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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.

View the 2013 Evening at Egan taped lectures from our YouTube video below or visit the lecture playlist on YouTube.

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

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