Dr. Rachel Mason presents 'Return to the Lost Villages of the Aleutians'

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During World War II, the Unangan residents of the Aleutian Islands were taken by boat to internment camps in Southeast Alaska. When they returned after the war, the residents of the smallest villages—Kashega, Biorka and Makushin—were not permitted to return home. Instead they were resettled in larger communities.

Residents of Attu were captured by the Japanese and interned in Japan for the remainder of the war.

This presentation reports on boat trips with elderly former residents and their descendants to revisit Makushin in September 2009, and Kashega and Biorka in September 2010.

Dr. Mason will also tell of plans to revisit Attu. Lost Villages of the Aleutians is a project of the National Park Service in partnership with other agencies, including the Ounalashka Corporation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Dr. Mason is a cultural anthropologist with the Alaska Regional Office, National Park Service.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 19, 2010 at the UAA Campus Bookstore.

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For More Information:

Dutch Harbor Fisherman
News account of the 'Lost Villages' NPS project
Newsletter for Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc (PDF)
Account of 'Lost Villages' work

Dr. Diane Hanson presents 'Before Russian Contact, Uncovering the past of Adak Island'

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Dr. Diane Hanson is on faculty with the UAA Anthropology Department. This talk was presented as a part of Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month 2010 at UAA.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 18, 2010 at the UAA Campus Bookstore.

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For More Information:

UAA Department of Anthropology
Dr. Diane Hanson's biography and areas of interest
Historical and current images of Adak Island

Writing My Story: Memoirs of Alaska Native Writers

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Burton W. Haviland Jr. and Lucy Daniels are both Alaska Native memoir and nonfiction writers published in the anthology ‘Purely Alaska: Authentic Voices from the Far North.’ Here, they discuss their storytelling process.

5:30 Burton Haviland Jr intoduces himself
7:15 Lucy Daniels introduces herself
10:00 General discussion facilitated by Professor Don Rearden

Some audience questions are asked away from a microphone and will be hard to hear; the answers are spoken into the microphone and are easy to hear.

This event is sponsored by Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska Native/American Indian History Month (ANAIHM)/Share the Spirit, ANAIHM Committee and UAA Campus Bookstore.

This podcast was recorded Nov. 13, 2010

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For More Information:

'Purely Alaska'
Host site for the anthology 'Purely Alaska: Authentic Voices from the Far North'
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
Review of 'Purely Alaska'
Alaska Dispatch
Stephanie Jaeger from 49 Writers interviews the anthology editors, John Creed and Susan B. Andrews

Fall 2010 Risk Assessment Seminar: summary discussion

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This seminar series was titled ‘Defining Risk in Arctic Coastal and Offshore Resource Development: Perspectives and International Standards.’ In this final session 10, participants answered two questions:

What have you learned in the seminar?
Where should we go from here?

Participants in Anchorage included: Sharman Haley, ISER; Adele Fetter, ADEC; Sheila Selkregg, CBPP professor; Mandy Kamph, graduate student in project management; Mike Haller, BOEMRE; John Goll, BOEMRE; Irling Westlien, Shell. Participants in Fairbanks included Hajo Eiken, UAF; Andrew Metzger, UAF; Matt Druckenmiller, Ph.D student in geophysics.

This podcast was recorded in LIB 307 on Dec. 9, 2010.

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International Arctic Research Center
Links to mp3 recordings and PDF documents used in the 10-part series

R.A.F. Bomber Command and the Origins of 'Precision' Air Attack at Night

2010-12-16 by News, Sports, and Art

Professor Emeritus Will Jacobs gives a talk on “R.A.F. Bomber Command and the Origins of ‘Precision’ Air Attack at Night.”

The Allied strategic bombing offensives remain a controversial subject in the history of the Second World War. R.A.F. Bomber Command’s attacks on German cities form an important part of those controversies. Less well known is Bomber Command’s development of a capability for “precision” air attack at night in the spring and summer of 1944 to support Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France. Jacobs presents a survey of what happened, an examination of how it was accomplished and an assessment of its significance.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 9, 2010

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