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David Shipler, author of 'Working Poor' speaks tonight at UAA (9/27, 7 pm)

David Shipler: Offers a free public talk Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm in the UAA Fine Arts Building, Room 150. Free and open to the public. The title of his talk is "Understanding Poverty by Connecting the Dots."David Shipler: Offers a free public talk Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm in the UAA Fine Arts Building, Room 150. Free and open to the public. The title of his talk is "Understanding Poverty by Connecting the Dots."UAA is host to author David Shipler this week. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on campus all week talking to classes, research center staff, students and the public -- mostly about understanding poverty. He wrote "The Working Poor: Invisible in America" in 2004. He won the Pulitzer Prize for an earlier work, "Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land."

Shipler gives a free public lecture tonight, Sept. 27 at 7 pm in Fine Arts 150 on the UAA Campus as a part of the UAA/APU Books of the Year project. His talk is titled, "Understanding Poverty by Connecting the Dots." ADN's Mike Dunham interviewed Shipler on his perspectives about poverty here.

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General Motors: Donates a Cadillac and an Acadia to the autotechnology program at UAA so students can work on cars with sophisticated technology. The donation is valued at $70,000.General Motors: Donates a Cadillac and an Acadia to the autotechnology program at UAA so students can work on cars with sophisticated technology. The donation is valued at $70,000.

"The donation of these vehicles is crucial to our students' long-term success in the field," said Kelly Smith, director of CTC's Division of Transportation and Power. "It would be extremely expensive for the university to provide vehicles with this level of technology each year. Because of GM's contribution, students are able to work on state-of-the-art technology before they encounter it in the workplace."

Read more about the donation and the program here.

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UAA anthropology professor Phyllis Fast is on sabbatical this year, but she's still very busy. She's doing research on understanding where the visual and cultural identifiers of Alaska's 11 Native cultures come from.

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"There have been so many years of colonialism that many aspects of Alaska Native cultures have been forgotten," Fast says. "Often, young people don't realize there's a connection between something they use in their every day lives to something of their culture's past. They should be made aware of those connections and be proud of them—they need something to hang onto."

You could say that Fast's research is personal. A Koyukon Athabascan born and raised in Anchorage, Phyllis—also an artist—finds it important to understand more about how her own art represents her Alaska Native heritage. She asks herself, "What is it about my painting that makes it an 'Athabascan' piece of art?"

Read more about her work here.

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CAMPUS EVENTS, PUBLIC INVITED:
Sept. 27, 5 pm, Wendy Williamson 'Overdiagnosed: Making people sick in the pursuit of health This is a lecture in the WWAMI Distinquished Lecture series.

Oct. 1, 3-5 pm, LIB 307 Reception for 'Magadan: The People and the Place' photo exhibition.

Oct. 5-21, Fri Sat 8 pm Sun 3 pm UAA Main Stage 'Hot 'N' Throbbing' Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paula Vogel, "Hot 'N' Throbbing" takes a real and surrealistic look into domestic violence and the pervasiveness of sexuality in mainstream culture.

Oct. 5, 7:30 pm The Den, Student Union 'Chris Abani presents 'Stories of Struggle, Stories of Hope: Art, Politics and Human Rights.'

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