Spring 2009

January

Monday January 26
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Alaska and the Law of the Sea
Walter Parker has been involved in oversight of oil and gas operations in Alaska for the past 40 years.  Upon request, he formed the Department of Transportation in Alaska, the Pacific Oil and Ports Group, and was a US delegate to the Third Law of the Sea Conference from 1974-1980.  He is an active board member on the Alaskan Forum for Environmental Responsibility and serves on the boards of the Oil Spill Recovery Institution and the North Pacific Research Board.
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February

Monday February 2
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
How We Tell Our Stories - Kicking off UAA's Black History Month
Donna Bozeman Presents
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Tuesday February 3
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Climate Change and Public Health
Dr. Kristie L. Ebi is an independent consultant (ESS, LLC) who has been conducting research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change for more than a decade.  This event presents a unique opportunity to better understand what we can do when facing effects of climate change.
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Wednesday February 4
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Migration in the Arctic
UAA ISER Professors, Lance Howe, Matthew Berman, and Lee Huskey discuss people migration in the Arctic.  Topic addressed include; current circumpolar research, Alaska migration patterns, and comparisons of Alaska, Greenland and Chukotka.
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Monday February 16
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Sovereignty Rights and Alaska Native Law
Conflicts and Interpretations Unveiled with Alaska attorneys Dave S. Case and Ethan Schutt
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Wednesday February 18
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
What's Happening to the Arctic? A Thinking Persons Guide to the Future
Dr. Neil Hamilton, Director, WWF Arctic Programme
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Friday February 20
12:00pm-1:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Buffalo Soldier
Author Ollen Hunt presents: Buffalo Soldier with Buffalo Regalia from Historical Classy Wear
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Tuesday February 24
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Learning Native Wisdom: What Traditional Cultures Teach Us about Subsistence, Sustainability and Spirituality
Many Alaskans remember Gary Holthaus when he acted as Executive Director of the Alaska Humanities Forum from 1972-1991.  Most recently he has been the Endowed Chair of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture/University of Minnesota and the Director of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agricultural Society in LaMoure, North Dakota.
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March

Monday March 2
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
A Medical Mission to South Sudan
Heather Dorsey has just returned from a medical mission to Sudan and will offer a PowerPoint presentation of her work there.  Heather was equipped with medical supplies provided by Providence Hospital and Natural Pantry and was accompanied by leaders in the Sudanese community.
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Thursday March 5
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Wild Moments: Adventures with Animals of the North
Michael Engelhard is accompanied with a live raptor from the Wasilla Bird Rehab Center
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Tuesday March 17
1:00pm-2:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Chef Vern
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Wednesday March 18
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Change & Resilience in the Coming Times
Interdisciplinary communicator and thinker John F. Doyle
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Wednesday March 25
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
The Spill
Learn how oil-spill prevention and emergency response planning has changed since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the role of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen's Advisory Council plays as watchdog group.
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April

Wednesday April 1
5:00pm-8:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
(note the extended hour)
Alaska State Writer Laureates: Alaska's Literary Landscape
Alaska State Writer Laureates Richard Dauenhauer, John Haines, Anne Hanley and Nancy Lord come together to discuss Alaska's literary heritage. Topics include how living in Alaska formed their creative work, Alaska's changing literary landscape, and what comes to mind when they speak of Alaska today. Kathleen Tarr (CWLA/MFA Program) will act has moderator. (This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore, CWLA/MFA Dept, Lila Vogt and the Poetry League, Alaska Center for the Books, UAA College of Arts and Sciences and the Alaska Humanities Forum

Monday April 6
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
UAA POETS READ FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Everyone is invited to hear poems from students and graduates of the UAA CWLA/Master of Fine Arts Program: Arlitia Jones (Bandsaw Riots), John McKay (JPC Dept.), Sandra Kleven (Holy Land) and Jeffery Oliver ( University Advancement). Come and celebrate April is National Poetry Month.

Tuesday April 7
12:00pm-1:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Finding Angela Shelton with the Alaska Chapter of the Army of Angels
This event highlights the book and film, Finding Angela Shelton. It is the story and investigation about one woman's trauma that is duplicated numerous times over in the lives of other women named Angela Shelton across the country. A discussion will follow the presentation. Everyone is encouraged to attend. This event is sponsored by the Student Health and Counseling Center, the Alaska Chapter of the Army of Angels and the UAA Campus Bookstore.


Monday April 13
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Alaska Mountaineering Literature Symposium
Dr. David Stevenson is Director of UAA Creative Writing and Literary Arts Dept. He will lead a discussion about mountaineer literature with Clare Chesher, literary critic from the Department of English UAA; Charlie Sassara, climber and owner Alaska Rock Gym; and Bill Sherwonit, author of Living with Wildness and numerous nature books.
David Stevenson is fairly new to UAA and is a writer and book editor American Alpine Journal. He has been teaching creative writing for over twenty years at the University of Utah, University of California Davis, and at Western Illinois University where he was full professor and director of the Graduate Program in English. He first came to Alaska in 1977 on a ski mountaineering expedition to Mt. Kennedy, a remote peak near the Alaska-Yukon border in the St. Elias Range.

