Justice Clarence Thomas and Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration’ with Ralph Rossum-Sept 16th

Tenth Annual Constitution Day Lecture: ‘Justice Clarence Thomas and Jurisprudence of Constitutional Restoration’ with Ralph Rossum

As he approaches a quarter century of service on the Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas has consistently pursued an original general meaning approach to constitutional interpretation. He has been unswayed by the claims of precedent–by the gradual build-up of interpretations that, over time, can distort the original meaning of the constitutional provision in question and lead to muddled decisions and contradictory conclusions. As with too many layers of paint on a delicately crafted piece of furniture, precedent based on preceden (focusing on what the Court said the Constitution means in past cases as opposed to focusing on what the Constitution actually means) hides the constitutional nuance and detail he wants to restore. Thomas is unquestionably the justice who is most willing to reject this build-up, this excrescence, and to call on his colleagues to join him in scraping away past precedent and getting back to bare wood–to the original general meaning of the Constitution.
This Constitution Day lecture will show how Thomas, in his many of opinions reflecting on the original text of the Constitution (the Commerce Clause of Article I § 8 and the Ex Post Facto Clauses of Articles I §§ 9 and 10) and the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth, and Tenth Amendments, has consistently sought to restore the original general meaning of the Constitution and, by so doing, has sought to secure for us the rights and liberties the founding generation fought the Revolutionary War to establish.

For more information about the lecture, contact James Muller, professor in the Department of Political Science, at (907) 786-4740.

When
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:30pm – 9:30pm Alaska Time
Where
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307, Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK, United States (map)

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Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA

Open access Japanese language textbook published via Scholarworks@UA
September 10, 2014
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami left devastation in its wake and claimed the life of Montgomery “Monty” Dickson. A 2009 graduate of UAA with a degree in Japanese, he was teaching English through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program at the time of his death. In his memory, UAA Professor Hiroko Harada and colleagues from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of California San Diego, Sacramento State University, California State University Long Beach and Memphis University collaborated to produce a new, freely accessible textbook for future students of the language generously funded by the Japan Foundation and Center for Global Partnership.

Scholarworks@UA, the University of Alaska’s Institutional Repository, was selected by the group for publication and distribution of their work based on its ability to provide open access to the world of teachers and students at no cost. In addition, Scholarworks@UA provides comprehensive descriptive metadata with indexing by major search engines and niche library databases alike to ensure that prospective users of the textbook are always able to find it regardless of their search preferences.

The end product, Monty’s Bridge to Tomorrow, can be found on Scholarworks@UA by teachers, students and other interested parties worldwide. More information on how to publish, deposit and archive your work visit https://scholarworks.alaska.edu

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Chartwell Lecture: ‘Have Courage: Sustaining the Arts in a Time of Cultural and Economic Uncertainty,-July 24

Chartwell Lecture: ‘Have Courage: Sustaining the Arts in a Time of Cultural and Economic Uncertainty,’

Thursday, July 24, 7:30–9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Kevin Patterson, executive director of Anchorage Opera, will deliver the upcoming Chartwell Lecture, “Have Courage: Sustaining the Arts in a Time of Cultural and Economic Uncertainty.”

For more than two decades, Patterson has thrived as producer, director and educator in hundreds of creative projects, spanning live performance, video and digital media. A passionate evangelist for the power of the creative process to stimulate dialogue and action, Patterson sees the arts as the creative soul of strong communities. Since 2012, he has served as executive director of the Anchorage Opera Company. He was previously associated with Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Chicago. Patterson graduated from Indiana University, where he earned a B.A. in music; he also holds an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University. A frequent guest lecturer at universities around the country, he consults with local governments on the economic effects and strategic implications of the arts.

Free parking is available at UAA after 7:30 p.m. in lots adjacent to the UAA/APU Consortium Library 3211 Providence Dr.

The Chartwell Lecture Series, which takes its name from Winston S. Churchill’s country house in Kent, offers stimulating programs on a wide range of subjects in the humanities and liberal arts to citizens of Alaska. Organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the lectures are free and open to the public. They thrive because of the interest and support of their audience.

For more information about this and upcoming lectures, please visit the UAA Department of Political Science webpage.

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Need Some Help with a Project?

Do you have a project that is close to completion but is waiting for the finishing touches? Need someone to tweak the spelling, fix the grammar errors or simply make it read better? Sometimes you can become so close to your work, you just can’t stand back and see mistakes. And then there’s the reference list! Maybe you don’t have complete references for all your sources. Then there’s that picky formatting business. Some disciplines prefer APA style or perhaps MLA; specific journals require your paper be submitted in their own unique style. You have done the research and writing, but these final steps can be tedious and time consuming. However, the library’s databases can help chase down and verify faulty citations. The library also has RefWorks, a program that provides formatting information for hundreds of different styles. In short, Consortium Library Info Quest(CLIQ) can handle this for you in short order, and at a reasonable cost, including university researchers with big projects and tight deadlines.

http://www.consortiumlibrary.org/blogs/cliq/

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Feeling Stressed during Exams? The therapy dog will be back in the Library.

Feeling Stressed during Exams? The therapy dog will be back in the Library and this time for more sessions.

Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; oxytocin (a chemical heavily linked with bonding) and dopamine (a chemical associated with reward and motivation) levels are increased, while lowering cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant) associated with stress.

The Library will have a trained therapy dog ready to help in the main lobby on the following dates:

10am- noon on Tuesday, April 29th
Noon- 2pm on Wednesday, April 30th
2pm-4pm on Thursday, May 1st
4pm-6pm on Friday, May 2nd

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Participate in yard sale to benefit UAA/APU Consortium Library-May 17

Participate in yard sale to benefit UAA/APU Consortium Library

Rain or shine, library employees and friends are having a yard sale on the UAA/APU Consortium Library Plaza on Saturday, May 17. At least 10 percent of the total proceeds will benefit the library. Clean out your home closets and join the yard sale (advance notification is required to participate). For more information or to sign up, contact Dawn Harrison at (907) 786-1870 or dmharrison2@uaa.alaska.edu.

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Think Tank-exposure to chemicals-April 17

Think Tank

Thursday, April 17
11:30-12:45 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library Room 307

Guest agency: Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Brainstorm Topic: What is the best way to convey information about exposure to harmful chemicals in our food, products, and environment in a way that empowers people to take action?

Think Tank Series: an interactive community engagement experience
A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.
Students, faculty, staff and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!
Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth. Note: fee for parking (and please allow extra time to find parking).

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/679268308776115/

Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
University of Alaska Anchorage
LIB 211G 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
907-786-4062 p
907-786-4966 f
engage@uaa.alaska.edu
www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage
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facebook.com/uaaccel

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Feeling Stressed during Exams? Perhaps a Therapy Dog can Help.

Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; oxytocin (a chemical heavily linked with bonding) and dopamine (a chemical associated with reward and motivation) levels are increased, while lowering cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress.

The Library will have a trained therapy dog ready to help in the main lobby on Thursday December 12th from noon-4pm.

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Not Quite Black and White,’ photographs by Joe Kashi, Nov. 8–Dec. 13

Arc Gallery: ‘Not Quite Black and White,’ photographs by Joe Kashi, Nov. 8–Dec. 13

Location: arc gallery (UAA/APU Consortium Library, First Floor, Entrance Area)
Show dates: Friday, Nov. 8–Friday, Dec. 13
Opening and reception: Friday, Nov. 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Joe Kashi presents full color spectrum photos that, although RGB images, hold an overall ambience reminiscent of traditional black and white photographs, primarily due to his choice of subject material and lighting.

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