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KSKA Public Radio (kska.org) and the Alaska World Affairs Council (alaskaworldaffairs.org) bring you a series of speakers from around the world discussing matters of politics, economics, history, culture and more. You can attend the live speaking events in Anchorage or subscribe to this podcast.

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KSKA Public Radio (kska.org) and the Alaska World Affairs Council (alaskaworldaffairs.org) bring you a series of speakers from around the world discussing matters of politics, economics, history, culture and more. You can attend the live speaking events in Anchorage or subscribe to this podcast.

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Rank #1: ATOMIC ENERGY AND THE ARROGANCE OF MAN: REVISITING THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER | SERHII PLOKHII

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Serhii Plokhii 

On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In his lecture, Serhii Plokhii draws on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl, claims Plokhii, looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world.

Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His research interests include the intellectual, cultural, and international history of Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on Ukraine. A leading authority on the region, he has published extensively in English, Ukrainian and Russian. His books deal with history of religion, origins of national identities, history of the Soviet Union and the Soviet-American rivalry in the Cold War, and won numerous awards, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best English-language book on the international relations and the Shevchenko National Prize (Ukraine). He is the author of Yalta: The Price of Peace (2010), The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (2014), The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine (2015), and most recently, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (2018).
Serhii Plokhii’s books will be available for purchase at Alaska World Affair Council’s programs and events and office. Contact rachel.williams@alaskaworldaffirs.org with questions.

“An exemplary account of Europe’s least-known large country… leavened by aphorism and anecdote.” —Wall Street Journal

Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy presents the authoritative history of Ukraine and its people from the time of Herodotus to the present crisis with Russia. As Ukraine once again finds itself at the center of global attention, The Gates of Europe provides unique insight into the origins of the most dangerous international crisis since the end of the Cold War.

In the fall of 1961, KGB assassin Bogdan Stashinsky defected to West Germany. After spilling his secrets to the CIA, Stashinsky was put on trial in what would be the most publicized assassination case of the entire Cold War. The publicity stirred up by the Stashinsky case forced the KGB to change its modus operandi abroad and helped end the career of Aleksandr Shelepin, one of the most ambitious and dangerous Soviet leaders. Stashinsky’s testimony, implicating the Kremlin rulers in political assassinations carried out abroad, shook the world of international politics. Stashinsky’s story would inspire films, plays, and books—including Ian Fleming’s last James Bond novel, The Man with the Golden Gun.

A thrilling tale of Soviet spy craft, complete with exploding parcels, elaborately staged coverups, double agents, and double crosses, The Man with the Poison Gun offers unparalleled insight into the shadowy world of Cold War espionage.

Jun 13 2019

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Rank #2: Alaska Leaders: Celebrating women at the helm of Alaska’s future

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Join Alaska World Affairs Council in honoring and celebrating the women leaders in our community.

Panelists include: Janet Weiss, President of BP Alaska, Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board, Chugach Alaska Corporation, Diane Kaplan, President and CEO of Rasmuson Foundation, & Col. Patricia Csànk, Commander, JBER and the 673rd Air Base Wing, Alaska



Diane Kaplan, President & CEO Rasmuson Foundation

Diane Kaplan became president and chief executive officer of Rasmuson Foundation, based in Anchorage, Alaska in 2001. She served as the first employee and administrator of the Foundation for six years prior to assuming the presidency.

Before joining the Foundation, Kaplan provided consulting services for philanthropic organizations, Native corporations and tribes, and broadcast nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, she served as chief executive officer of Alaska’s 28-station public radio network.

Kaplan earned a degree in communications and women’s studies from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude.

Kaplan is a member of the boards of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, The Alaska Community Foundation, United States Artists and The Foraker Group. She serves on the President’s Council of the ArtPlace national funding collaborative. She is also a member of the Philanthropy Northwest Honorary Council and the Anchorage Rotary Club.

