UAA to host summer lecture series

First speaker set for Friday


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Looking for something to do on Friday nights?

The University of Alaska Anchorage Eagle River campus has you covered. And best of all — it’s free.

The college is hosting a summer lecture series that is open to the public. The nine-part series covers a variety of topics from bear safety to tsunamis to yoga.

“I tried to think of a whole gamut of items that people would be interested in,” said student services manager Annie Passarello.

The lectures are also a great way for new military families to find out about Alaska, Passarello said.

“We have this whole new crop of arrivals asking, ‘What is there to do?’” she said.

After seeing an interest in an eight-part series on the history of the greater Cook Inlet area — which professor Katie Ringsmuth opened to the public — Passarello said she wanted to continue to offer lectures on campus.

“We got some really good community feedback,” she said. “Why not offer more of this? We have interest. Let’s go ahead and do it.”

Passarello said she plans to have the lecture series continue year-round, following the academic schedule. After the summer session, Passarello said she hopes to have 15 speakers lined up for the fall semester.

Community outreach is important, Passarello said, and she hopes the lecture series will help spread the word about UAA’s Eagle River campus.

“We wanted it to be part of our community focus,” she said. “We do believe that education should be for everybody.”

Each hourlong lecture will be held Fridays in room 150A starting at 6:30 p.m. The first speaker will be Paul Whitemore of the Tsunami Warning Center discussing the science of tsunamis Friday, June 7.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

 

Summer lecture series at UAA’s Eagle River campus

Friday, June 7: Paul Whitemore of the Tsunami Warning Center discusses the science of tsunamis.

Friday, June 14: All Life is Yoga Studio owner Mary McCormick discusses yoga for health, athleticism and life.

Friday, June 21: Chugach State Park trails supervisor Blaine Smith discusses making, maintaining and managing trails in the Chugach State Park.

Friday, June 28: Katie Ringsmuth, historian with the National Park Service and UAA history professor, discusses the life of a copper prospector.

Friday, July 12: Elizabeth Manning of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game discusses bear and moose safety.

Friday, July 19: Bill Dunlevy of the Gold Prospectors Association of America discusses gold prospecting in Alaska.

Friday, July 26: UAA emeritus geography professor Ron Crawford discusses auroras, glaciers and earthquakes.

Friday, Aug. 2: Mountaineering Club of Alaska president Jayme Mack discusses mountaineering in Alaska.

Friday, Aug. 9: Alaska Velo Sport owner Eric Morrison discusses cycling in Alaska.

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