Wednesday April 15
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Enclosing the Fisheries: People, Places, and Power
Contributors to the book, Enclosing the Fisheries: People, Places, and Power, discuss their research. Panelists include Marie Lowe (UAA Institute of Social Economic Research/Anthropology Dept.), Courtney Carothers (UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences), and Steve Langdon (UAA Anthropology Dept.)

Wednesday April 22
5:15pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Cervantes and Shakespeare on Screen and Stage
UAA Professors Dr. Robert Crosman (English Dept.) and Dr. Theodore Kassier (Languages Dept.) come together to discuss two literary giants and their enduring art. This event is held in celebration of the anniversary of the dates of their death on April 23, 1616.

Thursday April 23
5:30pm-6:30pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
50 Poems for Alaska: Poets Celebrate Alaska's 50th Birthday
Mike Burwell (CWLA Department/UAA) and other poets read their poems about Alaska. Bring April to life with poetry and the new book, 50 Poems for Alaska: Ten Poets Celebrate Alaska's 50th Birthday.

Monday April 27
5:00pm-7:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Alaskan Kelsey Gray presents Alaska Rock Climbing Guide
Kelsey Gray was born in Alaska and has climbed in over 10 countries. His book consists of 400 routes with climbing maps and instructions covering Hatcher Pass, Ravine Lake, Wiener Lake, Puriton Creek, Sea Cave, Tram Rock, Byron Glacier and Spencer Glacier. Come join us in celebrating the publication of this important and beautiful climbing guide.

MAY

Wednesday May 13
12:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
NYO - A Native Games Film Showcase
Everyone is invited to watch Native Youth Olympic films from 08, 07, 06 and 05 along with the older "classic" NYO footage. Light refreshments will be served. Tell a friend and be amazed at the triumphs of our amazing young athletes. For more information contact Rachel Epstein at 786-4782. Free parking is available. This event is sponsored by Mediak (Media Educational Development Institute of Alaska) and the UAA Campus Bookstore


June

Monday June 1
12:00pm and from 4:30pm-6:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
(two events)
For the Sake of the Light: One Poet's Journey from Imagism to Closed Form
Poet Tom Sexton reads and discusses poetry.  His latest collection of poetry, For the Sake of the Light,  was published in 2009.  This is a rare event and one that will not readily be forgotten.


Tuesday June 2
4:30pm-6:00pm at the UAA Campus Bookstore
Alaskan Kelsey Gray presents the Release of his book Alaska Rock Climbing Guide
Kelsey Gray was born in  Alaska and has climbed in over 10 countries.  His book consists of 400 routes with climbing maps and instructions covering Hatcher Pass, Ravine Lake, Wiener Lake, Puriton Creek, Sea Cave, Tram Rock, Byron Glacier and Spencer Glacier.  Come join us in celebrating the release of this important and beautiful climbing guide. 


July

Tuesday July 7
Release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in Paperback.
Free Bertie Beans Bag given out for the first 24 purchases.

Thursday July 9 at 12:00pm
UAA Campus Bookstore presents author of "Ultimate Americans: Point Hope, Alaska: 1826-1909"; Ethnographer and Poet Tom Lowenstein
In the 70's and 80's, Lowenstein recorded traditional narratives and songs at Point Hope and other Iñupiaq communities. His research resulted in two books, "Ancient Land, Sacred Whale" and "The Things That Were Said of Them " . His latest book "Ultimate Americans: Point Hope, Alaska: 1826-1909,traces the impact of commercial whale hunters, traders, and missionaries on Point Hope, the oldest continuously inhabited village in North America. It is published by University of Alaska Press.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 12:00 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore present Authors Frances Ruhlen McConnel and D. Bruce Means: Returning to Alaska: What Can Happen in 50 years Two members of the first Anchorage High School graduating class of the new State of Alaska return to Alaska for their 50 year class reunion.
Frances has become an accomplished poet and creative writing professor, author of The Direction of Longing and the book White Birches, Black Water. Bruce is an accomplished naturalist, author of Stalking the Plumed Serpent and other Adventures in Herpetology: 45 Years of a Field Ecologist's Encounters with Exotic Animals, as well as numerous science books, documentaries and magazine articles.

Everyone is invited to hear their stories. Frances Ruhlen McConnel's poetry themes are "Moose, Wolves, Cougars, Oh My!" and "An Angel's Wishbone, a Pierce-Arrow, and other Oddities" and D. Bruce Means will discuss "Snakebite" and "Giant Earthworm".