Northern Lights Conference Will Explore Environmental and Cultural Issues of the Arctic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 02-19-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Adrienne Scott
Curator of Education
Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology
530-898-5397

In conjunction with the exhibition Living on Top of the World: Arctic Adaptations, Survival and Stewardship, the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology is presenting a conference on the Arctic from Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28. The public is invited. See below for schedule and locations for events.

The conference includes a keynote speaker on Friday, the Honorable William Hensley, former Alaska state legislator and Inupiat author of the book “Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People,” a day of lectures and discussion on the Arctic on Saturday and workshops for teachers on Sunday, from 10 a.m. until noon.

Hensley was a founder of the Northwest Alaska Native Association and spent 20 years working for its successor, the Inuit-owned NANA Regional Corporation. He also helped establish the Alaska Federation of Natives in 1966 and has served as its director, executive director, president and co-chair. He spent 10 years in the Alaska State Legislature as a representative and senator. He is the architect of the Alaska Native Land Claims Settlement Act (1971) that is the prototype for other indigenous groups, including the landmark Canadian creation of NUNAVUT.

Hensley recently retired from his position in Washington, D.C. as manager of federal government relations for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Hensley and his wife, Abigale, live in Anchorage, where he is now an Inupiat elder and the chair of the First Alaskans Institute.

Schedule for the Northern Lights Conference on the Arctic

Friday, February 26
Student Services Conference Room 150

5 p.m. Introductions – Dr. Valene Smith and Dr. Stacy Schaefer
5:15 p.m Keynote Address – Mr. William Hensley

Saturday, February 27
Ayers 120

10 a.m. Speaker Dr. Valene Smith
11:15 a.m. Speaker Dr. Jesse Dizard

Selvester’s by the Creek
12:30–1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. Speaker Roben Jack Larrison
3:00 p.m. Speaker Dr. Nelson Graburn
4:30–5:30 p.m. Book signing by Mr. William Hensley, Lyon’s Books

Sunday, February 28
Selvester’s

10 a.m. Teachers’ workshops

Faculty Dining Room
Noon Lunch

Recommended Donation for the conference is $10 for adults and $5 for students. A boxed lunch is available on Saturday for $5. Please RSVP at 530-898-5397 by Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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