Add yet another gig to Colleen Hanabusa’s growing work load: She will teach a course on the topic of “civil liberties in times of crisis” during the spring 2016 semester at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Hanabusa, the former congresswoman and state Senate president, is already busy with her legal practice and membership on the boards of Honolulu rail and the Gas Company, among other things.

The UH Manoa College of Social Sciences now says Hanabusa is a lecturer and Daniel K. Inouye Visiting Scholar, a joint appointment shared between the Public Policy Center and the Political Science Department.

U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa during interview at Civill Beat office. 12.19.13 ©PF Bentley/Civil Beat
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa during an interview at Civil Beat’s office in 2013. PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Funded by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, Hanabusa’s position “reflects DKII’s and the college’s efforts to foster a climate of critical thinking among students regarding the values of freedom, fairness, integrity and democratic ideals in today’s contemporary society,” says a press release.

Hanabusa’s appointment comes during a time of increased concern regarding the civil liberties of Americans.

Some have compared the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II with the calls in certain quarters to place the names of Muslim Americans on a national registry, for example.

Read Civil Beat’s Is Colleen Hanabusa Through with Politics?

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