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Evening at Egan 2015

Juneau, Alaska
Date of Press Release: 09-25-2015

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.


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