Kaplan’s community contributions have been recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Athena Society, Alaska Public Radio Network, Alaska Broadcasters Association, and YWCA. In 2013, Kaplan received the First Alaskans Institute Ted Stevens Award. She was named the Council on Foundations Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year in 2007 and in 2006 received the Alaska Federation of Natives’ prestigious Denali Award which recognizes a non-Native individual who has contributed to the growth and development of the Alaska Native community’s culture, economy and health. She was recognized with the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (N.O.B.E.L. Women) Shining Star Award in 2010.

Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board, Chugach Alaska Corporation

Alaska Federation of Natives, Director and Convention committee chair, Oct.1997 to present

  • Tatitlek Corporation Director, Board Treasurer 2005 to present
  • University of Alaska Board or Regent Director, Audit committee chair, March 2015 to present
  • ROSSIA Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, Inc., President, 2002 to present
  • Alaskans Standing Together, Director 2010 to present
  • Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Director 2012-2015
  • Foraker Group Governance Board, Director 2007-2014
  • Mayor Dan Sullivan, Sister City Commission 2013-2014
  • Governor Bill Walker, Transition Team, member 2014
  • Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, Director 1999 to 2012
  • ANCSA Regional Association Director, 1999 to 2012, President, 2004 to 2008
  • Mayor Mark Begich, Transition Team, Co-Chair, 2003
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Group, 1996 to 2000

Sheri was born in Anchorage, Alaska, her family is from the village of Tatitlek, Alaska located in Prince William Sound.  Sheri graduated from the University of Alaska with an Accounting degree and Gulf Coast Community College in Florida with a Business degree.

Sheri and her husband Gary have two beautiful children, Anastasia, and Bo.

Janet Weiss, President of BP Alaska 

Janet Weiss was named president of BP Alaska in 2013. As president she is responsible for BP’s oil and gas development and production activities in Alaska, as well as its interests in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and involvement progressing an Alaska LNG project. During her 33-year career, she’s held various engineering and leadership positions in Alaska, North America Gas, global roles, and assignments such as vice president Gulf of Mexico Shelf and vice president Western Wyoming. Previous to her current role, Janet served as vice president reservoir development for BP Alaska. Janet started her career in Alaska as a process engineer then moved into reservoir engineering. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University (OSU). In 2014 she was inducted into the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology hall of fame. Janet serves on the BP America Inc. Board of Directors. She is on the board of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and serves on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor’s Board of Advisors. In 2017 she was named to the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team by Alaska Governor Bill Walker. She is a member of the board of directors for both United Way and Covenant House Alaska. She is married to Troy and has two adult children, Jessica and Stormy and is a grandmother to Juliet.

Col. Patricia Csànk, Commander, JBER and the 673rd Air Base Wing, Alaska

Colonel Patricia A. Csànk is currently assigned as the Commander, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) and the 673d Air Base Wing, JBER, Alaska. The 673d ABW consists of four groups operating and maintaining the joint base for air sovereignty, combat training, force staging and throughput operations in support of worldwide contingencies. The installation hosts the headquarters for the U.S. Alaskan Command, Eleventh Air Force, U.S. Army Alaska and the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Command Region. The 673d ABW comprises over 5,500 joint military and civilian personnel, supporting America’s Arctic Warriors and their families. The wing supports and enables three AF total-force wings, an Army Brigade and 55 other major mission partners. In addition, the wing provides medical care to over 35,000 joint service members, dependents, VA patients and retirees throughout Alaska. The 673d ABW maintains $11.4B in infrastructure encompassing 79,000 acres, ensuring JBER remains America’s premier strategic power projection platform.

Colonel Csànk was commissioned in 1997 from Boston University’s ROTC program and began her Air Force career as a logistician at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. Her past assignments include deployments supporting Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, and various operational and staff positions from squadron to Headquarters Air Force and Joint Staff.

RECORDED: March 8, 2019 at Bear Tooth Theater

Mar 22 2019

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Rank #3: The hidden curse of natural resources: economic impacts at home and abroad

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The Resource Curse: A Statistical Mirage?

