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Evening at Egan: Assimilation: A play by Jack Dalton

The UAS Juneau campus is the first stop for a statewide tour of the play, Assimilation. Five actors and Alaska Native playwright and storyteller Jack Dalton take the stage Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library. The ensemble is touring the play around Alaska with hopes of healing brutal history.

Set in a dystopian future, the play flips the script on the boarding school history that plagues indigenous people around the world. In “Assimilation”, the Natives are running the boarding school and the Whites are being assimilated into Native culture. The play premiered at Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage in 2010, and again at Out North Contemporary Art House in 2013 to sold-out performances and critical acclaim. Then Anchorage Daily News Arts Editor Mike Dunham called it “One of the most powerful pieces of locally written theater ever produced here.”

Alaska Natives who survived abuse at boarding schools have praised the play for telling the story of what happened to them without reopening the wounds. Strategies for healing will be shared to encourage communities to seek ways to move forward. The hope is the play will start a statewide dialogue to heal from this history.

“This is a history the entire state must address,” said playwright Jack Dalton. “Whether your family has been in Alaska for generations, or you moved here last week, this history affects us all, and we must all come to terms with it.”

Other confirmed dates and venues include October 13 at the Elders & Youth Conference; Denaina Center Anchorage, Hilton Anchorage Hotel, October 14-18, during AFN; the North Slope Healthy Living Summit, Barrow, October 21-23; UAF, Fairbanks, November 20-21 and Bunnell Street Art Center, Homer, November 27-28.

Links: Evening at Egan Lecture Series Information

Contact: Jack Dalton

Phone: 907-227-4428

Evening at Egan 2015

2015 marks fifteen years for the annual Evening at Egan fall lecture series at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus. This year the series begins the first Friday in October and runs for eight consecutive weeks through the week before Thanksgiving.

The series kicks off October 2 with a presentation by filmmaker, UAF English faculty and Museum of the North Curator of Film Leonard Kamerling: “Ethnographic Film and the North — A History in Three Acts”.

Other presentations include “A Wolf Called Romeo” by bestselling author Nick Jans (Oct. 16), and “An Animate World" by English faculty Ernestine Hayes, author of the 2015-16 One Campus One Book selection, “Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir” (Nov. 6), and “A Fulbright Scholar in Israel” with Professor of Biology Sherry Tamone.

The premiere of “Haa Yoo X̲ʼatángi K̲áx̲ K̲ulagaawú”, a film documenting the work and lives of Richard and Nora Dauenhauer and Tlingit language revitalization is scheduled as the final event of the series November 20. The production, by UAS Alaska Native languages program head Lance (X̱’unei) Twitchell is now in progress. In the event that the film is not ready for screening an alternate presentation on Alaska Native Languages and Culture will be planned in its place.

All events are scheduled for 7p.m. at the Egan Library and simulcast on UATV Cable Channel 11 or live via Flash streaming video. The schedule, including presenter photos is online on our website. Here is the full line-up:

October 2

Ethnographic Film and the North - A History in Three Acts

Leonard Kamerling, Filmmaker

This illustrated talk will look at the evolution of ethnographic film in the North, examining almost a century of cultural filmmaking, from early expedition travelogues to the blossoming of a Northern indigenous cinema.

October 9

Assimilation - A play by Jack Dalton

Jack Dalton, Alaska Native Storyteller, Teacher, Playwright, Actor

A history lesson you will never forget. In a dystopian alternate reality, three White students are wards of the Paimiut Boarding School in the Inuit province of Alaska. A tyrant Yup’ik Elder runs the school. The goal is assimilation of the Whites into Native culture.

October 16

A Wolf Called Romeo

Nick Jans, Author

Alaska writer and photographer Nick Jans will trace the compelling story of Romeo, Juneau’s black wolf, through a narrated slide show, short video clips, and readings from his bestselling book, “A Wolf Called Romeo”.

October 23

JWAC/UAS Panel on Water

Stephen McCaffrey, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

As global climate change disrupts the hydrologic cycle and human populations grow, governments face new challenges in efforts to provide water to citizens. This presentation will examine whether international law is up to the task of preventing and resolving disputes over water. Part of the Juneau World Affairs Council annual forum: “The Politics of Water”.

