March 2015 talks at the Bookstore delve into argumentation, poetry, history, diabetes and more

by Michelle Saport  |   

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. There is free parking for bookstore events in the South Lot, the West Campus Central Lot (behind Rasmuson Hall), the Sports Lot and the Sports NW Lot. For more information, call Rachel Epstein at (907) 786-4782 or email

Note: UAA Campus Bookstore podcasts are posted in iTunes or iTunes U--just search UAA or UAA Campus Bookstore.

Yasuhiro Ozuru presents 'Argumentation: How People Comprehend and Evaluate Argument' Monday, March 2, 5-7 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

At this event, Yasuhiro Ozuru analyzes the relation between comprehension (understanding), validation and evaluation of argument content. People's confusion between argument based on factual evidence and an explanation about why things occur will be examined. Yasuhiro Ozuru is an associate professor of psychology at UAA. He received his Ph.D. from New School University in 2003.

Kenneth L. Privratsky presents his new book, 'Logistics in the Falklands War' Monday, March 16, 5-7 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

Logistics in the Falklands War is the first book to focus on the logistics aspects of the 1982 Falkland War between the United Kingdom and Argentina. Had the logistics plan failed, British victory-8,000 miles from home-would have been impossible and total humiliation inevitable.

Major General Kenneth L. Privratsky served in the U.S. Infantry in Vietnam before becoming a logistics specialist. He taught at West Point and commanded organizations supplying U.S. Forces worldwide. He was a military fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In civilian life, he was an executive in the ocean transportation industry at Horizon Lines. He lives in Alaska.

This event is sponsored with UAA Department of Logistics.

Chef Vern: Spring Chocolates Friday, March 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

UAA Culinary Arts & Hospitality's Chef Vern Wolfram and his student apprentices share their knowledge and technical skills at this special free chocolate demonstration where everyone is encouraged to indulge in a variety of samples.

Local writers discuss their works in progress (featuring Lizzie Newell, Mel Green, Jessica Ramsey Golden, Sheila Sine and Deb Ginsburg) Friday, March 20, 4-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

Everyone is invited to come for creative writing readings and craft talks featuring newly discovered members of our local literary community. The creative work and aspirations of Anchorage writers are topics at this event where poetry, fiction, science fiction, fantasy and nonfiction stories are highlighted.

Alyse Knorr and Katherine Partridge present 'Time Travel Poetry' Monday, March 23, 5-7 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

At this time travel event, poetry as history and poetry as science fiction come together. Kate Partridge's poetry manuscript called Democratic/Athletic focuses on bringing Walt Whitman's conception of democracy as physical and kinesthetic to the setting of early Anchorage. Alyse Knorr's second book of poetry imagines what would happen if an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization contacted Earth in the future and tried to respond to the Voyager Golden Record, a time capsule of our species launched into space by NASA in 1977.

Both Kate Partridge and Alyse Knorr teach in the UAA Department of English. Alyse's first book of poetry is called Annotated Glass.

Rick Mystrom presents 'Living Well with Diabetes' Tuesday, March 24, 5-7 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

Former Anchorage mayor Rick Mystrom discusses his books, My Wonderful Life with Diabetes and What Should I Eat? Everyone is invited to learn about diabetes and how health challenges can be overcome.

Jeff Pantages presents 'The Panic of 2008: A Trip Down Memory Lane' Wednesday, March 25, 5-7 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

At this event, Jeff Pantages reviews the causes and consequences of the Great Recession/Financial Panic of 2008-09, considered the worst financial calamity in US history since the Crash of '29 and the Great Depression. Everyone is invited to attend. Jeff Pantages is Chief Investment Officer at Alaska Permanent Capital Management. An understanding of economic theory is not required.

Brian Feltman presents 'The Stigma of Surrender: German Prisoners, British Captors and Manhood in the Great War and Beyond' Thursday, March 26, 5-7 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore

Brian Feltman is assistant professor of history at Georgia Southern University. His research focuses on German prisoners of war during WWI, where approximately 9 million soldiers became captives. At this event, the experiences of prisoners held in the United Kingdom and the effects of captivity will be examined. He will also discuss his book The Stigma of Surrender, published by University of North Carolina Press this spring.

This event is held honor of the centennial anniversary of WWI and is co-sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore, UAA Department of History, UAA History Honors Society and UAA Department of Languages.

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