|Instructional and Research Facilities
Center for Arts & Humanities
The Center for Arts and Humanities supports scholarly and artistic activities of the College of Arts and Humanities and promotes interaction with other organizations and institutions within and outside the University. It assists with student awards, faculty fellowships, grant research and preparation, and interdisciplinary seminars, workshops, and festivals.
Center for Biographical Research
The Center for Biographical Research (CBR) is dedicated to the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of lifewriting. CBR programs include teaching, publication, and outreach activities.
In conjunction with the Department of English, CBR offers thesis advising for PhD and MA projects. The Department of English also offers a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in lifewriting. A BA program in biography is offered through the Liberal Studies Program, and the Biography Prize is offered annually for the best work on any aspect of lifewriting by a PhD candidate at the University of Hawai'i.
CBR publishes Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, the premier scholarly journal in the field. Appearing continuously since 1978, Biography explores the theoretical, historical, generic, and cultural dimensions of lifewriting. CBR also sponsors the Biography Monograph series, designed to further the study and practice of lifewriting in all its forms.
CBR maintains a library and resource collection and has hosted, since 1988, the public lecture series Brown Bag Biography, part of the center's commitment to supporting and publicizing contributions to lifewriting. The center also hosts email@example.com, the listserv and discussion forum for the International Auto/Biography Association.
Language Telecommunications, Resource, and Learning Center
The Language Telecommunications, Resource, and Learning Center-located on the first and second floors of Moore Hall-features a 42 station language laboratory, two class labs with capabilities for showing slides and video including PAL and SECAM, and three language media classrooms with direct Ethernet connections to the Internet. The center has an extensive tape collection with entries in more than 40 languages. The facilities include a professional recording studio complex, a broadcast-standard video studio, and a satellite station consisting of a C and Ku-band tracking dish and a Ku-band broadcast facility. Via satellite the center receives daily programming in some 28 languages on the International Channel. Programming is available to students, faculty, and staff members in a designated viewing room. The center's Multimedia Computer Labs include a Macintosh lab with networked Power Macs and a PC lab with networked Windows 95 Pentium computers. Both labs are equipped with a printer, scanner, and LCD projection system. The computers feature a direct Ethernet connection to the Internet and a host of software for multimedia language use and learning in a wide variety of languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other non-Roman script languages. The computer labs are available for drop-in use by students, for class sessions and for training workshops for faculty and staff. A separate Faculty Development Lab is available for faculty and staff for materials development and software design. In addition, the center provides a variety of audiovisual equipment and resources for the classroom. The service scope of the center extends beyond the University to include the state, the continental United States, and the international community.
Manoa Writing Program
The Manoa Writing Program was created by the UH Board of Regents in 1987 to handle all aspects of the written communication General Education Core requirements. Its efforts are guided by a board of nine professors, each from a different department. The faculty board reviews requests to designate classes as "writing-intensive," offers faculty workshops on teaching with writing, and surveys students in writing-intensive classes. The program publishes material on teaching with writing. It also administers the Manoa Writing Placement Examination, a full-day placement test given to all incoming students who have not met the University's entry-level writing course requirement. The program's ultimate goal is to help ensure that all Manoa graduates are ready to meet
the different writing tasks that society and their professions will present to them.
Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center
The Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center was established in 1988 with the broad mission of improving language instruction in the College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature and facilitating cooperative efforts among departments. The center coordinates professional development programs; provides curriculum and materials development services to departments; supports faculty research and development projects, especially in obtaining grants and contracts; and conducts outreach activities to support Hawai'i's language-teaching community.
National Foreign Language Resource Center
Under the Language Resource Centers program, the U.S. Department of Education awards grants to a small number of institutions of higher education for the purpose of establishing, strengthening, and operating centers that serve as resources to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively. In 1989, the University of Hawai'i was first granted funds to develop a National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC), one of three such centers at the time-the number since has grown to seven.
NFLRC engages in research and materials development projects, conducts summer institutes for language professionals, and makes available a wide variety of publications on center projects and programs. Drawing on the abundance of Asian and Pacific resources afforded by its locale, NFLRC focuses its efforts on the less commonly taught languages, particularly those of Asia and the Pacific, recognizing that competence in these languages is increasingly vital to the nation's future. The projects and educational programs that the center undertakes have broader implications for the teaching of all languages.