• Alaska authors Townsend, Harbeson Jr. and Jones Discuss Their Latest Books

      Townsend, Lori; Harbeson, George Jr.; Jones, Stan (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2018-12-15)
      Alaska authors Stan Jones (Big Empty), Lori Townsend (Ghost Ship) and George Harbeson Jr. (Shadowed Times) discuss their new books, writing, and Alaskan literary genres. Stan Jones-mystery author of Tundra Kill; White Sky, Black Ice; Shaman Pass; Frozen Sun; and Village of the Ghost Bears-collaborated with Patricia Watts on the sixth Nathan Active series called The Big Empty. In the story, Nathan Active investigates a suspicious plane crash in Chukchi. Lori Townsend's novel Ghost Ship welcomes back Anchorage-based reporter Zilla Gillette, who is investigating an unusual disappearance of a group of nine teenagers from the Bering Strait community of Nome. Lori Townsend is the news director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. Her first book, American Home Wrecker, introduced the tough and insightful Zilla Gillette. George Harbeson Jr.'s short story collection Shadowed Times: Alaska stories of another age was a finalist in the Brighthorse Books' Prize for Short Fiction, 2017. George Harbeson Jr. is also author of Homesteaders in the Headlights, a memoir that traces his family's move to and homestead in Knik, Alaska, starting in 1954.
    • Alaska Mountaineering Literature Symposium

      Stevenson, David; Chesher, Clare; Sassara, Charlie; Sherwonit, Bill (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2009-04-13)
      Dr. David Stevenson, Director of UAA Creative Writing and Literary Arts Dept., leads a discussion about mountaineering literature with Clare Chesher, literary critic from the Department of English, UAA; Charlie Sassara, climber and owner of Alaska Rock Gym; and Bill Sherwonit, author of Living With Wildness and numerous nature books.
    • Alaska Native Corporations and their Shareholders: Future Considerations

      Leggett, Aaron; Ongtooguk, Paul; Wassilie, Carl (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2013-08-05)
      Aaron Leggett, Paul Ongtooguk, and Carl Wassilie come together to present their views about Alaska Native Corporations and their shareholders. the heart of the discussion will focus on Alaska Natives who feel disenfranchised and cheated because they do not have a formal relationship with any Native corporation due to the time of their birth and inheritance rules.
    • Alaska Native Masks

      Fienup-Riordan, Ann; Haakanson, Sven; Amason, Alvin; Mossolova, Anna (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2015-12-01)
      Special guests Sven Haakanson, Alvin Amason, Ann Fienup-Riordan, and Anna Mossolova come together to share their intimate knowledge and study of Alaska Native masks. The nature of masks within expressions of animal symbolism and transformation, and Alaska Native mask collections abroad will be discussed. Introducing the guest speakers will be Maria Shaa Tla Williams, director of Alaska Native Studies at UAA. Sven Haakanson is former Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. His book, Giinaquq: Like a Face, Sugpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago features the Alphonse Pinart ceremonial mask collection. He currently teaches at the University of Washington, and is a curator of the Native American Exhibitions at the Burk Museum. Renowned artist Alvin Eli Amason is a Sugpiaq Alaskan painter and sculptor. His paintings are on display at the Anchorage International Airport and have been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Heard Museum, and museums throughout Alaska. After spending 17 years as the Director of Native Arts program at UAF, he is currently developing a Native arts program at UAA. Cultural anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan is author of more than 20 books and translations including Yup'ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin: Fieldwork Turned on its Head. Her books Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks and Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival accompanied museum exhibitions in Alaska and Washington, DC. Anna Mossolova is a visiting Fulbright student researcher at the UAA Anthropology Department and Alaska Native Studies program. Her interest include studying Yup'ik mask collections in Europe and Russia and researching Yup'ik mask-making traditions.
    • Alaskan Author and Historian Dan O'Neill

      O'Neill, Dan (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2016-08-21)
      Dan O'Neill has become a living legend in Alaska. He is the author of The Firecracker Boys: H-Bombs, Inupiat Eskimos, and the Roots of the Environmental Movement; A Land Gone Lonesome: An Inland Voyage Along the Yukon River; The Last Giant of Beringia: The Mystery of the Bering Land Bridge, and recently Stubborn Gal: The True Story of an Undefeated Sled Dog Racer, a children's book published by the University of Alaska Press. Dan came to Alaska in 1975 and has done a variety of things including dog mushing, trapping, hunting, working in construction, and on the pipeline. As research associate at the UAF Oral History program, he produced radio and television documentaries for public broadcasting, and for several years he wrote a column of political opinion for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
    • Anchorage Remembers: a Century of Stories

