“Connecting Alaska’s Villages” with Alex Hills, Ph.D.
Monday, Nov. 14, 5-6:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
Special guest Mead Treadwell, Lt. Governor of Alaska, 2010-2014, will be on hand to introduce the speaker.
Alex Hills, Ph.D, distinguished service professor at Carnegie Mellon University and UAA affiliate distinguished professor, will tell the story of how he worked in the rural parts of Alaska to provide telecommunication services to the state’s villages.
Alex and his team traveled Alaska by bush plane and snow machine, braving extreme weather and rough terrain to get the job done. He fell into the rhythm of the villages and met Yup’ik and Inupiaq elders, learning about their strongly held values. Later he took charge of KOTZ, Kotzebue’s new public radio station, which he shaped into a valuable information resource for the people of the state’s huge northwest region. At each step along the way, Alex made friends with Alaska’s village people and developed a deep respect for them. The story is told in more detail in Alex’s new book, “Finding Alaska’s Villages: And Connecting Them,” which will be available at the event.