April 6, 2023 — Dr. Timothy Smith — Communication Among Musicians and the Value of Live Events

Dr. Timothy Smith, Professor of Piano at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), will speak at Alaska Professional Communicators meeting April 6, 2023. Join us in-person with lunch or by Zoom.

Dr. Smith described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “A pianist who interlaces grace with bursts of power and color” will speak about the special forms of communication that occurs among musicians and how that is transmitted to an audience in live concerts and the value of live events. Since the world has experienced the trauma of COVID and resulting isolation, can the genuineness, immediacy, and excitement of live classical music be replaced?

Dr. Smith has won major prizes in international competitions. He has given master classes in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and North and South America. He has performed in over 50 concerts in Asia and Japan. In the U.S., his students have received honors and recognition in local, state, regional, and national competitions. Timothy Smith is a Steinway Concert Artist and is Associate Dean of Programs and Compliance at the College of Arts and Sciences at UAA.

During the months of COVID, Smith and his wife Rumi produced videos for their YouTube channel. These can be found via a Google search or accessible via this link.

Dr. Timothy Smith

In-Person Luncheon (Doors open at 11:30) or Zoom (your choice)
Program begins at noon

Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites, Fireside Room
1020 W 12th Ave. (12th & L and 13th & L)
Free Parking

Make lunch reservations by noon, Tuesday, April 4,2023.

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$28 for in-person lunch
$5 for Zoom link
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$32 for in-person lunch
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April 1, 2021 — Anne Coray — Green Shoots from Old Roots: Writing about the Environment

Anne Coray, author of the recently published novel Lost Mountain, will discuss her writing and changes she’s seen as a resident of remote Southwest Alaska. She will also explore the evolution of nature writing and its contemporary offshoot—eco-literature.

Coray is the author of three poetry collections, coeditor of Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment, and coauthor of a publication titled Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including the Southern Review, Northwest Review, North American Review, Poetry, and Alaska Quarterly Review. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Coray is the recipient of fellowships from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Rasmuson Foundation. She divides her time between Homer and her birthplace, remote Lake Clark (Qizhjeh Vena).

Participants can join Zoom meeting at 11:30 a.m. for conversation and to troubleshoot connections. Please sign on by 11:50 a.m. to be prepared for start of the program at noon. Get details by sending a message to sherrie@arctic.net.

Anne Coray

Feb. 6, 2020 — Monica Devine — Water Mask, a Collection of Lyrical Essays Set in Alaska

Monica Devine is the author of Water Mask, a collection of lyrical essays set in the beguiling landscape of Alaska. In these stories, Monica skis woodland trails with her baby on her back, navigates the ice with Beaufort Sea whalers, negotiates the deaths of both her mother and father and explores Native language and culture through her work in Alaska’s villages. The healing powers of the natural world, the ways in which memory and perception inform one’s thinking are keenly explored through her poet’s eye.

Monica is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a first-place winner of the Alaska State Poetry Contest, and her piece On The Edge of Ice won first place in creative nonfiction with New Letters journal. She has authored five children’s books, one of her titles a nominee for the celebrated Golden Kite award. Her writing and photographs have appeared in Stoneboat, Cirque, Alaska Magazine, Children’s Television Workshop, Alaska Frontier Magazine, Spirit First and three anthologies. Her current area of study is figurative ceramics. View her website Image Sculpture Verse.

Register to attend this luncheon: https://akprocom.org/rsvp-for-monthly-luncheons/

Photo of Monica Devine
Monica Devine

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 Nonfiction Award, and was the inaugural selection for Alaska Reads. Her works have appeared in Studies in American Indian Literature, Yellow Medicine Review, Cambridge History of Western American Literature, and other forums. Her poem “The Spoken Forest” is installed at Totem Bight State Park, and her comments on Indigenous identity are installed in the Alaska State Museum. Her latest book, The Tao of Raven, weaves narratives and reflection in the context of Raven and the Box of Daylight.

At the age of 50, Hayes enrolled at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) to complete an education that had ended when she dropped out in tenth grade. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literary Arts and is now Associate Professor at UAS. Known as an advocate for social justice, Hayes shares her story to encourage and inspire people on their paths.

Ernestine Hayes

Ernestine Hayes

Jan. 8, 2015–OLÉ! Opportunities for Lifelong Education–Gretchen Bersch

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Gretchen taught at University of Alaska Anchorage and Anchorage Community College for 35 years. She coordinated the creation of the Masters degree in Adult Education at UAA in 1990 and taught a wide variety of graduate courses in the program as well as chairing 100 thesis committees. She has built a retreat center at her family homestead on Yukon Island and hosts noted scholars, courses, and retreats there every summer including those focused on adult education/adult learning, archaeology, ecology, geology, botany and marine biology, wellness, and writing & poetry. She earned her Ph.D. in Adult Education from Florida State University. Continue reading

Nov. 2014–UAA Campus Bookstore Events

Check out the next UAA Campus Bookstore events.  

