'Author Meets Critics' with Professor Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University

2017-04-18 by News, Sports, and Art

UAA Environmental Ethics student panelists Samuel Rice, Ben Mock, Molly Fenton, Nathan Burns and Angelina Klapperich host an evening with Professor Paul B. Thompson, author of From Field to Fork: Food Ethics for Everyone (Oxford University Press, 2015; North American Society for Social Philosophy 2015 Book Award Winner). Professor Thompson has been writing and researching food issues for more than 30 years, advising the food industry internationally and studying food from an ethical perspective. His text is the first comprehensive study to explore interconnections hidden deep within the wide range of ethical issues related to the production and consumption of food.

For more information, please contact Professor Raymond Anthony at rxanthony@alaska.edu.



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Daniel Mahoney presents ‘Judging Communism and All Its Works: Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago Reconsidered’

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Daniel J. Mahoney is Augustine Chair in Distinguished Scholarship at Assumption College, where he has taught since 1986. An expert on statesmanship, French political philosophy and anti-totalitarian thought, his books include The Liberal Political Science of Raymond Aron (1992), De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, and Modern Democracy (1996), Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology (2001), The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order (2011) and The Other Solzhenitsyn: Telling the Truth About a Misunderstood Writer and Thinker (2014).

Professor Mahoney explores Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, at once a great literary work and an unparalleled witness to the totalitarian ravages of the bodies and souls of human beings. This remarkably capacious book includes historical discussions, personal reminiscences of Solzhenitsyn’s time in the Soviet camps, political reflections and philosophical meditations. At its heart is an epic poem in which Solzhenitsyn recovers the great and enduring drama of good and evil in the human soul. In Russia, the availability of The Gulag Archipelago, which is required reading in abridged form in Russian high schools, provides hope that the terrible tragedies of the past will not be repeated. In the West, it remains an indispensable warning against the totalitarian temptation.



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UAS Professor Emeritus Clive Thomas cutting Alaska’s budget

2016-09-29 by News, Sports, and Art

Guest lecturer Clive Thomas will present “The Politics of Cutting Alaska State Budget: Fallacies and Realities” on Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

A common demand by many Alaskans and some first-time candidates for state office is that the state budget needs to be cut, largely because of wasted money and inefficiencies. This presentation shows that, contrary to common belief, while budgets can be cut in the short term, as they were in the 2016 legislative session, the trend in the long term is for larger budgets. This explanation is based on the realities of what makes up the state budget, constituent pressure on politicians, and the lack of an organized and sustained political force promoting long-term budget reductions.

Clive Thomas, who taught political science in Juneau for thirty years, is editor of a book just published by the University of Alaska Press, Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities and Power. He is now a senior fellow at the Foley Institute of Politics at Washington State University.

This event is part of the William H. Seward Lecture Series, hosted by the UAA Department of Political Science. The series features timely and provocative lectures at UAA during the academic year on a range of subjects dealing with current politics, public policy and Alaska. Lectures are free and open to members of the general public.



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Guest lecturer James Nichols discusses influence of Rome on U.S. Constitution

2016-09-17 by News, Sports, and Art

The Roman Republic experienced impressive success—somewhat surprisingly in view of frequent struggles between nobles and common people—but eventually lost its republican constitution in the transformation to the Roman Empire’s one-man rule.

This lecture examines both what the founders learned from the successes of Rome’s example and what they sought to avoid from Rome’s failings. It also seeks to clarify some distinctive features of the American Constitution, as seen against the background of the Roman example.

James H. Nichols Jr., is professor of government and Dr. Jules L. Whitehill Professor of Humanism and Ethics at Claremont McKenna College and Avery Fellow at Claremont Graduate University.

His B.A., with a major in classics and political philosophy, is from Yale, and his Ph.D. in government is from Cornell. He has also taught at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York; and Yale University in Connecticut.

He worked for a year at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington as associate director of the Division of General Programs.

His publications include Epicurean Political Philosophy: On the De rerum natura of Lucretius (Cornell University Press, 1976); translations with introduction, notes, and interpretive essays of Plato’s Gorgias and Phaedrus (Cornell University Press, 1998); and articles on pragmatism, human rights, ancient understandings of technology, Plato’s view of philosophic education, liberalism, political economy and Tacitus.

His most recent book is Alexandre Kojève: Wisdom at the End of History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); his most recent article is “On Leo Strauss’ ‘Notes on Lucretius’” in Brill’s Companion to Leo Strauss’ Writings on Classical Political Thought, ed. T. Burns (Brill, 2016).

This 12th annual Constitution Day lecture is part of the Chartwell Lecture Series, hosted by the UAA Department of Political Science.



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9-7-2016-Strategic-Pathways-Forum

2016-09-09 by News, Sports, and Art

University of Alaska President Johnsen discusses athletics as it related to the Strategic Pathways program on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage.



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