A surprising feature of resource-rich economies is slow growth. It is often argued that natural-resource production impedes development by creating market or institutional failures. A declining resource sector is disproportionately reflected in resource-dependent countries. Dr. James Alexander argues that there is little evidence that resource dependence impedes growth in non-resource sectors.



Dr. James was born in Northern California and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wyoming in 2012. After graduating, he worked for two years as a research fellow at the Center for the Analysis of Resource-Rich Economies at the University of Oxford and is currently Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His research interests broadly include resource-rich economies and he has published numerous articles that examine the social and economic consequences of natural-resource booms and busts.

The evening’s discussion was moderated by Larry Persily

Larry Persily has more than 20 years of experience as a reporter, editor and newspaper owner in Alaska, followed by more than 20 years in public policy work at state, municipal and federal jobs, focusing on fiscal, tax, oil and gas and budget issues.
Recorded: January 24, 2019 at 49th State Brewing Co.

Mar 13 2019

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Rank #4: INUIT: THE ARCTIC WE WANT – DR. DALEE DOROUGH

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Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough

Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough (Inuit-Alaska) is the newly elected International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, a non-governmental organization that represents approximately 165,000 Inuit from the Russian Far East, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. She holds a Ph.D. from University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law (2002) and a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University (1991). She is affiliated with the University of Alaska Anchorage where she served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations within the Department of Political Science from 2008-2018; former Chairperson [2014] and Expert Member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2010-2016); and co-Chair of the International Law Association (ILA) Committee on Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Research interests relate to Indigenous peoples and Arctic issues. Her recent publications include “The Rights, Interests and Role of the Arctic Council Permanent Participants” R. Beckman, T. Henriksen, K. Kraabel, E.J. Molenaar and J.A. Roach (eds) Governance of Arctic Shipping. Balancing Rights and Interests of Arctic States and User States (Brill: 2017); and “Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Cultural Heritage”, co-authored with Siegfried Wiessner, University of Miami School of Law, chapter on Oxford Handbook on Cultural Heritage Law, A. Vrdoljak, ed, forthcoming. Dr. Dorough lives in Anchorage, AK with her husband, Luke Dorough (Waccamaw Siouan) and their 23-year old daughter, Hannah, who is embarking upon a Master’s degree in the UK.

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Rank #5: After the Arctic Ice Melts with Fran Ulmer

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(Photo courtesy of the Alaska World Affairs Council)

The Arctic has been warming almost twice as quickly as the rest of the planet and its effects can be felt worldwide. Research thus far shows the warming Arctic impacts weather patterns as far away as mid-latitude areas like California by weakening the jet stream. Colder water in the Pacific Northwest is becoming more acidic and unstable for farming shellfish, while melting permafrost and coastal erosion in Alaska is causing infrastructure collapse and loss of biodiversity. Join Alaska World Affairs Council and Former Lt. Gov & Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission Fran Ulmer for a conversation about the arctic, climate change, and the intersections of environmental science and policy.



Fran Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer was chancellor of Alaska’s largest public university, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and on the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative, and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond, and Director of Policy Development for the state. In addition, she was the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. She has served on numerous local, state, and federal advisory committees and boards. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.

Recorded: Thursday, January 31 at 49th State Brewing Co.

Feb 14 2019

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Rank #6: What you should know about US-China trade tensions and why that matters for Alaska

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Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President of the US- China Business Council. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska World Affairs Council)

The United States and China are major trade partners, but current economic tensions between the two countries could have far-reaching affects. Erin Ennis, Senior Vice President of the US-China Business Council spoke at the Alaska World Affairs Council about what these trade issues might mean for Alaska.

SPEAKER:
  • Erin Ennis: Senior Vice President of the US-China Business Council

RECORDED: Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Co.

Jan 15 2019

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Rank #7: Europe of the future: The Czech view

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This unfiltered conversation will feature, Hynek Kmoníček, current Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA, speaking on Czech’s role in European affairs, the Middle East, energy, and more. There will also be time for a number of audience members to pose their questions to the Ambassador directly.

Pavol Šepeľák, current Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, was also in attendance and answered questions.

