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UAS Evening at Egan Fall Lecture Series Begins September 8 with Fulbright Scholar Dr. Shingo Hamada

The annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan kicks off on September 8 at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus with a presentation by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Shingo Hamada: “Eating the Herring: Rifts and Responses in the North Pacific.”

Juneau, Alaska

Date of Press Release: September 1, 2023

Dr. Shingo Hamada
Dr. Shingo Hamada

The annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan kicks off on September 8 at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus with a presentation by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Shingo Hamada: “Eating the Herring: Rifts and Responses in the North Pacific.

The herring is one of the world’s most culturally and ecologically important species. However, we have witnessed the depletion of herring stocks in both the western (Japan) and eastern (North America) sides of the North Pacific, as a result of mismanaging fisheries, habitat modification, and climate change. Shingo Hamada will provide an overview of the environmental and food history of herring in Japan, and discuss some "rifts" in our relationship with the herring and possible responses for sustainable seafood cultures in the North Pacific.

All Evening at Egan lectures are scheduled for 7p.m. at the Egan Library and live-streamed on the UAS YouTube channel. They are free and open to the public. The schedule and more details are posted at Egan Lecture.

Carin Silkaitis, Dean of Arts & Sciences remarks, "Embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration with our Evening at Egan Speaker Series at the University of Alaska Southeast. The School of Arts & Sciences warmly invites you to join us in the company of esteemed experts, imaginative thinkers, and captivating storytellers as they illuminate the limitless horizons of knowledge. This series isn't just a sequence of events; it explores ideas that shape our world. Your presence will contribute to the vibrant tapestry of intellectual exchange that defines our academic community. Prepare for an experience that promises to engage, enlighten, and invigorate.”

Upcoming Lectures This Season

“The Vicissitudes of Aging & Brain Health: What Parents' May Never Have Told You!”

Dr. Rosellen M. Rosich, Ph.D., MA., CDP, CADDCT, Professor Emerita, Psychology UAA

October 13

Aging is a biological, psychological, and sociological process and is a universal truth that everyone must contend with. As a process it is made up of gains and losses as we grow and develop across the lifespan. The brain, being the seat of thought, reasoning, problem solving, emotional regulation, sensory motor operation, and other important biological functions, plays a major role in developmental advances as well decline. Research in this area has come a long way over the years in uncovering modifiable lifestyle behaviors one may utilize in keeping a healthy brain and how to contend with situations where brain changes may be non-modifiable. This presentation covers a brief overview of typical brain functioning, pathology, newer research on how to keep the brain healthy, and ends with a discussion of how views of the lifespan may impact beliefs regarding brain pathology and approaches to caregiving of individuals with dementia.

“Impacts and Responses: Cruise Ships and Northern Communities”

Dr. Jim Powell, UAS Assistant Research Professor

November 10

The burgeoning cruise ship tourism industry has impacted coastal communities. How do communities benefit and what are the impacts from cruise tourism? A multidisciplinary research team, funded by the National Science Foundation, will present their findings about Juneau’s cruise industry. A new documentary film “Cruise Boom”, set in Sitka (created by Ellen Frankenstein and Atman Mehta) will follow and raise questions relevant to Southeast communities and beyond. How can communities shape tourism? How can mass tourism become regenerative?

UAS Creative Showcase featuring UAS Arts & Sciences Faculty

December 8

UAS Arts & Sciences faculty will come together to present a mesmerizing fusion of creativity and scholarly excellence and encourage a conversation about our community's rich and diverse artistry. Our Creative Showcase is a testament to the power of imagination and inquiry, and we do not doubt that our audience will leave the event with a renewed sense of wonder and a deep appreciation for the myriad ways in which creativity and scholarship intertwine. So please mark your calendars, spread the word, and join us for an evening that promises to be intellectually invigorating and artistically inspiring.


  • Carin Silkaitis, MFA, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences
  • Emily Wall, MFA, Professor of English
  • Ernestine Hayes, MFA, Professor of English, Emerita; Rasmuson Distinguished Artist 2021; and Marie Darlin Award Recipient 2021.
  • Lily Hope, Tlingit Artist, Weaving and Textiles

View the full schedule for the lecture series. Lectures can be watched live or recorded on the UAS Youtube Channel.

Press Release Contact

Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
(907) 796-6509