The University of Guam’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences hosted the 41st Annual Research Conference on campus today. This year, the conference theme was “Building Strength & Sovereignty in the Pacific” and the conference brought in over 48 scholar presenters.
The theme of the conference is meant to generate insightful conversations and novel ideas as well as provide a forum for intellectual engagement and discussions on the strength, well-being, and independent rights of the Pacific nations.
Keynote speaker, Kirill Thompson, from the National Taiwan University, spoke and shared his ideas about climate change. Thompson highlighted the four main impacts felt here on Guam.
“Sea-level rise, higher temperatures, reduced rainfall and ocean acidification … local species are being adversely impacted by these which influences the quality of human life as measured in cultural and spiritual values and income from fishing and tourism,” Thompson said.
Other conference topics included social interactions and mindfulness, discoveries and rediscoveries, humanities, community, indigenous identity in art and science, education, and tourism as well as issues of gender and women’s empowerment.