In this podcast, sociology professor Zeynep Kilic introduces writer Yvette Johnson. author of ‘Searching for Booker Wright.”
Johnson graduated from Northern Arizona University where she started The Booker Wright Project. In it, she researches the complicated life her grandfather lived in Greenwood, Miss., where he was a waiter in a “whites only” steakhouse as well as he owner of a restaurant on the “black” side of town.
Yvette Johnson is co-producer of “Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” and the author of “Searching for Booker Wright.”
This event was co-sponsored with the UAA Department of Sociology. It was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Feb. 20, 2013.
In this podcast, Amanda Murphy of UAA’s Langauges department introduces Victoria Kononova, a doctoral candidate studying Slavic languages at the University of Wisconsin. Her dissertation is titled “Nationalism, Ethnography, and the Appropriation of the Folktale in Late Nineteenth Century Russian Literature and Culture.” This event was co-sponsored by the UAA Languages Department.
The event was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Feb. 18, 2013.
Longtime Alaskan and visionary Vic Fischer gave an informal talk about his book and the process of writing it at an event at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Feb. 11, 2013.
Here is a summary of the book, taken from Vic’s website:
“Son of the famous American journalist Louis Fischer, who corresponded from Germany and then Moscow, and the Russian writer Markoosha Fischer, Victor Fischer grew up in the shadow of Hitler and Stalin, watching his friends’ parents disappear after political arrests. Eleanor Roosevelt personally engineered the Fischer family’s escape from Russia, and soon after Victor was serving in the United States Army in World War II and fighting opposite his childhood friends in the Russian and German armies. After completing university, Vic began a new life in Alaska, which eventually led him back to Russia.
“This unique autobiography recounts Fischer’s earliest days in Germany, Russia, and Alaska, where he soon entered civic affairs and was elected as a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention—the body responsible for establishing statehood in the territory. A stint in Washington, DC, years in academia, and service in the Alaska Senate allowed him to witness key historic events of his era, which he also recounts in the book. Finally, Fischer brings his memoir up to the present, describing how he has returned to Russia many times to bring the lessons of Alaska’s freedom and prosperity to the newly democratic states.
This event was recorded on Feb. 11, 2013 at the UAA Campus Bookstore.
UAA has introduced a new campaign called “amazing stories being written every day.” In this four minute podcast, meet two students and their unique stories. Find out about Victor, who landed in Alaska in 2009 speaking no English. Also, find out the career USUAA President Alejandra B. hopes to follow after graduation.