Date of Press Release: January 15, 2015
January-April 2015, Fridays at 7 p.m.
A presentation by esteemed writer and English faculty member Ernestine Hayes opens the sixth annual Sound and Motion arts and culture series Friday, January 23, 7 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hall on the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus. The series runs several but not all Friday evenings through April 24 and features slideshows, films, poetry, music and comedy by a diverse range of university affiliated presenters and members of the public.
Hayes will reflect on the first four years and look ahead to the next phase of the Art of Place day time series she developed featuring Alaska Native artists and culture bearers. The following week, Outdoor Studies program head Forest Wagner and students will share photos and stories of their capstone expedition rock climbing the iconic Shot Tower in Alaska’s Central Brooks Range. “Climbing in the Arrigetch” is set Friday January 30 at the REC center.
February 6 at the Egan Lecture Hall, members of A Trip South join forces with One Campus One Book and a story of an unexpected catamaran trip across the Sea of Cortez as part of their two year kayak and bike journey from Douglas to the ends of South America. The 2014-15 book is The Log from the Sea of Cortez by John Steinbeck.
Another One Campus One Book related event takes place March 6 at the Egan Library, when artist and TED fellow Colleen Flanigan makes a presentation on contemporary issues of species endangerment and ecosystem regeneration in coral reefs utilizing visual, performing, and biological arts. Flanigan’s work includes Living Sea Sculptures, conversation-catalyzing alter egos and participatory multimedia exhibitions.
Also in March at the Egan library is a very special event in connection with the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Auke Lake campus library and UAS Alumni and Development Office. The author of the book, Denali’s Howl: the Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak will make a presentation on a tragedy 48 years ago. In 1967, twelve young men attempted to climb Alaska’s Mount McKinley—known to the locals as Denali—one of the most popular and deadly mountaineering destinations in the world. Only five survived. Journalist Andy Hall, son of the park superintendent at the time, investigates the tragedy in his book.
Other presentations include old favorites such as Treasures from the State Film Archives (Feb. 27, Egan Lecture Hall) and newcomers like Dakaboom, a music/comedy duo from New York and Los Angeles (April 3, REC Center). For the full schedule, please see the website at http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sound_motion/