Feb 24, 2009

UH Ilokano Program hosts 2009 Nakem Conference

By Fil-Am Observer Staff
February Issue, Front Page

HONOLULU—In keeping with Fil-Am Observer’s commitment to cultural Pluralism and diversity—and in the recognition of the need of national and international conversation on these issues—this newspaper is sponsoring the holding of the 4th International Nakem Conference.

The 4th Nakem Conference, to be attended by participants from all over including scholars, academics, researchers, cultural workers, and creative writers from the Philippines, the United States Mainland, and other places, will be hosted by the Ilokano Language and Literature Program pf the University of Hawai’I at Manoa and will be held from November 11- 14 this year at the University’s Manoa campus.

The Nakem Conferences is an international alliance of advocates of Ilokano and Amianan cultures, with a country chapter in the Philippines, and Nakem Conferences Philippines International. To date, the alliance has put together three international conferences since 2006, at the closing of centennial of the coming of Filipinos in Hawai’i.

For this year, the discussion will center on the theme of “Sharing and Understanding Ethnolingustic Wolrds Towards Cultural Pluralism.”

The conference is convened by Dr. Aurelio Solver Aurelio, program coordinator of Ilokano at UH Manoa and president of Nakem Conferences: Dr. Raymund Llanes Liongson, program coordinator of Philippine Studies at UH-Leeward Community College; Dr. Lilia Quindoza Santiago, co-academic adiviser of UH Ilokano Program; Dr. Alegria Tan Visaya, president of Nakem Conferences Philippines International and professor of Mariano Marcos State University; and Dr. Bonifacio Ramos, director of NCPI and professor of St. Mary’s University.

For more information on the Nakem Conference, call the UH Ilokano Program at 808-956-8405 or email the secretariat at nakemconferences@yahoo.com.***

[Posted by Rudy Ram. Rumbaoa/2.25.09]

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