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mixed book cover image2016-17 | Mixed

Edited by Andrew Garrod, Robert Kilkenny and Christina Gómez.

This year's selected book will be used as a starting point for discussion and exploration of the theme: Negotiating Identity in America.   Thank you to all of you who participated in the process of selecting this year's text.  

Complimentary copies will be provided to all Juneau Campus New-Student Orientation attendees and distributed at the Egan Library, Student Housing and other venues where first-year students gather. 

  • Read the eBook via the Egan Library (Ebrary collection, login with UAS username/password)
  • Print copies will be available at Egan Library soon.  
  • Christina Gomez, co-editor of Mixed and Professor of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)will visit the Juneau Campus in November 2016.  During her visit she will meet with several UAS classes, provide a faculty workshop on strategies for diversity and inclusion in the classroom, serve as a panelist in the UAS Power and Place Symposium and provide a keynote lecture in the Egan Library.  


Mixed presents engaging and incisive first-person experiences of what it is like to be multiracial in what is supposedly a postracial world. Bringing together twelve essays by college students who identify themselves as multiracial, this book considers what this identity means in a reality that occasionally resembles the post-racial dream of some and at other times recalls a familiar world of racial and ethnic prejudice.

Exploring a wide range of concerns and anxieties, aspirations and ambitions, these young writers, who all attended Dartmouth College, come from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Unlike individuals who define themselves as having one racial identity, these students have lived the complexity of their identity from a very young age. In Mixed, a book that will benefit educators, students, and their families, they eloquently and often passionately reveal how they experience their multiracial identity, how their parents' race or ethnicity shaped their childhoods, and how perceptions of their race have affected their relationships.

"[A] valid and necessary addition to the field. . . . Mixed sheds light on pre-college, as well as collegiate experiences, which may be influential in the identities and lives of multiracial students.  Furthermore, the 12 essays in the book explore aspects of multiracial students' experiences that have yet to be extensively researched, including the influences of familial dynamics, intersections of additional social identities, and the environments and communities in which one grows up. . . . The 12 essays are enchanting and informative, providing a much needed text for engaging multiraciality in higher education."

—Jessica C. Harris, Journal of College Student Development (November 2014)

Check back soon, additional info and events will be posted throughout the summer.  


2016-17 Featured Speaker:

portrait of Christina GomezChristina Gomez 

Christina Gomez's research has concentrated on racial identity construction in the United States, discrimination, and immigration. She is the author of numerous articles that focus on such topics as skin color discrimination, construction of Latino identity, politics of bilingual education and experiences of undocumented students in higher education. She has received many prizes and fellowships, including a Henry Luce Foundation Scholars Fellowship, National Science Foundation Fellowship, and a Faculty Excellence Award (2013) from Northeastern Illinois University.

Selected Publications


    • Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories, edited book with Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny, Cornell University Press, December 2013.
    • Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Successful Latino College Students Tell Their Stories, edited book with Andrew Garrod and Robert Kilkenny, Cornell University Press, May 2007.

Articles, Chapters, Reports

    • "Out for Immigration Justice: Thinking through Social and Political Change," with D. Diaz-Strong, M. Luna-Duarte, E. Meiners in Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change, edited by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, Routledge Press, Fall 2013.
    • "Too close to the work/There is nothing right now," with E. Meiners, M. Luna-Duarte, and D. Diaz-Strong, in Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Research with Youth and Communities, edited by Django Paris and Maisha T. Winn, Sage Publications, Spring 2013.
    • “Telling Our Stories, Naming Ourselves: The Lost María in the Academy,” in Transforming the Ivory Tower, edited by Brett Stockdill and Mary Yu Danico, University of Hawaii Press, 2012. 

    • “Undocumented Latino Youth: Strategies for Accessing Higher Education,” with D. Diaz-Strong, M. Luna-Duarte, E. Meiners in Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys: Invisible No More, edited by Pedro Noguera, Aida Hurtado and Edward Fergus, Routledge Press, Fall 2011.

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.  


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:

AY16 (Fall 2015-Spring 2016).  Planning Meetings will be tentatively be held 3rd Fridays from 1-3pm in Egan Library room 211.  Meeting dates: 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/11*, 1/15, 2/19, 3/18, 4/15.  *2nd Friday.   Please email committee chair, Jonas Lamb if you are interested in participating on the committee.  

Jonas Lamb, Assistant Professor of Library Science/Public Services Librarian, Chair

Lisa Richardson, Assistant Professor of Education

Richard Simpson, Assistant Professor of Humanities


2015-16 Blonde Indian

If you are considering using Blonde Indian: an Alaska Native Memoir in your class, would like to arrange for Ernestine Hayes to visit your class or are interested in serving on the Planning and Selection Committee please send us an email to We may also have desk/review copies available.  

School of Education Faculty and Staff contact your department Administrative Assistant if you would like a copy of the book.   

This page is updated regularly and features a bibliography of complimentary books and discussion themes by discipline to compliment this year's selection and provide alternate sources for discussion in academic classes.    

