Meet and Greet Lunch with Peggy McIntosh.

On November 19th at 1pm, the Sociology Department and the Traditions Board will offer a meet and greet lunch with Peggy McIntosh. Peggy McIntosh is the nationally recognized author of White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.  The event will take place on the 7th floor of Gruening building. For more information please call 474-5494. 
Also, check out this cool animation on white privilege. 


Nationally Recognized Race & Gender Expert Peggy McIntosh at UAF

Peggy McIntosh, a nationally recognized expert on race and gender relations, will deliver a lecture on unearned race and gender privilege titled "Coming to See Privilege Systems: The Surprising Journey" on Thursday, November 19, at 7:00PM in the UAF Wood Center Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public, however seating is limited.

McIntosh is the Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. She is the author of many influential articles on curriculum change, women's studies and systems of unearned privilege. She is best known for authoring the groundbreaking article "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” (1989), which has been influential in putting the idea of privilege into the discussions of gender, race and sexuality. She is also the founder and co-director of the National S.E.E.D. Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity).

McIntosh will be in Fairbanks as part of UAF's International Education Week. This lecture is sponsored by the Nanook Traditions Board, LIVE Program, the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs and Diversity, the Women's Center, the UAF Sociology Department and the Student Activities Office.

For more information contact Cody Rogers in the UAF Student Activities Office at 907-474-6026.


"The Morality of Same-Sex Marriage" with Dr. Joseph Thompson

On Friday, November 20th at 6pm, Dr. Joseph Thompson of UAF's Philosophy department will be giving a lecture on "The Morality of Same-Sex Marriage". The event will be held in Schaible Auditorium and is sponsored by the UAF Socratic Society.


University Women's Association 41st Annual Holiday Bazaar

The University Women's Association (UWA) will be hosting the 41st Annual Holiday Bazaar November 7th and 8th from 10 am to 4 pm in the Wood Center on UAF campus. Admission is free. 

The Holiday Bazaar provides a retail outlet for area craftspeople to sell their locally made, hand-crafted items and/or artistic creations, and for the Fairbanks and surrounding communities to support our local craftspeople while getting superb items and gifts for the holiday season. 

Proceeds from the UWA Holiday Bazaar help to fund scholarships for women at UAF.  

Screening of "The Laramie Project"

The UAF GSA will be hosting a screening of  "The Laramie Project". The screening will take place in Schaible Auditorium this Saturday November 7th at 3pm. Admission is free.

The Laramie Project is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Mois├ęs Kaufman. Based on The Laramie Project, a play by Kaufman, the film tells the story of the aftermath of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. It premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and was first broadcast on HBO in March 2002. (Wikipedia)


Global Gender Gap Report 2009

Check out the Choices Campus Blog @
for highlights from the recently released Global Gender Gap Report .

Of 134 countries analyzed, the US ranks 31st, a dropping four slots from last year.

A wake-up call for those who believe women have achieved equity! 


Panel on Anti-Gay Discourse 10/27/09

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on
Anti-Gay Discourse

**interrogating the limits of academic freedom
and free speech**

1-2 PM Tuesday, October 27th
UAF Wood Center Multi-level Lounge

A Panel Discussion Featuring
Dr. Sine Anahita (Sociology)
Dr. Chris Coffman (English/WMS)
Dr. Tim Lower (Psychology)
Dr. Joseph Thompson (Philosophy)
Dr. Jordan Titus (Sociology)
Looking forward to seeing you at this panel discussion!


UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers on Enduring Values at UAF!

The Women's Center has been a staging ground for preparation and celebration on the issues Chancellor Rogers addresses in the opening of his Convocation 2009 address. The UAF GSA (Gay Straight Alliance - meetings in the Women's Center Mondays at 5:00 pm ) has been hard at work to promote love and understanding in place of hate and derision. We thank Chancellor Rogers for his understanding and support!


Restorative Justice

Wednesday September 16, 7PM
Wood Center Ballroom, UAF Campus

Linda Biehl speaks about her daughter Amy, who was a Fulbright Scholar studying the role of women and gender rights during South Africa's transition from it's apartheid regime to a free multiracial democracy. Amy was killed in an act of political violence in South Africa in 1993. Linda Biehl's message is one of peace and reconciliation-using the very personal example of how she built a relationship with two of her daughter's killers. The men are now social activists in their community, working for the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust. The foundation embraces restorative rather than retributive justice, and works to fulfill the South African Constitution: the rights to education, equal employment, and health.

