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Egan Fall Lecture Series features Alaska scientists, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2001

Radicals in petticoats and the caves of Southeast Alaska are among the nine topics slated for the Evening at Egan Fall Lecture Series.

Sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast, the free presentations begin Friday and run weekly through late November. Presenters include a visiting Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Alaska scientists and academics. This is the second year for the series, said Scott Foster of University of Alaska Southeast. All presentations will be held at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the Egan Library.

"We had great success last year," said Foster. "We were all surprised at the public response."

Seven of the presenters are university faculty.

"This seems like the kind of thing a university should do," Foster said. "We have faculty members that are experts in their fields and they share that with their students every day in the classroom. A number have agreed to share their expertise and interests with the public."

Pulitzer Prize winning writer N. Scott Momaday, professor of English at the University of Arizona and author of "House Made of Dawn," will speak Nov. 2. His prize-winning novel tells the story of a young Indian struggling to reconcile his traditions with the modern world. Foster said Momaday's presentation comes at the start of Native American History Month.

Dr. Jason Ohler, UAS professor of education, will present the first program, "Go Digital or Ditch it All? Perspectives on Living and Learning in the Digital Age," this Friday. Subsequent programs will be:

Oct. 5, Dr. Alexis Easley, UAS assistant professor of English, presents, "Radicals in Petticoats: Women Journalists of Victorian England."

Oct. 12, Dr. Dan Monteith, UAS assistant professor of anthropology and Barbara Morgan, UAS biology student, will present "Deep Discoveries in Southeast Alaska Caves."

Oct. 19, UAS assistant professor of biology Beth Mathews presents, "Harbor Seal Population Declines in Glacier Bay National Park."

Oct. 26, UAS professor of mathematics and physics Don Greenberg presents, "Other Solar Systems Other Stars."

Nov. 2, author, poet and scholar N. Scott Momaday, the 1969 Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction will offer a presentation.

Nov. 9, Dr. Robert Fagen, UAF associate professor of biometrics, and Johanna Fagen, UAS adjunct faculty in biology, "Brown Bears - Growing up at Pack Creek."

Nov. 16, Steve Henrikson, Alaska State Museum curator of collections, presents "The Evolution of Tlingit and Haida Art."

There will be no program Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.

The final program will be Nov. 30 with Jim Hale, UAS assistant professor of English, titled "This Note's for You: English Poetry and the Quest for Authenticity."

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