AKNOS 2012: Laura Orenga de Gaffory of Kotzebue, commemorative narration of Laura Bergt, her grandmother

2012-06-19 by

The Alaska Native Oratory Society celebrated its 10th anniversary with a an opportunity for orators to share spoken word, rap, poetry, humor, storytelling and commemorative narration. The theme for 2012 was “Bravely Facing The Issues: Celebrating Oratory in the 21st Century.”

This segment presents Laura Orenga de Gaffory of Kotzebue giving a commemmorative narration. Her talk is, “In the Words of my Grandmother: Public Statement by Laura Bergt in October 1969 prior to the passage of ANCSA.”

This podcast was recorded on April 14, 2012.



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For More Information:

Alaska Native Oratory Society
Website
Maria Williams
Director, Alaska Native Studies Program, coordinator for AKNOS

Artist Michael Conti previews his June 21 Solstice exhibit at the UAA Student Union Gallery

2012-06-19 by

Photographer Michael Conti plans to focus thinking about the winter and summer solstice by creating a camera obscura within the gallery. He’s found a way to represent or mingle the images and sounds of a winter solstice with those of a summer solstice. He’s interviewed here by Kathleen McCoy, recorded June 18, 2012. Parts of his conversation with time frames are listed below.


  • What is a camera obscura (:52)

  • Why Solstice? (5:55)

  • Will you have sound during the show? (10:50)

  • Will the gallery be in the dark? (11:34)

  • The creative process—figuring it out as you go along. Is that comfortable for you? (13:02)

  • The show’s invitational postcard is an eye-catching brilliant yellow and orange sunset. Tell us about that. (15:31)

  • What to think about when you come to the show (19:11)

The exhibit will be up from June 21-July 12. Summer gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Parking is always free in campus parking lots on Fridays. For more information, email the Student Union Gallery at gallery@uaa.alaska.edu.



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For More Information:

Wikipedia
Camera obscura, explained
Green & Gold News
Story
Michael Conti
Bio page, UAA Department of Art

Physics Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt, "Surveying My Life: Journeys from Alaska and the Southern Sky"

2012-06-13 by

Brian Schmidt won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2011. He is a graduate of Anchorage’s Bartlett High School, where he says he got a very good education. He earned his doctorate at Harvard by measuring how fast the universe is expanding.

He was in Anchorage to speak and participate in the American Astronomical Society that held its 220th conference in Anchorage in June 2012, hosted locally by UAA’s Department of Physics and Astronomy,

This podcast was recorded June 11, 2012 at the UAA Campus Bookstore.



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For More Information:

Nobel Prize
Website; listen to Brian Schmidt accept the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
UAA Campus Bookstore
Website
American Astronomical Society
Website
Brian Schmidt
Personal website
Twitter/Cosmic Pinot
Follow Brian Schmidt on Twitter

AKNOS 2012: Petla Noden of Dillingham, poem

2012-06-12 by

The Alaska Native Oratory Society celebrated its 10th anniversary with a celebration that included opportunities for orators to share spoken word, rap, poetry, humor, storytelling and commemorative narration. The theme for 2012 was “Bravely Facing The Issues: Celebrating Oratory in the 21st Century.”

This segment presents Petla Noden, a sophomore in Political Science from Dillingham. His presentation is a poem that he says depicts, “his struggle with himself, his struggle with God.”

This podcast was recorded on April 14, 2012.



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For More Information:

Alaska Native Oratory Society
Website
Maria Williams
Director, Alaska Native Studies Program, coordinator for AKNOS

AKNOS 2012: Polly Andrews of Chevak, "Cracker and Crisco," humorous storytelling about Native cuisine

2012-06-08 by

The Alaska Native Oratory Society celebrated its 10th anniversary with a an opportunity for orators to share spoken word, rap, poetry, humor, storytelling and commemorative narration. The theme for 2012 was “Bravely Facing The Issues: Celebrating Oratory in the 21st Century.”

This segment presents Polly Andrews of Chevak, a student at UAA. Her humorous story is titled “Cracker and Crisco” and includes details of Native cuisine, including the art of pukuk-ing (a special way of savoring bones), and the qualities of stinkheads or uqsunaaq .

This podcast was recorded on April 14, 2012.



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For More Information:

Alaska Native Oratory Society
Website
Maria Williams
Director, Alaska Native Studies Program, coordinator for AKNOS

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