      Arnett, Betty; Benson, Diane; Katzke, Mary; Neher, Katy (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2015-08-06)
      Contributors to Anchorage Remembers, an anthology of 39 stories selected by 49 Writers, discuss the relationship amongst memoir, writing, and history. Guest speakers include Betty Arnett, Diane Benson, Mary Katzke, and Katy Neher. This event is sponsored with 49 Writers and the program is made possible by a Centennial Community Grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Anchorage Centennial Celebration.
    • Anchorage's Title 21 Land-Use Code Rewrite

      Weddleton, John (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2012-12-04)
      John Weddleton discusses Anchorage’s decades-long attempt to rewrite our land use laws. The presentation will touch on economics, public policy, the environment, community planning and more. Weddleton has been involved with Title 21 as a community council president, planning and zoning commissioner, business owner and citizen.
    • Anguyiim Nalliini: Time of Warring, the history of bow-and-arrow warfare in southwest Alaska.

      Fienup-Riordan, Ann; Rearden, Alice; Meade, Marie (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2016-04-05)
      The fascinating book Anguyiim Nalliini/Time of Warring draws on little-known oral histories from the Yup'ik people of southwest Alaska to detail a period of bow-and-arrow warfare that took place in the region between 1300 and 1800. The result of more than thirty years of research, discussion, and field recordings involving more than one hundred Yup'ik men and women, Anguyiim Nalliini tells a story not just of war and violence, but also of its cultural context--the origins of place names, the growth of indigenous architectural practices, the personalities of prominent warriors and leaders, and the eventual establishment of peaceful coexistence.
    • Arctic Policy, Sustainability, and Governance

      Konkel, Steven (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2017-04)
      Changes in environmental conditions have accelerated coastal and riverine erosion, melting permafrost, black carbon deposition, and ocean acidification, changes in subsistence patterns, food insecurity, and severe winter storms in the Northwest Arctic Borough. At this event, Dr. Steve Konkel discusses progress and challenges in environmental stewardship and sustainable development through various Arctic governing bodies. Dr. Steve Konkel holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado, a master's degree in city planning from Harvard, and a PhD in environmental policy development from MIT. He is teaching PADM A671, Arctic Policy, Sustainability, and Governance this summer at UAA.
    • Are Healthy Sustainable Alaskan Communities Attainable? Change and Innovation in Northwest Alaska Communities

      Konkel, Steven (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2018-04-16)
      Environmental conditions have accelerated in northwest Alaska communities creating a host of problems, from coastal erosion to melting permafrost. Facing these challenges, Dr. Steve Konkel offers a refreshing analysis of how Arctic governing bodies in northwest Alaska communities can take hold of their future.
    • The Art of Myth-Busting: Barthes' "Plastic" and the Gyre Art Exhibit

      Wagner-Lawlor, Jennifer (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2014-02-06)
      Roland Barthes' essay "Plastic" (1957) offers a framework for "reading" the stunning display of eco-artwork feature in GYRE: The Plastic Ocean exhibit coming to the Anchorage Museum. At this event, guest speaker Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor traces Barthes' admiration and skepticism about plastic, a then-new material, and links his insights to themes seen in the genre of found-plastic art. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor is an associate professor of Women's Studies and English at Penn State. Her most recent book is Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions.
    • Assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and Malcolm X.

      Nabors, Forrest (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2015-04-23)
      Political Science professor Forrest Nabors discusses two assassinations that changed American history. April 15, 1856: the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (150 years ago) and February 21, 1965: Malcolm X killed (50 years ago). Dr. Forrest Nabors is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska. He teaches American government and has just completed a book on Reconstruction after the American Civil War. dr. Nabors received his undergraduate education at Claremont McKenna College and the University of Chicago and he earned his PhD at the University of Oregon. Between undergraduate and graduate studies, he was a high technology business executive in the internet sector, but his love of studying Lincoln and American Government drew him back to graduate school.
    • Author and artist George Gee. Flutters from Side Street Volume One.

