2014 Alaska Cold War Conference

Cold War Conference FlyerThanks to the generosity of the Alaska Historical Commission, complimentary tickets are available to UAA students for the Cold War Conference Keynote Address on Thursday evening, September 4th.  Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier during much of the Cold War Nikita Khrushchev, will present "Cold Warriors:  Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Khrushchev" at UAA's Wendy Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are complimentary, but advance registration is required through the conference's website.



History BA Andrew Lessig Accepts Offer From Syracuse Law

Lessig at GraduationAndrew Lessig, who graduated with Honors in History from UAA in May of 2014, has been accepted to Syracuse University's College of Law. He writes:

"When I was coming up on graduation at UAA as a History major, I was a little confused about my next step. I wanted to do something useful that would let me make a difference, and, of course, comfortably provide for myself. I sent out more than 20 applications to schools throughout the nation before I even knew what my LSAT results were. Alaska unfortunately remains the only state in the union without a law school so a big change was on the horizon, and I anxiously waited to hear back. To my surprise, schools accepted me in rapid succession, but it became pretty obvious that Syracuse was the best choice for me. With the best scholarship offer, the best reputation, and the best quality of education it was no contest.

As I begin my studies at Syracuse University College of Law it is already becoming obvious that my background in History from the University of Alaska Anchorage has prepared me well. A history education relies on reading assignments and forces you to analyze and examine the role of the past in what happened thereafter. This made the transition to reading, and having to understand, lengthy precedence-setting cases manageable, and what is case precedence other than legal history? With my background in History and my continuing education in the law, I plan on going on to join the Armed Services as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) and/or to become a prosecutor, who uses the law and legal history everyday to make our society safer, and better."

The History Department congratulates Andrew on his scholarship and wishes him the best of luck in his future educational pursuits at Syracuse!

[posted 26 August 2014]


Department of History Fall Tuition Waivers

Marcus Aurelius DenariusThe History Department is excited for the new semester and pleased to announce that its application process for fall tuition waivers from the College of Arts and Sciences is now open. In order to apply, students must be declared History Majors and must have taken at least 12 credit hours in History with a minimum of 3 credit hours at the upper level (300 or 400 level courses). The application form and accompanying essay are due to the Department Chair, Professor Paul Dunscomb by 4pm on Monday, August 25th. You may submit your application package electronically to him at pedunscomb@uaa.alaska.edu or in print copy to his office in the History Department (ADMIN 147L).