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The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck is the 2014-15 selection!

Don't miss our invited spring speaker, socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan coming March 3-6 to UAS-Sitka and UAS-Juneau to present on the topic Saving Our Seas: Merging Art and Environmental Science (see Events tab for more info).  This program will wrap up our 2014-15 celebration of The Log from the Sea of Cortez.  

Thanks for participating, please consider completing our evaluation and preview the short list of titles in consideration for next year below.

Artist as Activist from Colleen Flanigan on Vimeo.

Thanks for helping us select the 2015-16 One Campus One Book featured title.  Short-listed titles and additional info below.  VOTING IS CLOSED as of Thursday February 26th at 11:59pm. Check back soon as we expect to announce the 2015-16 selection the first week of March 2015.  

Blonde Indian book cover imageReality is Broken book cover image
Your Illustrated Guide to becoming One with the Universe book cover image
World in 2050 book cover image

Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir, by Ernestine Hayes 

Told in eloquent layers that blend Native stories and metaphor with social and spiritual journeys, this enchanting memoir traces the author's life from her difficult childhood growing up in the Tlingit community, through her adulthood, during which she lived for some time in Seattle and San Francisco, and eventually to her return home. Neither fully Native American nor Euro-American, Hayes encounters a unique sense of alienation from both her Native community and the dominant culture. We witness her struggles alongside other Tlingit men and women— many of whom never left their Native community but wrestle with their own challenges, including unemployment, prejudice, alcoholism, and poverty.

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Program options:

  • Ernestine Hayes Keynote, Reception and Class visits
  • Library exhibit featuring manuscript and notes from the memoir (currently housed in Egan Library Archives).
  • Native Voices Exhibition presented by National Library of Medicine @ Egan Library fall 2015  
  • Program to call attention to homelessness, to give voice to the stories of those who like Hayes lived on the streets, survived in large part because of the generosity of religious and other groups providing services to this population of displaced people.
  • Tlingit Oratory:  UAS Tlingit students presenting oratory of Tlnigit stories and Hayes personal stories from the memoir.
  • Tie in to History of Boarding Schools in AK (potentially collect stories revive UAS Listening Project) either through a panel discussion / presentation / teach-in or oral history project.  Juneau Public Library is applying for a Storycorps grant on this topic.  
  • Never Alone GAMING EVENT.  The connection between the book and the game would be Native Voices, using new platforms to tell traditional stories in order preserve indigenous language and culture for younger generations. UAS Gaming Club could host a tournament and invite an audience and we could assemble a panel featuring Ishmael Hope, Cook Inlet Tribal Council members and game designers from E-Line Media makers of the game Never Alone which is based on Inupiat stories. World class game makers paired with Alaska Native storytellers and elders to create a game which delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Iñupiat people to present an experience like no other.      

Reality is Broken, by Jane McGonigal  

A visionary game designer reveals how we can harness the power of games to boost global happiness. With 174 million gamers in the United States alone, we now live in a world where every generation will be a gamer generation. But why, Jane McGonigal asks, should games be used for escapist entertainment alone? In this groundbreaking book, she shows how we can leverage the power of games to fix what is wrong with the real world-from social problems like depression and obesity to global issues like poverty and climate change-and introduces us to cutting-edge games that are already changing the business, education, and nonprofit worlds. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, Reality Is Broken shows that the future will belong to those who can understand, design, and play games.

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Program Options:

  • Jane McGonigal Keynote, Reception and Class visits
  • UAS School of Education Faculty presentations on gamification of education, teaching with Minecraft
  • Superbetter @ UAS in collaboration with UAS Recreation Center
  • Panel on Games in context of Health and Wellness 
  • Never Alone GAMING EVENT. The connection between the book and the game would be games for social change, using the interdisciplinary platform of a video game to preserve indigenous language and culture.  UAS Gaming Club could host a tournament and invite an audience and we could assemble a panel featuring Ishmael HopeCook Inlet Tribal Council members and game designers from E-Line Media makers of the game Never Alone which is based on Inupiat stories. World class game makers paired with Alaska Native storytellers and elders to create a game which delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Iñupiat people to present an experience like no other.            

Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe, by Yumi Sakugawa  

A hand-drawn path to inner peace! Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe will set you free on a visual journey of self-discovery. Set against a surreal backdrop of intricate ink illustrations, you will find nine metaphysical lessons with dreamlike instructions that require you to open your heart to unexplored inner landscapes. From setting fire to your anxieties to sharing a cup of tea with your inner demons, you will learn how to let go and truly connect with the world around you. Whether you need a little inspiration or a completely new life direction, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe provides you with the necessary push to find your true path--and a whimsical adventure to enjoy on the way there.

Preview the book

Program Options:

  • Yumi Sakugawa Keynote, Reception and Class visits 
  • Mindfulness for Artists Worskhop with Yumi Sakugawa 
  • Mindfulness, Meditation and Yoga workshop series for Stressed Students (in parntership with UAS Recreation Center and Juneau Shambala Center)
  • Zine Making Workshops and curation of a UAS Egan Library Zine Collection or Contest (in collaboration with Whalesong)
  • Never Alone GAMING EVENT.  The connection between the book and the game would be visual storytelling or media inventors.   UAS Gaming Club could host a tournament and invite an audience and we could assemble a panel featuring Ishmael HopeCook Inlet Tribal Council members and game designers from E-Line Media makers of the game Never Alone which is based on Inupiat stories. World class game makers paired with Alaska Native storytellers and elders to create a game which delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Iñupiat people to present an experience like no other.  


The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Northern Future, by Laurence C. Smith
 

The world's population is exploding, wild species are vanishing, and our environment is degrading. What kind of world are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? Just who will flourish-and who will fail-in our evolving world? Combining the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data, Guggenheim fellow Laurence C. Smith predicts how the eight nations of the Arctic Rim (including the United States) will become increasingly powerful while the nations around the equator struggle for survival. Like Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist, The World in 2050 is as credible as it is controversial, projecting the looming benefits as well as the problems of climate change.

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Program options:

  • Laurence Smith Keynote (The New North or Alaska in 2022), Reception and Class visits
  • Presentations featuring UAF Cold Climate Housing Research Center or other Alaskan innovators like Bernie Karl (Chena Hot Springs/Chena Power/K&K Recycling), Bob Varness (Tongass Rain Electric Catamaran).  
  • Other invited guests could also speak to the themes presented in the Smith book. 
  • UAS Faculty led panel, discussion on Northern Rim Countries (NORCS) 
  • Invite AELP, Village and AK Energy Authority folk to discuss alternative/renewable energy projects in AK and potential for scaling up.
  • Never Alone GAMING EVENT. The connection between the book and the game would be climate change narratives, innovation and the unique position Alaska Native Corporations and other indigenous home-rule nations hold in the "New North".  UAS Gaming Club could host a tournament and invite an audience and we could assemble a panel featuring Ishmael HopeCook Inlet Tribal Council members and game designers from E-Line Media makers of the game Never Alone which is based on Inupiat stories. World class game makers paired with Alaska Native storytellers and elders to create a game which delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Iñupiat people to present an experience like no other.             
 

2014-15 Featured speakers:

Katie Rodger (UC Davis) has been teaching at UC Davis since 2002, and has been a lecturer in the University Writing Program(UWP) since Spring 2011. Her areas of interest include the intersections of science and writing, especially literature of the environment and the literature of the Pacific Ocean. For ten years, she researched the life and work of marine ecologist, Ed Ricketts, the model for John Steinbeck's "Doc" in Cannery Row. She published two volumes, a critical edition of Ricketts's letters, Renaissance Man of Cannery Row The Life and Letters of Edward F. Ricketts (U. Alabama P, 2002) and his collected essays, Breaking Through: Essays, Journals, and Travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts (U. California P, 2006). Currently, Rodger is co-editing an encyclopedia of material culture, All Things Steinbeck, due to be published in 2014.


