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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

Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness

A new traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, which examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people will open at the UAS Egan Library on September 11, 2015. The traveling exhibition, produced by the National Library of Medicine, explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media. The free exhibition will be open to the public at the Egan Library on the University of Alaska Southeast, Auke Lake Campus during regular open hours (Monday-Thursday 8am-10pm, Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-8pm) from September 11-December 13, 2015. The Alaska leg of the exhibition began at the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) School of Medical Education in Anchorage during winter 2014-2015 before travelling to Juneau making stops this summer at the Alaska State Library and the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

In recognition that Southeast Alaska is the cultural homeland for the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples who have lived here for generations, UAS emphasizes the values of Alaska Native languages and culture in its mission. “The Native Voices exhibition is coming to UAS at an incredible time,” says Jonas Lamb, Public Services Librarian at the Egan Library. “The exhibition is arriving amidst a flurry of activity on campus celebrating Alaska Native and Indigenous language and culture. We’re celebrating Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir by Ernestine Hayes as part of our campus big read. The Sustaining Indigenous Languages film series Language Matters is happening Thursday nights September 17th-October 1st featuring 3 films with facilitated discussions with filmmakers about language revitalization efforts among the Lakota, Cherokee and other endangered indigenous languages. We’re also partnering the Juneau Public Libraries on their StoryCorps project collecting interviews documenting the Alaska Native Educational Experiences.”

The National Library of Medicine has a history of working with Native communities as part of the Library’s commitment to make health information resources accessible to people no matter where they live or work. The Native Voices exhibition concept grew out of meetings with Native leaders in Alaska, Hawai`i and the Lower 48.

“This exhibition honors the Native tradition of oral history and establishes a unique collection of information,” says Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, director of the National Library of Medicine. “We hope visitors will find Native Voices both educational and inspirational, and we hope Native people will view it with pride.”

The National Library of Medicine is the world's largest library of the health sciences and collections, organizes and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals and the public. It celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit the exhibition online at the National Library of Medicine website.

Additional Info

The traveling exhibition features interviews and works from Native people living on reservations, in tribal villages, and in cities. Topics include: Native views of land, food, community, earth/nature, and spirituality as they relate to Native health; the relationship between traditional healing and Western medicine in Native communities; economic and cultural issues that affect the health of Native communities; efforts by Native communities to improve health conditions; and the role of Native Americans in military service and healing support for returning Native veterans. Those unable to visit the traveling exhibition can find most of the exhibition content on the Native Voices website.

Links: Native Voices exhibition at the National Library of Medicine

Contact: Jonas Lamb
Egan Library, University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: 907-796-6440

Contact: Kathleen Cravedi, Director of Office of Communications and Public Liaison
National Library of Medicine
Phone: 301-496-6308

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