October is Humanities Month

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LIEUTENANT Gov. Arnold I. Palacios joined the Northern Marianas Humanities Council in signing a proclamation declaring October as Humanities Month in a virtual ceremony.

In line with the council’s mission to preserve indigenous languages, the proclamation was read in Carolinian and Chamorro by council board members Carol Peter-Hosono and Colin Jay Cruz.

 “Today, in our diverse community,” Palacios said, “we begin to look at [the] different histories of different customs of different people, and…embrace the commonalities and the uniqueness of cultures that have made the Commonwealth… culturally rich.”

He thanked and commended the Humanities Council “for making sure that these values that we call the human dimensions continue to be imparted on our community members, especially our younger generations.”

Humanities Council Executive Director Leo Pangelinan said there are several activities that people on-island and overseas can take part in this month.

Every Friday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., there will be one-hour webinar events featuring presenters who will cover a diverse range of topics.

This Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m., Hanna Jugo from the University of Guam will present on “Adaptive Strategies to Food Insecurity within the Chuukese Community of Guam.”

Then, at 5 p.m., Fu’una Sanz, also from UOG, will present on “I Tinilaikan Numiru gi Fino’ Chamoru: Changes in Chamorro Plurality.”

On Oct. 16 at 10 a.m., Thomas Manglona II will present on “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” followed by Vana Quichocho at 5 p.m. who will present on “Håyi Ham På’go: Understanding How Chamoru Identity and Acculturation Styles Affect the Psychological Well-Being of Third Generation World War II Chamoru People in Guam.”

Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios, bottom right, speaks on Monday following the virtual signing of a proclamation declaring October 2020 as Humanities Month in the CNMI. Contributed photo

Attorneys Joey P. San Nicholas and Kimberly King-Hinds will be presenting entirely in Chamorro on Oct. 23, 2020 at 10 a.m. on “Ti Un Chuli’ Hulu’ Gi Langhet,” which roughly translates into “You Can’t Take It to Heaven.”

Then, at 5 p.m., Kayle Tydingco will be presenting on “Tiningo’ Famalåo’an: Oral Histories and Non-fiction Stories of Chamorro Women.”

Registration for these webinars is free via

Visit the website for more information.

In addition, Pangelinan said the Humanities Council is partnering with the mayors of Rota and Tinian to host watch parties for the Rota and Tinian communities for these webinars.

Tinian will celebrate Humanities Week from Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23, courtesy of the Office of the Mayor of Tinian.

There will be presentations and demonstrations on Chamorro storytelling, traditional music, dances, medicine, healers, and food.

To learn more about Tinian Humanities Week 2020, visit the official Facebook page of the Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguigan.

Attorney Robert T. Torres chairs the Humanities Council board of directors.

Its members are vice chair Theresa Arriola; secretary/treasurer & program committee chair Tracy Guerrero; Polly Masga; nominations & bylaws committee chair Michael White; strategic planning & evaluation committee chair Dr. Lawrence Camacho; Press Secretary Kevin Bautista; development committee chair Ni Deleon Guerrero; Herman T. Guerrero; Carol Peter-Hosono; Allen Perez, representing the Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguigan; Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation public information officer Lee Tenorio; and Colin Jay Cruz.

Executive Director Pangelinan heads the staff which is comprised of newly appointed program officer Sophia Perez, fiscal officer Honora Tenorio, Motherread/Fatherread coordinator Beth Demapan, Motherread/Fatherread parent trainer Celina Foreman, “Your Humanities Half-Hour” coordinator Catherine Perry, and records specialist Tahani Mafnas.

“We are a small staff, but a large council. We work closely together to put out the programming,”  Pangelinan said.

The mission of the Humanities Council is “to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the humanities through support of educational programs that relate the humanities to the intellectual needs and interests of the people of the Commonwealth.”

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