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Ask UAS: Where Ketchikan Finds Answers, has been UAS Ketchikan's popular speaker's bureau since January 2013.  The Campus Library staff plans, markets, and hosts these events at least monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters and invites UAS Ketchikan faculty or members of the community to speak about their areas of expertise.  The public is invited!  KRBD Public Radio staff has been extremely helpful in recording most of our Ask UAS events and in posting them to their website and continues to post our own audio recordings to their website.  Look under the Ask UAS logo on their top page and follow the link.  Many thanks to KRBD!

•   Origin of the Hemlock Story: A Tsimshian Story, with John Reese and Terri Burr, was held on February 15, 2017.  The Origin of the Hemlock Tree is an old Tsimshian story that was adapted into a Reader’s Theatre play. Terri Burr explained to the audience that the tops of the hemlock tree can serve as a navigation device for someone who is going into the forest. The hemlock tree’s top will bend in the direction of the prevailing wind. John Reese is a 94 year old Tsimshian elder, and Terri Burr is his student.  John Reese shared the story of the hemlock tree with the audience in his native Sm'algyax, the language he grew up speaking. He also shared stories of how plentiful food was here on the island when he was growing up. He stressed the idea that the way he and his family lived wasn’t “subsistence living”, but a way of life. He remembered being confused by the idea that people were having a hard time in the Great Depression because with his way of life, there was always food to eat. UAS students followed with a re-enactment of the story, all of which delighted the audience.  Here is a link to the audio of that event!
Other audio files of Ask UAS events available on the KRBD website include:
 Foraging 101: A Tast of Harvesting Southeast Alaska's Wild Foods, with Barbara Morgan and Naomi Michalsen (September 27, 2017)

 Understanding Mental Illness: Causes, Treatments, and the Effects of Stigma, with Jill Ramsey, M.S., C.P.R.P. (January 10, 2017)

 Mapping and Participating in the Inupiaq Way of Life, with Professor Dr. Brandon Chapman (December 6, 2016)

Women in Combat: History and Psychology, Past and Present, with Dr. John Radzilowski (November 10, 2016)

Loring: Memories of a Community, with Lyle Stack, Marilyn Stack, and Bob Jahnke (October 11, 2016)

Autism: Putting the Pieces Together, with Jordan Tabb, M.S.W. (September 22, 2016)

More Than a Trade, Welding As Art, with Ken Horn (April 19, 2016)

Common Edible Seaweeds & Intertidal Beach Foods/Plants, with Dolly Garza, Ph.D. (April 25, 2016)

Science of Love, with Dr. Kasia Polanska (February 17, 2016)

Making Music with the Rasmuson Foundation, with Teague Whalen (November 18, 2015)

Common Misconceptions About Gender Differences and Sexuality, with Dr. Ali Ziegler (September 2015)

Life in Ketchikan During World War II, a roundtable discussion (March 12, 2015)

Roots of Terrorism, with Dr. Kasia Polanska (February 24, 2015)

Ukraine, Russia and America: Current Events, Future Prospects, with Dr. John Radzilowski (January 29, 2015)


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