The Juneau World Affairs Council held its annual Fall Forum on the Juneau campus Thursday-Saturday October 17-19.
The event began with a keynote presentation by Bill Morrison, emeritus Professor from the University of Northern British Columbia Thursday evening. Daytime presentations on Friday October 18 included topical panel discussions on climate change impacts and policy, opportunities for renewable energy exchanges between Alaska, B.C. and the Yukon, Alaska and western Canadian energy issues, and the impact of Arctic issues such as loss of sea ice to the indigenous people of the Arctic. UAS faculty members Eran Hood, Sanjay Pyare, Glenn Wright, and Brian Vander Naald made up the majority of a panel on climate change. Vice Chancellor Joe Nelson joined Canadian counterpart Tosh Southwick from Yukon College in speaking about First Nations issues.
For the Evening at Egan Friday, Morrison presented “The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: a Canadian-American Disaster.” Morrison co-authored the book, The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down with Her. The tragedy of the Canadian ship near Juneau in 1918 was truly international. The disaster killed all 354 passengers and crew. Their stories show how interconnected the two northern territories were in the early days of their settled history.
Yukon College President Dr. Karen Barnes visited the Juneau campus to participate in the Juneau World Affairs Council/UAS Alaska-Canada relations forum. While in Juneau, she and Chancellor John Pugh signed a new memorandum of agreement about collaboration between their two institutions. That MOA will serve as an ‘umbrella’ agreement and will allow for attachment of program-specific collaboration agreements involving UAS and Yukon College students and faculty.
UAS Chancellor John Pugh and Yukon College President Karen Barnes sign an agreement to collaborate on programs and courses of study as Provost Rick Caulfield looks on, Sat. Oct 19, 2013