"In God's Name: Suppressing Hawaiian Religion," a lecture on April 16

The Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities would like to invite you to a lecture by Chico State Emeritus faculty member, Prof. George M. Williams, next Tuesday, April 16th at 7 pm in OCNL 254.  

Prof. Williams' lecture, entitled "In God's Name: Suppressing Hawaiian Religion," will focus on the new and unpublished public emergence of indigenous Hawaiian religion.  The Hawaiian religion was said to have ceased to exist by decree of the king in 1819.  Hawaiian traditions nevertheless continued to exist in secret, hiding from persecution and ridicule.  Prof. Williams, part of a movement that works to focus international attention on the injustices suffered by indigenous peoples conquered or occupied by the USA--Hawaiian, Native American, and Alaskan, is now documenting the emergence of the Kanenuiakea faith last year as an ohana historian and archivist.  His presentation will include clips of Hawaiian ceremonies and site visits gathered over the course of the last five years.

Emeritus Professor George M. Williams joined the Department of Religious Studies at California State University, Chico, in the fall of 1972. His major interest for the past three decades has been in religions that liberate and in liberal religion.   Williams has worked with Native Hawaiians and has been "hanaied" (adopted). He is president of a foundation, Koa Ike, serving Hawaiians and is an activist in Hawai'i for human and religious rights for its indigenous community. 

For more information, contact the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at 530-898-5661 or visit us in TRNT 239. This event is brought to you by the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities.

All participants are welcome. If you need disability related accommodations please call 898-5661.