It would seem obvious, if we want profound words on plagues, pestilences, or pandemics, turn to the person many consider the finest poet in the English language, William Shakespeare. But Shakespeare scholar Janis Lull says it isn’t as clear cut as all that.
In with their weekly analysis of developments leading up to the November election are Nate Bauer, director of the University of Alaska Press and University of Alaska Fairbanks political scientist Alexander Hirsch: This week the Black Lives Matter movement.
Every summer for the past several years I’ve had the pleasure of hosting a live event Monday evenings at the University of Alaska Fairbanks called “Down Memory Lane.” The series is hosted by UAF Summer Sessions and it features retired UAF professors and leaders discussing their experiences and time at the school.
It won’t surprise you to learn the pandemic has shaken up this summer’s schedule a wee bit. The conversations won’t be live. The campus is closed for the season. Instead, I’m exercising some creativity, along with social distancing, to record my discussions with this year’s guests. I will be posting them here this summer.
This week I speak with former Engineering professor, Dean, Vice-Chancellor for Administrative Services and Director of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center, Frank Williams. Frank enjoyed a long career at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque before coming to Fairbanks. And, following retirement, he has played an active role in the community including serving and leading the board of directors at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.
As the roiling markets and sky-high unemployment jostle for attention in popular media, the positions of the two presumptive party presidential candidates are shifting as well. In with analysis are our political mavens, UA Press Director Nate Bauer and UAF political scientist Alexander Hirsch.
An erratic, autocratic and vindictive leader in a time when death is all too present: as familiar as that sounds, author and reviewer Frank Soos says it is part of the settings in Hilary Mantel’s trio of books about Henry VIII’s fixer Thomas Cromwell. Here is Frank reading from the first book, Wolf Hall.
Many people drive down to the state migratory waterfowl refuge at Creamer’s Field to scope out the swans, cranes and ducks that pass through town in their migration. On this Northern Soundbite, biologist-educator Mark Ross, suggests the pandemic offers us an opportunity to open our ears as well.
Earlier this month was supposed to see a big party at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Rasmuson Library. The building turned 50 years old. But the pandemic squashed that bash. This edition of Northern Soundings we hear from former director Paul McCarthy who discusses his long career at the Rasmuson. First, we begin with a conversation via Skype with current director Karen Jensen.
And bibliophiles won’t want to miss Chris Lott’s exploration of the many ways the love of books can veer off in unexpected directions on Katexic Clippings.
My conversation with Alexander Hirsch, political scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Nate Bauer, Director of the University of Alaska Press continues. Coming off of South Korea’s elections last month many pundits saw the landslide results for the ruling government as an endorsement of its policies towards the pandemic. What, I wondered, would the United State’s response to COVID-19 bode for Republicans in November?