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Wednesday, November 19, from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Chef Vern: Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate

UAA Culinary Arts & Hospitality’s Chef Vern Wolfram and his student apprentices share their knowledge and technical skills at this special event where everyone is encouraged to indulge in a variety of delicious chocolate samples.

Wednesday, November 19, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Popular Chinese Novels and Dramas: A Series

Everyone is invited to come and learn about the Chinese television series sensation “Empresses in the Palace / Legend of Concubine” by Zhen Huan, to read  the highly acclaimed book, Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu, and Red Sorghum by Mo Yan– recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature. Dr. Annie Zeng, members of the Confucius Institute, and UAA Faculty will participate. This event is sponsored with the UAA Confucius Institute.

Friday, November 21, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Former Teachers as Writers

Former teachers Lynn Lovegreen, Deb Vanasse, Tam Agosti-Gisler and Julie Stafford discuss their books and the role teaching has in their writing. Julie Stafford is author of The Manual That Should Have Come With Your Child But Didn’t: A Teacher’s Guide to Healthy Parenting; Lynn Lovegreen is author of numerous young adult romance novels, including Quicksilver to Gold, and author Deb Vanasee who has published more than a dozen books in a variety of genres, including Lucy’s Dance and Cold Spell.Joining the authors will be Tam Agosti-Gisler, who will discuss Dona Marie Wolking Agosti’s book Wilma, which is about a wolverine.

Monday, November 24, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Poet Carolyn Goodwin: Trapline

Caroline Goodwin was born and raised in Anchorage. She moved to California from Sitka in 1999 to attend Stanford University as a Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry. Her first collection of poetry called Trapline, was published by JackLeg Press in 2013. Currently, she serves as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, CA, and also teaches in the MFA Writing program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her first poem was published in the Anchorage Daily News in 1971.

All UAA Campus Bookstore events are informal, free and open to the public. There is free parking for bookstore events in the West Campus Central Lot (behind Rasmuson Hall), the Sports Lot and the Sports NW Lot. For more information call Rachel Epstein at 786-4782 or email repstein2@uaa.alaska.edu .  Or see http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/bookstore/events

Note:  UAA Campus Bookstore podcasts are posted in iTunes or iTunes U–just search UAA or UAA Campus Bookstore.

Or see http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/bookstore/events/podcasts.cfm.

Rachel Epstein
Special Events Coordinator
UAA Campus Bookstore
2905 Providence Drive Anchorage, Alaska  99508
(907) 786-4782

April 5, 2012–Personal Photo Journalism–Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy was the photo editor of the Anchorage Daily News from 1985 to 2011. During his time with the Daily News, he was on a team that won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He and his team of photojournalists were nominated the next year for news photography. Murphy has also been a nominating juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in 2010 and 2011. Murphy’s work has been displayed in galleries such as the Decker Morris Gallery. His work is on permanent display at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the University of Alaska Museum, the State of Alaska Museum and the National Press Photographers Association’s archives.

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy

Sept. 2, 2010–The Fate of Nature–Charles Wohlforth

A summary of our September 2010 speaker, Charles Wohlforth
By Kay Vreeland

Charles Wohlforth’s subtitle for his recent book, The Fate of Nature, is “Rediscovering our Ability to Rescue the Earth” and in his talk to the APC luncheon meeting September 2, 2010, he marked out the paths toward this rescue. Chief among these is being grounded in our communities and in the stories we tell about our world. Writers, especially journalists, create and define culture in large measure, and culture is the key to solutions of environmental issues. We have known for some time that we are using up our biosphere and know the solutions for preserving it, but we have not gone very far toward rescuing the earth. In the end, said Wolhforth, it is culture rather than science, engineering or technology that will lead to rescue.

Culture grows out of stories we tell and our trust in these stories. Wohlforth’s early journalism career was at the Homer News where he learned his readers accepted what he wrote as true, since he saw the subjects of his stories every day. He learned then what statistics continue to show, that we believe people around us are most trustworthy, and that the message of corporate and government elites has far less influence. How stories are presented to us affects our actions; sadly, the current sensationalist climate in journalism skews reality by creating the perception that many others are not working for the good of society.

The Exxon Valdez oil spill ignited Wohlforth’s passion for the environment by the happy coincidence that he had a four-wheel-drive vehicle that could take reporters from Anchorage and the Valley to the scene. As a journalist there, he learned that the government, the Coast Guard and the oil company stood in adversarial conflict and many bad decisions were made. The shutdown of scientific studies through project cancellation and enforced secrecy meant that true stories were hard to come by and we still lack a lot of clear answers to the mystery of ongoing ecosystem damage.

Moving oversight from hierarchical institutions into the hands of the local community through organizations such as the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (RCAC) was successful in the aftermath of the 1989 oil spill. Unfortunately, although the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill had different physical aspects, the initial response was the same. Local involvement means a big company cedes power, but in the latest spill scenario, community involvement and scientific contribution are needed for real solutions to emerge.

