UAA Polaris lecture series welcomes Alan Boraas

by Kathleen McCoy  |   

UAA continues its highly regarded Polaris lecture series when it hosts Alan Boraas, Professor of Anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College, for an evening event

entitled "Modern Lessons Through Ancient Alaska Languages." This free lecture will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in UAA's SSB 118. Using examples from the Dena'ina language of Cook Inlet, Alan Boraas's lecture will address how Alaska Native languages are both ancient and alive, and that embedded within them are perspectives about the land and our relationship to it.

Professor Boraas has taught anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College for 34 years. He is an honorary member of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, a recognition conferred due to his work on Dena'ina history and language.

The Polaris lectures, named for the North Star on Alaska's flag, address a wide range of subjects in the liberal arts. Organized by the UAA Democracy Forum with assistance from the University Honors Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program, the Office of Community Partnerships, the Polaris Society, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, the Polaris lecture series began in the 1980s to commemorate the bicentenary of the American Constitution.

Boraas's lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is free.

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