LEWISTON — Lucy Coombs, chairwoman of the Humanities Department at Central Maine Community College, has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend a teacher workshop at the University of Hawaii.

The program will be held Sunday through Friday, Aug. 1 to 6, and is titled “History and Commemoration—Legacies of the Pacific War.” The workshop is a collaboration among the East-West Center (Asian Studies Development Program at the University of Hawaii), the National Park Service and the Arizona Memorial Museum Association.

The program will offer a mix of lectures and discussion, opportunities for individual research and visits to Pacific War sites in the greater Honolulu area, including Pearl Harbor. Presentations by scholars known for their work on the history and memory of the Pacific War will focus on a range of key places and events that continue to be points of interest and controversy in interpreting the significance of the Pacific War.

Classroom sessions will be complemented with site visits and opportunities to explore available resources in the library and archive collections of the University of Hawaii and the newly designated Valor in the Pacific World War II National Monument.

The workshop is part of the National Endowment’s American History and Culture program. The goal is to provide community college instructors with opportunities for research and curriculum development utilizing the resources of historic sites. Through a competitive process, the NEH awarded grants to only 25 community college faculty members in the U.S. and 12 to international faculty.


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