Jan. 25: Krista Oke presents ‘(Non) Parallel Evolution and Alaska Salmon’
Last Updated ( January 18, 2018 )

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available* for all bookstore events. See below to learn what’s happening this month.

Krista Oke presents "(Non) Parallel Evolution and Alaska Salmon" Jan. 25Krista Oke presents (Non) Parallel Evolution and Alaska Salmon
Thursday, Jan. 25, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Krista Oke is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California Santa Cruz. Her research interests include human-influenced evolution and repeated habitat-associate evolution (or parallel evolution) in fishes. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal.

At this event, Krista Oke will explore what salmon can tell us about the forces that shape evolution, focusing on beach and creek spawning forms of sockeye salmon and even-year and odd-year pink salmon. In addition, she will discuss recent declines in the size and age of Alaska salmon, and look for similarity among species and regions in patterns of change.

Everyone is invited to attend this event.

Forrest A. Nabors presents From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of ReconstructionForrest A. Nabors presents From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction
Monday, Jan. 29, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

In his new book, From Oligarchy to Republicanism, Forrest A. Nabors sets out to show how congressional Republicans regarded the work of Reconstruction in the same way they regarded the work of the Founders: as regime change, from monarchy in the one case and from oligarchy in the other, to republicanism. By examining congressional writings and speeches from 1863-1869, Forrest A. Nabors offers a critical analysis of Reconstruction and the nature of Southern oligarchy.

“In this unique perspective on Reconstruction, the political scientist Forrest A. Nabors offers new insights on how the Republicans of the Civil War era drew upon their portrayal of the conflict between freedom and slavery as a struggle between republicanism and oligarchy to shape their program of Reconstruction.” —Renowned Civil War historian James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

“If you want to understand the origins of the Civil War, why the North won, the outcome’s consequences for this country, and race relations over the last 150 years, this book is the place to start. It is a masterpiece, and it is going to have an immense impact.” —Paul A. Rahe, author of Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution

Forrest A. Nabors is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at UAA. He received his Ph.D. from University of Oregon.

 Kim Patterson presents "Becoming Visible: Social Justice by the Hands of Faith-based and Grassroots Organizations" Jan. 30Kim Patterson presents Becoming Visible: Social Justice by the Hands of Faith-based and Grassroots Organizations
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Dr. Kim Patterson is former director of UAA Student Support Services, which serves first-generation, nontraditional and veteran students returning to school. He is author of Embracing the Homeless Community and the book Swift Justice: Leveling the Playing Field for America’s Re-entry Citizens. With a commitment to renewal initiatives within social and faith-based communities, he founded Connections Alaska, Inc.

Let Your Memoir Be Your Resistance: How Booker Wright’s Granddaughter Turned His Story, and Her Journey to Uncover it, into American History
Monday, Feb. 5, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

In 2011, Yvette Johnson traveled back to Greenwood, Mississippi–home of the Emmett Till murder and home of the man convicted of slaying Medgar Evers–to uncover true the story of her late grandfather Booker Wright. Booker Wright spent his evenings waiting tables for Whites at a local restaurant and his mornings running his own business. In the 1966 NBC interview and documentary Mississippi: A Self-Portrait, his remark, “Have to keep that smile,” sent shock waves throughout America. And what life was truly like for Black people of Greenwood, Mississippi finally received national attention.

Four decades later, Yvette Johnson uncovered footage of the controversial documentary. Oddly, no one in her family knew of his television appearance. Even more curious for Yvette was that for most of her life she had barely heard mention of her grandfather’s name or stories explaining his murder. Due to this silence, and her own struggles with race and identity, Yvette Johnson decided to honor the memory of Booker Wright and write The Song and the Silence: A Story about Family, Race, and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright.

Yvette Johnson currently works as the executive director of The Booker Wright Project. In this role, she creates and facilitates workshops on unconscious bias and privilege.

On the Frontiers of an Inner Life: Kathleen W. Tarr presents Thomas Merton’s 1968 Journey to Alaska
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Author Kathleen W. Tarr discusses her newly released book, We Are All Poets Here (VP&D House, 2018). Part memoir, part biography, with Thomas Merton as the spiritual guide, the quest to seek an interior life amidst a chaotic, confused, fragmented world is explored.

