Lectures and Special Events

Upcoming Events

The Man Who Sold Alaska Poster Mar. 20, 2017

5-7 pm

Mike Dunham presents The Man Who Sold Alaska and The Man Who Bought Alaska

Longtime Alaska reporter Mike Dunham has written a pair of short biographies that tell the stories of the most important diplomats in the 19th century—Tsar Alexander II of Russia and American Secretary of State William Henry Seward. At this event, a fresh look at the lives of the men who arranged the United States’ acquisition of Russian America in 1867 will be offered. Come and celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the purchase of Alaska.

Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald poster Mar. 21, 2017

5-7 pm


Karen Strid-Chadwick presents Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald, 1917 - 1996

Professor Karen Strid-Chadwick, UAA Department of Music, explores the extraordinary life and accomplishments of American jazz and song vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the "First Lady of Jazz", Ella Fitzgerald.

Reflections on the Russian Revolution PosterMar. 22, 2017

5-7 pm 


1917 - 2017: Reflections on the Russian Revolution, 100 Years Later. With Professors Elizabeth Dennison and Ericka Monahan

Professors Elizabeth Dennison and Erika Monahan share insights into the history and meaning of the Russian Revolution in 1917 and its enduring relevance in 2017. Revolution as a response and the many responses to revolution will be highlighted. How did anarchists respond then? Is there reason to celebrate now?" Dr. Elizabeth Dennison is a professor of History at UAA. Her area of expertise is Russian History and anarchist movements. Dr. Erika Monahan is Associate professor of History, University of New Mexico. She is author of The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Eurasia.

Sexual Surveillance PosterMar. 23, 2017

5-7 pm 


Jessica R. Pliley presents Sexual Surveillance: Sex Trafficking and the Growth of the FBI, 1910-1941

America’s first anti–sex trafficking law, the 1910 Mann Act, made it illegal to transport women over state lines for prostitution “or any other immoral purpose.” It was meant to protect women and girls from being seduced or sold into sexual slavery. However, in upholding the Mann Act, the FBI built its national power by expanding its legal authority to police Americans’ sexuality and by marginalizing the very women it was charged to protect.

Jessica R. Pliley is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender History at Texas State University and holds a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. She is the author of Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI and Global Anti-Vice Activism . This event is sponsored with Phi Alpha Theta, UAA History Dept.,UAA Honors College and Cook Inlet Historical Society.

For additional information on events, please contact Rachel Epstein, the events coordinator, at (907) 786-4782.  

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