'Medieval Roots of Tolkien's Philosophical Ideas' with Matthew Dickerson of Middlebury College

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Matthew Dickerson is the author of several books about J.R.R. Tolkien including “Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings” (2004), “Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien” (2006), “From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook of Myth and Fantasy” (2006) and his newest book, “A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R.Tolkien’s Middle-earth” (2012).

Matthew Dickerson is a professor of computer science at Middlebury College in Vermont, a member of the Environmental Studies Program and also director of the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event and become enchanted by the Tolkien world.

Dickerson was at UAA to give a talk on computer modeling to the Complex Systems Group. This podcast was recorded on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 at the UAA Campus Bookstore

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John Havelock on 'Alaska Constitutional Convention: Round 2'

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At this event, former Alaska Attorney General John Havelock discusses his provocative book, “Let’s Do it Right: Why We Need an Alaska Constitutional Convention.”

This podcast was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Oct. 10, 2012.

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'From Past to Future, the Marriage of Alaska Native Teachings and Anthropology' with Eleanor Hadden, Gordon Pullar and Phyllis Fast

2012-10-13 by News, Sports, and Art

How the field of anthropology translates, protects and enhances Alaska Native teachings and the difficulties arising from colliding worldviews are the themes of this event.

Some examples of contrary perspectives are: family and social identity/DNA research; oral teachings and lineage/video and sound recordings; subsistence lifestyle/individual quota systems; ceremonial traditions/tourism; sacred objects/forensic analysis; cultural and intellectual property/museum exhibitions.

This podcast was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Oct. 8, 2012.

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Full Set of Aces? - Oil Taxation in Alaska

2012-10-13 by News, Sports, and Art

Ceesar X. Martinson organized this panel of ‘Backbone’ members including David Gottstein, Malcolm Roberts and Mike Kenney, for a background, analysis and look at the future of oil taxation in Alaska.

This excerpt from the Alaska Dispatch story, “Backbone announces official return to Alaska,” July 26, 2012 provides some historical background on the origins of Backbone.

“Backbone originally formed in 1999 when then-Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles was negotiating the state’s interests in the merger between oil companies Arco and BP. Some, including former Govs. Hickel, Hammond, and Keith Miller, thought Knowles too generous with BP. They thought that the two-term Democratic governor lacked backbone.

“Backbone lobbied heavily for federal regulators to intercede in the merger. And they did: The Federal Trade Commission ultimately rejected terms that Knowles had negotiated on behalf of Alaskans.

“Again, the group is forming around oil issues. And this time, it’s standing up to a Republican governor who wants to give a $2-billion-a-year tax cut to industry, believing that if the state does so, industry will invest in enough new production to stem declining oil production on the North Slope.”

This podcast was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Oct. 4, 2012.

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Alaska Dispatch, July 26, 2012
'Backbone announces official return to Alaska"
APRN, July 17, 2012
'Backbone comes back together to support Senate Bi-Partisan Majority"
Anchorage Daily News, Aug. 18, 2012
David Gottstein 'Compass' piece
UAA Campus Bookstore
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