Past JWAC events: 2019-2020 season 37

-Bringing the world to Juneau, until February.

COVID CANCELED: Japan, America, and the New Nationalism with Bill Clifford

was planned for Wednesday | May 6th | 5:00 | KTOO Studio 1

Bill Clifford is President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC, where he leads WACA's national office and represents its nonpartisan nonprofit network of more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States. Previously, Bill served as Asia bureau chief for the pioneering multimedia venture CBS MarketWatch, where he launched and directed news bureaus in Japan and Hong Kong

The current Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is a member of the right-wing organization Nippon Kaigi, and is among those world leaders who promote ideas of new nationalism within their countries, a shift which is on the rise globally. We were to learn about trends, systems, and implications behind the new nationalism movement – at home and abroad.

COVID CANCELED: Oil and Culture in Russia with Dr. Douglas Rogers

was planned for Monday | April 27th | 5:00 | KTOO Studio 1

Douglas Rogers is an award-winning author and professor of Anthropology at Yale University. Among others, Rogers is exploring oil-into-food (''petroprotein'') programs; and oil- and methane-eating bacteria; as well as the history, theory, and practice of the Russian and Soviet corporation.

Russia‘s twenty-first century oil boom has had enormous implications for Russian and global politics and economics. Less frequently noted are the transformations that oil and oil money have brought to the cultural sphere in Russia. In his talk, Rogers was to describe some of these changes, using examples ranging from small, rural folklore ensembles to major national spectacles. Russian oil culture, it turns out, is both surprisingly similar to -and yet quite different from- oil culture in other oil-producing countries around the world.

COVID CANCELED: Motor Rallies, Climate Change, and Holy War: Thirty Years of Travel in West Africa with Dr. Peter Chilson

was planned for Tuesday | April 7th | 5:00 | KTOO Studio 1

Dr. Peter Chilson is an award-winning author, essayist, journalist, and teacher of writing and literature at Washington State University who specializes in travel writing. Chilson first traveled to West Africa in 1985 as a volunteer in the Peace Corps, and traveled to Mali in 2012 to witness firsthand the effects of that nation's civil war with its breakaway jihadist state.

He was to discuss the 10,000 kilometer Paris-Dakar motor rally, climate change affecting food security, and war waged in support of religious causes.

COVID CANCELED: World Affairs Forum: Immigration, Detention and Power: Addressing Bias and Prejudice.

was planned for Fri and Sat March 20th & 21st | UAS Egan Lecture Hall

In the interests of public health, and in line with policies enacted by or partners, the 2020 Forum has been postponed. Our hope is to bring you our slate of speakers in the Fall. We appreciate your understanding. Wash your hands often. [Forum speakers were to address the problems, conflicts, tools, and solutions for addressing bias and prejudice in immigration, with emphasis on the consequences of various policies, including trauma, as well as paths to healing and reconciliation.]

WorldQuest 2020!

WorldQuest is JWAC's largest fundraiser, featuring an international buffet, no-host bar, silent auctions, and our delightfully amusing trivia contest. Click here to read more.

This year's winner was once again Liquefied Natural Sass! -Thanks for coming, everyone! [No screen problems this year!]

Navigating the Arctic's 7Cs with Dr. Mike Sfraga

Thursday | Feb 6th | 5:00 | KTOO Studios: @360

Among many rolls, Fulbright Scholar Dr. Mike Sfraga is the director of the Polar Institute at the Wilson Center, and former Vice chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A geographer by training, his work is focused on the changing geography of the Arctic and Antarctic landscapes, Arctic policy, and the impacts and implications of a changing climate on social and political regimes in the Arctic.

In his presentation, he discussed key drivers, issues, and the dynamics at play in the Arctic - how Alaska could/should fit into the larger geopolitical equation (along with opportunities this presents) and what impacts the larger Arctic dynamics could have for our state.

Depleted Uranium in Iraq: A Summary of Public Health Impacts and Controversy with Shelby Surdyk

Thursday | Jan 16th | 5:00 | KTOO Studios: @360

Shelby Surdyk grew up in Skagway, and has been active around nuclear issues since high school, when she co-founded a theatre project called Students Educating For Nuclear Awareness. From 2016-2018, she lived in Beirut, Lebanon where she completed an Master's degree in Environmental Health. For her M.S. thesis, she studied the impact of depleted uranium on public health in Iraq.

In this presentation, Ms, Surdyk talked about the background and context surrounding use of depleted uranium in conventional weapons by the US military in Iraq. She also discussed her methodology (systematic review), and shared some of her preliminary findings as she seeks to answer the following question: Is depleted uranium exposure associated with adverse public health outcomes (including cancer and congenital birth defects) among the Iraqi population?