Premiere of documentary on Vic Fischer, Tuesday, May 17
by UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research |
Vic Fischer, UA Director Emeritus, is featured in a new documentary that will premiere Tuesday, May 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Loussac Library and online. The film is part of the Magnetic North series on Alaskans whose actions and ideas have shaped the history, spirit and values of the state. It is a project of the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Rasmuson Foundation.
Vic was Anchorage’s first city planner, delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, territorial legislator and assistant administrator of the U.S. Housing and Home Finance Administration.
His contributions to the University of Alaska are significant. From 1966-1976 he served as the first director of the Institute of Social, Economic and Government Research (now ISER). His efforts established the Institute as the leading source of research on a broad array of issues, including community development, Alaska Native leadership, health, education, petroleum and other resources development, public finance, and the environment.
In the late 1980s, Vic returned to the university system to lead the Office of Soviet/Russia relations. He was the visionary behind the UAA American Russian Center and served as its senior advisor for many years.
In 1996, University of Alaska Statewide conferred upon Vic the status of UA Director Emeritus. The citation detailed his role at ISEGR, his contributions to improving U.S. and Russia relations, and noted his extensive contributions as a faculty member. In 2006, Vic received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UAA.
“Vic Fischer has, over many years, done what the University of Alaska aims to do:
to help Alaskans — whether students or the general public — understand change and
learn how to live and prosper in changing times.”
—From the 1996 UA citation conferring the honor of Director Emeritus on Vic Fischer