include island societies and economic development; post-colonialism; race, class, gender, and sexualities; and global justice movements. Marina’s talk will focus on her current National Science Foundation (NSF) project on diversity at community colleges.


Friday, May 3. Women’s Studies Capstone Presentations

Tentative presenters: Hannah Liebreich, Crystal Kwock, Tsolmontuya Altankhundaga, Libby Ryan-Kern, and Kahala Johnson.