For more information please call 474-7494 or go to


Honorary Doctorate to Yup'ik elder/storyteller Annie Blue

Graduation at UAF in 2009 brought much to celebrate! Here at the Women's Center, along with our celebration of all graduates and their accomplishments, we were particularly excited about the opportunity to celebrate the honorary doctor of humane letters degree bestowed upon Yup’ik elder and storyteller Annie Cungauyar Blue during the 87th UAF commencement ceremony.
Annie Blue is known throughout Alaska for her work to share and preserve Yup’ik stories and culture. From the time of her birth in a remote camp on the Togiak River in 1916, Blue has lived and learned the traditional ways and stories of her people and passed on and shared that knowledge with succeeding and future generations. Highlights from a UAF standpoint include Blue's collaboration on and featuring in the “Math in a Cultural Context” series of elementary school math modules based on traditional Yup’ik knowledge, as well as her work with the Alaska Native Language Center sharing her stories in the 2007 book and CD “Cungauyaraam Qulirai ‘Annie Blue’s Stories’.” In addition to these academic endeavors, Annie Blue shares her knowledge informally with community, government and school groups throughout Alaska, the nation and the world.

THANKS to Annie Blue for all she does and continues to do, and congratulations on this tremendous honor. Congratulations also to UAF for their recognition of the work and accomplishments of this outstanding woman!

UAF Photo (of Annie Blue) by Todd Paris


Women illuminating Alaska: Marion Nestle

Politics of FOOD - Personal Responsibility vs. Social Responsibility
A FREE lecture by noted author and educator Marion Nestle, Ph.D. Wednesday, July 15, 2009 7:00 p.m., Schaible Auditorium
Marion Nestle is the author of three prize-winning books on nutrition including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002); Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book (published in 2008) is Pet Food Politics: the Chihuahua in the Coal Mine. She writes the ‘Food Matters’ column for the San Francisco Chronicle and co-writes a food and nutrition column for The Bark magazine.
She is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition. She is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation, the food world’s highest honor.

For more information, please call 474-7021 or email
Presented by Summer@UAF and the Cooperative Extension Service


Women illuminating Alaska at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

2009 Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival- July 19th through August 2nd
Full schedule of Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival found at

Among the many great artists at the festival, local fiddle player, Caitlin Warbelow will be there!
She will perform at these times:

July 19th, 4 pm- "Meet the Artists"
July 20th, 12 pm- "Lunch Bites"
July 24th, 8 pm- Guest Artists Concert
July 25th, 8 pm- College Coffeehouse
July 29th, 8 pm- "Evening of World Music"

Caitlin Warbelow – Fiddle
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Caitlin Warbelow began studying violin at age three in the Suzuki Method. While continuing with intensive classical music studies, she found a concurrent love of Irish music after meeting a few fiddlers and hearing a few seminal CDs around the age of seven. Largely self-taught through listening and learning by ear, Caitlin was given the chance to travel and study in Ireland at the age of sixteen, attending the Willie Clancy School and the BLAS school at the University of Limerick. Caitlin attended Boston University on a full music scholarship and obtained degrees in Violin Performance and Anthropology. After serving as an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Alaska, she was accepted into the Urban Planning masters program at Columbia University for the fall of 2006 (and led her to her current day job as a research cartographer). Since then she has played and recorded with a number of top Irish musicians in the city and plays many sessions and gigs a week as an Irish, Classical, and American-style fiddler. This summer she won first place in both the Open and Trick & Fancy divisions at the Lake Champlain Bluegrass Festival, expanding her expertise into yet another musical genre. Caitlin can also be found playing with the Garden State Philharmonic, and loves teaching both Irish and Classical music to fiddlers of all ages. For more information, please stop by her website at


Women illuminating Alaska at the Alaska Book Festival June 11th-13th

Of Totems and Musk Ox: Storytime for Kids with Deb Vanasse and Tricia Brown
June 12th, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Open Arms Child Development Center, 2980 Davis Road
(open to the public)
Deb Vanasse will read from A Totem Tale: A Tall Story from Alaska, about the night totem poles sprang to life, and Tricia Brown will read from The Itchy Little Musk Ox, a 2007-08 Battle of the Books selection.

