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2013 Evening at Egan Lecture Series

September 13 | Egan Lecture Hall

Changing Shorelines, Early Habitations, and Marine Reptiles of Southeast Alaska

Jim Baichtal, Forest Geologist, Tongass National Forest

The ancient ancestors of marine mammals such as dolphins and killer whales are emerging along with changing sea levels and coastlines due to deglaciation. Jim Baichtal kicks off the series with a fascinating presentation on the discovery of 220 million year old Triassic marine reptile fossils from several localities in Southeastern Alaska, including the recently discovered Thalattosaur, a fossil marine reptile similar to today’s marine iguana. View Video

September 20 | Egan Lecture Hall

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and Sealaska Lands Legislation

Albert Kookesh, Chairman of the Board, Sealaska Corporation, Former State Senator

Forty years after the passage of ANCSA by Congress, Alaska Natives are still waiting for final legislation on land entitlements. A presentation on continued roadblocks faced by Native Corporations when it comes to land rights and the impact on proposed Sealaska Lands Legislation. View Video

September 27 | Egan Lecture Hall

Outdoor Studies Capstone 2013: Ski Mountaineering in Ecuador

Kevin Krein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Outdoor Studies and Students

In January of 2013, students and faculty from the UAS Outdoor Studies Program traveled to Ecuador with the goal of climbing and skiing high altitude peaks. Join us as members of the group share images and video footage from the expedition, discuss the trip, and reflect on the experience. View Video

October 4 | Egan Lecture Hall

Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking, Not My Life film and panel

World Affairs Councils of America

Filmed on five continents in a dozen countries, Not My Life is the first film to comprehensively depict the cruel and de-humanizing practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery. Followed by panel discussion with Robin Bronen, Alaska Institute for Justice, Matt Judy, Juneau FBI Agent, and a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.

October 11 | Egan Lecture Hall

Anatomia Italiana: the History of Anatomy, Medicine, and Art along the Italian Peninsula

Heidi Pearson, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology

The Italian Peninsula is both a prized travel destination and the home of many important venues in the study of anatomy. This presentation will feature the history of anatomy, medical education, and art in the Medieval and Renaissance Eras in Italy, framed within a photographic travelogue of the region. View Video

October 18 | Egan Lecture Hall

The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: a Canadian-American Disaster

Bill Morrison, co-author, Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down with Her

The sinking of the Canadian ship Princess Sophia near Juneau in 1918, a disaster that killed all 354 passengers and crew, was truly international. The stories of the ship’s Canadian and American passengers and crew show how interconnected the two northern territories were in the early days of their settled history. Part of the Juneau World Affairs Council Fall Symposium on Alaska-Canada Relations.

October 25 | Egan Library

People and Forests: Using Behavioral Experiments to Reduce Global Deforestation

Glenn Wright, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Wright will describe his ongoing simulation research on forest and fisheries governance in Alaska, Bolivia, and Uganda. Members of the Juneau community will be invited to participate in a simple natural resource simulation that demonstrates how games and simulations can be used to help us better understand natural resource governance and ourselves.

November 1 | Egan Lecture Hall

Juneau’s Berner’s Bay: A Living Laboratory for Studying Environmental Change and Social Adaptation

Sanjay Pyare, Associate Professor Geography, and the Alaska EPSCoR Research Team

How will livelihoods, management practices, and communities change and adapt to the types of dramatic environmental changes forecast for the next half century or so? A University of Alaska research team from the Alaska EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program will present on multi-disciplinary research in Berners Bay followed by Q and A session. View Video

November 8 | Egan Library

At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Human-animal communication after The Change

Kij Johnson, author of the UAS 2013 One Campus One Book selection

Johnson’s stories feature cats, bees, wolves, dogs, and even that most capricious of animals, humans. “The Change” refers to the time when animals obtained language. J“Animals are alien intelligences — even dogs, even chimps. They think and feel and make connections, but they are not translatable to our experiences (and vice versa), though we can to some extent extrapolate from research, observation, and our own experiences as
animals. This is the heart of almost every story I have ever written, attempts and failures to communicate across that barrier”. — Kij Johnson View Video

November 15 | Egan Library

Deconstructing Racism: Power and Privilege in our Community

Lance (X’unei) A. Twitchell, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages facilitates a panel of community leaders in this important discussion.

“It does not make sense to argue about whether these things happen, but it does make sense to talk about what to do about it.” From “Time for Tough Conversations” by Lance (X’unei) A. Twitchell, Juneau Empire View Video