International Women's Day- Women & Community Water Projects by Josie Sam

To view a recording of Josie Sam's presentation (recorded during the Cross-Cultural Psychology class 3/17/10 click on the following URL
To access the recording, when the login screen opens click on the GUEST button, enter an email address and name, then click on "Play." Click on "Open" in the dialog box that appears. Your computer might have to down load some java files in order to play the Elluminate Live recording of the event. (If you are on a slow dial-up connection the recording might take some time to load).

Josie Sam presented her emerging research “How Does Improved Access To Clean Water Impact Rural Communities? Measuring and Evaluating the Impact of Water Projects in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of Central Region, Ghana” for our UAF International Women’s Day event Friday, March 5th, 2010. Josie Sam is from Ghana, West Africa. She completed a Bachelor’s degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana with a double major in English and History. She has worked with organizations dealing with women and children’s rights, microfinance and rural development, and is currently working on a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a focus on rural development and gender issues.

Josie's Master’s thesis will examine how improved access to clean water impacts the lives of rural Ghanaians in terms of health, education, women’s empowerment, and community participation in development projects and governance. She is interested in studying the potential for gender-sensitive development interventions to change gender and social disparities. The objective is to ensure equitable access to, and control over, resources, benefits, costs, and decision-making between men and women.
Josie Sam and some of her adoring audience from the Rural Sociology class.


Writing Women Back into History

Thursday, March 4, 1:00-2:00pm
Alumni Lounge

How do you go about finding the “anonymous” women in history?
Join History professor, Dr. Carol Gold, for engaging and entertaining descriptions of her work writing women back into history. Dr. Gold searched historic archives to find out about women’s lives in pre-industrial urban Copenhagen. Some questions her research uncovered:
What is the story of Mrs. Berling, who ran a newspaper as well as a brewery for 15 years, and was accused of watering down her beer?

How did widow C.J. Black come to own three warehouses in downtown Copenhagen, and to advertise widely about ships' cargo she had for sale?

Why did Gunnel Marie travel for 15 years with her journeyman Tobias, yet never get married?

Explore these questions and more, with Dr. Carol Gold.

For more information:

Email Call 907-474-6311


Far North Jewish Film Festival

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The 12th Annual Farthest North Jewish Film Festival is coming to Fairbanks. The films that will be showing are "A Matter of Size", "Waltz with Bashir", "Holes in my Shoes", "My Fuhrer", and "The Lemon Tree". A synopsis of each film, times, and showing locations is listed below.

A MATTER OF SIZE: Saturday, February 27 at 8:00 pm at the AK Coffee Roasting Co. on Geist Rd. Four overweight friends from the Israeli city of Ramle are fed up of dieting and the dieting club they belong to. When Herzl (340 lbs.) loses his job as a cook and starts working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant in Ramle he discovers the world of Sumo where large people such as himself are honored and appreciated. Through Kitano (the restaurant owner, a former Sumo coach in Japan, he falls in love with a sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos". Herzl wants Kitano to be their coach but Kitano is reluctant - they first have to earn their spurs. "A MATTER OF SIZE" is a comedy about a ‘coming out’ of a different kind. The film was a breakout hit at the New York Tribeca Film Festival 2009; screened at Cannes 2009 and was the opening film for the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2009. Israel, 2009, 92 minutes, Hebrew, Japanese with English Subtitles, Comedy; Directed by: Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor, (mature content, some coarse language).

WALTZ WITH BASHIR: Sunday, February 28 at 7:00 pm at the AK Coffee Roasting Co. on Geist Rd.
 With guest panel and discussion following the film. One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. Waltz with Bashir premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and has won and been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, among others. Israel, 2008, 89 min. Hebrew with English subtitles, Animated feature length documentary, written and directed by Ari Folman.