Thanks for listening!

MODERATOR:

  • Lise Falskow- President and CEO of the Alaska World Affairs Council and she serves as the Norwegian Honorary Consul for Alaska where she is responsible for assisting Norwegian Citizens in Alaska, public diplomacy, and business promotion.

SPEAKERS:

  • Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA
  • Pavol Šepeľák, Consul General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles

HOSTS: 

RECORDED: Friday, July 25th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Company.

Aug 30 2018

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Rank #8: Ice Race – Who will be active in the changing Arctic landscape?

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A distinguished panel discussion with Rear Admiral (RET) Lars Saunes, Chief Liasion Michael Hjorth, Deputy Chief Hreinn Pálsson, and US State Department Jon Harrison.

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MODERATOR:

  • Dr. Rebecca Pincus, U.S. Naval War College

SPEAKERS:

  • Hreinn Pálsson, Deputy Chief of Mission – Minister Councelor for Iceland Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Micheal Hjorth, Chief Liaison Element Faroe Islands, Joint Arctic Command
  • Rear Admiral (RET) Lars Saunes, Chief of Royal Norwegian Navy
  • Jon Harrison, OES Bureau, US State Department Senior Advisor

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RECORDED: Friday, August 16th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Company.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, August 28th, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

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Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please Contact Us with details.

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Aug 24 2018

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Rank #9: Middle East Myth or Reality: Separating Fact from Fiction

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“Middle-East-Map” from Flickr user: Amy Statton

On this week’s program we have “Middle East Myth or Reality: Separating Fact from Fiction” presented by the Alaska World Affairs Council. This conversation features John Moore, a 20-year veteran of public, private, and non-profit organizations throughout the Islamic world, and Lt. Col. Ty Moore – no relation – who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The two speakers offer their insight into the Middle East and take questions from the audience.

Thanks for listening!

SPEAKERS:

  • John Moore – With 20 plus years of international experience in the service of public, private and non-profit interests across the Islamic world, John Moore brings a unique perspective on the evolution of the political economy of security and development in the region.
  • Lt. Col. Ty Moore – Born and raised in Alaska, Lt Col Moore enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1995 as a Reconnaissance Marine in Echo Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion aboard Elemendorf Air Force Base where he served in a variety of billets including Reconnaissance Team Leader.

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RECORDED: Friday, May 16th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Company.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, August 14th, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

About

Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please Contact Us with details.

SUBSCRIBE: Get Addressing Alaskans updates automatically via emailRSS or podcasts.

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Aug 10 2018

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Rank #10: Can the zombie apocalypse happen in the Arctic? And other tales of Arctic infectious diseases

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Besides Atka villagers, many others are buried in the Killisnoo cemetery. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)

This week on the program we are taking a, somewhat humorous, but scientifically accurate look, at whether a zombie apocalypse, or other devastating plague could affect the arctic.  

We’re featuring Michael Bruce who is a public health physician and medical epidemiologist trained in Internal and Preventive Medicine. He is the Epidemiology Team Leader at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Arctic Investigations Program in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

The slideshow he refers to a few times can be seen by clicking [here]

The audio presented here–> LISTEN is a longer version than what played over the airwaves. It features Dr. Bruce talking about how he ended up in his career and additional questions from the audience.

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  • Michael Bruce is a public health physician and medical epidemiologist trained in Internal and Preventive Medicine. He is the Epidemiology Team Leader at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Arctic Investigations Program in Anchorage, Alaska, USA.For the past 18 years, his work has focused on improving the health of Alaskans and peoples of the Arctic. He has worked to create, manage and analyze data from the international circumpolar surveillance (ICS) system for invasive bacterial diseases that includes Alaska, Northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden and Finland. He has received numerous awards and has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters.

Moderator:

  • Lise Falskow- President and CEO of the Alaska World Affairs Council and she serves as the Norwegian Honorary Consul for Alaska where she is responsible for assisting Norwegian Citizens in Alaska, public diplomacy, and business promotion.

