Spring 2019 special events at the UAA Campus Bookstore

by Michelle Saport  |   

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are free and open to the public. See below to learn what's happening this spring. There is free parking for these events in the South Lot, West Campus Central Lot and Sports Complex NW Lot. Parking on campus is free on Fridays.


UAA WRTG Department Student Readings Thursday, April 25, 4-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

First Annual Celebration of Student Writing. Come listen to original writing by UAA WRTG Students. This event is sponsored with the UAA Writing department and is hosted by Aisha Barnes

Water Mask and Be-Hooved: Two New Books from Essayist Monica Devine and Poet Mar Ka Friday, April 26, 4-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Essayist Monica Devine and poet Mar Ka discuss their recently published books, which explore their personal journeys through Alaska in memoir and poetry.

Monica Devine's new book, Water Mask, is a collection of essays that chronicles her interactions with Alaska's land and its people. Her work is an "adventurous memoir that reflects on family, place, memory, work, perception and culture in a land that both beguiles and rejects." Monica worked as a speech/language therapist for many years, traveling to dozens of villages across Alaska. She has authored five children's books, including Iditarod: The Greatest Win Ever, which was a nominee for the celebrated Golden Kite Award. Her other awards include first place in the Alaska State Poetry Contest, a Pushcart nominee for her story, Mission of Motherhood, and a first-place award in creative nonfiction from New Letters journal for her story, On The Edge of Ice, about accompanying whalers on a spring hunt.

Mar Ka's new poetry collection, Be-hooved, is a layered spiritual memoir structured along the seasons and framed by the migration of the Porcupine caribou herd. "Entrancing, profound, and startling, this book is a testament to hope before change, persistence before confusion, and empathy before difference." Poet Mar Ka, aka Mary Kancewick, traveled throughout Alaska during her years as an indigenous rights attorney. Her poetry has been published in national and international journals and on occasion has been set to music. The recipient of an NEH grant and the Midnight Sun Poetry Prize, she has long served as a poetry judge for the UAA/ADN Statewide Creative Writing Contest. She presently teaches poetry workshops at the Eagle River Nature Center.

Water Mask and Be-Hooved are published by University of Alaska Press.

Tundra Vision and UAA Bookstore present Words for Future Generations: Celebrating Alaska History and Study with Terrence and Dermot Cole Monday, April 29, 3-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Please join us to celebrate The Big Wild Soul of Terrence Cole, an eclectic collection of work created to honor Alaska's beloved public historian. Edited by Frank Soos and Mary Ehrlander and published by University of Alaska Press, the inspired collection of essays, authored by Terrence's students, colleagues and friends, highlight research spanning the humanities and social sciences. Included are essays by University of Alaska professors Stephen Haycox, Ross Coen, Sherry Simpson, Katherine Ringsmuth, Frank Soos and Lee Huskey.

  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Coffee, cookies and conversation with the Cole brothers
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Dermot and Terrence Cole share insights and stories about Alaska

Terrence Cole is Emeritus Professor of History and Northern Studies, UAF, and the director of the UAF Office of Public History. He is author of numerous books and essays, including Banking on Alaska: A History of the National Bank of Alaska; The Cornerstone on College Hill: An Illustrated History of the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Crooked Past: The History of a Frontier Mining Camp; Nome: City of the Golden Beaches; and Fighting for the 49th Star: C.W. Snedden and the Crusade for Alaska Statehood.

Dermot Cole is a journalist and former columnist for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. He is author of several books, including North to the Future: The Alaska Story 1959-2009; Fairbanks: A Gold Rush Town That Beat the Odds; Frank Barr: Alaskan Pioneer Bush Pilot and One-Man Airline.

Everyone is encourage to come and celebrate the Cole brothers' contributions to Alaska. This event sponsored by UAA Campus Bookstore and Tundra Vision.

Dr. Josée Lavoie presents The Canada Health Act, Medicare and the Care of First Nations Wednesday, May 1, 4-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

The Canada Health Act 1984 (CHA) is considered foundational to Canada's publicly funded health care system (known as Medicare). The CHA provides for the federal transfer of funding to the provinces/territories, in exchange for provincial/territorial adherence to Medicare's key principles of universality, comprehensiveness, portability, accessibility, and public administration. Medicare is a decentralized health care system, managed independently by Canada's 10 provincial and three territorial governments, allowing for regional adaptations to fit varying degrees of urbanity, remoteness and needs.

The Act extends care to Indigenous Canadians (first Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Act is however silent on its relationship to the Indigenous health care system - what some have described as Canada's 14th health care system. The CHA has not kept pace with Indigenous self-government activities that have since spread across Canada. It has unfortunately crystallized the federal/provincial/territorial/Indigenous jurisdictional fragmentation that perpetuates health inequities and has failed to clarify these jurisdictions' obligations towards Indigenous peoples.

At this event Dr. Josée Lavoi explains how Canadian health care works, and where improvements could be made to better meet the healthcare needs of all Canadians.

Dr. Josée Lavoie is of French Quebec ancestry, raised in northern Quebec isolated communities. She is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Canada and Director of Ongomiizwin Research. A Fulbright Arctic Scholar from 2018-19, she holds a PhD in Health Policy and Financing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

This event is sponsored with the UAA Division of Population Health Sciences, Master of Public Health Program.

Author Marc Cameron presents From Alaska: Writing Tom Clancy and the Jericho Quinn Thriller Series Friday, May 3, 4-6 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Marc Cameron is The New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Oath of Office, and Tom Clancy Power and Empire, the Arliss Cutter Mysteries, and the Jericho Quinn Thriller Series. His forthcoming book, Tom Clancy Code of Honor, is due out in November.

A retired Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, Marc Cameron, who is originally from Texas, spent nearly thirty years in law enforcement filling assignments from Alaska to Manhattan, from Canada to Mexico. During his career, he served as a uniformed police officer, mounted (horse patrol) officer, SWAT officer, and detective. In early 1991, he accepted a position with the U.S. Marshals Service where he moved through the ranks to retire as Chief of the District of Alaska.

Marc Cameron holds a second-degree black belt in Jujitsu and is a certified scuba diver and man-tracking instructor. An avid sailor and adventure motorcyclist, his books often feature boats and bikes including OSI Agent Jericho Quinn's beloved BMW GS Adventure.

Today, Marc Cameron's home is Eagle River, where he lives with his wife and BMW GS motorcycle.

Language in Focus: A Celebration of Languages Thursday, May 9, 3:30-5:30 p.m. UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

In spring 2019, the UAA Department of Languages held its first Language in Focus ePortfiolio Contest. Juniors and seniors from ASD high schools discussed the importance of language and culture study and shared their experiences in language learning. At this event, awards will be given to Language in Focus ePortfiolio Contestwinners and, in an open mic format, all attendees are encouraged to express their views on language study.

Please join us at our spring celebration of languages! The event is co-sponsored by UAA Department of Languages, Academic Innovations and eLearning, and UAA Campus Bookstore.


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