FALL 2009


Thursday September 10 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
UAA Professor Emerita Dr. Margritt Engel presents Georg Wilhelm Steller and W.G. Sebald: A “Nature” Connection

UAA Professor Emerita Margritt Engel is the translator of Georg Wilhem Steller's Journal of a Voyage with Bering, 1741-1742 and the book Steller's History of Kamchatka.  Everyone is invited to hear her presentation on the connection between Georg W. Steller and the writer W,G. Sebald.  Steller is the renowned 18th century German botanist and explorer of Alaska and Kamchatka and W.G. Sebald is the author of numerous books including After Nature; Rings of Saturn; Austerlitz and On the Natural History of Destruction.  Sebald is considered one of the most extraordinary and important writers of the 20th century.

Monday September 14
from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Australian of the Year 2009, Mick Dodson, presents Human Rights Treaties in Australia

Mick Dodson is a member of the Yawuru peoples-- the traditional Aboriginal owners of land and waters in Western Australia. He is Professor of Law at the ANU College of Law and Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies.  Mick Dodson helped write the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United Nation. In 2009 he was chosen as Australian of the Year. Mick Dodson is a vigorous advocate for the rights and interests of the Indigenous peoples of the world. Join us in welcoming this great man to UAA. This event is cosponsored by the UAA Political Sciences Dept.

Wednesday September 16 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Dr. Riki Ott presents The Democracy Crisis: How Corporate Persons Have Trumped Human Rights


Dr. Riki Ott is familiar to many Alaskans for her books, Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and Sound Truths and Corporate Myth$.  At this event, Riki Ott will describe how corporations received "human rights" status in US courts and what the ramifications are for having such legal status. The event is cosponsored by the UAA Sustainability Department.


Monday September 21 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Kathy Turco presents Spirit of the Arctic

Kathy Turco has produced an exquisite DVD called Spirit of the Arctic. Described as "a timeless northern journey of natural sounds wrapped in native voices and music matched by images of Alaskan wildlife and landscapes." The DVD is a collection of photographs by Michio Hoshino accompanied by music by Carlos Nakai & The Wind Travelin' Band and Pamyua; songs by Agnes Moore, Lavern Huntington, and Sarah James; including voice and Inupiat translations by Doreen Simmonds. Spirit of the Arctic is magnificent!

Tuesday September 22 from 5:00pm –7:00pm

Literary Journals: A panel discussion with CWLA and MFA faculty--Sherry Simpson, Jeremy Edward Shiok, Shannon Gramse, and Mike Burwell


This event brings editors and writers of Alaskan journals together to discuss why some journals have mastered longevity while others have passed on, the role of editor, what's worth reading, and why so many people continue to write and desire to be published.  People who enjoy a good read and writers alike are welcome to attend this free event.


Thursday, September 24 from 5:30pm-6: 30 pm

International Student Association Passport Series: Germany with Fabian Philippe


Friday, September 25 from 4:00pm-6:00pm

Dr. Brigid O'Keeffe presents Pornography or Authenticity? Performing "Gypsiness" on the Early Soviet Stage, 1921-1939


Dr. Brigid O'Keeffe, Assistant Professor of History at CUNY-Brooklyn College discusses "Pornography or Authenticity? Performing "Gypsiness" on the Early Soviet Stage, 1921-1939". The event is co-sponsored with the UAA History Department and UAA Department of Languages.


September 26-October 3

Banned Book Week      


Tuesday, September 29 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Mattox Roesch presents Sometimes We’re Always Real Same-Same


Mattox Roesch’s book, Sometimes We is Always Real Same-Same, depicts a rural Alaska "that we can smell, feel, hear and see. It's fresh...captivating". According to Sigrid Nunez, Roesch is "a writer who does not flinch from the misfortune and cruelty that rule certain lives but whose vision is full of beauty, wisdom, and grace."

Wednesday September 30 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Human Rights: Questions and Perspectives Revisited

UAA faculty Dalee Dorough (Political Science), Terrence Kelly (Philosophy), Nancy Nix (Health Sciences) and Zeynep Kilic (Sociology) discuss current issues, strategies and challenges governing human rights today.

Specific topics include issues facing Indigenous peoples in Alaska; how our conceptualization of immigrant rights have changed over time; a look at human rights issues that effect the lives of women and children globally; and a review of challenges justifying human rights involving societies and governments skeptical of the idea of rights. This unique event is important and will offer much to think about. Everyone is welcome to attend and free parking is available.



Monday, October 5 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Professor James Muller presents Thoughts and Adventures: Churchill Reflects on Spies, Cartoons, Flying, and the Future 


Winston Churchill's Thoughts and Adventures, first published in 1932, is brought to life in this just released edition annotated with introduction by Dr. James Muller, professor of Political Sciences at UAA. A renowned Churchill scholar, James Muller has edited numerous books by and/or about Churchill. He is chairman of the Churchill Centre, a by fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and a recipient of the Farrow Award for Excellence in Churchill Studies. Everyone is encouraged to attend this exciting event highlighting the extraordinary Winston Churchill.


Thursday, October 8 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Toby Sullivan, a writer and commercial fisherman from Kodiak presents “To the War: An Embedded Journalist in Iraq.”

