Pandemic Politics

When it comes to analyzing candidates, is it better to look at favorability or preferability? Our political mavens, Alexander Hirsch, political science professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Nate Bauer, director of the University of Alaska Press tackle that question.

Stricken Arts and Artists

Kesler Woodward with poet Peggy Shumaker

As the country and state lurch towards reopening amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a segment of our society that is particularly hard hit, but often overlooked. Although roughly two hundred million dollars of CARES funds were directed to museums and arts groups, the bill largely ignored individual artists. Discussing the implications is painter, art historian, and former museum curator Kesler Woodward. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation.  

Memory Lane: Charley Basham

Dr. Charley Basham

Welcome to the third Memory Lane discussion. This week we visit with Charley Basham, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, though as you will hear, Charley’s work lies between linguistics and anthropology. She is especially keen about the restoration of indigenous languages.

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

Special Feature

Down Memory Lane


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.