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UAS Arts Series 2016

Friday, January 22

The Art of Conducting: Demystifying the Craft

Egan Lecture Hall

Troy Quinn, Conductor, Juneau Symphony

In his other life as an LA studio musician, Quinn’s feet are in both the pop and classical worlds. He’ll demystify the craft of conducting and explore its unique role in music with examples from diverse musical cultures.

Friday, January 29

JUMP Society Film Festival

Egan Lecture Hall

The Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society’s biannual festival of locally made short films.

Friday, February 5

Viewing the Elephant Man

Egan Lecture Hall

Robin Walz, Professor of History

“I am a human being! I am… a man…” This cry for human dignity was immortalized in David Lynch’s acclaimed film, The Elephant Man (1980). In his lecture “Viewing the Elephant Man: How Science and Commerce Reconfigured the Grotesque Body”, Professor Walz poses the question—Why was Merrick considered a “freak” at all? This talk examines the collusion between medical science and commerce in the 19th century and questions the use of corrective therapies today. Part of the Science on Screen series with Juneau Libraries and Goldtown Theatre.

Friday, February 12, Note new time: 8:00 p.m.

Yup’ik Singing & Drumming

Egan Library

Byron Nicholai

Byron’s mix of traditional and modern styles serves to preserve Yup’ik culture and bring it into the mainstream media. This high school senior from Toksook Bay is making a big impression on the Alaska music scene, and beyond, with his new album, “I Sing, You Dance.” Sponsored by UAS Student Activities and PITAAS.

Friday, February 19

Treasures from the State Film Archives

Egan Lecture Hall

Damon Stuebner

The 7th annual showcase of archive films and videos from the Alaska State Library Historical Collections. This year’s gems include a “Heritage of Alaska” episode about Alaskan artist Fred Machetanz, “Tlingit-Ani”, a film about the culture and legends of the Tlingit people, and ”The Great American Lumberjack” PBS documentary about living and working at a logging camp in Southeast Alaska.

Friday, March 4

HARM — Experimental Musical Ensemble

Egan Lecture Hall


HARM is an Alaskan ensemble that defies the bounds of typical genre standards. Blending psych-folk and hip-hop with classical themes, the experimental chamber group utilizes upright bass, cello, harmonium, banjo, clarinet, guitar, beat boxing and vocal layering to explore themes of violence, gender and sexuality.

Friday, March 25

Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam

Egan Lecture Hall

This friendly competition is open to poets and performers of all ages and all abilities. Theme is THAWED. Sign up to compete at 6:30 p.m. Slam starts at 7. Bring three original spoken word poems. Woosh Kinaadeiyí is a local nonprofit committed to diversity, inclusive community, and empowering voice. The 3rd annual UAS hosted slam will be co-MC’ed by UAS student Austin Tagaban and Conor Lendrum.

Friday, April 8

Photography in a Changing Alaska

Egan Lecture Hall

Ben Huff, Adjunct Faculty, Photography

Huff will be sharing pictures from a current body of work being made in Adak, as well as a local project. He will discuss book making, narrative qualities of photography, and his larger philosophy in regards to photography and art. Following the Friends of the Egan Library UAS Authors Reception.

Friday, April 15

Annual Tidal Echoes Launch

Egan Lecture Hall

Featured Juneau writer Aleria Jensen will read and Sitka artist Teri Rofkar will discuss her work. A selection of writers published in this year’s journal will also read. Light refreshments will be served. Journals will be available for purchase at the door.


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