On philosophy, Hawaiian studies and outstanding faculty

Philosophy instructor Chris Tennberg will be offering a new course next semester titled “Film and Philosophy.” It will meet on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8:50. Students will watch a selection of movies and analyze them from the standpoint of the various philosophical ideas that will be explored in class. Primary attention will be devoted to identifying, considering and evaluating these philosophical ideas; the ways they are presented artistically in film; and their connections to both traditional philosophical problems and each student’s personal world and life view. One overriding theme of the course will be a focus on the philosophy of human nature and the human condition. For more information, contact Chris Tennberg at 245-8206.

Kauai Community College, with sponsorship from the Makaloa Council, will be hosting a series of lectures and workshops during the month of November. All events will be held at the Sen. Daniel Inouye Technology Center Auditorium from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. 

On Monday, Lufi A. Luteru will discuss “He Kiko Maoli No.” Lufi will offer a glimpse into this sacred, traditional practice from a kanaka maoli perspective. Luteru is a lecturer at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and Windward Community College where she teaches Hawaiian studies.

On Nov. 24, Dr. Jonathan Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio, Hawaiian Studies professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will discuss La Ku‘ oko‘a, a holiday instituted during the reign of King Kamehameha III that celebrated the British and French governments’ formal recognition of Hawaii’s sovereignty. The discussion will look at the historical background of La Ku‘ oko‘a and why it was declared a national holiday for almost 50 years.

For more information on the above events, contact Pua Rossi at 245-8295.

Focus on Faculty

Stephen Taylor (Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 2006) coordinates the Marine Option Program at Kauai Community College. He teaches physical sciences, including astronomy, geology, oceanography and physics. In the spring 2015 semester, he will teach OCN 120, a course focused on the science of climate change where students will acquire tools to understand and evaluate the impacts of potential solutions. Taylor is also working with scientists, students and community volunteers to monitor and understand beach erosion issues on Kauai’s Westside. Taylor received the UH Regents’ Medal for excellence in teaching in 2011. He likes to spend his free time with his family.

Greg Shepherd is a music Professor at KCC. He can be reached at 245-8269.


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