portrait of colleen flanigan

Colleen Flanigan is a visual, performing, and environmental artist, exhibiting internationally. She was selected as a senior TED Fellow and was featured in a Nokia/TED responsiveness campaign. She has a BA in Design from UCLA , and a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Metals from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. With 20 years of arts background, she moves from jewelry to steel sculptures, mixed-media interactive works to conceptual and collaborative projects. Recently she worked on the stop-motion animated feature, Coraline, (Feb. 2009) a Henry Selick-directed interpretation of Neil Gaiman';s book. An armaturist for puppet fabrication, Colleen made ball-and-socket skeletons for puppets. Having taught sculpture and jewelry to all ages, as well as created exhibits at children's museums and schools, she is known for her large 3-dimensional steel drawings woven with wire by children. Colleen learned to SCUBA and went to Bali for certification in the Global Coral Reef Alliance's Biorock mineral accretion, an innovative technology for coral reef restoration that combines her sculptural practice and passion for the oceans and natural habitats. It is a form of living art. Colleen sees life as art and is an avid tango dancer. Read more about Colleen at Arts and Science Collaborations Inc.

One Campus, One Book is the common reading program at UAS-Juneau.  It's a celebration of literature and the relationships and communities that develop between readers and writers.  The program grew out of the Student Success Forum with the goal of helping foster community and compassion on campus.  The program's first year (2010) featured David Issay's Listening is an Act of Love and a corresponding campus oral history project ( The UAS Listening Project) collected the stories of students, faculty and staff.   In 2012 the program was formalized as a program of the Egan Library, a selection committee established and in 2013 these program goals and criteria were adopted.  

Goals:  

The UAS One Campus, One Book program will:

  • Begin an exploration of interdisciplinary approaches
  • Create opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom.
  • Foster student, staff and community participation and identification as contributing members of an intellectual community.
  • Promote reading and "foster a page-turning togetherness".*

       *based on DC We Read 2009

Criteria for book selection:

  • The extent to which the book matches program goals (touches on interdisciplinary perspectives and has the potential for integration into curriculum, is not too challenging in terms of reading level or topic).
  • Has the potential for a variety of related program (themes).
  • The book won’t have likely been assigned reading during high school.
  • Accessibility: The book is between 250-350 pages in length, engaging, college-level reading and not a text-book
  • Accessibility: is available currently in paperback
  • Accessibility: bulk ordering of the book won’t require a reprint of the title.
  • The author may be available to visit campus (within our modest budget).

Core Planning and Selection Committee:

AY15 (Fall 2014-Spring/Summer 2015).  Planning Meetings will be tentatively be held 3rd Fridays from 1-3pm.  (9/19, 10/17, 11/21, 1/23, 2/20, 3/13, 4/17)

Anne Wedler, Assistant Professor of Art, Co-chair

Jonas Lamb, Assistant Professor of Library Science/Public Services Librarian, Co-chair

Lisa Richardson, Assistant Professor of Education

Richard Simpson, Assistant Professor of Humanities

Katy Spangler, Professor of Education

Vacant, AY 14-15 Student Rep

Vacant, Spring 2015 Student Intern 

DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
03-06-2015
6:30 PM
Lobby outside Lecture Hall

2014-15 The Log from the Sea of Cortez

If you are considering using The Log from the Sea of Cortez in your class or are interested in serving on the Planning and Selection Commitee please contact us.  We also have desk/review copies available.  

Curriculum

Related Themes and Connections

Art/Photography

Sculpture, seascapes, scientific illustration

Colleen Flanigan: Ocean activist and artist. She focuses on reef ecosystems and how we can cross-pollinate art, science and our creativity to save biodiversity in oceans:
The Lavin Agency- Speaker Colleen Flanigan

Colleen Flanigan- Bio

Abstract Photographer Dana Montlack's exhibition, Sea of Cortez, inspired by the journey
 

The art/ illustrations of Mick Wiggins (cover art for 1995 Penguin Classics edition of Sea of Cortez).  Commentary on technique and book design and his Steinbeck covers for Penguin Classics.  

