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Evening at Egan begins with a lecture on marine fossils

Posted: September 11, 2013 - 11:05pm

The University of Alaska Southeast will kick off its 2013 Evening at Egan Lecture Series this Friday, Sept. 13, with “Changing Shorelines, Early Habitations, and Marine Reptiles of Southeast Alaska,” led by Jim Baichtal, a forest geologist with the Tongass National Forest. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hall.

Baichtal will talk about the discovery of 220-million-year-old Triassic marine reptile fossils from several localities in Southeast Alaska, including the recently discovered Thalattosaur, a fossil marine reptile similar to today’s marine iguana.

Here’s a look at the rest of the schedule for this fall:

Sept. 20: “The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and Sealaska Lands Legislation,” with Albert Kookesh, Chairman of the Board, Sealaska Corporation. Egan Lecture Hall.

Sept. 27: “Outdoor Studies Capstone 2013: Ski Mountaineering in Ecuador,” with Associate Professor of Philosophy Kevin Krein and students Egan Lecture Hall.

Oct. 4: “Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking”: “Not My Life” film and panel, with World Affairs Councils of America, Egan Lecture Hall.

Oct. 11: “Anatomia Italiana: the History of Anatomy, Medicine, and Art along the Italian Peninsula,” with Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Heidi Pearson, Egan Lecture Hall.

Oct. 18: “The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: a Canadian-American Disaster,” with author Bill Morrison, Egan Lecture Hall.

Oct. 25 “People and Forests: Using Behavioral Experiments to Reduce Global Deforestation,” with Assistant Professor of Political Science Glenn Wright, Egan Library.

Nov. 1 “Juneau’s Berner’s Bay: A Living Laboratory for Studying Environmental Change and Social Adaptation,” with Associate Professor Geography Sanjay Pyare and the Alaska EPSCoR Research Team, Egan Lecture Hall.

Nov. 8: “At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Human-animal communication after The Change,” with author Kij Johnson, Egan Library.

Nov. 15: “Deconstructing Racism: Power and Privilege in our Community,” with Lance (X’unei) A. Twitchell, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages, Egan Lecture Hall.

All Evening at Egan lectures are simulcast on UATV Cable Channel 11, or live via Flash streaming video.

For more information, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture.

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