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UAS Power & Privilege Symposium

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
8:15 a.m.–7 p.m.
UAS Juneau Campus
Portions will be streamed live over the internet
Most Juneau classes will be cancelled (see below)

UAS Power and Privilege Symposium Logo

Participant Registration is Open

If you plan to join us, in person on the Juneau campus, for the 2nd Annual UAS Power & Privilege Symposium, please let us know by filling out the participant registration form. All aspects of the event are free and open to the public. Registering prior to the event will ease the check-in process at the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Tara Olson or Nathan Bodenstadt.

About the UAS Power and Privilege Symposium

The 2nd Annual UAS Power & Privilege Symposium is a one day conference-style teach-in designed to give members of the UAS & Southeast Alaska communities an opportunity to come together and engage in difficult, thoughtful, and honest conversation about the ways social hierarchies and identities manifest themselves in our communities. Discussions include those about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, body size, ability, mental illness, class, and their intersectionalities.

Most UAS Juneau classes will be cancelled to allow students and faculty the opportunity to attend and/or present at the Symposium. Check your class syllabus or talk with your professors to see if your classes will be cancelled on the day of the event.

While the Symposium will be held on the UAS Juneau campus, keynote speeches and a selection of breakout sessions will be available live via distance. Details will be added when available.


Date / TimeEventLocation
8:15–8:30 a.m.Continental BreakfastSpike's Cafe
8:30–8:45 a.m.Aak’w Kwaan WelcomeEgan Library
8:45–9:00 a.m.Event WelcomeEgan Library
9:00–9:50 a.m.Opening KeynoteEgan Library
10:00–10:50 a.m.Breakout Session 12nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
11:00–11:50 a.m.Breakout Session 22nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
12:00–12:50 p.m.Lunch (Catered)Lakeside Grill
1:00–1:50 p.m.Afternoon KeynoteEgan Library
2:00–2:50 p.m.Breakout Session 32nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
3:00–3:50 p.m.Breakout Session 42nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
4:00–4:50 p.m.Breakout Session 52nd Floor Egan Building Classrooms
5:00–5:50 p.m.Dinner (Catered)Lakeside Grill
6–6:50 p.m.Evening KeynoteEgan Library

Opening Keynote

Ernestine Hayes, Yanwaashaa Kaagwaantaan: Empty Boxes

Ernestine Hayes


Hayes has asked the questions "What Shall We Do With Our Histories?" and "What Shall We Do With Our Heroes?" and has suggested that we must all go forward together. In this keynote address, Hayes challenges current structures of power and privilege and offers insight on how we might dismantle the barriers that slow our progress.


Ernestine Hayes belongs to the Kaagwaantaan clan of the Tlingit. Current Alaska Writer Laureate, she is best known for Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir. Published in 2006, Blonde Indian received an American Book Award and an Honoring Alaska Indigenous Literature (HAIL) Award, was named Native America Calling Book of the Month, and was a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize and PEN Nonfiction Award. Blonde Indian was the inaugural selection for Alaska Reads, a program launched by her predecessor, Writer Laureate Frank Soos. Her works have appeared in Studies in American Indian Literature, Yellow Medicine Review, Cambridge History of Western American Literature, and other forums. Her poem “The Spoken Forest” is installed at Totem Bight State Park, and her comments on Indigenous identity are installed in the Alaska State Museum. Her latest book, The Tao of Raven, weaves narratives and reflection in the context of “Raven and the Box of Daylight.”

Afternoon Keynote

Forest Haven, Ph.D. student in cultural anthropology, University of California, Irvine
Economies of Identity: Tradition, Power, and the Adjudication of Nativeness

Forest Haven


What does it mean to be Alaskan Native? There is of course no single answer to this question. However, the identities of Indigenous people have been bound up in various economies of power since the arrival of the first settlers. Since then, those interested in acquiring Native lands have continued to benefit from the ideological construction of the “vanishing Indian.” Over time, similar rhetorical strategies come to be taken up by those with even the most well-intentioned motivations. This presentation will focus on “tradition,” and what is deemed “traditional,” as an instrument of power. This will then be juxtaposed with ethnographic examples of the way Alaskan Native people talk about tradition within the context of subsistence foods. Further, this presentation will highlight the way the “vanishing Indian” trope appears in unexpected places—such as cultural revitalization movements—in a way that effectively perpetuates the adjudication of Native identity.


