Faculty News and Achievements



Diane Koenker: 2014 Association for Women in Slavic Studies Outstanding Achievement Award

Diane Koenker

Diane Koenker

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014. Outstanding Achievement Award is Diane Koenker, Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She was the director of the Russian and East European Cetner at the University of Illinois from 1990 to 1996, and served as the editor of Slavic Review from 1996 to 2006. Last year, she served as president of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies after having served this organization in many other rolls. A distinguished scholar, valued mentor, collaborative colleague, and advocate for gender research and women’s place in academia, Dr. Koenker embodies the scholarly and collegial values espoused by the AWSS. Please see the original announcement here: http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1109799035295-84/07+Outsandingacheivejump.pdf


Francis Boyle: Restoring the Kindom of Hawaii: The Kanaka Maoli Route to Independence

Restoring the Kindom of Hawaii: The Kanaka Maoli Route to Independence, by Francis Boyle

In 1993, the United States Congress enacted a solemn Apology  for the United States invasion of Hawaii, admitting one hundred years later that “the indigenous Hawaiian people never directly relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States.”  It thereby admitted the illegality of its incorporation of Hawaii into America as its 50th state, opening the door for Hawaiian Independence and the restoration of the Kingdom of Hawaii.  This book chronicles the legal battle waged toward that end by international law expert Francis A. Boyle on behalf of his Kanaka Maoli clients and friends that spans almost two and a half decades.  As of this publication, that struggle has reached a decisive turning point which, if pursued following Boyle’s strategy, will lead on to the victory of restoring the 1893 Kingdom of Hawaii by the Kanaka Maoli.

This book serves as a guide for the pursuit of self-determination by occupied nations and indigenous peoples who can no longer claim numerical majorities over the whole of their native lands.  It incorporates insights derived from legal work Boyle has done for Palestine, Lithuania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Puerto Rico, Ireland and elsewhere around the world.

Francis Boyle outlines what the Kanaka Maoli have done and must do to restore their state’s independence, de facto and de jure. He details the arduous process of self-organization by disempowered peoples necessary to replicate the  sovereign  status  of governments and states in today’s world, from setting up governing structures and an economic system, to the sophisticated process of embarking on establishing relationships with and gaining recognition by states.



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