The Davies Forum at the University of San Francisco is a challenging intellectual program that focuses on values in public life.The continuing theme of the Davies Forum "The Search for values in Contemporary America," promises a refreshing examination of the turbulent state of American Society in the Last half of the 20th century and the present.
"Pondering Paradise: Contemporary Issues Through a Pacific Lens"
This Spring, the Davies Forum topic will be: "Pondering Paradise:
Contemporary Issues Through a Pacific Lens" This forum will be
co-taught by Professor Evelyn
Ho of the Department
of Communication Studies and Professor
Evelyn Rodriguez of the Department of Sociology.
A region rarely studied
in US curricula, the 22 island countries and territories that make up the
Pacific (or “Oceania”) comprise at least 7,500 islands, cover over 30% of the
world’s surface, and represent an enormous diversity in physical geography and
culture, social-political organization, and languages (over a quarter of the
world's languages are spoken here). The United States has been notably
involved in this region since the first US missionaries, whalers, and merchants
began arriving in Hawai’i during the early 19th century.
As a result, today, the US administers one state (Hawai’i), two unincorporated
territories (Guam and American Sāmoa), and four United Nations Trust Territories
(the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Pālau, and the Marianas) in
Oceania. Davies Fellows will deeply and critically study the Pacific to
investigate new perspectives on US history, and the morality and ethics of
America’s past, present, and future choices around pressing contemporary issues
like globalization, war, development, migration, and their various outcomes.
Throughout the Spring various guests will visit the
University of San Francisco to share their views on these issues. For more
information about these events, please see our Events page.