Terry Tempest Williams presented by the Bartlett Lecture Series

2010-09-21 by News, Sports, and Art

Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, was published in October 2008 by Pantheon Books.

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Race-based University admissions, Part 1: Seawolf Debate Team takes both sides

2010-09-21 by

Nearly 100 people gathered to debate and discuss race-based preference for University admissions. The Seawolf Speech and Debate Team opened the event with a debate in the British Parliamentary format that presented both sides of the issue.

Colin Haughey and Michaela Hernandez voiced the proposition that race-based preference for admissions should end.  They argued that a focus on socioeconomic status would guarantee an equal chance for a college education.

The opposition team, comprised of Drew Cason and Brett Frazer, argued that the university needs a race-based preference to advocate for diversity. Listeners enter the debate a few moments after it began, with Colin Haughey speaking.

This podcast was recorded Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 in Library 307.

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Race-based University admissions, Part II: Faculty Discussion, Public Q & A

2010-09-21 by

In Part Two of this debate over race-based admissions to University campuses, four UAA faculty members discuss aspects of the debate. They include Dr. Diane Hirshberg, ISER and Education; Dr. Cheryl Easley, Dean of the College of Health and Social Welfare; Dr. Robert Boeckmann, associate professor of Psychology; and Jason Brandeis of the Justice department.

Their remarks appear at approximately these times:
—Hirshberg: .54 seconds
—Brandeis: 7:52
—Easley: 12:53
—Boeckmann: 19:02
—Audience Q & A: 26:24

This event is sponsored by the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) and the UAA/APU Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues. It was recorded on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 in Library 307.

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