March 9, 2017: UAA English professors discuss strategies for navigating media landscape

March 6, 2017

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. For a look at future events, view the bookstore calendar. Event podcasts can be found at the bookstore website or simply search for UAA Campus Bookstore in iTunes. For more information, contact Rachel Epstein at (907) 786-4782 or repstein2@uaa.alaska.edu.

‘A German Eyewitness Account of Losing Two World Wars: What Margritt Engel Discovered in Her Father’s Letters and Diary’
Tuesday, March 7, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore

Margritt Engel shares her father’s letters dated November 1917 to December 1918 from Riga, Latvia, written to his parents in Saxony. In addition, she examines her father’s diary written during WWII, dated from November 1941 to March 1945. Deemed unfit for combat due to a riding accident, Margritt Engel’s father spent both wars in the food supply service. His letters and diaries offer a fascinating and intimate glimpse into the life of an East German during two world wars.

Margritt Engel translated (with O.W. Frost) Journal of a Voyage with Bering, 1741-1742 by Georg Wilhelm Steller, published by Stanford University Press; and (with Karen Willmore) History of Kamchatka, published by University of Alaska Press.

She is professor emerita in the Department of Languages at UAA.

There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot and Sports Campus West Lot. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Seta Kabranian-Melkonian presents ‘Ethical Concerns with Refugee Research’
Wednesday, March 8, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore

According to Seta Kabranian-Melkonian, “the number of refugees and internally displaced people is rising every minute worldwide. Furthermore, new categories of refugees, such as climate refugees or nuclear refugees, are adding to the traditional groups of natural disaster and war refugees. Implementing research with this complicated group poses numerous ethical issues for researchers.”

This event examines the role of human services administrators conducting refugee research.

Seta Kabranian-Melkonian is the practicum specialist at UAA Human Services Department. In addition to her Ph.D. in Armenian literature, she is currently completing her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at UAA. Her studies emphasize a literary approach to exploring and redefining relationships between people and place.

There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot and Sports Campus West Lot. Everyone is welcome to attend.

‘Truth, Truthiness, and Post Truth: Strategies for Navigating Our Media Landscape’
Thursday, March 9, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore

How is the information landscape changing? What drives our choices in how we share news? What remains useful in “old school” strategies? UAA English Professors Jackie Cason and Heather Adams offer ways to understand news and various media.

Jackie Cason is the composition coordinator for the Department of English. Her research focuses on ways to embed information literacy throughout the writing curriculum.

Heather Brook Adams, Ph.D., specializes in rhetoric and gender, rhetorical theory and feminist historiography.

There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot and Sports Campus West Lot. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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