Seawolf Debate: 'UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education'

2015-11-20 by News, Sports, and Art

Recorded November 12, 2015.

The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Seawolf Debate Program hosted a public debate, faculty forum and discussion: “UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education.”

The media contains numerous reports of U.S. jobs going unfilled, or being outsourced to distant lands, because too few American workers have the requisite skills to perform them well. In Alaska, with the fiscal crisis expected to last into the foreseeable future, and with student debt rising, the pressure on students to have highly marketable skills is on the increase. More than two dozen universities in Japan are reducing or eliminating academic programs in the humanities and social sciences, following a dictum from Tokyo to focus on disciplines that “better meet society’s needs.” But don’t we need citizens capable of navigating their way through the complex social and political challenges we face, using skills and perspectives provided by a well-rounded liberal arts education? Join us for this important discussion.

Featuring the award-winning UAA Seawolf Debate Program, a faculty response panel and a facilitated public discussion.

With UAA faculty panelists:
• Dan Kline, English
• LuAnn Piccard, Engineering
• Landry Signe, Political Science
• Kyle Hampton, Economics

This event is part of a series sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the UAA and Anchorage communities access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future.



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Forrest Nabors: 'The 150th Anniversary of the Constitutional Abolition of Slavery'

2015-09-25 by News, Sports, and Art

This year’s Constitution Day Lecture, Forrest Nabors, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at UAA, spoke on the subject, “The 150th Anniversary of the Constitutional Abolition of Slavery.”

Was the original U.S. Constitution of 1787 pro-slavery or anti-slavery? Why did the abolition of slavery require a constitutional amendment? How should Americans remember the “peculiar institution” 150 years after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment? Nabors answered these questions in his lecture. Nabors is the author of an article on this subject, titled “How the Antislavery Constitution Won the Civil War,” forthcoming in New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, vol. 10, issue 2. His book-length manuscript The Great Task of Reconstruction is the product of ten years of research and is now being considered for publication.

Organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the annual Constitution Day Lecture is free and open to the public.



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Chartwell Lecture, Jonathan Adelman: 'China in Crisis - Will It Become a Super Power in the Next Two Decades?'

2015-01-26 by News, Sports, and Art

Jonathan Adelman, Ph.D., professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, addresses the question: “China in Crisis: Will it Become a Superpower in the Next Two Decades?”  

Adelman is both a distinguished scholar and talented public lecturer, with remarkable range and depth. His areas of regional expertise span China, Russia, the Middle East and Israel.

Over the course of his career, he has accumulated a deep record of academic publications, and has lectured at leading universities in Europe and America, including Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley, Cambridge and Central European University in Budapest.

He has also contributed to international diplomacy on behalf of the United States government and business firms, and has been a featured speaker on many international speaking tours. His contributions to public awareness of international affairs include op-eds and guest appearances for leading news outlets, including CNN, the Huffington Post, and Fox News, and he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News and NBC News.

We are especially grateful for the support of Mr. David Gottstein, who has made this lecture possible.  



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Jonathan Adelman
Bio page, University of Denver
Chartwell Lectures
UAA Department of Political Science webside

Justin D. Lyons

2014-12-05 by News, Sports, and Art

Justin D. Lyons, associate professor of history and political science at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, delivered the next talk in the Chartwell Lecture Series. In a lecture titled “Deserve Victory: The Statesmanship of Winston S. Churchill,” Lyons considers the classical idea of statesmanship and ask whether Churchill deserves to be called a statesman.



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KRUA's Student Storyboard for Nov. 21: German Baquero and Mark Simon, political science majors

2014-11-24 by News, Sports, and Art

In this edition of Student Storyboard, political science majors German Baquero and Mark Simon talk about the Madison Cup, working the Nov. 4, 2014 election, and getting ready to be legislative aides in Juneau in the spring semester.

They are interviewed here by volunteer host Kathleen McCoy. This show was recorded at the KRUA 88.1 FM studios on Nov. 21, 2014.



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Madison Cup 2014
UAA Department of Political Science
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Postcards Home 2014
Victoria Yancey
Postcards Home 2014
Ruddy Abam
Postcards Home 2014
Hans Rodvik

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