Willie Hensley speaks on the Indigenous Value of Cooperation

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UAA’s Native Student Services, in partnership with the College of Education, Alaska Native Studies, the Recruiting and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RRANN) program and the Cama-i Room, invites the Anchorage community to a weekly gathering to share and learn about indigenous values. Willie Hensley presented the value of Cooperation on Sept. 22, 2011.

Agatha John-Shields, assistant professor with the College of Education, has developed a 30-lesson curriculum that focuses on one indigenous value per week. During the fall semester 2011, the gatherings take place every Thursday from 12-1 p.m. in Rasmuson Hall, Room 108.

John-Shields was a driving force behind establishing the Yupik Immersion School in Bethel and has served as the school’s principal for many years.

The series she has designed is structured in a way that could be incorporated into coursework across grade levels and disciplines either as extra credit or assignments, or it can provide valuable stand-alone lessons for anyone curious to know more about Alaska Native culture.

This podcast was recorded Sept. 22, 2011.

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Press Release
Announcing Willie Hensley as Visiting Distinguished Professor at CBPP

UAA/APU Books of the Year: Panel on Affordable Childcare for the Working Poor

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The theme for 2011-13 is Money and Morality, and the two books are Michael Lewis’ ‘The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine’ and David K. Shipler’s ‘The Working Poor: Invisible in America.’ Readers guides to both books are available at the Books of the Year website (see links below).

Together these books capture people in the economic extremes of our society – the rich and the poor. In America, where “everything has its price,” money and morality define our incomes, lifestyles and personal responsibilities. These Books of the Year help us understand our assumptions, and the role money plays in the decisions each of us make.

Books of the Year hosted a Community Forum with a panel of experts on Oct. 6, 2011. Their topic: “Challenges of Affordable Childcare for the Working Poor in Alaska.” Bonny Headley of UAA Early Childhood Education faculty, will moderate the panel, including:

* Stephanie Berglund, CEO of Thread * Connie Wirz, Executive Director of Cook Inlet Native Head Start * Virgene Hanna, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research

This podcast was recorded on Oct. 6, 2011.

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UAA/APU Books of the Year
Website, listing both books
Readers Guides
PDF reader guides to each book available on this web page

Cornell University's Michael Macy: 'How digital records of human interactions (aka Twitter and Facebook) are changing the social sciences'

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UAA’s Undergraduate Research, College of Arts and Sciences and the Honor’s College sponsored Michael Macy as the first speaker in The Evolution of Complex Systems Fall Lecture Series.

Macy’s lecture, “The Relational Revolution: How Digital Records of Human Interactions are Transforming Social Science,” addressed the opportunities and pitfalls of collecting data on complex social networks.

This podcast was recorded on Sept. 22, 2011.

Macy is a professor of Sociology at Cornell University and has studied social networks in many different contexts. Some of his research is available here.

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Michael Macy research
Some of Dr. Macy's research posted here
Michael Macy
Bio page at Cornell University
Evolution of Complex Systems
UAA Complex Systems website

Holocaust Museum Senior Historian Dr. Peter Black on the 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union

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Dr. Peter Black, Senior Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, spoke on the links between Nazi racial policy, the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, and the Holocaust.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Black worked for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations, as part of a team tracking and prosecuting suspected war criminals. Dr. Black also has recently published work on the trawniki, the auxiliary non-German concentration and death camp guards.

This podcast was recorded on Sept. 16, 2011.

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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Extensive website