“Sideways Rain” is Dr. Nancy Elliot Sydnam’s memoir recounting 20 years of travel in the stormy Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. Besides her work as a dedicated medical practitioner, Sydnam is an emphatic observer of human nature. In journal entries, letters and poems, she writes with deep affection about the landscape and people she encountered on her hazardous routes. Also included in “Sideways Rain” are photos, a map of the islands and an index of names.
In this podcast, Dr. Nancy Elliot Sydnam shares excerpts from her memoir. Diddy Hitchens, a friend of Nancy’s and a professor emerita from UAA, also reads passages.
This podcast was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore on April 16, 2013.
The event was titled “How the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Could Work In Iraq And Other Countries: A Conversation with Todd Moss,” editor of “The Governor’s Solution.”
Moss is introduced by ISER economist Scott Goldsmith.
Todd Moss remarks begin at about 20:38
The group discussion, including commentary from such long-time Alaskans and political leaders as Vic Fischer, Jane Anvik, Fran Ulmer and Jack Roderick, begins at about 39:00
Reliance on natural resource revenues, particularly oil, is often associated with bad governance, corruption and poverty. Worried about the effect of oil on Alaska, Governor Jay Hammond had a simple yet revolutionary idea: Let citizens have a direct stake.
“The Governor’s Solution” features his firsthand account that describes, with brutal honesty and piercing humor, the birth of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, which has been paid to each resident every year since 1982. Thirty years later, Hammond’s vision is still influencing oil policies throughout the world.
This reader, part of the Center for Global Development’s Oil-to-Cash initiative, includes recent scholarly work examining Alaska’s experience and how other oil-rich societies, particularly Iraq, might apply some of the lessons.
It serves as a powerful reminder that the combination of new ideas and determined individuals can make a tremendous difference, even in issues as seemingly complex and intractable as fighting the oil curse.
The UAA Department of Political Science sponsored this talk by author Charles C. Johnson, who wrote “Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President,” published in March 2013. Johnson is introduced by political science professor Guy F. Burnett. This podcast was recorded on June 6, 2013.
Here is a description of Johnson’s book:
Imagine a country in which strikes by public-sector unions occupied the public square; where foreign policy wandered aimlessly as America disentangled itself from wars abroad and a potential civil war on its southern border; where racial and ethnic groups jostled for political influence; where a war on illicit substances led to violence in its cities; where technology was dramatically changing how mankind communicated and moved about—and where the educated harbored increasing contempt for the philosophic underpinnings of our republic.
That country, the America of the 1920s, looked a lot like America today. One would think, then, that the President who successfully navigated these challenges, Calvin Coolidge, might be esteemed today.
Instead, Coolidge’s record is little known, the result of efforts by both the left and right to distort his legacy. “Why Coolidge Matters” revisits the record of our most underrated president, examining Coolidge’s views on governance, public sector unions, education, race, immigration, and foreign policy. Most importantly, “Why Coolidge Matters” explains what lessons Coolidge—the last president to pay down the national debt—can offer the limited government movement in the post-industrial age.
UAA Faculty Martin Cenek (Complex Systems), Aisha Barnes (English), Scott Jonsson (Philosophy) and Chad Morse (Social Work) come together to share their views about the needs of campus education given the advent of web courses, online universities and iTunesU.
Panelists were invited to address three questions:
What can students learn in campus classrooms that is different from online classes?
How has online learning changed your discipline and/or what you teach?
What do you imagine is the future of the campus community?
This event was moderated by Rachel Epstein and held at the UAA Campus Bookstore. It was podcast on June 6, 2013.