ENGAGE Week: Urban in Alaska, Nov. 4-10

October 29, 2013

What is ENGAGE Week?
This year, the Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) is focusing on the “Urban in Alaska,” specifically Anchorage’s neighborhoods, to better understand the many ways citizens are engaging with their communities to make them great places to live. We believe utilizing this place-based approach will allow us to investigate in new ways the nature of our city and how people live in it.

How to get involved:
ENGAGE Week 2013 features dialogues, panels, workshops and outdoor events highlighting the strengths and challenges of the “Urban in Alaska.” Feel free to attend as many activities as possible. These events are all free and open to the public.

The schedule of events is listed below. For questions or more information, please visit the ENGAGE Week website or contact the CCEL office at (907) 786-4062 or engage@uaa.alaska.edu.

Monday, Nov. 4
“Better know a neighborhood: East Side” brown bag session
12–1:15 p.m., Student Union, Lyla Richards Conference Room
Mary Rall, U.S. Army Alaska; Polly Smith, Anchorage Literacy Program; and Sheila Selkregg, assistant professor of public administration will present.

Tuesday, Nov. 5
“Citizen profiles: Young advocates making a difference in their community”
12–1:15 p.m., UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
Brown bag session featuring multimedia presentations and a discussion with local activists Nick Moe, Shelley Hennessy and Amanda Metivier.

“Get on your soapbox”
4–5 p.m., Student Union, North Cafeteria
Students will “get on the soapbox” and give two-three minute speeches arguing for or against a smoke-free campus. At the end of the hour, three finalists will be selected and their speeches will be posted online for the public to vote for an audience favorite. Sign up to participate on the ENGAGE Week website.

“Alaska Redistricting Panel” with special guest Albert Kookesh
5-7 p.m., UAA Campus Bookstore
Alaska redistricting issues continue to be controversial and complex. Improve your understanding at this panel discussion, where former State Senator Albert Kookesh, Professor Emeritus Steve Aufrecht and Attorney Michael White untangle some of the knots related to the issue and answer questions.

Wednesday, Nov. 6
“Better know a neighborhood: Fairview” brown bag session
12–1:15 p.m., Student Union, Lyla Richards Conference Room
Chris Constant from the Fairview Community Council will present.

“Art, ethics and community impact”
4–6 p.m., UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
A dialogue for public life on climate change from three very different perspectives: Marek Ranis, visual artist and assistant professor of art history at UNC Charlotte; Raymond Anthony, associate professor of philosophy at UAA; and Maryann Fidel, research professional with the UAA Resilience and Adaptive Management Group.

Thursday, Nov. 7
“Think Tank” (sponsored by Moose’s Tooth)
12–1:15 p.m., UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
In this interactive session, Leadership Anchorage will be present an issue and attendees will brainstorm solutions for the organization.

“Networking: Job opportunities for socially-minded students”
5–7 p.m., Gorsuch Commons, Room 106
Network with UAA alumni from a variety of socially conscious career opportunities.

Friday, Nov. 8
“Better know a neighborhood: Mountain View” brown bag session
9–10:15 a.m., Student Union, Den
This literary event will feature Mary Kundev reading nonfiction stories that take place in Mountain View, and will be followed by a writing workshop at 10:30 a.m.

“The Anchorage Neighborhood Writing Project”
10:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Student Union, Den
The city has stories. These stories—your stories—are Anchorage lore and we’d like to hear your voice. The Anchorage Neighborhood Writing Project welcomes you to its first free writing workshop on urban writing. The class will be interactive, with discussions, exercises, writing prompts and suggestions encouraging participants to draw inspiration from their everyday lives and write about living in Anchorage. This workshop is open to anyone in the community with a story to tell. Details and sign-up are available on the ENGAGE Week website.

Saturday, Nov. 9
“Fairview neighborhood pop-up museum”
11 a.m.–3 p.m., Fairview Recreation Center Parking Lot (1121 E. 10th Ave.)
Community members from Fairview will celebrate their neighborhood’s past, present and future by showcasing remembrances and images from the neighborhood in a pop-up museum that will only appear for a few hours in the parking lot of the Fairview Recreation Center. This event is open to the community and family-friendly, with activities and music for all. Sponsored in partnership with Anchorage Museum and Fairview Community Council.

Friday, Nov. 8–Sunday, Nov. 10
“My Anchorage Walks”
Times and locations vary
My Anchorage Walks, based on the Jane Jacobs Walks that occur across the world each May, will be led by students in the UAA’s Honors seminar “The Social (and Secret) of Small Urban Spaces.” Each walk has been conceived to allow community members to re-think and experience Anchorage in new ways. Sign up on the ENGAGE Week website to participate. Space is limited.

Thank you to all of the partners and sponsors that make ENGAGE Week happen:
Moose’s Tooth, Department of Health Sciences, Student Life and Leadership, UAA Alumni Relations, Department of Journalism and Public Communication, Seawolf Debate Program, UAA Smoke Free Task Force, UAA Campus Bookstore, Anchorage Museum and Fairview Community Council.

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