Alaska Native Masks- Dec. 1

Alaska Native Masks
Special guests Sven Haakanson, Alvin Amason, Ann Fienup-Riordan, and Anna Mossolova come together to share their intimate knowledge and study of Alaska Native masks. The nature of masks within expressions of animal symbolism and transformation, and Alaska native mask collections abroad will be discussed . And, at the event, the overall importance of masks within Alaska Native cultures and traditions honored. Introducing the guest speakers will be Maria Shaa Tla Williams, director of Alaska Native Studies at UAA.

Sven Haakanson is former Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. His book, Giinaquq : Like A Face Sugpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago features the Alphonse Pinart ceremonial mask collection (1870s ) that is housed at the Château-Musée of Boulogne-sur-Mer in France. He currently teaches at University of Washington, Seattle, and is a curator of Native American exhibit at the Burke Museum.

Renowned artist Alvin Eli Amason is a Sugpiaq Alaskan painter and sculptor. His paintings are on display at the Anchorage International Airport and the U.S. Federal Courthouse Building in Anchorage, and have been exhibited at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Heard Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, Smithsonian Institute, Museum of the Northland in Aalborg, Denmark, and the Chateau Museum in Boulogne-sur-mer, France. After spending 17 years as Director of Native Arts program at UAF, he is currently developing a native arts program at UAA.

Cultural Anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan is author of more than 20 books and translations including Yup’ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin: Fieldwork Turned on Its Head. Her books Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup’ik Masks and Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yupik Science and Survival accompanied museum exhibitions in Alaska and Washington, DC.

Anna Mossolova is a visiting Fulbright student researcher at the UAA Anthropology Department and Alaska Native Studies Program. She has studied Social and Cultural Anthropology at Tallinn University, Estonia and was a visiting PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. Her interests include studying Yup’ik mask collections in Europe and Russia and researching Yup’ik mask-making traditions.

This event is sponsored with Alaska Center for the Book and the Anchorage Public Library. UAA Campus Bookstore events are free and open to the public. There is free parking for this event in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot, and the East Garage. For more information contact Rachel Epstein at or 786-4782.
Tue Dec 1, 2015 11:30am – 2pm Alaska Time
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Seward Lecture: ‘Known Unknowns & Unknown Unknowns: Questions Every Mayor Faces’ with Former Mayor George Wuerch, Nov. 19

Seward Lecture: ‘Known Unknowns & Unknown Unknowns: Questions Every Mayor Faces’ with Former Mayor George Wuerch, Nov. 19

Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30–9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Former Mayor of Anchorage (2000-2003) George Wuerch will discuss the many decisions he made while in office.

George Wuerch earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Wuerch served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Wuerch has more than 20 years of post-military business experience ranging from a manager at Northwest Alaskan Gasoline and founder and president of Fluor Daniel Alaska Engineering to vice president of corporate affairs for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Wuerch’s service to the community includes: Executive Committee, Western Council, Boy Scouts of America; chairman of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the United Way Campaign; and chairman of the Anchorage Assembly. He is currently on the Board of Regents for Charter College, on the Board of Advisors for the University of Alaska Anchorage, on the Advisory Board for Providence Hospital and a member of the Anchorage Assembly.

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The Censorship Quiz II


Come to the second annual Censorship Challenge! In celebration of banned books week, the Anchorage Public Library and UAA/APU Consortium Library are hosting a pub quiz. Entry is free! Teams should consist of no more than six people. The quiz will consist of six rounds – including one visual round…

Alaska Maps

If you are traveling around Alaska this summer, you may want to check out some maps. You can take a look at topographical maps, road maps, fishing maps, historical maps and much more. A simple way to find out what we have is to type in to the Quick Search box: Alaska map.


Friday, April 24th, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

You are invited to join the Center for Community Engagement & Learning at our annual forum to recognize the civic engagement achievements from the past year.

The Community Engagement Forum features awards to students and faculty and highlights of our community partnerships, including the presentation of the 2015 Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award and Dr. Alex Hills Engineering & Civic Engagement Award.

The poster session is an opportunity to talk to Community Engaged Student Assistants about their faculty-community partner projects. Be sure to arrive early, you won’t want to miss it!

11:00 a.m. Student Poster Session | 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Program Begins

Please RSVP by April 20 RSVP online ( or by contacting CCEL.

Harper Lee plans to publish sequel to her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Harper Lee plans to publish sequel to her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Harper Lee Plans To Publish A New Novel Featuring ‘Mockingbird’ Hero
More than 50 years after the release of her classic — and only — novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee plans to publish a second. The newly unearthed book, Go Set a Watchman, will be published in July.

Cabin Fever Debates-Jan 27

Cabin Fever Debates
The Seawolf Debate team is proud to present the tenth annual Cabin Fever Debates Intramural Debating Tournament. Held each year in the spring semester, the Cabin Fever Debates provide UAA students not active on the competitive Seawolf Team the opportunity to give academic debating a try. Designed for students with little or no competitive experience, the tournament will expose you to the fundamentals of debating and offer the chance to compete for a great prize package. All debates are open to the public. For more information, check out our website at
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7pm – 10pm Alaska Time
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307