Virtual conference

Origins of CHamoru Among Topics to Present at Virtual Conference | Way of life

MANGILAO (UOG) — The public is invited to hear researchers talk about their latest findings related to Pacific Island origins and Pacific Island culture, artifacts, languages ​​and literature at CLASS’s 43rd Annual Research Conference. The conference, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Guam, will be held virtually from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

CLASS’s annual research conference is a multi-disciplinary platform for local, regional and global scholars, scientists, visual and performing artists and students to present and discuss their findings and experiences specific to the Pacific region.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary jubilee of the University of Guam, the theme of this year’s conference is “Retrospective(s): A look at the origins and how they take us into the future”.

The conference will include 23 presentations, including:

• “Using Genomic Data to Uncover the Early Origins of CHamoru,” a presentation by Miguel Vilar, Ph.D., and Frank Camacho, Ph.D., on DNA analyzes of the CHamoru people as part of National’s Genographic Project. Geographic.

• “Inclusion of Carolinian guidance and canoe making on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding” by Ashley Meredith, National Cultural Anthropologist for the Federated States of Micronesia.

• “Monitoring the burials of former CHamoru: a round table on the practices and procedures to be applied after the discovery of the burials of former CHamoru”, moderated by the speaker Therese Terlaje.

A full schedule of presentations and panels is available at

Keynote speaker

Rindraty Celes Limtiaco, President and Executive Director of Pacific Daily News, will deliver the keynote address at 12:30 p.m. Limtiaco began his career as a journalist covering politics, government and education and rose through the journalistic ranks to become an editor. .

Limtiaco has now been with the PDN for 30 years – serving as President and Publisher for the previous 13 years while also having the responsibility of Editor-in-Chief. With years of experience in the island’s media sector, she has reported, directed stories or participated in the growth and development of the island over the past decades.

Believing that everyone has a responsibility to make the community a better place, she is dedicated to helping community organizations and projects focused on the economic and social development of the island.

Register for the conference

The conference is free and open to the public. Register on

For more information, visit the conference webpage at or contact Dr. David Ruskin at [email protected]