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USP’s Organised Stori Kam Seminar Series, a Success in the Solomon Islands

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Audience during a Stori Kam seminar series at the Solomon Islands National Museum Auditorium, Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The University of the South Pacific Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) under the School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE) and the Solomon Islands Campus have successfully hosted the Stori Kam Seminar Series in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The Seminar has been a success attracting good numbers of academics, students and the general public at the Solomon Islands National Museum Auditorium since it was first introduced in March this year.

Stori Kamis a seminar series whereby local researchers, academics and artists can share information gathered from their various fields of research to students, other researchers and academics and the public in general. The Seminar encourages open dialogue between the storyteller and the listener to disseminate information.

The Stori Kam series is expected to continue with one episode every month till July. Two episodes have been hosted since it started. The seminar is held on the last Thursday of each month.

The topics selected are derived from various issues that are current and applicable in the Solomon Islands.

The presenter at the first seminar was Associate Professor and Director of Research and Post Graduate Studies at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), Dr David Gegeo. During his presentation, Professor Gegeo had discussed migration trends of Solomon Islanders more specifically on why Solomon Islanders prefer not to migrate to other countries as compared to other neighbouring Pacific Islanders.

The second presenter was Solomon Island’s USP Campus Director, Dr Billy Fito’o, who spoke on the importance of using the Wantok system as a framework for nation-building.

Dr Michael Ha’apio, a recipient of the 2020 Vice Chancellors Best Student Research Award presented on issues relating to Climate Change in Rural Solomon Islands in May.

Stori Kam has filled a gap whereby researchers and academics now have a platform to discuss their research and findings to University students and the general public.

Stori Kam is supported by the Solomon’s Department of Culture, under the Solomon Islands Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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