Through the collaborative efforts of University of Guam Professor Emerita Rebecca A. Stephenson, Dean Emerita Mary L. Spencer, and 12 contributing authors, a new book explores the Ulithi Atoll and various aspects of its life, culture, economics, human development, island challenges, and ecology.


The book, “Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia: Recalling the Past, Reaffirming the Future,” will be launched in partnership with its publisher, the University of Guam Press, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, on the University of Guam campus. The launch will include a series of author presentations and a book signing.


“This research collection is intended to bring new attention to the Ulithi Atoll by sharing a body of research studies mostly unreported in readily available sources concerning Ulithi,” writes Spencer, one of the book’s co-editors, in her introduction. “Significantly, this book can project the voices and views of indigenous Ulithi residents as well as educators and researchers who include Ulithi in their study areas.”


The book traces the successive periods of competitive explorers and traders; the Spanish, German, Japanese, and U.S. colonial periods and, significantly, Ulithi’s emergence into a self-governing status within the state of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. It also has two extensive bibliographies, commentary, figures, photographs, and wisdom from three indigenous writers: Eulalia Harui-Walsh, Joliene Hasugulayag, and Joshua Walsh.


The launch event will take place at the dean’s office of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on the University of Guam campus. The office is on the third floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences building.

“Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia” will be available for sale at the launch for $25 per book. After the launch, the book will also be sold at the UOG Triton Store, on Amazon, and at other bookstores in Guam.