Dance professor Jill Flanders Crosby on dance and religious practices migrating between West Africa and Cuba

2009-03-31 by

As a part of the Relevant Research Series, Dr. Jill Flanders Crosby, a UAA dance professor and researcher, offers this look at how certain dances and religious practices migrated from the EWE (pronouced EH-vay) people of Ghana, West Africa into the Arara religion practiced in some small towns in Cuba. Professor Crosby is choreographing a response to these dances that will be performed with a video backdrop later this spring in the New Dances 2009 event.

Professor Crosby is introduced here by Dr. James Liszka, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. This podcast was recorded on March 26, 2009.



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Hear Russian poet Vera Pavlova and translator Steven Seymour

2009-03-19 by

Russian poet Vera Pavlova and translator Steven Seymour read from their forthcoming book. This reading was sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Languages, the International Studies Program, the Creative Writing and Literary Arts Department, Alaska Quarterly Review and Khleb da sol’, the UAA Russian Club.

Recorded on 03.19.2009.



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Political cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl explains how limits enhance creativity

2009-03-19 by

Having left his job of more than 25 years as an editorial cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News due to his Parkinson’s Disease and the fast-deteriorating newspaper business, Dunlap-Shohl described his personal journey from behaving like a 19th century artist with pen and ink, catapulting forward to a 21st century artist using software programs like Photoshop and Flash to make his storytelling colorful and active. Listeners can see most of the same cartoons, animations and films he showed during his talk by logging onto his blog, the Frozen Grin, specifically the post titled “Exiled from my comfort zone.” (See link below).

This craft talk was recorded on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.



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Read along and view the artwork Peter describes while you listen.

Debate and discussion: Should the state devote resources to sustain rural Alaska villages?

2009-03-17 by News, Sports, and Art

Join UAA’s internationally award-winning Seawolf Debate Team and a panel of faculty respondents for a debate and public discussion on “Should the State of Alaska devote resources to sustain rural Alaska villages?” Panelists include Scott Goldsmith of the Institute of Social and Economic Research, Paul Ongtooguk of the College of Education and Aleut leader Larry Merculieff.

This podcast was recorded on 02.19.2009.



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Alaska and the world economic crisis

2009-03-17 by News, Sports, and Art

A panel of experts place Alaska in context with the world economic crisis today. The panel includes:

  • Jeff Pantages, Chief Financial Investment Officer, Alaska Permanent Capital Management, discussing “An Overview of the World Economic Crisis.”
  • David Lawer, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, First National Bank of Alaska, discussing “How the banking industry became part of the crisis.”
  • Scott Goldsmith, Ph.D, UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, discussing the “Ramificaions of the World Economic Crisis for Alaska.”

This program was presented by UAA and Ole! (Opportunities for Lifelong Education). Podcast recorded 01.23.2009.



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