Forest Haven is Ts’msyen from Metlakatla, Alaska. In 2013, she a received her B.A. in social science from UAS in Juneau, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests lie at the intersections of traditional subsistence foods, identity politics, settler colonialism, and the anthropology of the senses. Forest has been personally involved with traditional food practices since childhood and was encouraged to channel those interests into scholarly pursuits during her time at UAS. As an undergraduate, she was awarded an Alaska EPSCoR fellowship to conduct research on subsistence in rural Alaska. As a graduate student, she was awarded several major fellowships in support of her research from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the UCI Oceans Initiative and has presented at numerous conferences around the U.S. Forest recently returned to Alaska and is conducting research for her dissertation.

Evening Keynote

Dr. Barb (QasuGlana) Amarok: Pedagogy of Power and Privilege

Barb Amarok


QasuGlana will share her experiences and thoughts on privilege and power as they relate to formal schooling in the United States, particularly in Alaska, and how the educational system continues to frame pedagogy as colonizing. She will reference scholars including hooks, Freire, Berryman, Kendall, Ongtooguk and Hammond, and voice her thoughts on how schools continue to de-form children with devastating individual and collective consequences.


Barb (QasuGlana) Amarok is an Iñupiaq Alaska Native whose family is from the Bering Strait region. QasuGlana holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and a doctoral degree in Indigenous Education. She worked in the field of education for thirty-two years and has recently been elected to the Nome School Board for three, three-year terms and is serving her second year as President. QasuGlana also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Alaska School Boards.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout session presenters will be announced the week of October 23rd.

Planning Committee Members

UAS Faculty

  • Alberta Jones
  • Amanda Sesko
  • Kathleen DiLorenzo
  • Lisa Hoferkamp
  • Robin Walz
  • Robin Gilcrist
  • Sol Neely
  • Lance (X̱ʼunei) Twitchell

UAS Staff

  • Tara Olson
  • Nathan Bodenstadt
  • Amanda Triplett
  • Amelia Emmens-Budd
  • Christopher Washko
  • Em Rademaker
  • Eric Scott
  • Gail Cheney
  • Gail Klein
  • Gloria Merry
  • Kolene James
  • Margie Thomson
  • Monika Kunat

UAS Students

  • Lyndi Hall
  • Kyle Martini
  • Kelly Gerlach

Juneau Community

  • Ati Nasiah
  • Morgan Stonecipher

2016 Event

The program, which includes the schedule, keynote speakers, and breakout session details, is available for download.

Keynotes and Recorded Sessions

All keynotes as well as select breakout sessions are available for viewing online. A list of available videos:

  • Áakʼw Ḵwáan Welcome with Marie Olson & Liana Wallace 
  • Opening Keynote - Manic Depression in America with Andrew James Archer, MSW, LCSW
  • Session 1 - Stereotyping and its Effects in Evaluative and Performance Domains with Amanda Sesko, Ph.D; Assistant Professor of Psychology, UAS
  • Session 2 - Rape Culture: Hiding in Plain Sight with Mandy O'Neal Cole, Deputy Director, AWARE Afternoon Keynote - Dancing Soverenignty: Reclaiming the Grease Trail Through Movement and Song with Mique'l Dangeli
  • Session 3 - How Anthologies Empower Communities by Weaving Literature with Politics with Martha Amore, Professor, UAA
  • Session 4 - Examining Climate Change through a Lens of Power & Privilege with a panel of UAS faculty, staff, and student representatives
  • Session 5 - The Act of Dreaming: Undocumented Students in the United States with Christina Gómez, Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Evening Keynote - Gender Transition: A Personal Change for One or a Paradigm Shift for Everyone? with Aidan Key


We would like to thank our generous event sponsors of the 2016 event:

  • UAS First Year Experience 
  • UAS Student Activities
  • UAS Native & Rural Student Center
  • UAS Counseling
  • NAMI