Cold Desire in the Warm Tropics: Ice, Refreshment, and Hawaiian Body Politics

Poster: Presentation on February 21 by Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart about Hawaiian ice and refrigerationCold Desire in the Warm Tropics: Ice, Refreshment, and Hawaiian Body Politics
Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart, UT Austin – Anthropology

Monday, Feb 21: Open Talks 12-1pm, Grad Workshops 1-3pm.
In-person in ISR-Thompson 6050
Presentations will also be available online via Zoom

Nearly everything Hawaiʻi residents eat is imported, despite its history of agricultural abundance, and real estate development has encroached on arable farmlands such that a mere 11.6% of food is locally grown. Not only is Hawaiʻi dependent upon imported food, but the added energy costs built-in for maintaining perishables makes its groceries the most expensive in the United States. In this way, cold chain logics offer one way to trace the role that temperature plays in organizing bodies in within the tropics. Examining how freezing and refrigeration technologies function as a critical node of Hawaiʻi’s food system as a structure of settler colonialism, this talk considers what the promises and limits of thermal management might be for decolonial struggles over land and sovereignty. In doing so, Hiʻilei Julia Kawehipuaakahaopulani Hobart asks: how does ‘artificial’ ice and refrigeration constrain the conditions of possibility within movements that call for de-occupation, demilitarization, and the dismantling of the settler state? In what ways does it support activist and movement spaces? And, lastly, what place does refrigeration have within Indigenous futures that aim to move beyond capitalism, settler colonialism, and imperialism, when coldness has played such an infrastructural role in these political systems of oppression?

This is a part of the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) Winter 2022 Series – “Water Ways: New Social Science, Science Studies, and Environmental Approaches to Water”

This is also a part of the class Anthrcul 558 section 002

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Close is Never Close Enough – Arts in Color

Arts in Color, a student-run organization within the Department of Dance, is presenting “Close is Never Close Enough”. Focusing on themes of multiplicity and intersectional identities, this dance showcase is features choreography, performance, and production by University of Michigan Department of Dance students. The works seek to explore how our multidimensional, layered, and heavily nuanced experiences shape our identities, and consider the intersectional nature of social justice activism and dance/ movement/ performance.

Arts in Color’s mission is to cultivate an inclusive community within the Department of Dance through consistent dialogue and arts-based events surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion so that students can become agents of change, feel seen and supported, and explore the intersections of social justice activism and the arts.

No registration or tickets required.

The Struggle to Survive in Central America: A Portrait of Life from a Grassroots, Human Rights Perspective

This lecture will be live streamed.

This presentation will give an overview of the forces that impact the daily lives of Central Americans who are struggling to provide for their families in a context of poverty, violence, extractive industries and impunity. Especially highlighted will be the country of Honduras, whose residents continue to try to flee to the U.S. Border out of desperation.

Mary Anne Perrone is an educator, an activist and a spiritual guide. All her adult life she has been an activist for peace and justice. Her particular area of focus for over 30 years has been on human rights in Latin America. This work led their young family to live and work in Latin America in the late 1980’s (Bolivia) to accompany the poor there in a spirit of liberation. She has been working in the U.S. ever since to raise consciousness about our country’s role in human rights violations in Latin America and to work for substantive change in our foreign policy. In the last two decades, this work has taken her on multiple human rights delegations to several Latin American countries, connecting with and accompanying courageous people working in their own countries to defend those whose human rights are highly threatened.

This is the last of a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Central America: Coffee to Caravans. OLLI’s lecture series will start again in September of 2021. Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.

CANCELED-25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

The Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated artists in the country. Each year, faculty, staff and students from the University of Michigan travel to correctional facilities across Michigan and select work for the exhibition while providing feedback and critique that strengthens artist’s work and builds community around art making inside prisons.

March 18-April 1, 2020
Art sales begin: March 18, 6pm
Opening reception program: March 18, 7pm

Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday-Monday: 12pm-6pm
April 1, 2020: 10am-5pm

Healing Justice As Building Cultural Resilience

How to build community through active story sharing and movement

Our Healing Justice as Building Cultural Resistance workshop series is back! Last fall, SiD faculty member Diana Seales coordinated 5 workshops for students and community members to learn about, discuss, and practice healing justice. This time, the series is back with some updates and an additional workshop.

All workshops are free and open to the public and include a light dinner.

If you are coming from Ann Arbor as a registered student or someone who wants to drop in for one or more workshops, please email Craig Regester ( to confirm your transportation.