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

2011-11-19 by News, Sports, and Art

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.

This event was sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore. This podcast was recorded on Nov. 19, 2011.

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UAA Campus Bookstore Events

Disaster Preparation in Anchorage

2011-11-17 by News, Sports, and Art

Daniel Skrzynski served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984-2006. His expertise includes search and rescue and military airlift operations. This event was sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 17, 2011.

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Former diplomat and special envoy speaks on the Wars of Afghanistan and U.S. policy

2011-11-16 by

Peter Tomsen was former ambassador to Armenia from 1995-1998 and special envoy on Afghanistan from 1989-1992. His book, “The Wars of Afghanistan: Messianic Terrorism, Tribal Conflicts, and the Failures of Great Powers,” was published in July 2011.

This event was recorded on Nov. 16, 2011.

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Peter Tomsen
Diplomatic career, Wikipedia
'Return of the Taliban,' interview with Peter Tomsen
The Daily Show
Jon Stewart interviews Peter Tomsen

Alaska's oil tax plan debated by Deputy Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman and Rep. Les Gara

2011-11-15 by

By invitation from the student government at UAA, two state leaders faced off over the future of oil taxes in Alaska before an audience of about 50 in the Student Union at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Tangeman led off with a defense of the Parnell administration’s House Bill 110, which would ease taxes on oil companies. Gara defended the current tax structure under ACES, debated HB 110 and argued for his own adjustment, House Bill 231, which would allow for tax credits to oil companies that go after new oil, step up their drilling and build processing centers.

Links below point to news coverage of the debate and citizen groups following the tax discussion. Links to the debaters’ Powerpoints will be added as they become available.

This podcast was recorded Nov. 14, 2011.

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Alaska Dispatch
'Debating Alaska's oil tax regime'
Anchorage Daily News
'Alaska's oil industry tax issues debated at UAA'
'Oil tax debate comes to UAA"
Alaskans United
To stop our oil wealth giveaway
Make Alaska Competitive
Our economic driver is in decline

UAA anthropologist Diane Hanson describes 2011 excavation of first upland house on Adak Island

2011-11-14 by

This event highlights the full excavation by graduate and undergraduate research students for eight weeks in the summer of 2011. Hanson teaches in the UAA Anthropology Department. Her talk was a part of Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month 2011.

The work of Hanson and her research students was highlighted in the Anchorage Daily News on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2011. Links to that story and other relevant material – including Hanson’s extensive team use of social media to share information – are listed below.

This podcast was recorded Nov. 14, 2011.

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Central Aleutians Upland Archaeological Project
Anchorage Daily News
UAA anthropologist's discoveries rewrite history of Aleutian society
You Tube
Central Aleutian Archaeology
Dr. Diane Hanson
Bio page, UAA Department of Anthropology

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