What does it mean to teach Pacific Studies in the current moment? What are the pedagogies, both old and new, that Pacific Islander scholars, activists, teachers, and performers are drawing on to educate and foster knowledge relevant to Pacific Islander people? With a host of guests, we look forward to exploring these questions in a two-part event this spring.

The symposium is intended to support efforts to expand the course offerings associated with the newly launched undergraduate Certificate in Pacific Islands Studies and to contribute to the field of Pacific Studies by converting the panels into an iBook for the Teaching Oceania Series. The symposium is supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation and the University of Utah’s Global Learning Across the Disciplines.

The first event, a roundtable titled “To Search for Roots is to Discover Routes: Pacific Theories of Diaspora,” on March 18, seeks to set the stage by sharing some important approaches to theorizing indigeneity and diaspora among Pacific Islanders.


  • David Chang (University of Minnesota)
  • Vince Diaz (University of Minnesota)
  • Katerina Teaiwa (Australian National University)
  • Hokulani Aikau (University of Utah), moderator