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Meet the Geniuses

UH’s Outreach College brings some of Hawaii’s brightest thinkers on stage.


Photo: David Croxford

Nothing makes us happier than to see a HONOLULU Magazine article take on a new life outside of our pages, so we were thrilled when the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Outreach College approached us about the February feature story, “Our Geniuses.” The college wanted to invite some of the geniuses we profiled, plus some others we didn’t get to, for its distinguished Sakamaki Extraordinary Lectures.

The lectures are free and open to the public, so this is your chance to listen to, and ask questions of, such local geniuses as:

  •  Education experts Ann Shea Bayer, Maenette Ah Nee-Benham and Robyn McMullin, speaking on the nature of giftedness in children (June 2).
  •  Astrophysicist Peter Gorham, hosting a screening of the film Encounters at the End of the World, on the search for subatomic particles at the South Pole (June 9).
  • Video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers, on everything from game development to ending our dependence on fossil fuels (July 7).
  • Social networking innovator Olin Lagon, on Hawaii-based developments in social media (July 21).
  •  A talk on the special connection between dogs and humans, including canine sign language and the ability of some dogs to detect diseases in humans, by a panel including Maureen “Mo” Maurer, Cate Dorr, Dr. Wendi Hirsch and Brian Kajiyama, all with varied, relevant backgrounds (July 28).

“What came through so clearly in the magazine’s profiles of our ‘geniuses’ is their endless curiosity and passionate pursuit of knowledge,” says Phyllis Look, community relations specialist with the Outreach College. “That aligns well with the Outreach College’s mission to provide avenues for lifelong learning.  We hope that by meeting some of these extraordinary individuals, hearing about their lives and their work, our audiences will be re-inspired to discover their own genius and love of learning.”

For locations and times, visit outreach.hawaii.edu/summer or call 956-2729.     



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