Alaskans are strongly connected to place, as Wolhforth’s background slide show of nature scenes around the state emphasized. This relation to nature is part of the network of values that gives meaning in life. Values reside in connection, not only to nature, but to family and community. As Wolhforth quoted from his book, “The [environmental] problem is unimaginable in scale, nonlinear in shape, and infinite in complexity, and so may be the solution – in the interlocking relationships of human societies. And the solution may also be small enough for a single person to choose, which is important, since individual people alone are capable of making choices.”

Individual choices create new cultural norms, and individual action contributes most to changing culture, as we’ve seen in shrinking family size, facing race questions or environmental ethics such as less littering, or rescuing the earth. Journalists contribute to creating the cultural norms we live by, and they need to use this power well and conscientiously. Wolhforth’s message is that the fate of nature lies in great part in their, and our, hands.

About Wohlforth

Charles Wohlforth is a life-long Alaska resident and prize-winning author of numerous books about Alaska. His work includes writing about science and the environment, politics and history, travel, and as-told-to biography. A popular lecturer, he has spoken all over the United States and overseas. Wohlforth lives with his wife, Barbara, and their four children. They reside in Anchorage during the winter, where they are avid cross-country skiers, and in summer on a remote Kachemak Bay shore reachable only by boat.

Wohlforth, 46, graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1986 before returning to Alaska to work six years as a newspaper reporter, including covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill for the Anchorage Daily News. He became a full-time freelance writer in 1993, publishing articles in The New Republic, Outside, Discover and other periodicals,and writing three travel books published by Wiley. He also served two 3-year terms on the Anchorage Assembly.

In 2004, Farrar, Straus & Giroux published Wohlforth’s widely acclaimed non-fiction account of climate change in the Arctic as experienced by the Eskimos and the scientists studying it, titled The Whale and the Supercomputer. The book won The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, among numerous other national and regional citations for science, culture, and journalism. His current projects include an upcoming book from Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press titled, The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering Our Ability to Rescue the Earth.

Charles Wohlforth

Charles Wohlforth

Nov. 4, 2004–The information business–not just the newspaper business–Patrick Dougherty

Daily News editor addresses APW
by Elaine Rhode

“We’re now in the information business, not just the newspaper business,” the editor of the Anchorage Daily News told November’s gathering of Alaska Press Women. The winds of change are coming from online, and so far, the forecast is encouraging.

“The Internet expands our audience and gives us new tools,” Patrick Dougherty said. “Breaking news is possible again.” He gave the example of election night results streaming onto the Daily News” website from a reporter at Election Central downtown. Ironically, the online updates continued even as a localized power outage silenced the printing presses, canceling two of the three planned editions.

Expect to see more video, photo slide shows, and audio options on the website. In 2005 Dougherty plans to introduce a searchable database for all community calendar items now appearing in various sections of the paper.

Whether future non-subscribers will have to pay to access the Daily News website is a hot topic in the office, Dougherty admitted. Circulation distributed by mail has shrunk to nothing in lieu of reading the paper online. Obituaries are the most visited e-page. Payment may soon be demanded for these final write-ups.

Dougherty took the helm of the Daily News in 1998 after serving as its managing editor, city editor, and news editor.

He arrived in Alaska with a 1974 journalism degree from Baylor University. He co-owned the Alaska Advocate, a fondly remembered alternative weekly newspaper. He also worked for the Alaska Legislature and The Anchorage Times before joining the Daily News in 1980.

Dougherty edited the 10-part series on alcoholism and suicide in Bush villages, “A People in Peril,” which earned the Daily News the 1989 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service (its second medal).

Within a decade, however, the paper had lost its investigative fervor, he said. His goal as editor has been to return to that journalistic heritage.

Dougherty described the paper’s current strengths to include strong daily news reporting and photo design. He proudly pointed to the active feature section and especially lauded Heather Lende�s weekly column from Haines. The food section ranks tops nationally in papers with circulation under 150,000, he said, announcing a recent award.

His list of “things to do better” includes people profiles, military and teen coverage, headlines, and promotion of the paper’ content. He also plans to increase reporting of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley to serve the skyrocketing population that lives there but works in Anchorage.

Dougherty fielded fervent pleas from the audience to bring back 14-year columnist Mike Doogan and the Sunday magazine, We Alaskans.

“The door is open if Doogan chooses,” said Dougherty. “but no return of We Alaskans is being considered.”

Dougherty, who was the first editor of We Alaskans, argued that the promise to place the magazine’ stories in the daily pages is not hollow.”The people and money are still there,” he said. “But without 16 blank pages to be filled weekly, the urgency to hunt down similar content is gone.” He said that he found few Daily News employees who read We Alaskans.

On the other hand, the paper’s moose calendar is an obvious winner with a press run of 50,000 — and Dougherty defends it annually to perplexed officers at McClatchy Newspapers in Sacramento.

Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty