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Ask UAS: Where Ketchikan Finds Answers, has been UAS Ketchikan's popular speaker's bureau since January 2013.  The Campus Library staff plans, markets, and hosts these events monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters and invites UAS Ketchikan faculty or members of the community to speak about their areas of expertise.  The public is invited!  KRBD Public Radio staff has been extremely helpful in recording most of our Ask UAS events and in posting them to their website and continues to post our own audio recordings to their website.  Look under the Ask UAS logo on their top page and follow the link.  Many thanks to KRBD!

Previous Ask UAS Presentations:

Upcoming for Spring Semester 2020:

Google and the World Brain - Documentary with following panel discussion on the increasing tensions between free access to information, copyright, and individual privacy concerns in an ever-increasingly technological world. Are we living H.G. Wells’ vision of a futuristic information utopia, or have we opened Pandora’s box? Drs. Ali Ziegler and John Radzilowski. (January 23, 2020 at 6pm)

Plundered Art: The Fate of Cultural Property in Wartime from the Monuments Men to ISIS - Dr. John Radzilowski (Scheduled for February 20, 2020 at 6pm)
Writer's Block: Why We Get Hung Up When Writing Everything from Emails to Novels - Prof. Stephen Florian (Scheduled for March 26, 2020 at 6pm)
To Eat Or Not To Eat, That Is The Question: Wild Berries Edition - Barbara Morgan, M.A. talks on local berries. (Scheduled for April 23, 2020 at 6pm)

Fall Semester 2019:

The Science of Immortality – Dr. Matthew Pawlus (November 14, 2019) 
Socialization of American Men – Dr. Kasia Polanska (October 22, 2019)
Practicing the Art of Interpersonal Communication: Think Positive, Act Positive – Prof. Stephen Florian (September 26, 2019)

Spring Semester 2019

Celebrating Wildflowers! – Prof. Barbara Morgan (May 2, 2019)
Writing about Alaska as an Alaskan – Author Dan O’Neill (April 4, 2019)
Whale Encounters – Prof. Gary Freitag (March 21, 2019) 
Revisiting the Founding Era – Dr. John Radzilowski and Dr. Brandon Chapman (February 21, 2019)
Welcome to the RNA World: A Molecular Explanation of the Origins and Meaning of Life – Dr. Matthew Pawlus (January 31, 2019)

Fall Semester 2018

On Their Own: Support for and Acceptance of Putin in Russia – Dr. Brandon Chapman (December 22, 2018)
The Empty Chair: Japanese Americans in Internment Camps during WWII – Dr. John Radzilowski (November 8, 2018)
Seaweed Farming In Alaska – Prof. Gary Freitag (October 25, 2018)
Play: It’s Not Just For Kids – Prof. Clare Bennett (September 19, 2018)

Spring Semester 2018

Healthy Oceans: How Ocean Health Impacts Marine Resources – Prof. Gary Freitag (April 12, 2018)
Transition from Communism to Capitalism in Russia – Dr. Brandon Chapman (March 20, 2018)
Let’s Talk About Why She “Doesn’t Just Leave”: A Discussion of the Reasons People Stay in Violent Relationships – Prof. Ali Ziegler, Aricka Paquette, Hailey Beard (February 20, 2018)
How the Banking System Creates Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know! – Prof. Ann Spehar (January 18, 2018)

 Fall Semester 2017

Ketchikan’s Christmas Past: Stories from Your Neighbors – You, the community! (December 6, 2017)
From Soldier to Civilian: Veterans and Their Stories – Panel led by Dr. John Radzilowski (November 9, 2017)
Zombies: The Apocalypse Inside Us! A Biological Perspective on Zombification, Parasitism, and the Undead – Dr. Matthew Pawlus (October 18, 2017)
Foraging 101: A Taste of Harvesting Southeast Alaska’s Wild Foods – Prof. Barbara Morgan and Naomi Michalsen (September 27, 2017)

Spring Semester 2017

Common Edible Seaweeds & Intertidal Beach Foods/Plants – Dr. Dolly Garza (April 25, 2017)
Origin of the Hemlock Story: A Tsimshian Story, with John Reese and Terri Burr (February 15, 2017)  The Origin of the Hemlock Tree is an old Tsimshian story that was adapted into a Reader’s Theatre play. Terri Burr explained to the audience that the tops of the hemlock tree can serve as a navigation device for someone who is going into the forest. The hemlock tree’s top will bend in the direction of the prevailing wind. John Reese is a 94 year old Tsimshian elder, and Terri Burr is his student.  John Reese shared the story of the hemlock tree with the audience in his native Sm'algyax, the language he grew up speaking. He also shared stories of how plentiful food was here on the island when he was growing up. He stressed the idea that the way he and his family lived wasn’t “subsistence living”, but a way of life. He remembered being confused by the idea that people were having a hard time in the Great Depression because with his way of life, there was always food to eat. UAS students followed with a re-enactment of the story, all of which delighted the audience.  Here is a link to the audio of that event!
Understanding Mental Illness: Causes, Treatments, and the Effects of Stigma, with Jill Ramsey, M.S., C.P.R.P. (January 10, 2017)

Fall Semester 2016

Mapping and Participating in the Inupiaq Way of Life  Dr. Brandon Chapman (December 6, 2016)
Women in Combat: History and Psychology, Past and Present – Dr. John Radzilowski (November 10, 2016)
Loring: Memories of a Community – Lyle Stack, Marilyn Stack, and Bob Jahnke (October 11, 2016)
Autism: Putting the Pieces Together, with Jordan Tabb, M.S.W. (September 22, 2016)

Spring Semester 2016

More Than a Trade, Welding As Art – Prof. Ken Horn (April 19, 2016)
Common Edible Seaweeds & Intertidal Beach Foods/Plants – Dr. Dolly Garza (April 25, 2016)
Science of Love – Dr. Kasia Polanska (February 17, 2016)

Fall Semester 2015

Making Music with the Rasmuson Foundation – Prof. Teague Whalen (November 18, 2015)
Common Misconceptions About Gender Differences and Sexuality – Dr. Ali Ziegler (September 2015)

Spring 2015

Life in Ketchikan During World War II: A Roundtable Discussion (March 12, 2015)

Roots of Terrorism  – Dr. Kasia Polanska (February 24, 2015)
Ukraine, Russia and America: Current Events, Future Prospects – Dr. John Radzilowski (January 29, 2015)


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