Lectures and Special Events

Upcoming Events

Jun. 06, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 pm

How to Sell to Libraries and Readers in the Digital Age 

How to Sell to Libraries and Readers in the Digital Age shows how to set up email systems for libraries from an online source and another for readers from emails gathered at book signing events. The number of libraries is a large one. It is a wonderful place to market books, but for the author new to this attempt, it can be daunting. Bonnye Matthews found a way to reach librarians who would forward her email to their acquisitions people. This book cannot guarantee a library will buy your books, but it will give you a solid path through the maze and with a huge effort, you can develop an email list that you can use for book after book you write. Bonnye Matthews is the author of the award winning Winds of Change novel series on the peopling of the Americas before the last ice age glaciation. Her current research focuses on Archaeological Sites in the Americas before the end of the last ice age glaciation.

Jun. 09, 2017

12:00 - 1:30 pm

The Falklands Today: 35 Years After the War

For over 175 years, an archipelago, known as the Falkland Islands to the British and the Malvinas to Argentines, has been a source of tension. Some in Parliament were pushing for a shared agreement for the islands, when Argentina's military Junta surprised the world by invading the Falklands in 1982.

Under Margaret Thatcher's leadership at the time, the British military overcame tremendous challenges to retake the islands, which led to the collapse of the Junta and restoration of democracy in Argentina. Yet today, 35 years after the surrender, tensions over sovereignty remain.

This lecture will highlight the long-standing dispute, summarize what happened during the war in 1982, and discuss the situation today.

Major General Ken Privratsky, USA Retired, served in the infantry in Vietnam before becoming a logistician. He taught at West Point, was a was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and commanded organizations supplying U.S. forces worldwide.

In civilian life, he was an executive in the ocean transportation industry. He has lectured on military subjects to both national and international audiences and is the author of the book Logistics in the Falklands War, now in its third printing. He lives in Anchorage.

Jun. 19, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Treadwell Gold, An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin

Sheila Kelly has spent decades researching her family's history and the people of Treadwell for her book, Treadwell Gold, An Alaska Saga of Riches and Ruin. In the early 1900s, her father and four aunts were born and raised in Treadwell, Alaska, a hard rock gold mining town on Douglas Island across the Gastineau Channel from Juneau. Treadwell became the largest gold mining operation in the world--one that created much more wealth than the infamous Klondike Gold Rush. Then In 1917, catastrophe hit when the mines caved in, flooded, and closed. Today, one hundred years later, only remnants of buildings along the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail remain. Treadwell Gold, published by University of Alaska Press, includes numerous historical photos. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event.

Jun. 23, 2017

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Author David Ramseur discusses Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier. 

In 1988, David Ramseur helped organize the Alaska Airlines “Friendship Flight” between Nome, Alaska and Provideniya, Russia, which reunited indigenous peoples of common languages and cultures for the first time in four decades.  In Melting the Ice, how inspiration, courage, and persistence by citizen-diplomats bridged a widening gap in superpower relations is explored. 

David Ramseur managed federal grants for academic exchanges between Alaska and the Russian Far East for the UAA American Russian Center.  He served as press secretary, communications director, chief of staff, and foreign policy adviser to Alaska Governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles and to Anchorage Mayor and U.S. Senator Mark Begich.  In addition, he has visited the Soviet Union and Russia more than a dozen times. 

Melting the Ice Curtain is published by University of Alaska Press.


There is free at UAA on Fridays.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

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

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