Past JWAC events: 2022-2023 season 40

-Bringing the world to Juneau.

'Endurance22: Finding Shackleton's Lost Ice Ship with maritime archaeologist Mensun Bound

Thursday, August 10| NOON | KTOO Studio 1

Renowned British explorer and underwater archaeologist Mensun Bound, described by Discovery Channel as the "Indiana Jones of the Deep," spoke on his team's 2022 discovery of the wreck of Ernest Shackleton's famed Endurance, which was crushed by ice and lost in 1915 in Antarctica's Weddell Sea, leading to one of the world's most celebrated tales of human survival. Learn more about Bound's expedition here.

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Travelogue: Seattle Without a Car

Third Tuesday, May 16 | 5:15 - 6:15 | Goldtown Theatre

Susan Cable shared the basics of enjoying a low-carbon-footprint Seattle getaway using the city's excellent public transportation system, foot travel, and other non-rental-car options. We discovered activities and destinations that showcase the area's unique flavor and daytime social culture without breaking the bank. (Doors at 5:00. Donations gladly accepted.)

'Turkey at Crossroads: Economic crisis, earthquakes, and elections' with Professor Reşat Kasaba

Friday, May 5 | 5:00 | KTOO Studio 1

On February 6, Turkey was hit by a massive earthquake that caused significant damage in eleven provinces in the south. Over 50,000 people were killed and thousands of buildings were destroyed. Not only is the current government blamed for the large number of casualties and destruction, it is now faced with the practically insurmountable task of reconstruction. This comes while the country is going through a massive economic crisis with triple-digit inflation. The elections that are scheduled for May 14 present President Erdogan with the biggest challenge of his political life. Dr. Kasaba discussed the possible scenarios emerging out of the elections and what these will mean for Turkey, the region, and the world.

Dr. Kasaba is an expert in the history and politics of the Middle East. He has written and edited seven books, and is an award-winning professor at the University of Washington, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate students for over 30 years.

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'Nuclear Risk Reduction in the 21st Century' with Sarah Frazar

Thursday, April 20 | 5:00 | KTOO Studio 1

Sarah Frazar is a manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) specializing in national security policy, training, stakeholder engagement, and technology integration. Her work explores the policy implications of national security solutions, focusing specifically on the impact emerging technologies have on U.S. Government nonproliferation missions. Her talk provides an overview of systems of nuclear risk reduction, a brief historical look at its origins and evolution, a description of its current legal underpinnings, and how nonproliferation agreements are implemented.

She has spent her career focusing on nuclear nonproliferation issues and national security, filling a variety of positions at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration, the Center for Strategic and International Studies; the National Security New Service; and the White House. She received her undergraduate degree in government from Colby College and her master's degree in security studies from Georgetown University. Sarah is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the World Affairs Council in Seattle, and speaks to us in that capacity.

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Travelogue: 'The Stone Temples of Malta'

Third Tuesday, April 18 | 5:15 - 6:15 | Goldtown Theatre

Narrated by Susan Baxter and David Sturdevant. Malta has long been a crossroads of the Mediterranean. Its seven megalithic stone temples are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world, built between 3900 and 2500 BCE. In addition to the temples, the presentation will depict Malta's capital, Valletta, and its densely-populated, vibrant culture. Doors opened at 5:00. Donations gladly accepted.

WorldQuest 2023!

Saturday, March 18 | 6:00 | At the JACC

Juneau's biggest trivia night fundraiser returns! JWAC hosted a just-slightly-smaller-than-usual WorldQuest at the JACC, featuring the traditional delightful questions, presenters, and silent and dessert auctions. Heavy hors d'oeuvres but-not-a-full-dinner-so-eat-ahead-of-time were provided, along with no-host bar.

Doors and snacks were at 6:00, program at 6:45. No reports so far of anyone falling ill. ''Please do not attend if you are ill. Masks and vaccinations recommended but not required.'' Snazzy or international dress recommended as always.

There were 16 teams, and the winner, with the highest ever WorldQuest score and the largest margin of victory, was team Slava Ukraina!