Themes by Discipline |

Social Science:  Homelessness, poverty, transition, psychology, domestic violence, substance abuse, anthropology, oral traditions, origin stories, distribution of populations, Alaska & Juneau history (Territory>Statehood), social services. 

Natural Science:  Climate change, glaciology, dispersion of populations, natural history, fisheries

Humanities:  Literature of the environment, literature of place, memoir, gender studies, Native Languages, Alaska Native Studies, Intercultural communication, Interpersonal communication, Digital Humanities

Education:  History of boarding schools, education of Alaska Native children in Juneau, culturally responsive education, non-traditional/adult education

Career Education:  Health sciences, history of disease/epidemics (TB), boating safety, tie into Native Voices exhibition (provided by National Library of Medicine) at the Egan Library Sep-Dec 2015

Select Bibliography of Related Works | 

The Way to Rainy Mountain by M. Scott Momaday

Never Alone: Using games as an invitation for courageous learning by Heather Bryant for KTOO

The Case for Reparations  by Ta-Nehisi Coates (from The Atlantic)

The names : a memoir by N. Scott Momaday.

Black and Blue and Blonde: Where does race fit in the construction of modern identity? by Thomas Chatterton Williams (essay from Virginia Quarterly Review)

Nature's state : imagining Alaska as the last frontier by Susan Kollin.

Fifty miles from tomorrow : a memoir of Alaska and the real people by William L. Iġġiaġruk Hensley.

Raising ourselves : a Gwich'in coming of age story from the Yukon River by Velma Wallis ; illustrated by James L. Grant, Sr.

Corpse whale by dg nanouk okpik ; foreword by Arthur Sze.

The spell of the sensuous : perception and language in a more-than-human world by David Abram.


Do you know of a great book that could help build community and begin difficult conversations on campus through the OCOB program?  Feel free to nominate a title that is not included in our short list.  Each selection cycle the committee reviews more than 20 titles, many are from campus commuinity nominations.  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 some common reading titles from these publishers:
Random House 
Harper Collins 
National Association of Scholars 

Book Nomination Form


Internship Opportunities:

Interested in Interning with the OCOB program? Talk to your advisor and contact to discuss options.

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.  Funding may be available to cover internship credit/tuition costs.     

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 ( or call 907-796-6440

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

2015: Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir by Ernestine Hayes

“One of the most important books to come out of Alaska. There have been other great memoirs by Alaska Natives, but few if any have been made with such disarming humor, such bravery and such warmth.”  --The Anchorage Press

Hayes' visited 15 classes on the Juneau and Sitka campuses, attended a reception in her honor held by the UAS Honors Program and participated in 3 community events culminating in her Evening at Egan Lecture, "An Animate World", Nov. 6th, 2015 [watch, select 11_6_2015 from playlist].

Hayes moderated the panel, "The Making of Never Alone" an interdisciplinary discussion focusing on the video game, Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna), winner of the 2015 British Academy Games Award: Best Debut.  The panel featured cultural ambassadors Ishmael Hope and Amy Fredeen and a team from E-Line Media appeared via video (Matt Swanson — Producer, Ian Gil — Lead Designer, David Koenig — Technical Director, Casey McDonnell — Art Director).  The discussion raised the question, how can new media platforms be used effectively to tell traditional stories in order celebrate indigenous language, contribute to decolonization efforts and share a vibrant, in-tact culture with younger generations? 

Hayes' donated the pre-publication Blonde Indian manuscript and author's correspondence to the Egan Library.  It can be viewed online in ScholarWorks@UA. Access to original manuscript materials are restricted to in-library use at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library and requires pre-approval from a reference librarian. Researchers are encouraged to use the online version of this collection.

Blonde Indian was selected by Alaska Writer Laureate, Frank Soos and the Alaska Center for the Book as the inaugural selection for Alaska Reads 2016, a statewide celebration of Alaskan literature.  Hayes' travelled extensively throughout the state during the month of February and free copies of Blonde Indian were distributed to public libraries courtesty of the Alaska State Library.     

In March 2016, Hayes was featured on "The Artist" @ 360 North.  The event was recorded and rebroadcast later on 360 North public television and on YouTube.  Additional info about "The Artist @360". [watch]  

Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness an exhibition on loan from the National Library of Medicine was hosted @ Egan Library September-December 2015  

The  Juneau Public Library collected interviews on campus as part of their StoryCorps grant “Every Voice Matters: Recording and Sharing Alaska Native Educational Experiences”.  UAS students and faculty facilitated interviews at the Egan Library.  Recordings will be available on CD at the Juneau Public Libraries in Summer 2016.  Select intereviews from the project can be streamed from KHNS (Haines, AK Public Radio).  

2014:  Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck and Ricketts scholar Katie Rodger visited the Juneau campus for a series of class visits, reception and an Evening at Egan Lecture, 'Discovering Science: Finding the Story', Oct. 10th, 2014 [watch]  

Artist and socio-ecological activist Colleen Flanigan visited the Sitka and Juneau campuses for a series of class visits and presentations on Merging Art and Environmental Sciences.  

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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