March 17th, Faculty Club
The second Bancroft Round Table of the spring semester will take place on Thursday, March 17, 2011 in the Lewis-Latimer Room of the Faculty Club. Funie Hsu, Ph.D candidate in the Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and a Bancroft Study Award Recipient will give a talk entitled Colonial Lessons: English Instruction in the Philippines and the “Benevolence” of U.S. Overseas Expansion, 1898-1916.
The U.S. colonial policy of English instruction in the Philippines served to organize both the colonial school system and the broader project of American imperialism. The presentation highlights the political role of English instruction in American imperial expansion, demonstrating how English instruction in the Philippines narrated a benevolent tale of American colonialism and served to organize the social structure instituted by the American occupation.
Many Berkeley Faculty members, notably David Barrows and Bernard Moses, played key roles in the Philippines in the aftermath of the war with Spain. Understanding the ways in which, not just our nation, but our university were involved in the colonization of the Philippines is intrinsically interesting to us. The campus community is welcome to attend this talk and learn more about Bancroft’s rich resources in the history of the island nation.