Dr. Brian Fagan: What lessons does the past have for a world confronted by drought and inexorable warming?

2010-03-31 by

Prolific author Fagan tells the story of the complex relationship between humans and water over the past 5,000 years, from furrow irrigation and wells to the elaborate aqueducts and canal systems of the Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans. He shows how the Industrial Revolution sowed the seeds for today’s global water crisis.

This talk was sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences through the fund for Excellence in Arts and Sciences and the Alaska Anthropological Association. Fagan was keynote speaker for the Alaska Anthropological Association’s recent 37th annual meeting.

This podcast was recorded on March 25, 2010.

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Public Policy Debate: The State of Alaska should not be involved in the institution of marriage

2010-03-25 by News, Sports, and Art

Hear the award-winning UAA Speech and Debate Team lay out the issues on this important topic, followed by a panel of faculty respondents and facilitated public discussion. The faculty respondents are Deborah Periman, Justice; Gale Smoke, Sociology; and Kristin Hanson, Philosophy.

This event is part of a series of debates sponsored by CAFE since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community the resources of the university as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting their future.

This podcast was recorded on March 18, 2010.

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Complex Systems offers talk by Dr. Songho Ha entitled 'The American System as a Cultural System'

2010-03-25 by News, Sports, and Art

Dr. Songho Ha analyzes a less studied aspect of the American System—namely its cultural policies—by analyzing the various attempts of the federal government to establish national institutions of higher learning and to promote arts between 1789 and 1837. He argues that the idea of the American System originated at least from the time of George Washington’s administration and its contents had been continuously refined, although the term was officially inaugurated into the political lexicon only in 1824 when Henry Clay introduced the term in his Congressional speech supporting the Protective Tariff Act of 1824.

Dr. Ha is an Assistant Professor in UAA’s Department of History and recently published a book entitled The Rise and Fall of the American System: Nationalism and the Development of the American Economy, 1790-1837. Perhaps you read about it in the column written by John Havelock in Sunday’s Anchorage Daily News.

This podcast was recorded on March 19, 2010.

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Polaris Lecture: federal investigation into Alaska public corruption with Clifford J. Groh II

2010-03-25 by News, Sports, and Art

Clifford J. Groh II will give a Polaris Lecture titled “Causes and Consequences of the Federal investigation into Alaksa public corruption, Can we get off the slippery slope?” For more information about the Polaris Lecture series, contact Louise Lazur, (907) 786-1051.

This podcast was recorded on March 18, 2010.

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Legacy Lecture: "The Psychology of a Woman"

2010-03-19 by

As a part of Women’s History Month 2010, Kimberly Pace, director of the Women’s Studies Program at UAA, invited psychology professor Dr. Claudia Lampman to deliver a Legacy Lecture—what Pace described as the lecture a professor would give if it was their very last lecture.

Professor Lampman took that challenge, and delivered a personal talk about her own life and its significant intersections. These were times, like childbirth and career moments, in which knowledge and curiosity about psychology, along with her own professional research, delivered insights on the gender differences between men and women. Hint: There are very few, but those that exist are significant.

This lecture was recorded Thursday, March 18, 2010 in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307.

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