I know that the four Hawaiian nationals I met at the first DUO in Chicago last year will not be in East Jerusalem next week. sigh

Meanwhile, I showed the oral testimony from their day in the World Court at The Hague today. Students in both classes are deep into research: the first-years for their civic action letters, and the juniors for their self-selected topics (in Communication). Although the testimony in the video is oral, the documents that made the case are written: some are historical (e.g., treaties, international diplomatic correspondence) and some current (such as international law journals and reference materials). The success of the Lance Larsen case hinged upon a precise selection of academic and historical research and intensive critical analysis. The quality of thought that enabled the claimants to effectively win their case, securing international recognition of the status of the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign nation, came from serious consideration of all angles of argument against them.

In the Replies that follow, first-year students react to the testimony and draw parallels with the projects that they are currently researching.