Coming up this next week:
“Polynesian Pipelines: Culture, Community, and Sport”
On Monday, April 11
6:30-7:30pm in the MPR
“As Samoans and other Pacific Islanders have continued their entry into the high profile world of American football, many within and outside of these communities have commented on what they see as Polynesian dominance in the sport. In this process, sport has become a new site for community recognition, and a focal point for resilient cultural practice. Drawing on her research on the development of American football in Samoa, as well as her years living and teaching in Hawai’i, Dr.Uperesa will discuss how sport has served as a focal point for community agendas, desires, and connection across the Pacific even as the stakes and pressures involved continue to rise.