      Gee, George (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2018-04-20)
      In 1992, George Gee and his wife Deborah Seaton opened Side Street Espresso, on G Street in downtown Anchorage. Soon the daily white boards for the cafe mirrored the intensity of contemporary American culture with social and political caricatures and commentary. Whereas George would erase each board at the end of the day, starting in 1997, he began to preserve the artwork, which resulted in the book, Flutters from Side Street: Volume One, Dry Erase Drawings, Social and Political Commentary, and Reflections From A Morning Walk To Work. The book is an amazing collection of dry erase drawings that highlight pieces of Anchorage and American history.
    • Author and UAA Professor E. J. R. David.

      David, E. J. R. (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2018-04-12)
      E. J. R. David is Associate Professor of Psychology at UAA and Director of the Alaska Native Community Advancement in Psychology (ANCAP) program. He earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology from UAA and his Master of Arts and doctoral degrees in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the new book, We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet, Letters to My Filipino-Athabascan Family, E. J. R. David shares intimate letters written to his Fili-Baskan (Koyukon Athabascan and Filipino) family. In these letters, he addresses the need to nurture connectedness, strength, freedom, and love, in order to heal the injuries endured from historical and contemporary trauma and oppression.
    • Authors Phyllis Ann Fast and Jane E Harper, The Dire Wolf Alliance and Unequally Divided

      Fast, Phyllis Ann; Harper, Jane E. (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2018-04-03)
      Phyllis Ann Fast, born in Anchorage, is of Koyukon Athabascan and white American heritage. After teaching at UAF and UAA, she retired Professor Emerita in 2014. Her previous books are Half-Bead of Fundy and Midnight Trauma. Jane E. Harper was born in North Carolina and lives in Anchorage. Unequally Divided is a vibrant novel portraying difficult choices of love and life's direction during the tumultuous Vietnam era.
    • Bats!

      Reimer, Jesika (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2018-04-04)
      UAA Bookstore presents zoologist Jesika Reimer: Bats! Jesika Reimer is a zoologist at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science at UAA and has been studying bats in the north for the last eight years. She is currently involved in bat research throughout interior Alaska and has been studying a network of little brown myotis maternity colonies in the Copper River basin and along the Tanana River, to assess seasonal activity, roose preferences, and how nocturnal bats survive in the land of the midnight sun.
    • Behind the Pen with Don Rearden's Creative Writing Students

      Rearden, Don (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2012-12-04)
      UAA students from Professor Don Rearden's Creative Writing class read and discuss their current work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Professor Don Rearden teaches creative writing in the Department of English at UAA. He is the author of the novel The Raven's Gift and the co-author of Never Quit, the memoir of Alaskan pararescue operator Jimmy Settle.
    • Beyond the Bear

      Bigley, Dan; McKinney, Debra (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2013-04-22)
      Dan Bigley and Debra McKinney are co-authors of “Beyond the Bear,” the story of Dan’s brutal bear attack and dramatic rescue. The book describes Dan’s extraordinary life after being blinded. Combining fascinating details, Alaska journalist Debra McKinney’s captures the core essence of Dan’s experience.
    • Bi Lingual Poetry Reading and Translations

      University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2017-04-14
      A selection of poems will be signed in ASL and read in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, with English and ASL translations, by current UAA students in the Department of Languages. Come celebrate the arrival of spring by listening to bilingual poetry on Spring Breakup.
    • The Biggest Damned Hat: Tales from Alaska's Territorial Lawyers and Judges

      Cravez, Pamela (University of Alaska Anchorage. Bookstore, 2017-04-13)
      The Biggest Damned Hat presents a fascinating collection of stories ranging from the gold rush to the 1950s. Based upon legal research, oral histories, and interviews of more than 50 lawyers who came to Alaska prior to 1959, it provides new stories and perspectives on Alaska history from gold rush times to statehood. Pamela Cravez is editor of the Alaska Justice Forum and research associate at the UAA Justice Center. She holds a J.D. from the Catholic University School of Law and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her articles about the territorial years have appeared in the Alaska Law Review, Alaska Journal, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Journal of Commerce and Anchorage Times.