HOLES IN MY SHOES: Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 pm at the Pioneer Park Civic Center.
At 94, Jack Beer is not like any man his age. The film begins with an acknowledgement from Mayor Bloomberg for his contribution over a century to New York City. Jack was raised in severe poverty in the Lower East Side. He was known as New York City’s Strongest Boy.  He helped build Radio City Music Hall, and at The Manhattan Project, invented something that shortened WW2. He erected the Empire State Building spire (we see Jack at the top – via helicopter), he was a professional dog trainer, was a film actor in over 200 films, beat terminal illnesses, and, at 94, rides 3 miles per day on a stationary bike. This is a profound, inspiring and richly entertaining story for all ages. Winner of three documentary film awards. USA, 2006, 90 min. English. Documentary. Written and Directed by David Wachs.

MY FUHRER: Saturday, March 6 at 8:00 pm at the Blue Loon, Parks Hwy.
This dark comedy tells the story of Adolf Hitler and his preparation for a big New Year's speech, 1944. With the tides of war moving against him, Hitler is too depressed to speak, so a Jewish acting coach is called in to tutor him. The Führer’s is supposed to re-ignite the public’s fighting spirit but the problem is that the Führer can’t do it. Sick and depressive, he is avoiding the public. The only person who can now help is his former acting teacher, Adolf Grünbaum… a Jew. Goebbels spirits him and his family out of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and sets them up in the Reich Chancellery. Time is running out - the Führer has only five days to return to top form. Levi’s Go For Zucker and The Giraffe were shown previously at the FNJFF. Germany, 2007,  89 min. German and Yiddish with English subtitles, Feature film (comedy). Written and Directed by Dani Levi.

LEMON TREE:  Sunday, March 7 at 7:00 pm at the AK Coffee Roasting Co. on Geist Rd.
Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma's trees pose a threat to the Ministers safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, a young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense ministers wife, trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Nominated for 'Best Actress' and 'Best Screenwriter' at the European Film Awards; winner of Audience Award, Berlin. Israel, 2008, 106 minutes, feature film, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles. Directed by Eran Riklis, written by Suha Arraf and Eran Riklis. Eran Riklis also directed Syrian Bride and Cup Final, shown previously at the FNJFF.

**Seating at the Alaska Coffee Roasting Company on Geist Road is limited. Please come early. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 students.**

Scholarship Opportunity with AAUW

The Fairbanks branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering two $1000 scholarships to local women with plans to reenter or continue their education, or to pursue educational projects. The awards will be based primarily on merit.
Each applicant should write a letter stating her educational background, why she wants to continue her education, her educational goals, her needs, and how she plans to use her education in the future.
If the applicant wishes to pursue an educational project instead of taking formal classes, she should describe the project and tell how she plans to use the award money to complete it.
Entries must be received by March 26, 2010. 
Letters should be sent to: 
AAUW Ann Rhian Memorial Scholarship Committee
Becky Long, Chair
PO Box 10290
Fairbanks, AK 99710
The AAUW is a nationwide organization open to every person who holds an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The goal of the organization is to promote equity for women and lifelong education.
Money for scholarships is raised by an annual local house tour that is sponsored by the Fairbanks branch of the AAUW.
For more information on AAUW or the scholarships please contact:
Becky Long          457-2542    388-4385
Ellen Whitcher       456-4518


Women Faculty Brown Bag Lunch

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The Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women and the UAF Women's Center are sponsoring a brown bag luncheon. The event will be Tuesday, February 16th in the Alumni Lounge at 1pm. Please bring a bag lunch and be ready for a great discussion. This month's topic will be "Making a Great Life Here". For more information, please contact:
Alex Fitts                                      474-7980
Uma Bhatt                           474-2662
Renate Wackerbauer                   474-6108
Kayt Sunwood                 474-6311


Celebrate Chinese New Year at UAF

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Come celebrate Chinese New Year at UAF. On Saturday, February 13th 2010, there will be a celebration to bring in the new year. In the UAF Wood Center Ballroom there will be a buffet dinner and a performance. Festivities start at 5:30 pm. The cost of attendance is $15 for adults, $8 for children 5-12 if purchased in advance; $17 for adults, $10 for children 5-12 if purchased at the door. For more information, please contact:
Rosalind Kan:  474-0928
Mingchu Zhang:  474-7004
Zhijing Chen:  952-0213
Wenyu Gong:  799-4099