Wednesday Evening Seminar

The Wednesday Evening Seminar (WES) is a weekly gathering of Center participants in their first fall and spring semester. WES brings together fellows from diverse academic disciplines, geographic areas, life experiences, and East-West Center programs to learn and dialogue on issues of common concern that impact the U.S. and Asia Pacific region. Read more...


Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center
Keoni Auditorium

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

WES blog:

Syllabus - Positionality: Approaching the Asia Pacific through Intercultural Perspectives

January 25 - The Role of Language in Creative Storytelling

February 1 - Finding Our Way:  Navigation and Technology

February 8 - Global Aspirations & Transformational Strategies:  Need for New Change Agents

February 22 - Kanikapila:  Building the Hawaiian Music and Dance Community

March 1 - Cosmology and Skywatching

March 8 - Power of Images

March 15 - Art of Strength

April 5- The Federated States of Micronesia: A Different Historiography for “a handful of chickpeas flung over the sea”

April 12- Urbanization and the Role of Cities in Asia: Governance Challenges and Innovations


2016 Fall - Our Asia Pacific Neighborhood

2016 Spring - PERFORMANCE OF CULTURE: International Perspectives on Personal and Community Identity

2015 Fall - Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke (Learn by doing) to Build Expertise in a Borderless World

2015 Spring - Cultivating Regional Literacy in the Asia-Pacific Region

2014 Fall - The Art of Regional Literacy: Connecting Kīpuka in the Asia-Pacific Region

2014 Spring - Defrosting The Imagination: Innovation, Passion, and Creative Thinking in Oceania, Asia and the United States

2013 Fall - The Anatomy of Identity: Identifying the Roots of Identity in Oceania and Asia

2013 Spring - Bridges and Barriers: Overcoming Obstacles to Change in the Asia-Pacific Region

2012 Fall - Catalysts for Change

2012 Spring - Disasters in the United States and Asia Pacific: Preparation, Response and Critique

2011 Fall - Toward a Regional Literacy of Contemporary Asia-Pacific and the United States

2011 Spring - Movements of People, Nations, and Ideas in the Asia Pacific

2010 Fall - Perspectives on Social Justice in Asia Pacific Communities

2010 Spring - Cultural Foundations and Contemporary Expressions in the Asia-Pacific

2009 Fall - Current Challenges and Empowering Voices in the United States, Asia and the Pacific

2009 Spring - Toward a Regional Literacy of the Asia-Pacific and the United States

2008 Fall - The Politics of Globalization and Social Networks in the Asia-Pacific

2008 Spring - Emerging Issues in the Asia and the Pacific

2007 Fall - Sustainability: Behind the Veneer of the Rhetoric

2007 Spring - Creating Futures for Asia and the Pacific: Choices and Behaviors

2006 Fall - Empowering People for the Future of Asia and the Pacific