The Coordinator of the Pacific Outreach Programme for Polynesia at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture & Pacific Studies (based at Alafua campus) under the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education- USP, Seuli Tuilagi Allan Alo has been invited by the Samoan Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take on the role of Artistic Director for the official SIDS Opening Ceremony which will be held on 31st August 2014. Since May 2014 when Mr. Alo received the invitation, he has worked tirelessly to conceptualise the Edu-tainment approach of the cultural performance, congregate 700 primary and vocational school students for rehearsals and coordinate with other government ministries and company sponsors in consolidating logistics.
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From August 25th to the 29th, Dr. Frank Thomas (Pacific Studies) attended the Samoa Conference III at the National University of Samoa in Apia. The conference theme, ‘Opportunities and Challenges for a Sustainable Cultural and Natural Environment”, brought together academics, research students, and artists from the region and beyond. Dr. Thomas presented at the ‘Archaeology & Cultural Heritage’ session on his ongoing research in Kiribati pertaining to environment and society interaction from first settlement to European contact. He read a paper, co-written with Dr. Mark Horrocks of Microfossil Research Ltd in Auckland, New Zealand, entitled ‘Sustainability Archaeology and Landscape Transformation in Eastern Micronesia: Kiribati Case Study.