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RECORDED: Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 49th State Brewing Company.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

About

Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please Contact Us with details.

SUBSCRIBE: Get Addressing Alaskans updates automatically via emailRSS or podcasts.

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Apr 20 2018

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Rank #11: Iran: Trump’s gift to the hardliners

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This week we’ll explore an answer to the question “Will killing the Nuclear Deal bring the US and Iran closer to war?” It’s a complicated topic, but today’s speaker, Trita Parsi, an expert on US-Iranian relations, is as qualified as anyone to answer it.

LISTEN HERE

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Moderator:

  • Lise Falskow- President and CEO of the Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: Friday, February 9th, 2017 at 49th Brewing Company.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, February 27th, 2018. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

About

Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please Contact Us with details.

SUBSCRIBE: Get Addressing Alaskans updates automatically via emailRSS or podcasts.

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Feb 23 2018

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Rank #12: Anchorage – UPS’s Gateway to the Asia-Pacific region

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This event centered on the history, and future, of freight, flight and shipping in Alaska and it’s relationship to Asia and the whole Pacific region. What has it taken to get us this far? What can Anchorage, and Alaska, do to expand our influence in the region. The event did feature a video presented by UPS and a slideshow, which are both featured on this web post.

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Slideshow seen during the presentation (PDF)

GUESTS: 

  • Jim Barber has served as president of UPS International since 2013, with responsibility for distribution, forwarding, small-package delivery, brokerage, customs compliance, and UPS’s other service offerings in more than 220 countries and territories outside the U.S. Jim previously served as president of UPS Europe, helping oversee the second wave of international expansion for UPS that first began in the mid-1990s.

Moderator:

  • Garret Wong – Garret is a Chartered Financial Consultant designee of The American College and has over 30 years of experience in financial planning. Garret maintains securities licenses as well as licenses for life, health, and disability insurance. Garret is a past member of the Municipality of Anchorage Budget Advisory Commission. Garret has also served as past president of the Anchorage East Rotary Club, Alaska World Affairs Council, Alaska Chapter of Financial Service Professionals, the Anchorage Estate Planning Council, and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: TFriday, December 8, 2017 at 49th State Brewing Company.

ABOUT: Alaska World Affairs Council Presents is a public service partnership of the Alaska World Affairs Council and KSKA Public Radio. You can attend a variety of live AWAC speaking events in Anchorage. Check out the list of upcoming speakers and topics on the AWAC Events Calendar.

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Dec 20 2017

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Rank #13: U.S. National Security Unfiltered

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During this show we’ll be hearing an unfiltered conversation about U.S. national security with former Ambassador John Negroponte and General Joseph Ralston. Ambassador Negroponte served as Deputy Secretary of State and the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush.

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GUESTS: 

  • John D. Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008.He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer.
  • General Joseph Ralston completed a distinguished 37-year Air Force career as Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO. Previously, General Ralston served as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1996-2000), the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer.

Moderator:

  • David Ramseur, chair of the board of the Alaska World Affairs Council, provides the introduction today.

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RECORDED: Friday, October 19th, 2017 at 49th Brewing Company.

BROADCAST: Tuesday, November 21, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT

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Addressing Alaskans features local lectures and forums recorded at public events taking place in Southcentral Alaska. A variety of local organizations host speakers addressing topics that matter to Alaskans. To let us know about an upcoming community event that you would like to hear on Addressing Alaskans, please Contact Us with details.

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Nov 17 2017

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Rank #14: Many Traditions, One Alaska: Teaching Alaska’s connected history

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This was a discussion about the importance of teaching Alaska’s history and it’s connection to America’s military history, race issues, and the rest of the world.

