“The conversation doesn’t start here and it doesn’t end here.
The final Evening at Egan lecture November 15 featured a panel discussion with members of the Juneau community who have been facilitating local discussions on racial justice. Panel members were Rick Caulfield, UAS provost; Phil Campbell, pastor of Northern Lights Church (which has hosted several discussions on race and plans to host more); M.K. MacNaughton, a Juneau artist who got her introduction to social and racial issues in Juneau while working at the AWARE Shelter; Ishmael Hope, a storyteller of Iñupiaq and Tlingit heritage who was born in Sitka and lives in Juneau; Sol Neely, UAS Assistant Professor of English and Philosophy; and Xh’unei Lance Twitchell, UAS Assistant Professor of Native Languages. “We’re so anxious to talk, because these things build up inside of us,” said Twitchell, who facilitated the event. “The conversation doesn’t start here and it doesn’t end here. It’s important it occurs throughout our community on a regular basis. Our overall goal is the elimination of racism. That is what we’re committed to when we do this type of work.” Provost Rick Caulfield said “Respect is what really matters. That comes from listening, understanding and confronting what divides us.”