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March 29, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

Ep. 217 “Call for the Third Marianas History Conference”

Ep. 217 “Call for the Third Marianas History Conference” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with producer Alan Grossman) was recorded 3/20/15 and airs 3/27/15. 

This episode features an interview with Don Farrell, Shannon Murphy and Rosanna Perez Barcinas, three members of the planning committee for the 3rd Marianas History Conference “One Archipelego, Many Stories:  Milestones in Marianas History” to be held in Saipan, CNMI, September 4-6, 2015.  This conference is co-organized  by the Northern Marianas Humanities Council, Guampedia, Guam Preservation Trust, and the University of Guam.  

Don Farrell, a long-time resident of Tinian, is a member of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and an historian, teacher and author of nine books on the history of the Marianas. Shannon Murphy, a former journalist with more than 35 years experience in Guam and the region, is managing editor of Guampedia, an online resource which highlights the  unique Chamorro heritage and the history of Guam and the Mariana Islands.  Rosanna Perez Barcinas was the senior program officer for the Guam Preservation Trust for 18 years, until 2013.  In 2011, the Guam Preservation Trust, together with the National Preservation Trust and We Are Guahan, filed a successful lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Navy arguing that the DON did not comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) by not considering all potential sites for the Live Fire Training Range Complex when it selected Pågat as the preferred alternative.    

In the first half, they talk about the genesis of the Marianas History Conference, the significance of this gathering of scholars, activists, cultural preservationists, policy makers, students and the general public, and the overarching theme for the third conference. 

Over the next few months, several Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) on plans for increased military activities in the Marianas will be released. Next week, we anticipate the release of the U.S. Pacific Commands’s CNMI Joint Military Training EIS, which will lay out the plans for live fire and other training in Tinian and Pagan. This will be followed by the release of the U.S. Navy’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) on the U.S. Marine Relocation to Guam and the CNMI.  A  revised record of decision on this is expected in late June 2015.  Around that time, the release of the US Air Force CNMI Divert Activities EIS is expected. 

In the second half, these guests discuss their concerns related to these inter-related plans for increased military activity, the importance of overcoming the historical and political divide between Guam and the Northern Marianas in response to these plans, and lessons from Marianas history. 

Music selection:  “Homeland” from the album Breathless, by Kenny G. 

Guampedia has handled the conference’s organization since its inception - pre-registration, accepting presentation applications, pre-conference publicity, as well as helping run the conference and then e-publishing the conference papers and posters after the conference. These are available at Guampedia.com for reading online or downloading. Organizers are calling for abstracts for presentation to be submitted by April 30, 2015 to:  https://guampedia.wufoo.com/forms/marianas-history-conference-iii/

For selected Beyond the Fence coverage of the 2nd Marianas History Conference, download: Ep. 162 (9/16/13) “Historicizing Chamorro Resistance, Subversion and Activism” and Ep. 163 (9/13/13) “Political Futures for the Marianas.” 

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March 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

BTF EP 212 BODY OF WAR

Ep. 212 “Body of War” (hosted by Dr.  Vivian Dames with production assistance of Alan Grossman) was recorded 1/28/15 at the Agana Shopping Center and airs 2/6/15.  

This episode provides coverage of the January 28, 2015 film screening and discussion event presented by the Guam Humanities  Council (GHC) in partnership with the local non-profit  organization, the Iraq-Afghanistan-Persian Gulf Veterans of the Pacific (IAPGVP).  This event is part of the GHC continuing exhibit entitled “Sindålu: Chamorro Journeys in the U.S. Military that explores the many significant and often unrecognized journeys of Chamorro men and women who currently or have served in the U.S. military.  

In the first half, we present excerpts from the award winning film documentary “Body of War: The True Story of an Anti-War Hero” (1 hour, 28 minutes) that examines the face of war through 25 year old Tomas Young who was paralyzed from a bullet to his spine after serving in Iraq for less than a week.  He later became active with Iraq Veterans Against War, delivering powerful speeches to an anti-war community eager to hear from veterans. Directed by Phil Donohue and Ellen Spiro the film parallels congressional speeches and a tally of of pro-war votes in the U.S. Senate with intimate footage of Tomas as he navigates the physical and emotional impacts of his injury.  Young passed away in November 2014. The excerpts presented here focus on Tomas’ narrative and that of his mother, Cathy Young, who also became politically active through her participation in Gold Star Mothers for Peace.  

This film screening is followed by brief comments from three panelists, all local veterans: Dr. Tricia Lizama, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Guam who served six years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves then worked from 2009-2011 for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a team leader/social worker; Rodney Cruz, a combat disabled veteran who served three tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Global War on Terrorism, and Operation Enduring Freedom and is also founder of  IAPGVP; and Alwin Rafael, an advocate who works for the Guam Vet Center and conducts outreach to veterans in the region. This event concluded with an open discussion facilitated by Monaeka Flores, GHC Coordinator of Marketing and Programs, excerpts of which are included here.  

