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2014 Evening at Egan Lecture Series

September 5 | Egan Lecture Hall

The Wisdom of Sustainability: Consumerism, Capitalism and Climate Change

Sulak Sivaraksa, Thai intellectual, author and activist

Sulak Sivaraksa is an advocate for social, environmental and political justice in Thailand, Sri Lanka and around the world. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace prize, he has been awarded the Swedish Right Livelihood Award, the Indian 'Millennium Gandhi Award' and the Niwano Peace Prize in Japan. The Wisdom of Sustainability is his most recent book.

September 12 | Egan Library

Voices of Glacier Bay:  Listening through the Art of Recording

Dr. Richard Nelson and Hank Lentfer

Two years ago, Richard Nelson and Hank Lentfer set out to record as many sounds as possible within the forests, meadows, and waters of Glacier Bay National Park.  Learn about the transformative power of deep listening and hear some of the rich, wild voices of Glacier Bay. 

September 19 | Egan Library

Crosscurrents: Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: Cultural Appropriation in Alaskan Writing

Sherry Simpson and Ernestine Hayes

UAS faculty member Ernestine Hayes and fellow writer Sherry Simpson draw from their own experiences to discuss what writers from a dominant culture must understand before writing about Alaska Native peoples, histories, cultures, and art. With support from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

September 26 | Egan Library

Raven, Rocks, and the Anthropocene: The Bird’s-Eye View of Future Earth

Dr. Tom Thornton

In Southeast Alaska and other Pacific landscapes we find narratives of understanding and adapting to change in the stories of Raven’s transformations and other socially and ecologically cataclysmic events, such as the Flood. How might such stories prepare us for the environmental changes of the Anthropocene?

October 3 | Egan Lecture Hall

The Tlingit Relationship with Salmon: Implications of Spirituality and Materiality for Sustainability and Productivity

Dr. Steve Langdon

A presentation about how Tlingit relationships with salmon are grounded in mythic traditions, and how traditional ecological knowledge and practices provide for sustainability and productivity. These themes reverberate throughout Tlingit existence.

October 10 | Egan Library

Discovering Science and Finding the Story: Steinbeck and Ricketts explore the Sea of Cortez and Alaska's Outer Shores

Katie Roger, Author

University of California, Davis guest lecturer Katie Rodger discusses the interdisciplinary collaboration between scientist Ed Ricketts and writer John Steinbeck, who together created one of the seminal surveys and texts about the Sea of Cortez  in the Gulf of California. There was also a planned but never completed collaboration along the “Outer Shores” of Alaska. The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck is the 2014 One Campus One Book selection.

October 17 | Egan Lecture Hall

"Within the Silence": The story of the Japanese/American internment during World War II.  An Empty Chair contribution.

Living Voices

Juneau's Empty Chair Project continues its educational outreach as Seattle based arts group "Living Voices” presents the story of Juneau teenager John Tanaka’s internment experience. This dynamic and inspirational performance uniquely integrates archival film to turn history into a moving, personal journey.   Sat., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. The Empty Chair Project documentary film will be shown at the Egan Lecture Hall. John’s sister Rosemary Tanaka will attend.  Seating is limited for both events.

October 24 | Lecture Hall

Art, migration and Mexican indigenous communities in the context of global migration

Yolanda Cruz

Part of UAS/Juneau World Affairs Council Fall Forum on Mexico and the United States, Oct 23-25, 2014. Director Yolanda Cruz presents her film 2501 Migrants, the story of sculptor Alejandro Santiago, who creates 2,501 life-size sculptures as an homage to a mass exodus from his home village. The documentary explores questions of art and indigenous community in the context of global migration.  In  Zapoteco (an indigenous language spoken in Oaxaca) and Spanish with English subtitles.


October 31 | Lecture Hall

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Borg? The Ecological Imperative in the Age of Cybernetic Organisms

Dr. Robin Walz, Professor of History, UAS

It’s hardly news that we live in an age of global warming, toxic chemical spills, nuclear meltdowns, polluted water and noxious emissions in the air. Yet rather than accept that we are part of “Planet Borg”, a plea to “Save the Planet” persists. But who or what are we really saving?

November 7 | Egan Lecture Hall

Juneau’s Changing Snow Climate

Dr. Eran Hood, Professor of Environmental Science, UAS

Snowfall in Juneau has a wide range of impacts on our lives, from recreational opportunities at Eaglecrest to the health of animal populations and the stability of the Juneau Icefield.  This presentation will examine how Juneau’s snow climate has changed in recent decades and how it may be altered by climate warming in the future.

November 14 | Egan Lecture Hall

The World of Personal Finance

Anselm Staack, Associate Professor of Accounting, UAS

From “cradle to grave”, personal finance affects the life of every Alaskan. A broad range of topics will be discussed: Financial and tax planning, proper credit card use, consumer borrowing, home purchases and mortgages, auto purchases, life-health-property insurance, managing your investments, retirement, savings, long-term care, ageing issues, and estate planning.

November 21 | Egan Library

A Year of Rethinking Racism in Juneau: Reflection and Discussion

Dr. Sol Neely, Assistant Professor of English, X̱’unei Lance Twitchell, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages, Kolene James, Coordinator, Native and Rural Student Center (NRSC)

A reflection on community events, panel discussions, art shows, and campus events over the past year as part of a community effort to heal racism; and discussion of a way forward to achieve critical mass to make healing racism and historical violence a priority for Juneau.