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GUESTS: 

  • Katie Johnson Ringsmuth, PhD, is the sole proprietor of Tundra Vision and teaches U.S. Alaska, and World History at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ringsmuth is currently working with UAF, NPS, Trident Seafoods, and the Alaska Association of Historic Preservation to collect, interpret, and share the stories of cannery workers from the historic NN Cannery at South Naknek. She is also collaborating with Alaska Council of Social Studies and the Anchorage School District to bolster and assist Alaska Studies teachers.
  • Paul Dunscomb, PhD is the UAA Department of HistoryChair as well as a Professor of East Asian History. He worked in broadcast television for several years before beginning graduate studies in history.  A long-time member of the Alaska World Affairs Council, Dr. Dunscomb has served as Board Chair, Program Committee Chair, WorldQuest and World Wiz Master Emcee, featured speaker, and featured moderator, among other roles.

Moderator:

  • Lisa Falskow- Alaska World Affairs Council president

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 49th State Brewing Company.

ABOUT: Alaska World Affairs Council Presents is a public service partnership of the Alaska World Affairs Council and KSKA Public Radio. You can attend a variety of live AWAC speaking events in Anchorage. Check out the list of upcoming speakers and topics on the AWAC Events Calendar.

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Oct 09 2017

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Rank #15: Practice What You Preach: Can World Religions Coexist?

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This was a conversation featuring leaders of multiple faiths and audience participation.

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GUESTS: 

  • Pastor Michael Bunton (Baptist Pastor at Greater Friendship Baptist Church) – Pastor Michael Andrew Bunton was born to William A. Bunton Jr, Senior Pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York, and First Lady Wanda Lee Bunton. Pastor Bunton is the youngest of five siblings. Pastor M.A. Bunton was licensed in 1989 and ordained into ministry in 1992 by Senior Pastor William A. Bunton Jr. who has been pastoring for over 60 years.
  • Imam Imad Enchassi, PhD (Muslim Imam at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City) – Imam Imad Enchassi grew up in the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. His experiences as a child surrounded by war and conflict have shaped his passion as an adult for promoting unity and understanding. When asked about living through the massacres in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, Enchassi says, “Sometimes, I think God exposed me to so much hatred and violence so that I can be a voice for love and peace.”
  • Rabbi Michael Oblath, PhD (Jewish Rabbi at Congregation Beth Sholom) – Rabbi Oblath has been a Rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in Anchorage for 10 years. He earned his doctorate in Ancient Near Eastern Religions from Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley in 2001, with emphasis (and dissertation) on the exodus from Egypt. His academic, and rabbinic, interest is primarily in the critical analysis of the biblical text (and teaching it within its original, as well as evolved, context).
  • Ajahn Sompon (Buddhist Monk at Wat Alaska Yanna Varraran) – Born in Roi-Et, Issan, Thailand in 1973; came to Pasco, Washington in 1998 after serving as a Buddhist novice in Roi-Et beginning at the age of 13 upon completion of Middle School. Before coming to Alaska in July 2017 served at the Wat Richland Buddha Wanaram for 18 years. After seven years service as a novice, took the title of Ajahn (teacher) as a forest monk in Chonburi, Thailand at Wat Yanangvararam.

Moderator:

  • Malcolm Roberts- After graduating from Princeton University in 1958 with a history degree, Malcolm began his career as a photo journalist, speech writer, issue correspondent, policy advocate, author, monthly columnist, and editor.

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at East High School auditorium.

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Oct 03 2017

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Rank #16: How Cool is That? Innovation in the Arctic

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Ice floats in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland above the Arctic circle on July 10, 2008. A new paper from Arizona State University physicists proposes using sea water pumps to facilitate more ice formation in the Arctic. (Photo by Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Though the Arctic regions of the world are remote and less populated, there can still be plenty of innovation to be found. In this show we’ll be hearing from a number of innovators about projects under way, both here in Alaska and abroad.

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Moderator:

  • Lise Falskow, President & CEO of Alaska World Affairs Council

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: Friday, May 12, 2017 at 49th State Brewing Company.

ABOUT: Alaska World Affairs Council Presents is a public service partnership of the Alaska World Affairs Council and KSKA Public Radio. You can attend a variety of live AWAC speaking events in Anchorage. Check out the list of upcoming speakers and topics on the AWAC Events Calendar.

