Convocation 2015, the recording

2015-08-22 by

New and returning students, and all staff and faculty, were welcomed back to campus with Convocation. Faculty who had been promoted and earned tenure, and employees earning longevity awards, were honored. The Underground Dance Company welcomed everyone with an opening performance. Three UAA community members told moving stories of overcoming obstacles and succeeding in their education goals. They were

Ariane Audett,
Alice Choi and
Ricardo Castillo

Their stories begin at 26:15.

The Chancellor’s charge for the year begins at 51:50.

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Dr. Anita Mannur: 'Kitchens in Crisis: Food, Enemies and Globalization'

2015-04-28 by News, Sports, and Art

Dr.Anita Mannur is an associate professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies, and the director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Miami University (Ohio).

Her talk will draw from research about the “unpalatable” within a culture of militaristic imperialism and the cultural spaces and narratives in which the figure of the “enemy combatant” is reimagined.

Some of the sites she examines are a Chicago-based performance art installation called “Enemy Kitchen,” and “Conflict Kitchen,” a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA.

Conflict Kitchen reformats the preexisting social relations of food and economic exchange to engage the general public in discussions about cultures, and people that they might know little about outside of the polarizing rhetoric of U.S. politics and the narrow lens of media headlines by showcasing cuisines only of the nations with which the U.S. is directly engaged in war.

This work suggests that the culinary, an emerging theoretical space within the purview of transnational American studies, offers important ways to think about empire, territory and gender.

This event was sponsored by the Department of Sociology/CAS, he Multicultural Center, the Office of Campus Diversity and Compliance, the Sociology cClub and the Department of Philosophy and the Ethics Center.

This podcast was recorded on March 19, 2015 in Library 307.

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Anita Mannur
Bio page, Miami University, Ohio
UAA Department of Sociology
Zeynep Kilic
Bio page, UAA website
UAA Sociology Club

KRUA's Student Storyboard for Dec. 5, 2014: Clinical and Community Psychology graduate students

2014-12-08 by

On this edition of Student Storyboard, our guests are Jaime Spatrisano and Alanna de la Pena Bradshaw. Jaime is in the doctoral program and Alanna is in the master’s program. Both are exploring resilience-based research with different Anchorage communities. Jaime is focused on the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese and Alanna is focusing on the transgender community.

They are interviewed here by volunteer host Kathleen McCoy from UAA’s Office of University Advancement. This interview was recorded Friday, Dec. 5, 2015 in the studio of KRUA 88.1 The Edge.

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UAA Department of Psychology
UAA Master's program
UAA Doctoral program
Alaska Disptach News
Hometown U: The ecology of resilience

KRUA's Student Storyboard: Kira Eckenweiler sings opera

2014-09-14 by News, Sports, and Art

Kira Eckenweiler is the featured guest on this KRUA program that always highlights the work of UAA students. Host Kathleen McCoy works at UAA in the Office of Advancement. This program was recorded in the KRUA studios in the Professional Studies Building on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

Special thanks to KRUA Station Manager Alejandra Buitrago, and former station manager Audri Pleas, and other great staffers at KRUA for helping this program make it to the air.

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Alaska Dispatch News
Hometown U: From the coast of Northwest Alaska comes an artistic surprise
Green and Gold
Student Spotlight: Kira Eckenweiler
You Tube
Kira Eckenweiler singing 'Glitter and be Gay" in Unalakleet August 2014

David Krakauer: The Past, Present and Future of Intelligence on Planet Earth

2013-10-23 by

Dr. David Krakauer is the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and co-director of the Center for Complex Systems and Collective Computation at University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary theory from Oxford University.

Dr. Krakauer’s research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing in biology and culture, including genetic, neural, linguistic and cultural mechanisms. The research spans multiple levels of organization, seeking analogous patterns and principles in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and in organismal behavior and society.

What is intelligence, where does it come from, and why does it appear to be so rare in the known universe? In this talk I shall provide an overview of our historical attempts to explain, define, and improve our intelligence. I shall explore the extraordinary and diverse forms of intelligence across life on earth, and consider the future of intelligence – the extended mind – in an age of increasing dependence upon machines. If the extended mind is the universe’s way of understanding itself, what will this cosmological self-awareness produce?

Krakauer’s visit to UAA was made possible by the campus Complex Systems Group. This podcast was recorded Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in UAA Fine Arts 150.

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Complex Systems
UAA website
Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
David Krakauer
Bio, Sante Fe Institute
David Krakauer
Bio, Wisconsin Institute for Discover

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