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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Author Seth Kantner reads from Shopping for Porcupine

2010-01-19 by News, Sports, and Art

The UAA/APU Books of the Year presented author Seth Kantner on Nov. 12. His two books, Shopping for Porcupine and Ordinary Wolves, mark him as one of the most interesting and dynamic Alaskan writers. He discussed the Books of the Year theme “Responding to Climate Change in Alaska,” illustrated by his own photos and commentary.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 12, 2009.

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