Trappist Thomas Merton (1915-1968) lived as a sequestered monastic for 27 years. However, he wrote over fifty books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolence and the nuclear arms race. Today, his 1948 autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, continues to influence millions of people all over the world. After his surprise sojourn to Alaska in 1968, Thomas Merton traveled to Thailand where he met his accidental and shocking death by electrocution.

Author Kathleen W. Tarr was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She came to Alaska in 1978 and lived in Yakutat, Sitka, and the Kenai Peninsula, and was program coordinator for UAA’s MFA Graduate Creative Writing Program. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing has been published in several anthologies as well as Creative Nonfiction, Sewanee Review, Alaska Airlines Magazine, the Anchorage Daily NewsTriQuarterlySick Pilgrim and Cirque. In 2016, she was named a William Shannon Fellow by the International Thomas Merton Society. Currently, she sits on the board of the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Camilla Kennedy presents Thinking About Environmental Economics in Alaska
Saturday, Feb. 10, 1–3 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

What is environmental economics and why does it matter in Alaska? This presentation will get you thinking like an environmental economist. Topics introduced include environmental externalities, Total Economic Value (TEV) of natural resources and ecosystems, and understanding the interactions between our economic system and environment.

Camilla Kennedy currently teaches environmental economics and policy at UAA. She works at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on regulatory policy analysis and also conducts research on environmental policies. She received her B.A. in Economics from UAF and her master’s in environmental economics and climate change from the London School of Economics.

Everyone is invited to attend this event. There is free parking at UAA on Saturdays.

The United States’ Role in the Arctic and What Alaskans Need to Know about Plans and Future Developments
Monday, Feb. 19, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Notable guest speakers Lawson Brigham, Randy “Church” Kee and Darren Prokop come together to discuss their views about Alaska and the changing Arctic.

Lawson W. Brigham is faculty and Ffellow at the International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks. He was chair of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment (2005–09) and previously was a career U.S. Coast Guard officer who commanded four ships, including the polar icebreaker Polar Sea. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (B.S.), a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, and holds graduate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.) and the University of Cambridge (M.Phil. and Ph.D.).

Randy “Church” Kee, Major General USAF (Ret.), had an impressive 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force. He is a career pilot and possesses three graduate degrees. In 2016, he became the executive director of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, hosted by the University of Alaska. At the center, he leads an interdisciplinary team of 40 university and industry researchers to develop and transition technologies as well as innovate products and educational programs in order to improve crisis response capabilities related to emerging maritime challenges posed by the dynamic Arctic environment.

Darren Prokop is professor of logistics at UAA. He has published research in leading academic journals on a wide range of topics, including cabotage regulations, air cargo logistics and supply chain security modelling. Prior to his academic career, he worked in government as an economist and in the private sector in inventory planning. He is author of numerous books including Global Supply Chain Security and Management: Appraising Programs, Preventing Crimes (2017), Concepts of Transportation Economics (2016) and The Business of Transportation (2014). He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Manitoba.

Shuvajit Bhattacharya presents Fluid Storage and Induced Earthquakes
Monday, Feb. 26, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Dr. Shuvajit Bhattacharya teaches in the Department of Geological Sciences at UAA. His current research areas are in energy geosciences, geophysics, petrophysics, induced seismicity, and predictive data analytics.

Prior to joining UAA, he worked in a few oil and gas companies and completed multiple projects for energy exploration and fluid storage, and utilization in North America, Australia, South Africa and India.

At this event, Bhattacharya will explore the causal the relationship between fluid storage and human-induced earthquakes.

Hugh Gunner Deery III presents Buddhist Epistemology
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore, The Loft

Buddhist epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and study of knowledge. At this event, types of knowing linked to Buddhist concepts of mind, mental cognition, dependent origination and causation will be explored.

Hugh Deery Gunner III teaches Introduction to Philosophy and Introduction to Logic in the Department of Philosophy at UAA. He received a B.A. in philosophy at Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and an M.A. in philosophy from Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colo.). His focus of study centered on Eastern philosophy, political philosophy, linguistics and ethics.


*There is free parking for bookstore events in the South Lot, Sports Complex NW Lot, West Campus Central Lot and Sports Campus West Lot. Note: Parking at UAA is free on Fridays and Saturdays.

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