Christmas in June with Kotzebue the Caribou
June 12th, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Pioneer Park Theatre

With Tricia Brown, the author of Alaskan Night Before Christmas, the story of a vain and selfish

For a link to the full festival schedule

For information on all of the Alaska Book Festival presenters check out


Women illuminating Alaska: Guest speaker Nancy Iverson

From the Badlands to Alcatraz - A PATHSTAR Story
with an introduction by Nancy Iverson, M.D.
7 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2009
Bunnell Schaible Auditorium
The film From the Badlands to Alcatraz chronicles the experiences of five young Lakota during the September 2005 San Francisco PATHSTAR Pine Ridge Alcatraz swim program. There will be time for discussion after the film. PATHSTAR is an organization committed to helping restore the health and community of Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Living in the poorest county in the United States, Pine Ridge residents face some of the most challenging of socioeconomic and lifestyle situations in the United States. PATHSTAR’s experiential programs have been designed to support the residents in making choices that support health and prosperity.
Nancy Iverson, M.D. is a pediatrician who is dedicated to guiding children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through their journeys. A native of South Dakota, she is the co-founder and medical director of PATHSTAR. Living and working in the San Francisco Bay area, Nancy is an open-water swimming enthusiast who swims almost daily in the San Francisco Bay. She has completed the Alcatraz swim 120 times and is the first woman to complete the “Bay to Breakers Swim.”
For more information, please call 474-7021 or email
Sponsored by Summer@UAF, UAF University Advancement and UAF School of Education Counseling Program


Looking for Money for School?

Are you looking for money to fund your education?

Still time to apply for money for next year! The University Women's Association is accepting applications for their UWA scholarship. Women students who are enrolled in an associate's degree program with 9 or more credits or a Bachelor’s Degree program full-time with sophomore standing or above may apply. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA for the past two semesters. You can find a flyer and further information at and
Applications must be received by April 17, 2009. For more info contact Alexis Runstadler at


Recording of Dame Julia Morton-Marr Keynote

On Friday, March 6, 2009, Dame Julia Morton-Marr connected with us, LIVE online from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The recording of Julia's presentation is available at the following URL. (The recording is a large file, so may take a long time to open if you have a slow internet connection.)

Julia spoke about the history of women's peace, justice, environmental, and global sustainability work, as well as initiatives that we can join today!

Last year Julia spoke on March 12, 2008, for the National Bank of Australia’s International Women’s Day event in Kadina, South Australia. This International Women's Day address is a MUST LISTEN audio recording packed with essential history, research, information, and calls to action, along with detailed how-tos for setting up Peace Gardens.

In addition to these recording above, check out the links below to Julia's work, and to the information and projects she shared during both of the above International Women's Day addresses:

International Holistic Tourism Education Centre - IHTEC
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
Science for Peace
PeaceWomen Across the Globe

AND, for those interested in the upcoming World Water Day, March 22nd 2009, check out the SUPER resources below.

Global Issues Project - Papers from 2008 Roundtable on Water

United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development - Humanity 4.0: Special Edition on Water


The Susan Butcher Institute and Summer Sessions hosted a "Conversation with Dorothy Hamill" Friday March 6, 2009. Dorothy Hamill discussed what it took to follow her dream, spoke about her life, and answered questions from the audience.


International Women's WEEK Documentary

The documentary Lumo will be shown during International Women's WEEK at UAF (one day is not enough for International Women's issues and observances)!

Lumo showing:
Tuesday, March 3rd at 5:30 pm
Alumni Lounge
Constitution Hall
UAF Campus

See a trailer for the documentary, below, and see you at the showing here at UAF on March 5th at 5:30 pm in the Alumni Lounge.

About the documentary: Africa's agonies are presently being deeply etched on the bodies of women. In eastern Congo on the Rwandan border, vying militias, armies and bandits use rape as a weapon of terror. Lumo Sinai was just over 20 when marauding soldiers attacked her. A fistula, a medical condition common among victims of violent rape, rendered Lumo incontinent and threatens her ability to bear children. Lumo's story is told in this documentary, which is tragic in its cruelties but also inspiring for the struggle Lumo wages and the dignity she displays. With the help of an extraordinary African hospital, she struggles to overcome shame, fear and the affliction that threatens to rob her of a normal life.

Living History Museum

There will be a living history museum in the Wood Center Multi-level Lounge. It will run on Tuesday, March 3rd from noon until 2pm.


Women's Talking Circle

The Women's Talking Circle will be meeting in the Gathering Room of Brooks Building the second and fourth Thursday of the month starting promptly at 5:30pm. The talking circle is a safe and welcoming place for all participants to INSPIRE, CELEBRATE, EMPOWER, and HONOR each other as women.

The circle is built upon trust, respect, and support for all
UAF women. For more information please contact or call 474-7871.


Magdalen Hsu-Li

Magdalen Hsu-Li gave a SMASHING performance here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in November 08. Check out the animated video clip (above) of one of Magdalen's songs. Check out Magdalen's website for more songs, her artwork, and her tour schedule.


Irina Rivkin

This is Irina Rivkin (on the right) treating the audience to Glass Houses during her Alaska Tour in Fall of 2008.