Dr. Joe Watkins, Chocktaw Indian and indigenous archaeologist on 'Indigenous Archaeology as a Decolonizing Mechanism'

2012-09-08 by

Watkins is currently the Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. He was an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico from 2003-2007. He is Choctaw Indian, and has been involved in archaeology for more than 40 years. He received his B.A. in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma and his M.A. and doctorate in anthropology from Southern Methodist University, where his work examined archaeologists’ responses to questionnaire scenarios concerning their perceptions of American Indian issues.

His current study interests include the ethical practice of anthropology and the study of anthropology’s relationships with descendant communities and aboriginal populations, and he has published numerous articles on these topics. His first book “Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice” (AltaMira Press, 2000) is in its second printing, and his latest book, “Reclaiming Physical Heritage: Repatriation and Sacred Sites” (Chelsea House Publishers 2005) is aimed Carol Ellick will speak at UAA Friday Sept. 7 3-4:30 p.m. in RH 101toward creating an awareness of Native American issues among high school students.

This podcast was recorded Sept. 6, 2012.

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Consul General of the Republic of Korea speaks on 'North Korea's Nuclear Program, Challenges and Opportunities'

2012-09-08 by

UAA hosted a free public talk by Young W. Song, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle. The Consul General addressed Alaska’s exposure to developments in North Korea’s nuclear program, its challenges and opportunities. He is introduced by political science professor Forrest Nabors.

Mr. Song offered this description of his talk:

In spite of North Korea’s repeatedly avowed goal to become a “strong and prosperous country” in 2012, Kim Jong-un, a 28-year-old young man, inherited a state strained in abject poverty. It is hard to predict whether the succession from Kim Jong-il to his son, Kim Jong-un, will go smoothly in the long run. However, it is predictable that North Korea will choose, for its own survival, a time-tested tactic of repression at home and extortion from its neighbors. In doing so, North Korea will try to take full advantage of its valuable yet extremely dangerous asset: nuclear programs.

During the past 20 years, international society, the U.S. and South Korea in particular, have been making strenuous efforts to denuclearize North Korea. The result, however, could be considered, at best, as a limited success.

The U.S. and South Korea are pursuing a common policy toward denuclearization of North Korea, which is based on a two-track approach of deterring further aggression from the North while leaving a door open for dialogue. Although it is far from certain that North Korea would agree to abandon its nuclear programs at all, there seems to be no other option but to engage with this unruly regime, bilaterally or multilaterally, to dismantle its nuclear programs.

This podcast was recorded Sept. 7, 2012.

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UAA Professor James Muller on 'Great Contemporaries: Churchill reflects on FDR, Hitler, Kipling, Chaplin, Balfour and other greats of his time'

2012-09-08 by

James W. Muller, Ph.D., is professor of political science at UAA, academic chair of the Churchill Centre and a by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He has authored numerous books and edited several by Winston Churchill including the newest editions of “Thoughts and Adventures” and “Great Contemporaries.”

“Great Contemporaries,” the focus of this talk, was originally written by Churchill in the decade before he became prime minister. In it, he profiles other major figures of the period including Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Lawrence of Arabia, Leon Trotsky, Charlie Chaplin, H. G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling and George Bernard Shaw.

The new edition, published earlier this year by ISI Books, features an introduction and annotations by Muller, five previously unpublished essays by Churchill and more than 30 photographs.

This talk was hosted by the UAA Campus Bookstore and recorded on Sept. 6, 2012.

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The Griffin Foundation's Min Lee speaks on 'Experimentation as a tool: Wider and more practical perspectives'

2012-09-08 by

Economist and philanthropic adviser Min Lee of the Griffin Foundation was the fifth of five presenters at the Charitable Giving and Experimental Economics workshop presented by the UAA Experimental Economics Laboratory of the College of Business and Public Policy. His talk is titled, “Experimentation as a tool: Wider and more practical perspectives.”

This podcast was recorded on Aug. 15, 2012.

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