Past JWAC events: 2019-2020 season 37

-Bringing the world to Juneau.

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?