Seminar: Cultural Dilemmas in Development


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Brown Bag Presentation by Father Francis X. Hezel, SJ

When: Jul 15 2013 - 12:00pm until Jul 15 2013 - 1:30pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012 (3rd floor)

Cultural Dilemmas in Development

Father Francis X. Hezel, SJ
Former Director of Micronesian Seminar

Modernization and what is called “development” nearly always entails a clash in the worldview and values of Pacific Islanders and Westerners. This clash is not just an anthropological curiosity, something that can be shrugged off as interesting but unessential, but it touches those critical areas in which island society is encouraged to modernize—to get with the program.

In this presentation we will consider four general areas in which this clash touches on key elements of modernization, including economic development and good governance:

  • Economic Development (Land)
  • Family Finances (Savings)
  • What’s Fair (Equity and Equality)
  • Seeking and Speaking the Truth (Information)

In the course of the presentation on each area, we will be invited to an open discussion of the cultural dilemma and how it is being resolved today in Pacific Islands.

Father Fran Hezel, whose seminal books include The First Taint of Civilization, Strangers in their Own Land, and The New Shape of Old Island Cultures, has lived and worked in Micronesia since 1963—first at Chuuk’s influential Xavier High School and then as founder and Director of the church–sponsored research institution the Micronesian Seminar (MicSem) in Pohnpei. Fr. Hezel serves the Catholic Church in Guam and continues to write profusely and blogs about regional issues on a regular basis ( His latest book, Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture, was published by the University of Hawai‘i Press earlier this year.

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Name: PIDP
Phone: 808-944-7778