Biology/Marine Biology/Ecology

Scientific boating expedition, preparations for field work, sampling, preserving, collection of marine specimens, marine invertebrates, scientific observations/cataloging.

Between Pacific Tides: an account of the habits and habitats of some of five hundred of the conspicious seashore invertebrates of the Pacific coast between Sitka, Alaska and Northern Mexico by Ed Ricketts, Jack Calvin and Joel Hedgpeth.   

Epilogue from Beyond the Outer Shores by Eric Enno Tamm, explores compares and contrasts the environmental destruction of the dust bowl and the 1997 el nino's impact on Pacific fisheries.   

John Steinbeck's foreward to 1948 ed. of Between Pacific Tides 


Information on the Sea of Cortez (the Gulf of California)

Echoes of 'The Sea of Cortez'


Business

Boat chartering, fisheries/natural resource management

Literary Collaboration / Challenges of dual-authorship in publishing: Why was Ricketts name removed from the later edition of the book?  What are the economic drivers that influenced this editorial decision?   

Education

Experiential learning, place-based education, semester at sea, learning communities, interdisciplinary studies, STEM.  

Pierce College Marine Science Program: Sea of Cortez Course featured in this video.  

English

 Non-fiction literature, storytelling, narratives, literature of the environment, travel writing

Literary Collaboration / Challenges of dual-authorship in publishing: Why was Ricketts name removed from the later edition of the book?

Environmental Science

Fisheries management, trawling, human impact on the ocean, management of international waters


Epilogue from Beyond the Outer Shores by Eric Enno Tamm, explores compares and contrasts the environmental destruction of the dust bowl and the 1997 el nino's impact on Pacific fisheries. 

Nawkasina goes north-Related article, canoe expedition from Tacoma to Juneau 1933 by Jack Calvin friend of Steinbeck and Ricketts and co-author of Between Pacific Tides

Geography


Pacific coastline littoral 

Geography of Steinbeck country (Both imagined and real geography) 
         Steinbeck Country App 

History


World War II, Mexico, Agri-industrialization of California 

Math

Navigation

Outdoor Skills and Leadership

Boat expedition, Fishing, Trawling, Navigation, Survival skills, Problem solving

Nawkasina goes north-Related article, canoe expedition from Tacoma to Juneau 1933 by Jack Calvin friend of Steinbeck and Ricketts and co-author of Between Pacific Tides

Ed Ricketts and the 'Dream' of Cannery Row  2 part NPR feature on Ricketts and Steinbeck
Scholar examines Ricketts, Calvin Connection  KCAW Sitka interview with Katie Rodger and Lisa Busch (Sitka Sound Science Center Director).  

Related Books and Films:

 

Journey to the Sea of Cortez (preview of feature documentary)
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Available through the UAS Egan Library-


Sea of Cortez: A Leisurly Journal of Travel and Research

     by John Steinbeck and E.E. Ricketts

           -The original edition of The Log from the Sea of Cortez features both the narrative portion that we see in The Log as well as an annotated specimen list created by marine-biologist Ed Ricketts. This original collaboration of Steinbeck and Rickett's experience traveling through the Gulf of California is both a travelogue and a biological record of their expedition

Telling our Way to the Sea
     
by Aaron Hirsh

Steinbeck and the Environment: Interdisciplinary approaches (ebook)
     edited by Susan F. Beegel, Susan Shillinglaw, Wesley N. Tiffney, Jr. ; with a foreword by Elaine Steinbeck

Big sea journey with scientific intent (John Muir and others) could be tied to the story of the sea/scientific expeditions: 


IN PRODUCTION-

John Steinbeck's The Log from the Sea of Cortez: A Feature Documentary
       Co-Production with Elite Studios MPC

 

Programming-

Student Book Trailer contest- We are also looking into doing a Student BookTrailer contest as part of our Fall programming. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a book trailer checkout this one for a recent book Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself by Allen Crawford.

