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Egan Lecture Series to begin Sept. 18

First lecture kicks off with Ketchikan artist Ray Troll.

By: Mallory Millay

On Friday, Sept. 18, a new series of An Evening at Egan lectures are scheduled to begin. 

To kick off the new season, the first lecture will be given by artist Ray Troll. Troll will be discussing his marine themed artwork and the inspiration he draws from scientific facts and discoveries. Troll will also be unveiling a mural dedicated to University of Alaska Southeast in the Egan building.

Other speakers include world famous pianist Alexander Tutunov; UAS’ own Associate Professor of History, Robin Walz, who will be discussing the French crime novels and the real-life characters that make them so mind-boggling, as well as Riki Ott, author of “Not One Drop”, who will be discussing how the democratic crisis affected the Exxon Valdez oil spill verdict. Other lectures will cover diverse topics varying from evolution and exploration in the deep sea to the inspirations that affect one speaker’s work with clay and how he has turned that passion into 15 years of art. 

The Evening at Egan lectures is a great way for students and other members of the community to learn fascinating facts about a wide variety of topics.

“The Evening at Egan series is a great source of pride for UAS.  It is also a wonderful community resource for UAS students,” said Katie Bausler, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at UAS. 

UAS will be starting a new tradition with the beginning of the Evening at Egan lectures, according to Bausler. On the first Friday of every month, there will be a First Friday at the Bookstore event where books, paintings and other works of art will be for sale at  the UAS Bookstore. The items featured at the bookstore will be the works of the featured speaker from each Evening at Egan lecture.

The Evening at Egan lectures will possibly be taking a new twist in the spring, when there will be monthy music-related lectures. Kyle Wiley Pickett, music director for the Juneau Symphony,  will start the program with a symphony related talk on Jan. 22.

As an exciting new season begins for the lectures begins, be sure to check the UAS website for lecture dates and times. The lectures are scheduled to run from Sept. 18 to Nov. 20 during the fall series and will begin again in the spring. The Evening at Egan lectures will be held at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the Egan lecture Hall


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