Reimagining Guåhan

Humanities Guahan is excited to provide more opportunities for the public to engage in our Community Conversations program in Spring 2022.

Our latest project, Reimagining Guåhan: Social Justice through a Humanities Lens, aims to civically engage with our richly diverse community about the meaning of equality and democracy by exploring a range of important social justice issues to reimagine a Guåhan that is more just, inclusive, and sustainable. 

Reimagining Guåhan conversations will follow the civic reflection model and explore important issues for our island community, including migration and belonging, cultural resilience and identity, decolonization and self-determination, environmental sustainability in the face of climate change, LGBTQ experiences, and increased militarization. Through the project we will illuminate how humanities perspectives are a  powerful way to address important issues that impact our island community. 

At Humanities Guåhan, we believe that meaningful engagement and discussion with community members whose voices are often not heard or represented will bring to light valuable experiences and perspectives that can empower positive change. With Reimagining Guåhan, the experiences of Pacific Islanders are privileged through poetry, essays, chants, personal narratives, film, and other forms of creative expression, and in humanities-based conversations in order to address their historical underrepresentation nationally and globally. 

Beginning February 2022 and throughout the year, Humanities Guåhan will host up to 20 series of facilitated conversations and invite island residents from diverse backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, age, occupation, educational level, and gender identity or sexual orientation to participate. Additionally, larger conversation events featuring scholars, cultural experts and artists will be presented in the summer and fall of 2022.

We are currently recruiting a new cohort of facilitators to be trained in the civic reflection model by two master trainers from Oregon Humanities in late January 2022. These newly trained facilitators will expand our Community Conversations program by establishing new partnerships and building capacity in our community. If you would like to join this new cohort, you can find our application here.

According to Executive Director Kimberlee Kihleng, “Reimagining Guahan is an important opportunity for Humanities Guåhan to engage with island residents on timely social justice issues that affect our community through humanities-based conversations led by trained facilitators. We look forward to launching the project and are thankful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for making the funding possible.”

Stay tuned for more details on the facilitator training workshop and community conversation events in 2022 by signing up for our mailing list here!

For more Information:

Reimagning Guahan: Social Justice Through a Humanities Lens Press Release