Polaris Commencement Lecture: Mark Blitz on 'Conserving Liberty'

2012-06-05 by

Mark N. Blitz (A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University) is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy and Director of the Henry Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College.

He served during the Reagan administration as Associate Director of the United States Information Agency and as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He has been vice president of the Hudson Institute and has taught political theory at Harvard University and at the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the author of ‘Conserving Liberty;’ ‘Plato’s Political Philosophy;’ ‘Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life’; ‘and ‘Heidegger’s ‘Being and Time’ and the Possibility of Political Philosophy.’ He is co-editor (with William Kristol) of ‘Educating the Prince.’

He was the first Polaris Commencement Lecture at UAA, sponsored by the UAA Democracy Forum, 49th State Fellows, the University Honors College, the Department of Political Science; and The Polaris Society.

This event was podcast on Friday, May 4, 2012 in Library 307.

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Polaris Shakespeare Lecture with Barry Kraft, 'Shakespeare's Shifting POV'

2012-03-02 by

Barry Kraft recently played the title roles in “King Lear” at Southern Oregon University and in “Julius Caesar” and “King Lear” at the Marin Shakespeare Company. He has acted in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays—more than 100 roles in 85 full productions at theatres and festivals around the country, including 20 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

He is author of “After-Dinner Shakespeare: Thy Father is a Gorbellied Codpiece” and “On the Theatrical Worth of Discarded Words” in On-Stage Studies. Kraft is also a dramaturg, an educator, an avid chess and Go player and a poetry lover.

In this lecture, he offers skillful readings of key characters from a handful of Shakespeare’s plays from his middle period, especially “The Merchant of Venice,” “King Henry V,” “Julius Caesar” and “Hamlet,” Barry Kraft will explore the enigma of why we are unable to see them all simultaneously in satisfactory focus.

The Polaris Lecture series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program of the University Honors College and the Polaris Society.

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Mat-Su Mayor Talis Colberg delivers Dedication Day Polaris Lecture

2010-01-20 by News, Sports, and Art

The UAA Forty-Ninth State Fellows present the annual Dedication Day Polaris Lecture entitled “Abraham Lincoln and Barbara Fritchie” with Hon. Talis Colberg, Mayor of Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Dedication Day is the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, in which he called for the country to be dedicated to a new birth of freedom in America. Barbara Fritchie is the subject of an 1864 poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, celebrating her defiance, at age 90, of Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate troops passing through Frederick, Maryland, during the Civil War. According to legend, Fritchie waved an American flag from her house, daring Jackson to shoot her; out of honor, Jackson supposedly demurred, and marched on.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 19, 2009.

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'Why the Constitution Is Important to You' with Attorney Doug Pope

2009-09-21 by News, Sports, and Art

The Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program of the UAA Honors College presents the annual Constitution Day Polaris Lecture with Anchorage Attorney Doug Pope speaking on “Why the Constitution Is Important to You.”

This podcast was recorded on September 17, 2009.

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