For more information about other GHC programs and exhibits, go to http://www.guamhumanitiescouncil.org/  For previous Beyond the Fence episodes related to this GHC exhibit, download Ep. 194 (7/8/14) “Sindålu:  Chamorro Journeys in the U.S . Military” and Ep. 205 (10/25/14) “Honoring Filipino Veterans”. 

This episode includes original songs by Eddie Vedder from the film ‘Body of War” . 

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March 12, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

BTF ep 215 “Unpacking Mililtary and Veteran Culture”

Ep. 215 “Unpacking Military and Veteran Culture” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with producer Alan Grossman) was recorded 3/6, 3/10/15 and airs 3/13/15.  

In recognition of National Social Work Month, we are pleased to feature interviews with three Guam social workers who talk about military and veteran culture and implications for social work practice.   

Program guest in the first half is Craig Burns, president-elect of the NASW-Guam Chapter and chair of the 2015 Social Work Regional Training Conference. Burns is a U.S. Army veteran (deployed to Afghanistan from 2004-2005) and adjunct faculty for the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work (SSW), University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he also obtained  his MSW degree. After several years of post-MSW experience in Oahu, he moved to Guam in 2012 to become a social worker with the Department of Veterans Affairs Home-Based Primary Care Team. In Spring 2014, Burns taught a graduate distance education seminar on Military and Veteran Culture for Social Work and Allied Health Professions. This was the first time that the UH SSW has offered such a course. 

In the second half, two Guam social workers who completed this seminar talk about their experience. Sarah Taitano and Tasi Faith Taitano are native daughters of the Marianas. Sarah is Palauan-Chamorro and grew up in Saipan and Guam. Tasi was born on Guam and raised in Rota. They graduated from the University of Guam BSW Program in 2013 then admitted to advance standing in the University of Hawaii-Manoa MSW program, which they completed in 2014.  Sarah completed a graduate practicum with Health Services of the Pacific-Home Care/Hospice Program and is now a Victims Advocate with VARO (Victim Advocates Reaching Out).  Tasi completed a graduate practicum at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Home Base Primary Care Program on Guam, under the supervision of Craig Burns, and is now a social worker at Health Services of the Pacific-Home Care/Hospice Program.   

Music Selection:  “Warrior Song Armed Forces Tribute”  


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March 7, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

Episode 214 “Remembering the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution”

Ep. 214 “Remembering the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution” (hosted by Dr. Vivian Dames with producer Alan Grossman) was recorded 2/24/15 at the University of Guam and airs 2/27/15. 

This episode features coverage of the panel discussion on the 29th Anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines entitled “EDSA in Retrospect” held at the University of Guam on February 24, 2015. This event was sponsored by the Philippine Consulate General in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts  & Social Sciences (CLASS) as part of the CLASS Colloquium series. 

This commemoration highlights the accounts of five Guam residents who were witnesses to this historic event that unfolded February 22-25 along EDSA, the main thoroughfare of Metro Manila, to topple the Marcos dictatorship in what is widely  acknowledged as the first bloodless people’s uprising. 

The panelists (in order of presentation) are:  Mar-Vic Cagurangan is managing editor and columnist for the Marianas Variety and Sunday Variety and a member of the‘Martial Law Babies Generation’ who talks about her political awakening to the meaning of democracy. Dr. Annette David (via pre-recorded video) is an internist, occupational and environmental medicine specialist, and partner, founder and head of the consulting service division of Health Partners,  LLC..  At that time she was a fourth year medical student at the University of the Philippines (UP) and her father was the Philippine Base Commander of Clark Air Force Base.  Consul Edgar Tomas Quilino Auxilian was also a graduate student at UP and active with the College of Public Administration Student Council. Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM, is the vice-principal of Santa Barbara Catholic School, vocation director and member of the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy on Guam.  At the time, she was a student in Interdisciplinary Studies and member of the Glee Club at Ateneo de Manila, a Jesuit university.  Dr. Donald Platt, professor of history at the University of Guam, recalls his experience while an undergraduate student at UP (where he earned his B.A. History) and his celebration of the revolution with contemporaries in 1986 while attending graduate school at the University of Toledo.  

This podcast includes the remarks of the master of ceremonies Consul Mark Francis C. Hamoy, the opening remarks of Consul General Marciano R. De Borja, and excerpts from the open discussion, not included in the original broadcast. This panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Vivian Dames. 

Music selection:  Mag Ka Isa (Tagalog, for ‘unite’) is one of several popular songs associated with the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution.  This version is performed by Virna Lisa.   


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March 3, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

BTF EP 213 5 Year Anniversary

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