Do you know of a great book that could create community and conversation on campus through the OCOB program? If so, the Selection Committee invites you to submit your idea for the next book.  We look forward to adding your nominations to the ongoing consideration pool.  Please keep in mind the program goals, selection criteria and we'd love to hear your ideas for related programming.  

For examples, check out the common reading suggestions from some publishers:
Random House 
Penguin 
Harper Collins 
National Association of Scholars 

Book Nomination Form

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Internship Opportunities:

Interested in Interning with the OCOB program? Talk to your advisor and contact ocob@uas.alaska.edu before 5/1/2015 (for Fall 15 internship)

The OCOB Student internship will provide students with experience in the management, marketing and promotion of arts and culture events by assisting in the production of the campus-wide common reading program, One Campus, One Book and related campus and community events. This internship will also incorporate independent networking around the City and Borough of Juneau with the purpose of determining how arts and culture organizations develop, budget, staff, coordinate logistics, and evaluate their programs and events.  Duties vary between Fall and Spring Internship opportunities and each interested student is encouraged to work with their faculty advisor and OCOB faculty sponsors to adapt the internship to meet their program needs.  The OCOB internship can be adapted to meet a variety of programatic needs including Humanities, Communication, English and more.  Student interns can also choose to enroll at either 291/391/491 levels and typically for 3 credits (requires 150 clock hours).  These internship opportunities are open until filled.  Deadline to apply for fall is May 1 of the prior year and the deadline for the spring internship is December 1.  

Objectives:  One objective of the internship will be to provide the student an opportunity to actively participate in the management, marketing and promotion of an arts and culture event.

Interns will:

  • Attend regular OCOB committee planning and other related meetings/trainings (budget/CMS). 
  • Review and critically evaluate potential book titles for selection
  • Assist in book orders and author visit planning
  • Create promotional materials, surveys and content for print, web (CMS training provided) and social media
  • Assist in event scheduling and event logistics.
  • Develop written and oral communication skills by discussing and promoting OCOB programs and events with students and in the community
  • Develop confidence and communication skills serving as coordinator of correspondence and communication with invited author, publisher and other guest speakers/performers.

Questions about the internship?  Contact Jonas Lamb (jonas.lamb@uas.alaska.edu) or call 907-796-6440


Information about previous OCOB selections and links to audio/video when available.  

2013: At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

Kij Johnson visited the Juneau campus for a series of class visits, the one-night only production of a staged reading and an Evening at Egan Lecture.

UAS Drama Club S.C.R.I.P.T performed "Finding True North", Nov. 6th 2013 [listen]
Kij Johnson presented and Evening at Egan lecture, Egan Library, Nov. 8th, 2013 [ watch]

Narrative Endeavors: Visual and Literary Art Exhibition.  One night only student art show with open mic and Google Hangout with Kij Johnson.  Downtown Gallery, April 4th, 2014.   

John Marzluff, author of Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans presented a different perspective on this year's OCOB theme of human-animal communication and communicating with the other at a Sound and Motion Lecture on April 18th, 2014.  

2012: Being Caribou by Karsten Heuer  

Karsten Heuer and Leanne Alison visited the Juneau campus for a series of lectures, film screening and classroom visits. Gwich’in elder Randall Tetlichi was elder-in-residence on the Juneau Campus and gave another perspective on related themes.

Gwich’in elder Randall Tetlichi presented an Evening at Egan lecture, Egan Library: Nov. 9th  2012 [watch ]
Leanne screened the related film, Egan Lecture Hall followed by a Q&A, Nov. 15th 2012 [watch]
Karsten presented an Evening at Egan lecture, Egan Library, Nov. 16th 2012 [watch]
Sarah Ray, OCOB 2012 Committee Chair

2011: The Truth About Stories by Thomas King

2010: Listening is an Act of Love by David Isay

 
 

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