Toby Sullivan was embedded with U.S. Marine and Army units in Baghdad and Al Anbar Province, Iraq between December 2004 and April 2006. He is currently at work on a book about his experiences there. His stories and essays about the Iraq war and the lives of commercial fishermen have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including the Anchorage Press.

Tuesday October 13 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Seniors and Addiction: a Panel Discussion with Stephanie Bauer (Philosophy Dept./UAA), Patrick Dulin (Psychology Dept./UAA), Wendy Barton (Bernie's Pharmacy) and acting as moderator Ray Clements (Older Persons Action League)
Topics addressed include seniors and addictive prescriptions, the signs of addiction/abuse and the relation between Medicare and the pharmaceuticals.  This event is sponsored with the UAA Human Services Dept.

Wednesday, October 14 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Kaylene Johnson presents A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska 

Kaylene Johnson's book A Tender Distance: Adventures Raising My Sons in Alaska has received excellent reviews: “Like a brilliant fall day, Kaylene Johnson's A Tender Distance has a gorgeous ache of melancholy coursing through its pages… A Tender Distance is written with a calm, deep grace.  It is a poem of a book, suffused with courage, sadness and beauty.”  – Richard Goodman, author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France and The Soul of Creative Writing.  And poet and creative nonfiction writer, Molly Peacock writes, “with a journalist’s quick eye and a spiritual observer’s shining soul, the remarkable Kaylene Johnson measures the growth of her two boys as they come of age in Alaska’s wilderness in her new book...Johnson’s fierce balancing makes these amazing adventures a mother’s coming of age, too.” 

Thursday, October 15 from 5:30pm-6: 30 pm

International Student Association Passport Series: Russia with Yulia Suslova and Olga Lobko


Friday-Saturday, October 16-17 (at Wendy Williamson Auditorium)

Bioneers Conference:  Book Sale

Monday October 19 from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Giinaquq--Like a Face with Sven D. Haakanson Jr.


Giinaquq--Like a Face:  Suqpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago is an extraordinary mask exhibit that has toured the world.  The accompanying book is now available in paperback.  It is a privilege for us to welcome curator Sven Haakanson to the UAA Campus Bookstore

Tuesday October 20 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Alaska at 50: The Past, Present, and Next fifty Years of Alaska Statehood

Greg Kimura and other contributors to the book--Sven Hakaanson Jr., Ronald Spatz, Victor Fischer, Phyllis Fast--come together to discuss Alaska in terms  of art, culture, humanities; law, economy, and politics; environment, people, and place.


Friday November 6 from 3:00pm-5:00pm

Herminia Dinn’s Art Class presents Recycled Journals: A Benefit Auction


Saturday November 7 from 11:00am-1:00pm (note special hours)

Family of the World

Sponsored by International Student Services


Monday November 9 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Bill Sherwonit, the author of Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness,presents "Notes from a Literary Journalist: The Importance of Passion, Persistence, and Paying Attention". This event is cosponsored with the UAA CWLA/MFA Program.

Tuesday November 10
from 5:00pm-7:00pm

How Life in the Arctic is Depicted: A Discussion with Seth Kantner, Phyllis Fast (Anthropology Dept), James LaBelle (Alaska Native Studies Dept) and Karla Booth (Alaska Native and Rural Outreach Program)


Wednesday November 11 from 5:30pm-6:30pm
International student Association Passport Series: Cameroon with Bih Abaam

Tuesday November 17 6:00pm-8:00pm (note special hours)
Poet Joan Kane presents her new book of poetry, The Cormorant Hunter's Wife.


Joan Kane is Inupiaq Eskimo, with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University. A former Harvard National Scholar and recipient of a Columbia University Writing Fellowship, Kane received the John Haines Award from Ice Floe Press in 2004. The Academy of American Poets as a semi-finalist for the Walt Whitman Award selected her in 2006. With the assistance of a 2007 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award, Kane has completed her first book of poetry, The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, scheduled for publication by NorthShore Press in autumn 2009. Her first play, "The Gilded," won the Anchorage Museum script contest and will be in production this summer. Along with her husband and son, she lives in Anchorage, Alaska.  This event is sponsored with the Alaska Center for the Book and the ANAIHMC.



Wednesday November 18 at 12:00pm

Allison Ward presents Ode to the Polar Bear

Allison Warden, a local Inupiaq artist performs her one-woman show “Ode to the Polar Bear”. It’s a 30 minute performance about climate change, her home village Kaktovik and of course, the Polar Bear!

Thursday November 19 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
UAA's Chef Vern presents Holiday Treats

Chef Vern is stirring up fun once again at the UAA Campus Bookstore. Don't miss this chance to be engulfed in chocolate and other holiday delights. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday November 19
from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Dogen: Offerings of Zen Literature with Koun Franz, Sensei

Koun Franz teaches Japanese at UAA Languages Department. Everyone is invited to attend this rare event focusing on classic Buddhist literature and Master Dogen.

Monday November 30 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Elizabeth Tower presents her newest book Over the Back Fence, Conflicts on the United States/Canada Border from Maine to Alaska

Elizabeth Tower is author of numerous books about Alaska including Ice Bound Empire Ice. She was named Historian of the year by the Alaska State Historical Society in 1996.