Micronesian Club with guest speaker Fr HezelThe Micronesian Club featured Father Francis X. Hezel, SJ as its guest speaker on March 12. Fr. Hezel is a Jesuit priest “who has lived and faithfully served the people of Micronesia since 1962,” wrote Walter Omalza, Chaminade student and head of the university’s Micronesian Club. “Fran, as he is affectionately called, is a faithful priest, stellar educator, prolific author, respectful historian, inspirational mentor and spiritual director to countless Micronesians,” said Omalza. ”  Fr. Hezel has spent more than 50 years in Micronesia and through education and community involvement helped shaped the future for several former US territories in the North Pacific.”

Fr Fran and Walter OmalzaFr. Hezel’s books include The First Taint of Civilization, Strangers in their Own Land, and The New Shape of Old Island Cultures. He has lived and worked in Micronesia since 1963—first at Chuuk’s influential Xavier High School and then as founder and Director of the church–sponsored research institution, Micronesian Seminar (MicSem), in Pohnpei. Fr. Hezel is currently in residence at Fordham University and blogs about regional issues on a regular basis (http://www.wheresfran.org/). His most recent book, Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture was published last year by the University of Hawai‘i Press.

Here’s another chance to hear Fr. Fran.

WHAT:  Lecture titled “Rethinking the German Colonial Period”
WHO:  Featuring Father Francis X. Hezel, SJ, former director of Micronesian Seminar
WHEN: Friday, March 14, 2014, from 12 – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3021/25 (3rd floor), University of Hawaii–Manoa