May 22, 2017: Ishmael Hope presents his new poetry collection, ‘Rock Piles Along the Eddy’

May 17, 2017

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Ishmael Hope presents Rock Piles Along the Eddy
Monday, May 22, 4–6 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore

Rock, Piles Along the Eddy, is the second poetry collection by Inupiaq and Tlingit poet, storyteller and playwright Ishmael Hope. Through his poetry, Ishmael Hope “elevates Indigenous thought and lifeways, intermingling the landscapes of personal experience, cultural knowledge, stories, and familial connections and the spirit and character of land and sea.” (Ishmael Reed Publishing Company press release for the book, February 2017)

Ishmael Hope served as a lead writer for the award-winning video game Never Alone and he is author of the poetry collection Courtesans of Flounder Hill. He shares his poetry, presents on his culture and engages in artistic projects around the nation, while deeply participating in the cultural life of his people. He received his B.L.A. from UAS and is currently pursuing his MFA with the Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Juneau with his wife, Lily, and four children.

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

Miklos Vassanyi presents ‘The Earliest Reports of Encounters with the Inuit in the Old Icelandic Sagas, Medieval Norwegian and North-European Chronicles and Greenland Deeds’
Thursday, May 25, 4–6 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore

Miklos Vassanyi holds a Ph.D. in philosophy (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and a Ph.D. in history (ELTE University of Budapest). He is associate professor at Karoli University Budapest, Department of General Humanities, currently working as a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at the University of Minnesota‒Twin Cities, Center for Austrian Studies.

In Budapest, he teaches on the M.A. program of Karoli University in religious studies. His areas of research include Inuit history and Inuit religious phenomena with a concentration on shamanism. He co-edited Indigenous Perspectives of North America (Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2014) and has published a number of articles on Native American anthropology.

This presentation is conducted through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF). It sponsored with the UAA Alaska Native Studies Department.

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are free and open to the public. There is free parking for this event in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot and Sports Campus West Lot.

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