Grassroots Stewardship

This episode may be about hope. UAF ecologist emeritus Terry Chapin is a widely respected scientist. He is also highly regarded for his engagement on the social implications of climate change. In 2019 he garnered the prestigious Volvo Environment Prize. This year Oxford University Press is out with a new book by Terry, Grassroots Stewardship: Sustainability within our Reach. I’ve been asked to moderate a UAF on-line discussion of the book’s themes this Thursday.

Pandemic Politics

It’s been said America has a two-party political system. But lately the number of those who refuse to identify with either party is on the rise, especially in Alaska. In with analysis are UA Press Director Nate Bauer and UAF Political Scientist Alexander Hirsch.

Poetry Parley

Poet John Morgan

Over the centuries, poetry has offered insights and comfort to many during times of stress. A group in Anchorage has adapted traditional poetry readings into a Zoom event with its Poetry Parley. Local poet John Morgan is featured this month and he’s celebrating the works of William Stafford, as well as reading from his own work.

Pandemic Politics

Tuesday saw Alaska’s primary election, but several races will have to wait for absentee ballots to be counted before declaring a winner. In with analysis are UA Press’ director Nate Bauer and UAF Political Scientist Alexander Hirsch.

Pandemic Politics

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced this week his choice of a running mate: California US Senator Kamala Harris. In with analysis are UAF political scientist Alexander Hirsch and Nate Bauer, director of the University of Alaska Press. 

Pandemic Politics

Is the Republican Party fracturing? The Lincoln Project has released a series of blistering ads against President Trump. In with analysis are UAF Political Science professor Alexander Hirsh and Nate Bauer, who directs the University of Alaska Press.

Memory Lane: Dorothy Jones

Welcome to the final episode of this summer’s Memory Lane discussions. I’m pleased Dorothy Jones agreed to sit down with me. She doesn’t like talking about herself, but her passion for her family, the power of education to improve lives and the importance of social justice makes this conversation a wonderful cap to the series.

Pandemic Politics

Fewer than 100 days remain before the November Presidential election and still fewer days before municipal contests are decided. In this Pandemic Politics, commentator Nate Bauer, Director of the UA press, says in national polls presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden remains in the lead, but in certain Red States, including Alaska President Trump is on top. 

Memory Lane: Dennis Stephens

Dennis Stephens

On this episode of Memory Lane, I visit with Dennis Stephens, professor Emeritus of Library Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I have been looking forward to talking with Dennis. First, I love libraries, with a special fondness for the Elmer E. Rasmuson, but Dennis is also a piper in the Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band, a group that has brought a lot of stirring music to local events over the years. 

These Memory Lane conversations are part of University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Summer Sessions programs.