Visiting Chinese scholar Chen Deming presents the Yijing (IChing) and Chinese philosophy

2012-09-22 by

Chen Deming will attend the doctoral Chinese philosophy program at Renmin University, Beijing this fall. Mr. Chen served as a summer teaching intern for Dr. Kristin Helweg Hanson as she developed a Fall 2012 advanced philosophy seminar on Kongzi (Confucius). Mr. Chen’s visit is sponsored by the UAA Philosophy Department.

This talk was sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore and recorded on Aug. 8, 2012.

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Kristin Helweg Hanson
Bio page, UAA Department of Philosophy
UAA Campus Bookstore

Constitution Week 2012: Should Alaskans vote to have a new constitutional convention?

2012-09-22 by

Rep. Sharon Cissna and the UAA student government organized a public forum on the U.S. and the Alaska constitutions in honor of Constitution Week 2012. The teleconference included audiences in Homer and Anchorage. On Nov. 6, Alaskans will be asked to decide if they want another constitutional convention.

In Anchorage, John Havelock, former Alaska attorney general and University of Alaska professor, made opening remarks. Havelock is the author of a new book, “Let’s Get It Right,” laying out the challenges and opportunities of a new constitutional convention.

In addition to Havelock’s remarks, UAA political science instructor Guy Burnett made remarks on the U.S. Constitution. UAA professor Forrest Nabors joined the discussion on the troublesome and broad political divide in the American public. Audience members asked questions about the Alaska and federal constitutions, and the need for a constitutional convention in Alaska.

Cissna welcomed the audience. The pocast opens with Havelock’s remarks. Other key time points include:

12:37 Guy Burnett on the U.S. Constitution
38:10 Forrest Nabors on political divide in the country
45:30 Havelock on why Alaska should have a constitutional convention
47:32 Havelock on concern over a convention leading to elected judges in the state
48:39 Havelock on Bob Bartlett’s warning during the first convention to be concerned about a takeover by multinational corporations of the state’s natural resources.

This podcast was recorded Sept. 20, 2012.

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For More Information:

Alaska Constitutional Convention Question, Ballot Measure 1
Creating Alaska: Constitutional Convention
Website about the history of the first convention
Barnes & Noble Books
'Let's Get It Right'-Why we need an Alaska constitutional convention
Guy Burnett
Bio page, UAA Department of Political Science
Forrest Nabors
Bio page, UAA Department of Political Science

Revisioning Alaska Native Languages at UAA: A Public Forum on SB 130

2012-09-22 by

This podcast captures a panel and public discussion on preserving Native languages in light of the passage of SB 130. The purpose of the community forum was to consider the intersection of state university and community efforts to preserve Alaska Native languages, to build on the momentum of SB 130 and place particular emphasis on UAA’s role in Alaska Native languages preservation.

SB 130 established The Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council in the Office of the Governor to strategize ways to preserve and perpetuate Alaska Native Languages. At the time of the forum, appointees had not yet been made.

The panel includes Maria Williams of UAA’s Native Studies Program, Lt Gov. Mead Treadwell, Loren Peterson who crafted the language of SB 130 in Sen. Donny Olson’s office, Tlingit teacher Shirley Kendall, Dena’ina teacher Marilyn Balluta, Ethan Petticrew, vice president of Cultural and Educational Services at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and active in Unangax dance and language of the Aleutians Islands and Dr. Lawrence Kaplan, Director of the Alaska Native Language Center at UAF. Dr. Emily Moore of UAA moderated the panel.

Panelists introduced themselves and made opening remarks at these approximate times:

3:45 Maria Williams
9:45 Mead Treadwell
11:54 Ethan Petticrew
15:36 Loren Peterson
20:34 Shirley Kendall
28.10 Marilyn Balluta
34:03 Dr. Larry Kaplan

This podcast was recorded Sept. 13, 2012

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For More Information:

UAA Alaska Native Studies
Department website
Alaska Native Language Center at UAF