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Jun 02 2017

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Rank #17: Intercultural Alaska: Celebrating diversity & connecting through stories

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This week we’re featuring a World Matters storytelling event titled “Intercultural Alaska: Celebrating Diversity & Connecting Through Stories.” Five storytellers share with us their stories of immigration, culture, heritage and integration. All of which help make Alaska such a diverse place to live.  

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SPEAKERS:

  • Amanda Dale – from Alaska
  • Timothy Williams – from Fairbanks and spent time working in Russia
  • Svaja Worthington – family immigrated from Lithuania
  • Sophia Lee – family immigrated from South Korea
  • OMead Rahmanian – immigrated from Iran in 1979

MODERATOR:

  • Kimberly Butler, board member for the Alaska World Affairs Council

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: Friday, March 08, 2017 at 49th State Brewing Company.

ALASKA WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL ARCHIVE

Mar 17 2017

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Rank #18: Beyond Earth – talking about space travel

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This week we’re learning more about space travel and planetary colonization. Charles Wohlforth discusses his new book, Beyond Earth, and answers questions about humanity and its potential for reaching new worlds. It’s a scientific, and economic, examination at what it would take for humans to leave this planet to explore new worlds and possibly colonize them.

From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer: a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable.

We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs — Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos—are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But BEYOND EARTH by Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix, Ph.D. (Pantheon Books / November 15, 2016 / $27.95) does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure, but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel—realities that have hampered NASA’s efforts ever since the Challenger fiasco. In Beyond Earth, the authors offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan—a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, and where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field—offers the most realistic, and thrilling, prospect of life without support from Earth.

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GUESTS: 

  • Charles Wohlforth, has authored ten books, and is winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology, among many other awards. Charles graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with BA in English in 1986. His books include: Beyond Earth, Discover, Outside, and The New Republic. Charles was a member of the Anchorage Assembly from 1993-1999. He has received more than two dozen national, state and local awards for writing. In 2004 he was the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology. Charles always knew he would be a writer; he comes from a literary family with many writers, and his parents have been leaders in local and state affairs since the mid-1960s.

MODERATOR:

  • Deborah Smith, Chair of the board of directors of Alaska World Affairs Council

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: Friday, February 03, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel.

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Mar 03 2017

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Rank #19: Alaska Native Corporations in the World Economy

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Map of Alaska Native Corporations.

On the next Addressing Alaskans we’ll hear from a panel discussion on Alaskan Native Corporations and their affect on the word Economy. This panel featured the CEOs of several companies speaking about what their companies are doing for the economies of Alaska, the United States and the world.

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GUESTS: 

  • Jason Metrokin, President & CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Gail Anagick Schubert, President & CEO of Bering Straits Native Corporation

MODERATOR:

  • Dr. Maria Williams, Director of the Alaska Native Studies program at UAA

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: Friday, November 04, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel.

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Dec 30 2016

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Rank #20: Cuba: The Embargo Within the Embargo

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The Cuban flag. Photo: Frans Persoon

At the World Affairs Council he has organized and led five trips to Cuba, including with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Shapiro’s op-eds have been published most recently the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the Latin America Advisor, the Huffington Post, the Miami Herald, the San Diego Union Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

President Bush awarded Shapiro a presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2004, the Chilean Foreign Ministry made him a knight commander in the Orden al Mérito de Chile in 2005, and Secretary of State Clinton awarded him The Secretary’s Career Achievement Award in 2011. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Agnes Scott College.

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Slideshow presentation seen during the luncheon

GUEST: 

  • Charles Shapiro is president of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and a senior lecturer at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. From 2011-2013 Shapiro was the president of the Institute of the Americas, a think tank at the University of California San Diego. Previously, he held numerous senior positions at the U.S. Department of State, including Ambassador to Venezuela, principal deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere, and Coordinator for Cuban Affairs.

MODERATOR:

  • Lise Falskow, President & CEO of Alaska World Affairs Council

HOST: Alaska World Affairs Council

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RECORDED: Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel.

ALASKA WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL ARCHIVE

Dec 10 2016

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