Luncheon Speakers

May 3, 2018–Ernestine Hayes, Alaska Writer Laureate–Our Histories, Our Future

Alaska Writer Laureate Ernestine Hayes belongs to the Kaagwaantaan clan of the Tlingit nation. Her first book, Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir, received an American Book Award and an Honoring Alaska Indigenous Literature (HAIL) Award. It was also a Native America Calling Book of the Month and finalist for the Kiriyama Prize and PEN […]

March 1, 2018–Stan Jones and Patricia Watts–How to collaborate on a book without ending up wanting to kill yourself, your collaborator, or both, and instead produce a book that someone actually wants to publish

Stan Jones is author of the Nathan Active mystery series, which is set in a fictional Inupiat Eskimo village modeled on Kotzebue. Five volumes have been published and the sixth–The Big Empty–is due out later this year from Soho Press. He is also co-author with Sharon Bushell of “The Spill: Personal Stories from the Exxon […]

Jan. 4, 2018–Dr. Jennifer Burns–From Pole to Pole: Why Research on Seals in Antarctica is Relevant to Alaskans

Dr. Jennifer Burns is a Professor of biological sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She came to Anchorage in 2000, following a gradual move north from Berkeley (undergraduate degree) California, with stops in Santa Cruz (Postdoctoral research), Seattle (MSc) and Fairbanks (PhD). Her research focuses on understanding how the age and physiological status influences […]