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by Kalamalama staff

HPU’s Common Book Program is an attempt to focus the experience of both incoming and returning students through shared reading and discussion. According to Common Book Committee Chair Phyllis Frus, this year’s program organizers scheduled a series of November events focusing on Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

A Nov. 7 panel discussion on the future of foods was followed up this week with a Nov. 13 Tenney Theatre presentation by novelist Ruth Ozeki and a Nov. 14 screening of her documentary film Halving the Bones, which Ozeki herself introduced as part of the Viewpoints series.

In announcing the Nov. 7 event, Frus said: “It promises to be very exciting, as we have invited a panel from across the political spectrum.” The “lineup” for the panel on agricultural biotechnology included: Kimberly Clark, owner, Just Add Water CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program); Paul Achitoff, attorney for Earthjustice; Fred Perlak, VP of Hawai‘i Crop Improvement Association; Alicia Maluafiti, executive director of HCIA; Meleana Judd, Hawai‘i SEED; Bryna Rose Storch, community coordinator, Kahea: the Hawaiian Environmental Alliance; Ken Kamiya, a papaya farmer representing the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau and president of the Hawai‘i Papaya Industry Association; Dr. Valerie Franck, HPU assistant professor of biology; and Catherine Unabia, HPU assistant professor of biology and moderator.


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