KPRG - Podcast Interview Ep. 217 “Call for the Third Marianas History Conference” - 03/2015
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MARCH 29, 2015 @ 4:47 PM
Ep. 217 “Call for the Third Marianas History Conference” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with producer Alan Grossman) was recorded 3/20/15 and airs 3/27/15.
This episode features an interview with Don Farrell, Shannon Murphy and Rosanna Perez Barcinas, three members of the planning committee for the 3rd Marianas History Conference “One Archipelego, Many Stories: Milestones in Marianas History” to be held in Saipan, CNMI, September 4-6, 2015. This conference is co-organized by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, Guampedia, Guam Preservation Trust, and the University of Guam.
Don Farrell, a long-time resident of Tinian, is a member of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and an historian, teacher and author of nine books on the history of the Marianas. Shannon Murphy, a former journalist with more than 35 years experience in Guam and the region, is managing editor of Guampedia, an online resource which highlights the unique Chamorro heritage and the history of Guam and the Mariana Islands. Rosanna Perez Barcinas was the senior program officer for the Guam Preservation Trust for 18 years, until 2013. In 2011, the Guam Preservation Trust, together with the National Preservation Trust and We Are Guahan, filed a successful lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Navy arguing that the DON did not comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) by not considering all potential sites for the Live Fire Training Range Complex when it selected Pågat as the preferred alternative.
In the first half, they talk about the genesis of the Marianas History Conference, the significance of this gathering of scholars, activists, cultural preservationists, policy makers, students and the general public, and the overarching theme for the third conference.
Over the next few months, several Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) on plans for increased military activities in the Marianas will be released. Next week, we anticipate the release of the U.S. Pacific Commands’s CNMI Joint Military Training EIS, which will lay out the plans for live fire and other training in Tinian and Pagan. This will be followed by the release of the U.S. Navy’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) on the U.S. Marine Relocation to Guam and the CNMI. A revised record of decision on this is expected in late June 2015. Around that time, the release of the US Air Force CNMI Divert Activities EIS is expected.
In the second half, these guests discuss their concerns related to these inter-related plans for increased military activity, the importance of overcoming the historical and political divide between Guam and the Northern Marianas in response to these plans, and lessons from Marianas history.
Music selection: “Homeland” from the album Breathless, by Kenny G.
Guampedia has handled the conference’s organization since its inception - pre-registration, accepting presentation applications, pre-conference publicity, as well as helping run the conference and then e-publishing the conference papers and posters after the conference. These are available at Guampedia.com for reading online or downloading. Organizers are calling for abstracts for presentation to be submitted by April 30, 2015 to: https://guampedia.wufoo.com/forms/marianas-history-conference-iii/
For selected Beyond the Fence coverage of the 2nd Marianas History Conference, download: Ep. 162 (9/16/13) “Historicizing Chamorro Resistance, Subversion and Activism” and Ep. 163 (9/13/13) “Political Futures for the Marianas.”
Ep. 212 “Body of War” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with production assistance of Alan Grossman) was recorded 1/28/15 at the Agana Shopping Center and airs 2/6/15.
This episode provides coverage of the January 28, 2015 film screening and discussion event presented by the Guam Humanities Council (GHC) in partnership with the local non-profit organization, the Iraq-Afghanistan-Persian Gulf Veterans of the Pacific (IAPGVP). This event is part of the GHC continuing exhibit entitled “Sindålu: Chamorro Journeys in the U.S. Military that explores the many significant and often unrecognized journeys of Chamorro men and women who currently or have served in the U.S. military.
In the first half, we present excerpts from the award winning film documentary “Body of War: The True Story of an Anti-War Hero” (1 hour, 28 minutes) that examines the face of war through 25 year old Tomas Young who was paralyzed from a bullet to his spine after serving in Iraq for less than a week. He later became active with Iraq Veterans Against War, delivering powerful speeches to an anti-war community eager to hear from veterans. Directed by Phil Donohue and Ellen Spiro the film parallels congressional speeches and a tally of of pro-war votes in the U.S. Senate with intimate footage of Tomas as he navigates the physical and emotional impacts of his injury. Young passed away in November 2014. The excerpts presented here focus on Tomas’ narrative and that of his mother, Cathy Young, who also became politically active through her participation in Gold Star Mothers for Peace.
This film screening is followed by brief comments from three panelists, all local veterans: Dr. Tricia Lizama, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Guam who served six years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves then worked from 2009-2011 for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a team leader/social worker; Rodney Cruz, a combat disabled veteran who served three tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Global War on Terrorism, and Operation Enduring Freedom and is also founder of IAPGVP; and Alwin Rafael, an advocate who works for the Guam Vet Center and conducts outreach to veterans in the region. This event concluded with an open discussion facilitated by Monaeka Flores, GHC Coordinator of Marketing and Programs, excerpts of which are included here.
For more information about other GHC programs and exhibits, go to http://www.guamhumanitiescouncil.org/ For previous Beyond the Fence episodes related to this GHC exhibit, download Ep. 194 (7/8/14) “Sindålu: Chamorro Journeys in the U.S . Military” and Ep. 205 (10/25/14) “Honoring Filipino Veterans”.
This episode includes original songs by Eddie Vedder from the film ‘Body of War” .