October 30

Strengthening the Spirit of Collaboration

Kathleen Macferran and Jared Finkelstein, Center for Nonviolent Communication

Collaboration is at the heart of every successful project, organization, family and relationship. In an interdependent world, working together is critical. Kathleen and Jared will share practical, learnable processes that invite each person to be part of a team.

November 6

An Animate World

Ernestine Hayes, Assistant Professor of English

Author of the 2015-16 One Campus One Book selection, “Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir”, Hayes will read and discuss her book and explore the theme of the animistic worldview that is such a part of Tlingit being yet somehow dislocated or dismissed by other cultures.

November 13

A Fulbright Scholar in Israel

Sherry Tamone, Professor of Biology

Professor Sherry Tamone was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Research Award to study crustacean biology in Israel for 4 months. The presentation will highlight the important role of the Fulbright program for supporting research, teaching, and cultural exchange.

November 20

Haa Yoo X̲ʼatángi K̲áx̲ K̲ulagaawú

Lance (X̱’unei) Twitchell, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages

A film documenting the work and lives of Richard and Nora Dauenhauer and celebrating Tlinigit language revitalization. If the film is not ready for screening, there will be an alternate presentation on Alaska Native Languages and Culture.

Links: Evening at Egan Lecture Series Information

Contact: Keni Lynn Campbell, Special Assistant to the Chancellor
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6509

Contact: Katie Bausler, Public Relations and Marketing Directory
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: 907-796-6530

UAS announces new A.A.S. in Maritime Transportation

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved the establishment of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Maritime Transportation at the University of Alaska Southeast and facilities improvements to establish a Regional Maritime and Career Center on the UAS Ketchikan campus. UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield thanked Senator Bert Stedman for his active interest in the proposals and the many Southeast Alaska maritime employers who endorsed them. Supporters included SouthEast Alaska Pilots’ Association, SEA Link Inc., Allen Marine, the Marine Exchange, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Vigor, and Samson Tug & Barge. The US Coast Guard and Southeast Conference also endorsed the proposal.

Said Caulfield, “Senator Stedman and these employers know how important it is to build a skilled maritime workforce for Southeast Alaska. We greatly appreciate their expressions of support.”

For years, UAS has provided classes and training to ferry workers, the US Coast Guard, shipyard workers, sea pilots, tug and barge industry, plus fishing and charter boats. Soon, students will be able to enroll in a degree program for an AAS in Marine Transportation. “We expect everything will be ready and approved for students to start the program by the Spring 2016 semester,” said Juneau faculty Neil Nickerson.

The new program addresses an unmet need for a formal marine transportation degree in Alaska. Importantly, the fact that it is a formal degree allows students—including those in the US Coast Guard—to access financial aid and tuition support that would otherwise be unavailable. The degree prepares individuals to handle the responsibilities of a limited tonnage vessel officer or owner. Graduates who meet sea time and other U.S. Coast Guard requirements may be qualified to work as a Captain on vessels up to 200 Tons.

Many of the courses in the program are offered via e-Learning or in shorter intensive courses to accommodate working mariners or military personnel. Program students complete assigned projects and gain experience working onboard a vessel. General Education Requirements and some of the classes can be taken at any campus, while others are only offered on the Ketchikan campus which houses required training equipment (i.e. boat davits, lifeboats, bridge and radar simulators).

The UAS Marine Transportation program has two full time faculty members—one in Ketchikan and another in Juneau. The program is primarily Ketchikan based. Chancellor Caulfield expressed appreciation to Ketchikan Campus Director Priscilla Schulte and program faculty and staff for their effective work in preparing the proposals.

Details about the UAS Marine Transportation program can be found at on their website or toll-free within Alaska at 888 550-6177.

Links: UAS School of Career Education Maritime Website

Contact: Claire Fine, Department Chair
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 228-4575

Contact: Neil Nickerson, Juneau Faculty
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6153

Contact: Diana Chaudhary
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 228-4568

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