The University of Alaska Southeast annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan returned on Friday, Sept. 9 and runs until Nov. 18. All lectures start at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library on the Juneau campus and are free and open to the public. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

The University of Alaska Southeast annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan returned on Friday, Sept. 9 and runs until Nov. 18. All lectures start at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library on the Juneau campus and are free and open to the public. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Evening at Egan is back for the fall

In-person lectures return next month.

Fall is in the air and that can only mean one thing, Friday evening lectures are back at University of Alaska Southeast.

The UAS annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan returned on Friday, Sept. 9 with a virtual presentation from professor Mashrur Shahid Hossain on exploring comparative literature. The presentations will remain virtual until Sept. 23 and will resume in-person starting on Oct. 7, though live streaming will continue to be an option. Live Stream links can be found at next to the lecture descriptions.

This year’s lectures offer a wide variety of topics ranging from ranked choice voting, climate change, indigenous tourism and more. All lectures start at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library on the Juneau campus and are free and open to the public.

Ranked Choice Voting in 2022

Friday, Sept. 23

Featuring Gail Fenumiai, Director of the State of Alaska Division of Elections, and Jason Grenn, Alaskans for Better Elections

The Division of Elections will discuss how ranked choice voting is administered and what voters can expect ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

Watching a Warming Arctic From Space

Friday, Oct. 7

Featuring Logan Berner, Ph.D

This presentation focuses on satellite observations showing widespread greening of Arctic ecosystems over the past four decades. Dr. Logan Berner was born and raised in Juneau and graduated from the UAS environmental science program in 2007 and from there went on to earn a PhD from the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University.

Lessons from Indigenous Tourism for a Regenerative Future

Friday, Oct. 28

Featuring Alexis Bunten

Alexis Bunten is the author of “‘So, how long have you been Native?’ Life as an Alaskan Native Tour Guide,” and “Indigenous Tourism Movements.” Bunten’s presentation offers an in-depth exploration of Indigenous leadership in the regenerative tourism space to learn best practices for increasing the quadruple bottom line (people, planet, profit and purpose) via tourism in Southeast Alaska and Beyond.

The Empirical Study of Arts Objects: How Philosophical and Scientific Approaches Have Framed Our Preferences and Understanding of What Art is and What Art Does

Friday, Nov. 4

Featuring Melissa Dolese

Dolese will cover philosophical and perceptual approaches to understanding art and show how those approaches have informed understanding of art and preferences. She will focus on art as a relational and meaning-making space and how art can influence actions.

UAS Creative Showcase

Friday, Nov. 18

UAS Arts and Sciences Faculty

UAS Art, Theatre, and Writing faculty will showcase their current work and encourage a conversation about the rich and diverse artistry happening in the community. Featuring:

Ernestine Hayes, MFA, Professor of English, Emerita; Rasmuson Distinguished Artist 2021; and Marie Darlin Award Recipient 2021. Hayes will be reading from her current work in progress.

Kaax̱ Tséen Herb Sheakley, Jr, Associate Professor of Northwest Coast Art

Carin Silkaitis, MFA, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

X’unei Lance Twitchell, MFA, PhD, Professor of Alaska Native Languages

Emily Wall, MFA, Professor of English

Liz Zacher, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art

Lectures will be recorded and available on the UAS Youtube Channel at

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at

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