Healthy Minds Conversation with the Chancellor and Provost

2014-04-25 by

Recorded April 22, 2014.

As the University of Alaska’s health campus, we are uniquely situated to take a leadership role in supporting a healthy minds ethos on our campus. The conversation’s intent was help staff and faculty learn more about mental health services and education being offered at UAA and to share with us your ideas about how collaborations could better support your current and future work, as well as a healthy minds ethos at UAA.

College of Health Dean Bill Hogan, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bruce Schultz and College of Arts and Sciences Dean John Stalvey will provide an overview of programs in their areas and lead the dialogue.

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ISER Lunchtime Talk: 'Navigating at a double crossroads: The role of subsistence in the wellbeing of Dena'ina Athabascan youth'

2014-04-21 by

Jennifer Shaw, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at the Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, where she conducts research on youth suicide prevention, healthcare decision-making and the development of culturally grounded health services. Her research interests are in medical anthropology, social determinants of health and cross-cultural childhood and adolescence.

She will talk about the role of subsistence in the well-being of Dena’ina Athabascan youths growing up in Southwestern Alaska. How do subsistence and other cultural activities fit into the lives and aspirations of contemporary Dena’ina youths living in rural Alaska? What factors impede or facilitate their ability to achieve these aspirations in the transition to adulthood? Shaw conducted an ethnographic case study with 19 youths in one Dena’ina village. The results showed that, despite concerns about Alaska Native youths’ commitment to culture, this group deeply identifies with their tradition and aspires to continue these activities into adulthood, despite significant obstacles in their paths.

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'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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