Hartford Seminary’s Steve Blackburn will be presenting a talk about the historical contexts of the Connecticut missionary efforts in Hawaii in the 19th century. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Keanu Sai, a Hawaiian activist involved in a leadership capacity with the Hawaii sovereignty movement; he also teaches Hawaiian Studies at Windward Community College, Oahu. In addition, the Connecticut Historical Society will curate an exhibit for the event.
Dr. Steven Blackburn is an ordained Congregational-Christian minister, and has served in Connecticut as a parish pastor (Barkhamsted and Colebrook), as Connecticut Fellowship executive, and as chair of the World Christian Relations Commission of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Educated at St Mary’s Faculty of Divinity at the University of Saint Andrews, Blackburn’s Divinity degree is in Old Testament Languages and Literatures. Blackburn is presently Faculty Associate in Semitic Scriptures at Hartford Seminary, where he also serves as Library Director. He is currently teaching an introductory course on Christianity for non-Christians.
Dr. David Sai has a Ph.D. in Political Science specializing in Hawaiian Constitutionalism and International Relations, and is a founding member of the Hawaiian Society of Law & Politics.