NHC 19: Announcing the 2019 Capps Lecturers

September 10, 2019

Announcing the 2019 National Humanities Conference Capps Lecturers
Hawaiian Historian Dr. Jonathan Osorio and Three-Time National Poetry Champion Dr. Jamaica Osorio to Present the 2019 Capps Lecture

September 9, 2019– The Federation of State Humanities Councils is pleased to announce that this year’s Capps Lecture will feature Dr. Jonathan Osorio, Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and Dr. Jamaica Osorio, Kanaka Maoli wahine poet, activist, and scholar. According to the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies website, Dr. Jonathan Osorio received his PhD in History from the University of Hawaiʻi. At Kamakakūokalani, he has developed and taught classes in history, literature, law as culture, music as historical texts, and research methodologies for and from indigenous peoples. His recent publications include The Value of Hawaiʻi: Knowing the Past and Shaping the Future, which he co-edited and authored, and Dismembering Lāhui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887. He is also a composer and singer and has been a Hawaiian music recording artist since 1975.

Dr. Jamaica Osorio was born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. She earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) with the completion of her dissertation entitled: “(Re)membering ʻUpena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer Theory.” Currently, she is an assistant professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Ms. Osorio is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor, and a published author. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA) and New York University (MA). Ms. Osorio recently released the video poem entitled, “Hawai‘i Pono‘ī: This is How We Rise,” which is a litany of Hawaiian history, galvanized for the present social political cultural conflict over Mauna Kea.

“We are proud to feature two scholars as distinguished as Dr. Jonathan Osorio and Dr. Jamaica Osorio to deliver this year’s Capps Lecture,” said Esther Mackintosh, president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. “The Osorios are deeply rooted in the history and culture of Hawai‘i, and they exemplify the spirit of the Capps Lecture, which was established to highlight the values that Walter Capps represented, especially the creation of meaning through the exchange of stories and the desire to include all voices.”

The Capps Lecture will take place Friday, November 8, in conjunction with the 2019 National Humanities Conference in Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

About the Capps Lecture

The Walter H. Capps Memorial Lecture was established by the Federation Board of Directors in 1999 to honor the memory of Congressman Walter H. Capps – teacher, writer, public servant, and humanist. A member of the California state humanities council for six years, and its chair for three, Congressman Capps was also the Federation board chair from 1983 to 1985.

About the National Humanities Conference

Established in 1978 by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the National Humanities Conference was originally designed as a resource to bring together the nationwide network of the 56 state and U.S. territorial humanities councils and those interested in advancing the work of the public humanities in everyday American life. In 2015, the Federation and the National Humanities Alliance partnered to make the National Humanities Conference available to both public and academic humanities practitioners to address local and national challenges through the lens of the humanities and to spark innovative collaborations, conversations, and research while broadening the impact and relevance of the humanities in everyday American life.

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