'William H. Seward and Alaska' with Walter Stahr

2014-04-02 by

Walter Stahr (author of The New York Times best-seller Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man) discussed President Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William H. Seward.

Stahr was born in Cambridge, Mass., grew up in Arcadia, Calif., and went to high school at the Phillips Exeter Academy. He completed his undergraduate study at Stanford University, and then attended Harvard Law School, where he studied law and public policy. Upon graduation from Harvard, Stahr joined the Washington office of an international law firm. After, he joined the Securities & Exchange Commission, working for several years in the chairman’s office. Then in 1995, he was hired by Fidelity Investments as their first internal lawyer based in Hong Kong. Stahr returned to Washington in 1999 and joined the Emerging Markets Partnership as an internal lawyer focused on Asia, eventually rising to general counsel of EMP Global, as the firm is now known. Currently, Stahr has primarily retired from legal work and is focused on research and writing.

Stahr’s first book, on John Jay, was published in 2005; his second book, on Seward, in 2012. He is currently working on his third book (expected to be published in 2016): a biography of Edwin McMasters Stanton, the great secretary of war.

This is the final event in the William H. Seward Lecture Series for the spring 2014 semester.

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Philosopher Roger Ames on 'Confucian Role Ethics'

2014-03-31 by

Roger Ames, professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was the keynote speaker at the Ninth Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference held at UAA March 27-29, 2014. The conference was called “Living Ethically in the Global World.” The conference also marked the UAA Ethics Center’s Inaugural Convocation.

Professor Ames argues that relationships are universal and therefore provide an accessible, cross-cultural basis for making ethical determinations. Professor Ames is introduced here by Kristin Helweg-Hanson, professor of philosophy at UAA..

This keynote address was held in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium. The podcast was recorded Friday, March 28, 2014.

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Shamanism in the Tribal World

2014-03-28 by

Richard Chacon, Ph.D., discussed his experience and research with indigenous shamans (both in the Amazon and the Andean Highlands) and how contact with the Western World might destroy them. Richard J. Chacon is an associate professor of Anthropology at Winthrop University. He has conducted anthropological investigations throughout Latin America. He documented the subsistence patterns and belief systems of the Yanomamö of Venezuela, the Yora of Peru and the Achuar (Shiwiar) of Ecuador. He investigated ritual violence among the Otavalo and Cotacachi Indians of Highland Ecuador. Additionally, he studied the traditional belief patterns of the Kuna of Panama. His specializations are in optimal foraging theory, Amerindian subsistence strategies, warfare, ritual violence, native beliefs, the development of complex societies, ethnohistory and the effects of globalization, in addition to analyzing the impacts of missionization on indigenous peoples. He has a special interest in encouraging members of minority communities to pursue higher education. He currently serves as editor for Springer’s Anthropology and Ethics Series.

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'Generations at Risk: Toxic Chemicals and Effects on Children, Reproductive Health and Future Generations"

2014-03-27 by

Join distinguished scientist and speaker Dr. Tracey Woodruff, director of the University of California at San Francisco’s Program on Reproductive Health & the Environment, for a talk about chemicals and their effect on younger and future generations.

This event is sponsored by Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and co-sponsored by the UAA Department of Biological Sciences and UAA Department of Health Sciences.

The event was podcast on March 25, 2014.

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UAA Seawolf Debate vs. Yale Debate, March 20, 2014

2014-03-25 by

This is a recording of the March 20, 2014 UAA YALE Debate.

With cuts to public school funding looming in several big Alaska school districts, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate team took on Yale University’s team to debate this statement: “No public funds should go to support competitive athletics in public education.”

Representing UAA were seniors Brittany Bennett and Matthew Stinson. Representing Yale were Sam Ward-Packard and Sesenu Woldemariam.

Debate coach Steve Johnson called the debate for Yale because that team managed to move audience opinion during the debate. Those who came to agree with Yale that no funding should be spent on competitive athletics in public education grew from 36 percent to 42 percent. Johnson defined the winner as the team that could move the audience’s viewpoints. Those who agreed with the UAA team that held funding should continue for competitive athletics remained a solid 53 percent before and after the debate.

This debate was recorded March 20, 2014 in the East High Auditorium.

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